The West Norwood neighborhood is a little rundown, a little gritty, but extremely affordable. Its recent past has not been particularly bright; in fact, a bank left the area in 2012 after being robbed for the seventh time in 11 years. But skyrocketing prices across the rest of city have done wonders for London's lesser known neighborhoods, and West Norwood is starting a new phase as it attracts attention from people getting priced out of other areas.
The houses here might need a little bit of a clean up, but they are beautiful and have tons of character. You'll find Victorian terraces, semi-detached and detached houses, apartment buildings, and converted flats.
West Norwood does have an increasing number of activites to offer its residents: a leisure center has a gym and swimming pool, a cinema will be opening soon, and there is a monthly market. The South London Theatre has been around since 1967 and puts on more than 20 shows a year.
The neighborhood has several good schools as well.
The City: 7.1 miles / 35-80 minutes by car / 45-55 minutes by transit
Canary Wharf: 10 miles / 40-70 minutes by car / 55-65 minutes by transit
Southwark: 6.8 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit
Westminster: 6.2 miles / 30-65 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit
Shoreditch: 8.3 miles / 45-100 minutes by car / 60-70 minutes by transit
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