Reliable Honor Oak in The Evening Standard

It's been WEEKS since the Evening Standard Homes & Property pages explained that the East London Line has boosted demand for property along its route. So here goes:

According to the latest data from Network Rail, the London Overground offers the most punctual service in the Britain. An impressive 88.4 per cent of its trains ran on time in the 12 months to December 8, 2012. Other rail companies, the worst offenders being CrossCountry and Virgin Trains, ran only about half of their trains on time in the same period. 

That's all the hook this story needs and they're off:

The Overground links up-and-coming leafy suburbs and semi-rural neighbourhoods with a country feel to key central London postcodes — in short, something for everyone...

London has many “nappy valley” suburbs that act as magnets for middle-class young families, and Honor Oak Park is rapidly joining the list. The area has affordable family homes which are drawing in flat-owners from central London attracted by the 1930s houses on the Kersey Estate — a three-bedroom terrace costs £425,000 to £450,000 — or the area’s well-preserved Victorian homes. A two-bedroom cottage would cost from £350,000, or you could opt for a four-bedroom period house from £500,000.

Families also love the area because of its open space — One Tree Hill is a pretty wooded park, and it is also an easy walk to the Horniman Museum and Gardens... The high street is small but rather lovely, with a selection of delis, caf├ęs and independent shops. Indian restaurant Babur is award-winning, and there is an excellent tapas bar...

17 comments:

Robert said...

OK. I didn't object to "suburban" - but "semi-rural"?

Now I'm offended.

Brockley Nick said...

Anerley? Norwood Junction? Even then...

Maybe they mean north of the river...

Robert said...

And I'm pretty sure that these Standard hacks would recognise a rural area if they saw one.

Sarah Slade said...

Nobody could ever accuse Norwood Junction of being "semi-rural". Semi-feral, perhaps.

david said...

I saw some cows being ushered to the slaughterhouse along Crystal Palace high street by a guy on a tractor swigging scrumpy... Oh, no, sorry, I'm making it up. The ES probably thinks semi-rural means (as though it means anything) some grass, a fox and some people driving four by fours.

Vesta Curry said...

http://www.southlondonguide.co.uk/brockley/images/haymaking-00116-640.jpg

Vesta Curry said...

Crofton Park, 1910

Tamsin said...

Is there a correlation between distance run and puncutality.  One could argue either way and I am not sure which would be right (Monkeyboy, we need you.)

On semi-rural - only a generation or so back.  My mother when she first lived in London just after the war knew an old man who remembered cows being regularly driven down Park Lane to be milked.

The Catman said...

Where's the mention of brockley? Disappointed :(

Guest said...

HOP is a suburb of Greater Brockley.

Greater Brockley spans Deptford Market all the way to the Catford projects.

guest said...

I think HOP is becoming a separate place to Brockley now - it has it's own high street and a different "feel". Brockley is more urban and edgy, HOP is more suburban and family

Brockleyite said...

What utter tosh! : )

Greater Brockley? Having lived in both areas I can tell you that once you're in Deptfort Market, Brockley couldn't be further from your mind - morelike Greater Greenwich - akin Greater Lewisham for Catford!

Guest said...

At what point did a £450,000 house become an affordable family home?

Monkeyboy said...

"Semi rural" SE London is on Location Location Location as we speak.

Anon said...

Semi-Rural Catford actually, along with villagey Hither Green.

Get out more said...

It's pretty pathetic the way people get out a box of tissues every time Brockley or its environs are featured on a property show. Get out and get a life. 

Monkeyboy said...

I should imagine a lot of things get you angry, you seem the type.

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