Located in southern Greater London, Thornton Heath has formed part of the London Borough of Croydon since 1965.
With its bustling high street and street art by local artists, Thornton Heath has a real sense of community spirit.
Boasting several green spaces, together with a selection of vibrant cafes, bars and eateries, it is easy to see why Thornton Heath is an ideal place to live.
Just 25 minutes by train from central London Thornton Heath is still close enough to wide-open green spaces like Grangewood’s woodlands to get the best of both worlds.
Purley Way shopping centre is close by with a shopping complex, cinema and array of restaurants. Croydon IKEA is also nearby and Thornton Heath has its own busy high street with shops, cafés and restaurants, making it a popular location for families and young professionals.
Parents have plenty of choice in Thornton Heath and the surrounding area, with an array of state and independent primary and secondary education available.
Many of Thornton Heath’s schools have been rated “outstanding” or “good” by Ofsted.
Croydon College is located near to Thornton Heath and offers a selection of short courses, apprenticeships in professional courses and distance learning courses.
Until the arrival of its railway in 1862, Thornton Heath’s area measured just 1.5 miles. Between 1861 and 1911, Thornton Heath underwent a major development and transformed from an isolated rural area to a thriving suburban hotspot.
In the late 19th century, the western part of Thornton Heath was developed, linking London and Croydon and creating an impressive expansion which would pave the way for Thornton Heath’s superb transport links.
Thornton Heath boasts a variety of property types, with terraced and period properties being particularly popular.
There are also a good variety of purpose-built and converted flats, detached and semi-detached houses in Thornton Heath.
Thornton Heath is a popular location for first-time buyers as properties are relatively affordable for London, and there are good opportunities to invest.
Thornton Heath benefits from superb transport links. Thornton Heath station connects residents to central London, with trains taking just 25 minutes into London Victoria and 30 minutes to London Bridge stations, making it an ideal location for commuters.
Local bus routes include the route 50 and 198, which travels towards West Croydon and route 250 to Norbury. Croydon’s nearby Tram link service also connects to its outskirts and runs to Wimbledon.
Its selection of superb transport links makes Thornton Heath a perfect place to settle.