Top reasons to live in Elephant and Castle

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When considering great places to live in London, Elephant and Castle isn't always the first name that comes up for consideration - and not just because it's a rather unusual name.

In the past, this area just south of Waterloo wasn't seen as particularly noteworthy, but considerable investment over the last few years have transformed it into a desirable place to be, with great amenities and a thriving local culture giving Elephant and Castle a real sense of upwardly-mobile energy.

An area on the up
There was a time when Elephant and Castle was thought of more in terms of being a central London road junction than an attractive residential area, but the investment of billions of pounds in redeveloping the area over the last few years have helped to transform its reputation.

The addition of several award-winning modern housing developments have made Elephant and Castle an attractive destination for ambitious young professionals, with new business developments such as The Artworks creative hub helping to add to the sense that this is an area with its best years ahead of it.

Affordable living
The relatively humble history of Elephant and Castle mean that the costs of living in the area remains relatively affordable by London standards, with a wide range of different property types available on the market.

Old Victorian developments and converted council housing blocks can be found in close proximity to spacious, high-tech properties, meaning there will be options to suit most price ranges. Although prices are on the rise as Elephant and Castle continues its upward ascent, they remain competitive compared to many neighbouring areas.

A varied cultural scene
People venturing out and about in Elephant and Castle will find a rich variety of different local landmarks and attractions. Perhaps the best known is the famous Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, which is famous for its striking aesthetic and red elephant statues on the roof.

However, there's much more to the area than just the shopping centre, as visitors and residents can also easily explore the fascinating Imperial War Museum, enjoy a night out at the renowned Ministry of Sound nightclub, or take in live entertainment at the Coronet Theatre.

Great transport links
Elephant and Castle's central location means that it acts as a convenient connection point to the rest of London, a benefit that is underlined by the robust transport network that links the area to other parts of the city.

Elephant and Castle's Underground station is situated on the Bakerloo and Northern lines, providing easy and direct connection to many of the capital's most visited locations, while a huge number of bus routes also travel through the area. For those wishing to take an overground rail service, Waterloo Station is a mere 15 minutes' walk away.

All of this means that commuters can easily get from Elephant and Castle to anywhere else in the city - and that at the end of the day, that they'll have no problem getting back to a place they'll find easy to call home.