With its tree-lined terraces, colourful markets and panoramic views over the City, New Cross is a bucolic Victorian suburb sandwiched between the trendy triangle of Deptford, Camberwell and Peckham. As the home of Goldsmiths College, famous for an art department that spawned the careers of Damien Hirst and other YBAs, the area benefits from a rich cultural heritage that remains relatively undisturbed by the south-east’s property overdrive.
It’s not all student digs. With a plentiful range of grand Victorian houses, New Cross is a fantastic launch pad for families looking to break into the Brockley property market.
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Architecture. The same architect designed nearly all of New Cross, leaving a pleasing uniformity of three-storey Victorian semis generously spaced along roomy streets.
Bricks and mortar
Families love Telegraph Hill, with its picture-perfect Victorian terraces running up from New Cross Road to the eponymous park. Here, locals make the most of a great playground and the Hill Station, a community-run café on Kitto Road. Further north, Hatcham Park provides an ample supply of three bedroom, flat-fronted terraces.
High street hangouts
Head to Birdie Num Nums on Lewisham Way for a Turkish-inspired menu of lavender cakes and chocolate-infused chilli, or The Royal Albert pub for a rustic range of craft ales and beers. The Allotment fruit and veg store boasts the best deli counter in the south-east, a claim hotly contested by Brockley’s bright and bustling food market. For a spot of culture, head to the magnificent Lewisham Arthouse located in a Grade II-listed Carnegie building on Lewisham Way.
Seats of learning
Renowned for its outstanding music scholarships, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College is the smart choice, with Addey and Stanhope rated ‘good’.
New Cross Gate and New Cross stations have regular services into London Bridge, as well as the Overground service to Canada Water, Shoreditch High Street and beyond.
What’s the price tag?
Two bedroom period conversion flats in New Cross fetch around £350,000, while entire Victorian houses start at £400,000. Three and four storey period family homes in the desirable area of Telegraph Hill can command upwards of £1.4m.