The Times: "Honor Oak: an affordable alternative to East Dulwich"

The Times property section today features Honor Oak, pitching it as "an affordable alternative to East Dulwich" and arguing that "people looking for a slightly younger vibe tend to go for nearby Brockley." The paper praises its transport connections (except to East Dulwich) and its green spaces and says:

Honor Oak has a history of rallying locals. In 1896, residents halted plans for an open space — today the area’s main park — to become a golf club. These days their protests are directed against chains such as Domino’s Pizza and hastily planned new-builds, but that sense of community is still just as strong. 

Friendly neighbours is one of the perks of living in this still relatively unknown pocket of Lewisham, but most people move here for its comparatively affordable property. Average house prices in Honor Oak and trendy nearby East Dulwich have risen by 63 per cent during the past decade, according to Zoopla, but it’s only in the former that you can still find a three-bed with a garden for less than £400,000. The extension of the East London Line (now the Overground) to Honor Oak Park in 2010 brought an influx of wealthier buyers, and the area is now well on its way to imitating the success of East Dulwich (where family homes now cost more than half a million). It’s not quite there yet, though; the little high street by the station is a curious mix of tapas bars, antique shops and fried-chicken joints.

The rest is here (paywall). Thanks again to FashionBite on Twitter for the tip-off.

15 comments:

D said...

Maybe if they hadn't opposed the golf club in 1896 then it would already be on a par (unintended pun) with East Dulwich?

kolp said...

Wow, when you read you read stuff like four hundred thousand pounds for a 3 bedroom house in Honor Oak my heart sinks. So nearly half a million pounds to live in a pretty modest house in zone 3 now. Things are still crazy.

Tamsin said...

I've got a splendid postcard of St. Augustine's Church at the time - someone deploring One Tree Hill becoming a public area - no more secluded walks...

Anonymous said...

Having just moved to the area, I can tell you that you'd be lucky to get a three bed with garden for £400k in HO... However, compared to the rest of London, HO and Brockley are a bargain.

Anonymous said...

Is there anything to do in HOP?

Anonymous said...

'is a curious mix of tapas bars, antique shops and fried-chicken joints.'

When they say joints, do they mean legs of fried chicken lying around everywhere...or joints for the non greens?

Tamsin said...

Postmarked 11.45pm (!!) Aug 13 '05

"Thank you very much for card. Do you remember this Church? The hill surrounding it has been opened to the Public, it is very unpleasant: no more peaceful afternoons for us now. Sincerely yours Margaret Charlwood"

And as a PS - at right angles on the other side of the printed instructions For Inland Postage only this space may be used for Communication - "Have you received your doggie yet?"

Nancy Jimison Sarre said...

Honor Oak is a wonderful neighbourhood and One Tree Hill is beautiful. I think the steep hills really add to the attraction but they may have serious subsidence issues around there.

Nancy Jimison Sarre said...

Honor Oak is a wonderful neighbourhood and One Tree Hill is beautiful. I think the steep hills really add to the attraction but they may have serious subsidence issues around there.

Anonymous said...

Ou est le fried chicken joint?

Kolp said...

Honor Oak is calmer than Brockley. I like it very much.

hhdj said...

Anyone happy to scan the article?

Anonymous said...

http://justpaste.it/1bjh

hhdj said...

thank you!

Anonymous said...

kolp "calmer than Brockley" !

HOP must either be dead or in a coma!

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