The first time you set foot in Dulwich Village, it’s likely you’ll have to pull out Google Maps just to make sure you are in fact still in London. The SE21 postcode apparently misread the guidelines for what a London town should look like, winning many admirers with its cosy cottages, tree-lined streets and village-y feel. Not to be outdone, neighbouring East Dulwich can proudly strut its stuff with a host of trendy bars and upmarket restaurants dotted along Lordship Lane.
Over the past 20 years, Dulwich has become the it area in south London, often proving to be even more popular than Greenwich, Wimbledon and Blackheath. It may not be the cheapest place to live ‘down south’, but for those who get to call either SE21 or SE22 their home, they will live in two of the capital’s most sought after postcodes. And if you don’t believe us, ask former resident Tom Cruise. Actually, on second thoughts, it’s probably better if you just trust us.
Lovely period buildings are the order of the day in Dulwich, with the village boasting more than a few eye-catching mansions. Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties act as the backdrop to white-picket fences, leafy streets and majestic chestnut trees. There are also a few quaint cottages just in case you didn’t think the area was charming enough already.
In East Dulwich, there are plenty of period homes that have been converted into flats which are slightly more cost friendly than the properties in the village. East Dulwich is trendy in its own right, and most of the properties are just a short walk away from local artisan delights.
The average rental price for a one-bedroom property in East Dulwich is around £1,250 per month, with two bedrooms averaging £1,600, and three bedrooms costing in the region of £2,000. Dulwich Village achieves slightly higher rents, with one-bedroom properties letting for around £1,325, two bedrooms for £1,800 and three bedrooms achieving in the region of £2,200.
The village benefits from quaint boutiques including designer clothes shops, arts and crafts and bespoke furniture stores. The shops may not be the most cost friendly, but they embody the village lifestyle. You certainly get what you pay for in terms of quality.
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a selection of restaurants, East Dulwich is the place to be. The area has become somewhat of a food stronghold in the last few years, with many people from all over London flocking here for a tasty meal. Home to a mix of eclectic eateries and gastropubs, our hot picks include Yamo Momo, a top-notch sushi joint; The Flying Pig, a pub specialising in craft beers and American style ribs; and The French House, where you can find some particularly mouth watering, you guessed it, French food.
After all that grub, you’ll want to burn a few calories with a scenic stroll. Dulwich Wood is an unkempt woodland that feels like it should be right in the heart of the countryside, rather than six miles from London Bridge. Dulwich Park offers picturesque lakes, a spot of paddle boating, and plenty of green spaces to explore. It’s also perfect for the kids, thanks to several play areas. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, there just happens to be a few horse riding trails for the riders and horse lovers amongst you.
Ok, so if there is one thing that most of south London lacks, it’s tube stations. Sadly, Dulwich is the same, but there are other options. East Dulwich Station is the main transport hub and is in Zone 2, offering four trains an hour to London Bridge that take 15 minutes. There are several buses, too, with the 176 providing a direct route to Tottenham Court Road.
Dulwich Village doesn’t have its own station; you’ll need to head to North Dulwich which is within walking distance and borders Zone 2 and 3. There are three bus services in the village – 37, P4 and P13 – which go to neighbouring areas such as Brixton, Peckham and Putney.
Dulwich more than holds its own when compared to some of central London’s most in-demand destinations. It’s the poster town for the south of the capital and is a popular place to live for families and single professionals alike. If you’re heading south of the river for your next rental property, you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere quite like the picturesque settings of SE21 and SE22.March 22, 2017 rentonomy London Living