Poppygirl wrote:Please can you give me an honest opinion of what Sydenham is like to live in? I live close to area’s like Twickenham which are pretty and green and leafy but very expensive! An estate agent I called up today about a property within the Thorpe Conservation Area has pretty much put me off living in Sydenham saying it’s not a nice area to live in!
Well, despite all the positive comments, it has to be said that if you're used to places like Twickenham and the like, Sydenham will come as a bit of a culture shock! As for "nice", well, obviously there are "nicer" areas to live in, but also less "nice" ones as well. I'd say it's probably somewhere in the middle, really.
Also, you seem to be concentrating on the upper part of Sydenham. I can't speak for what it's like to live in Lower Sydenham, but perhaps you shouldn't discount the possibility of commuting up from LS station to Lewisham and changing on to the DLR for Canary Wharf. (That said, beware of the fact that only the all-stations trains call at Lewisham - the semi-fasts bypass it, and New Cross and St. John's, entirely). Also, beware of what may be happening in future years to Southeastern's services between London Bridge and Charing Cross until the new "Thameslink 2000" development is finished.
Come to think of it, what about the Penge West end of Sydenham? I think there are some nice houses up there too, and they're close to Crystal Palace Park. Mind you, PW is in Zone 4, which will cost extra on the season ticket.