There is plenty happening in Croydon these days, from a thriving art scene to plush apartments overlooking the London skyline. But if you're after a living experience away from the CRO postcodes' bustle, yet don't want to venture too far afield, Sanderstead might just be the place for you.
Sanderstead is a village that sits at the southern end of Croydon in southeast London. Excellent schools and open spaces make it popular with young families, with an increasing number of them choosing to rent.
In our latest London guide, we're exploring what it's like to live in Sanderstead. So read on, and find out everything you need to know about a charming village just a short distance from Croydon.
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The village of Sanderstead is located near Croydon in southeast London and falls under the London Borough of Croydon and the county of Surrey. It has a CR2 postcode.
History of Sanderstead
The first sign of human life in Sanderstead dates as far back as the Mesolithic Period nearly 12,000 years ago. Pottery fragments dated between 100 AD and 1300 AD, and circular barrows believed to be from a Bronze Age settlement have also been found in Sanderstead and nearby areas.
The village first appeared in the Domesday book in 1086 as Sanderstead and belonged to St Peter's Abbey, Winchester. It had a population of around 26. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries between 1536 and 1541, Sanderstead was granted to Sir John Gresham by Henry VIII.
Fast-forward to pre-World War II, and the Royal Air Force used a manor house in Sanderstead known as Sanderstead Court. Today, the site is a block of three-storey flats.
Who lives there?
Sanderstead has a population of just under 13,000 and a median age of 44. The majority of residents own their homes, with just 21% of people renting where they live. However, the village's rental appeal has increased recently.
Renting in Sanderstead
Sanderstead is popular for its village vibes and has a good selection of large family homes. There are also small purpose-built apartment blocks, as well as quaint cottages that blend in well with the village settings.
Expect to pay around £990 per month for a one-bedroom property, £1,250 for a two-bedroom home, and £1,500 for a three-bedroom house. Properties with more than three-bedroom enter the market from around £1,800.
Sanderstead is well-connected travel-wise. Its train station has services to London Bridge and Victoria in just 23 minutes, as well as Gatwick Airport. It's located close to the M25 and M23, meaning drivers have convenient access in and out of London.
The Med Kitchen
Enjoy a slice of the Mediterranean in the heart of Sanderstead at The Med Kitchen. Whether you're after chargrill delights, vegan and vegetarian bites or seafood delights, The Med Kitchen has got you covered.
Hardy’s Traditional Fish & Chips
Choose your haddock, cod, plaice and more at Hardy's Traditional Fish & Chips. A favourite with locals, stop by for a take-away service and enjoy a British dinnertime classic.
Priscilla's Tea Room Sanderstead
Indulge at Priscilla's Tea Room with a range of handmade cakes and sandwiches. The independent, vintage style tea room also serves up a treat when it comes to hot beverages. Tea or coffee, anyone?
Things to do in Sanderstead
If you're looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure, head to Oxygen Freejumping. The trampoline park has Aeroball, Climbing Wall, Bear Grylls Fitness and an exclusive Toddler area for the little ones.
From street food to drinks and events, Croydon Boxpark is the de facto social space in the CR postcodes. Sample a range of delectable delights and wash them down with craft beers and ales while listening to great music.
Relax in nature at Purley Beeches and go for a scenic stroll in the mature beech woodland. There's also a tennis court, just in case you feel like testing your chops with a racket and ball in hand.
Moving to Sanderstead
Sanderstead offers village living with excellent connections into the hustle and bustle of London. If you're looking for the quiet life without moving all the way out to the countryside, Sanderstead is a great choice, whether you're a single professional or moving with the family.