Elephant and Castle is one of central London’s busiest areas, with the local major road junction and underground train station of the same name making it a commuter’s dream. As a result, property in Elephant and Castle is in high demand with City professionals.
These transport links are ideal for those keen to get into the heart of London for theatre, shopping and cultural experiences.
Away from the shopping centre and tucked behind it are little gems: blitz-surviving Victorian terraces, a proper street market, a great dance centre and incredibly good schools.
The name “Elephant and Castle” derives from a local coaching inn and is something of a misnomer, given that the name of the surrounding area is Newington. However, thanks to the proximity of the London underground station Elephant and Castle, the name is now used to refer to the area as a whole. Historically a part of Surrey, the area rose to prominence after the construction of Westminster Bridge – then, as now, the excellent commuter links to both sides of the River Thames attracts London workers to buy or rent property in Elephant and Castle.
Elephant and Castle is sometimes only seen as a stopover on the way to central London, but this small area boasts a huge number of quirky and unique attractions which could rival some of the big players themselves. Cafes such as the Electric Elephant and InSpire Café (located in the crypt of St Peter’s Church!) serve up heaps of food and atmosphere in equal measure, while the East Street Market sees hundreds of stalls set up to sell locals a range of different items. Nightlife enthusiasts will also enjoy The Ministry of Sound and Distri Rumba, each of which will have clubbers dancing into the night.
After years of neglect the Coronet has been revived as a superclub, cinema and corporate hire venue.
For fantastic open space, there is nearby Burgess Park. In 2012 Burgess Park re-opened after an £8m transformation, establishing it as a park central to the local community and recognised more widely for its heritage, sports facilities, adventure playground, lake, wildlife, design and horticultural excellence and even barbecues.
Our Estate Agents in Elephant and Castle are able to offer a wide variety of property types: from new-build and Victorian terraced houses, period conversions and new-build flats, to ex-council houses and flats or houses for rent.
The area is undergoing enormous regeneration as council blocks are torn down and replaced by award-winning new buildings. Some of these new developments have proved a hit with experts, too: Ruskin Walk won best regeneration project at the New Homes Awards 2013 and best new place to live at the London Planning Awards 2013.
Due to high demand for residential property in the greater London area, there are a number of exciting upcoming opportunities available from Elephant and Castle estate agents. One such example is One The Elephant which offers spacious modern living within its 37 storey tower and is due for completion in Winter 2015/Spring 2016. Add in plenty of outdoor space including private terraces and balconies, a green roof for growing produce and a reading garden and prospective residents are offered a small paradise within a bustling metropolitan area.
Burgess Terrace features high-spec homes suitable for a range of buyers. Thoughtfully designed, each apartment offers outside space, with a balcony or patio, and street parking for some units. Bike storage will also be available.
The third and final phase of Albany Place, Harvard Gardens, which launches in spring 2015, will create 147 high-quality, mixed-tenure homes (a mixture of homes owned privately and by social landlords). Each property will have its own garden, balcony or terrace.
With its proximity to Waterloo, Westminster and the South Bank, its current property development, Elephant and Castle is potentially a prime piece of real estate for shiny hotels, restaurants and shops.
For parents considering a move to Elephant and Castle, there are plenty of options when it comes to schools in the local area. A total of five local primary schools offer a high standard of early years education, while secondary schools offer such gems as the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls’ School – rated outstanding by Ofsted, this is the ideal choice for any daughter. The nearby ARK Globe Academy takes pupils all they way from the age of 3 to 18, if you feel the security of the same school is best for your child.
Elephant and Castle has also become a centre of student life, with London South Bank University and the London College of Communication (formerly London College of Printing) having campuses nearby. LCC has occasional exhibitions at the Eckersley Gallery. As a consequence ‘the Elephant’ benefits from a number of excellent bookshops.
As one of central London’s major road junctions, Elephant and Castle offers unprecedented access by car to both the City and surrounding areas, including Reading, Canary Wharf and the south coast.
The area is to be transformed after the announcement of a £4bn budget for road improvements The roundabout at Elephant and Castle will become a green and more liveable “peninsula” for the area which is already earmarked for 5,000 new homes and 4,000 new jobs. With work beginning next year, the existing gyratory will be turned into a two-way road which will smooth traffic flows and reduce speeds. Cycle lanes and pedestrian walkways will be included as an important part of the improvements.
For commuters unwilling to face London traffic on their daily trip to work, there are plenty of alternatives. Elephant and Castle Underground Station operates trains on both the Bakerloo and Northern lines, ensuring easy access to the heart of London in a short space of time. The City can be reached in five minutes by train, the West End in 11 and King’s Cross in less than 15.