Crystal Palace

If you’re looking for an exciting, up-and-coming area that has affordable housing, plenty of green space, great bars and restaurants, and is within easy reach of the City, then Crystal Palace is for you. Just eight miles from Central London and with great transport links, the area is growing in popularity with commuters and young families looking for a bit more brick for their buck. As local estate agents, Crystal Palace is an area we believe is on the verge of becoming the next big thing in South London, and therefore has great investment potential.

Where is Crystal Palace?

Crystal Palace is a residential area in South London which is predominantly situated within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south-east of Charing Cross and offers spectacular views of the City from one of the highest points in London.

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Transport info

Crystal Palace Station:
Services to Victoria (27 minutes), London Bridge (22 minutes) and Clapham Junction
Extensive bus routes:
Towards Clapham, Oxford Circus, Elephant & Castle and more
Night buses:
Night buses from King`s Cross and Oxford Circus

Best local finds

Best Park:
Crystal Palace Park
Best culture:
Crystal Palace Museum
Best pub:
The White Hart
Best restaurant:
I have just sold my wonderful flat with Fish Need Water. I have been extremely grateful for the help and support from this small agency. I was previously under the assumption that estate agents were all the same only their commission varying. However I was wrong. This is a great company which is why I am taking the time to write this review. My flat had been on the market with a large agent and it wasn't selling. James who runs Fish Need Water, had made contact via mail shot and I wasn't sure how he would compare to the bigger agents, however my flat hadn't sold and I was willing to try someone different! I can honestly say James is an outstanding salesman who breaks the typical estate agent mould and really takes care of his clients. My flat had been recently redecorated but it was fairly empty and void of furnishings. This could have been the reason why it hadn't previously enticed a buyer. When my contract term with the big agent was nearly over, I met with James who immediately pointed out the flat was bare and soulless. I appreciated his honesty and once we had agreed to work together, he suggested I cancel the contract with the other agent, remove it from Rightmove and wait a few weeks. James is a Rightmove genius and an expert in marketing. I added many soft furnishings, pictures, luxury soaps, flowers, wine and books - all following James's advice, and my flat was transformed. James worked closely with the photographer and the photos turned out incredibly well and very arty, a different league to that of the previous agent. In fact James spent the afternoon moving and repositioning items to make the photos work. He even moved all the bins from the front of the house so the street shot looked neat and welcoming. I was impressed with his enthusiasm and attention to detail. Once my flat was up again on Rightmove it soon had an offer. All the preparation work had paid off. Through the whole process I only dealt with James and his legal assistant who both worked really hard to smooth out the legal bumps and usual stresses which often occur when selling in a chain. Working with such a small team meant I never got forgotten as I was only dealing directly with James. There were no mixed messages or missed information which can happen when you work with a sales team of two or three. I would certainly use Fish Need Water again and I have already recommended this company to two of my friends. Thank you James for everything, you are a master of your craft. Rachel Russell
Excellent service and communication throughout the process. James and Susie kept us in the loop at all times and were always there with any questions or concerns we had, I would recommend to others. Paul Ruskin
James Hall and Jack Barber both worked with me to sell my 1 bedroom flat and I\'m so glad they did! From the minute I met James I could tell he was passionate about property and actually cared about your sale. On the day of taking the marketing photos, James came over an hour beforehand to style my property and clear any clutter. So many people commented on how brilliant the photos were and how much it set my flat apart from others on the market. Jack is relatively new to the business but was also really passionate, persuasive and clearly knew his stuff. Above all his professionalism and care shone through. I\'ve already recommended them to two other people looking to sell. They sold my flat quickly in a really tough market (for London flats) and I\'m so glad I went with them. They put the big high street estate agents to shame... The sales progression team also worked hard and really put me at ease through some hairy moments as we neared exchange...big shout out to Susie for a stellar job! Ellie Smith

More about Crystal Palace SE19...

The area takes its name from the famous landmark, The Crystal Palace, which occupied the area from 1854 to 1936. The area was occupied by the Great North Wood, an extensive area of natural oak forest, until the 19th century when it began to be built over. Crystal Palace is unique in that it overlaps the boundaries of five London Boroughs and is covered by at least three postcode districts. Sydenham Hill is one of the highest locations in London, and stands 357ft above sea level.

The area has managed to retain most of its original Victorian architecture and as estate agents, Crystal Palace provides us with a good mix of properties to offer buyers. The property landscape comprises period terraces, mid-war housing and blocks of modern flats. Many of the grand Victorian villas have been subdivided to provide more affordable homes for families and young professionals. Fox Hill conservation area with its Georgian cottages is the priciest spot, with more modest price tags located down the hill towards Norwood. As a local letting agent, SE19 affords us with a solid portfolio of properties to let, and we believe the area still has good investment potential for landlords.

What to do in Crystal Palace...

For a bit of retail therapy head to the area known as the “Crystal Palace Triangle”, where three streets meet to form a central shopping hub. There you’ll find independent shops, vintage furniture and clothing stores, arts and crafts shops, and one or two gallery spaces. There are several good markets in the area including Alma Garden Market for food and jewellery, and Haynes Lane Warehouse Market for art, books and records. There are plenty of coffee shops and delicatessens to sample with popular choices being Braziliana, a shop and cafe which stocks over 300 Brazilian products, and Piast Polish & Continental Deli, which serves home-cooked regional specialities from across Europe.

Crystal Palace has a lively and varied nightlife comprising traditional pubs, trendy bars and music venues which cater for all tastes. The Grape & Grain is a CAMRA-recommended pub with an unbelievable 12 hand pumps serving real ales and ciders. For something livelier, head to The Gipsy Hill Tavern, a popular Irish pub which shows live sports and also hosts a weekly cinema night and a live music night. There a several gastropubs in the area including The Sparrowhawk, which serves up seasonal dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. If you’re a fan of tapas and paella then try A Torre, a Portuguese restaurant specialising in regional dishes.

Crystal Palace culture...

Crystal Palace is an area brimming with parkland, greenery and hilly walks. Breathtaking views and a feeling of open space attract those in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of City life. Beautiful walks can be found at Stambourne Woods and Westow Park – which is also home to the annual Crystal Palace Overground Festival. Crystal Palace Park is one of London’s major parks and is spread over 200 acres and includes a boating lake, maze, walking trails, and a collection of Grade I listed Victorian dinosaur sculptures. Also situated within the park are Crystal Palace Museum and the National Sports Centre with its gym, pool, rock climbing facilities, football pitch, athletics track and dance studio.

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