For years West Wickham has proved to be a popular choice for families. Many have migrated here predominantly from other areas in South East London so that they may enjoy a more suburban lifestyle surrounded by green belt countryside whilst only being a 30 minute commute into London Bridge.
The high street has a good mix of independent and chain shops, and during particular seasons in the year, the community organises various activities and events. These usually take place on and around the High Street, and include treasure hunts for kids where the whole community gets involved and live music events and comedy nights, hosted by some of the local pubs and restaurants. The area also offers several parks, recreational grounds and a leisure centre. This all makes it an ideal place for both the young and old as it has managed to create a village feel yet offers all the elements for modern living.
West Wickham is experiencing a buoyant market, with property prices increasing between 15% and 20% year on year. The average property price in West Wickham ranges from £280,000, for a two bedroom flat, and £800,000 for a four bedroom detached house. The area mainly consists of 1930s properties, which offer sizeable gardens and spacious accommodation, and the average price for a typical three bed semi-detached house is usually around £550,000.
West Wickham can be broken down into three different areas. The roads in what’s known as the ‘Pickhurst Area’ are extremely popular due to their proximity to the local schools and train station. There is also a good mix of house types and sizes here, so it offers something for all budgets. The area known as the ‘South Side’ is considered to be the most exclusive in the area and the aptly named Woodland Way is where you can find larger detached houses, which have the added benefit of overlooking the woods in Spring Park. Although always in demand, these homes seldom make their way onto the market. Coney Hall is a semi-rural area found on the fringe of the countryside, in between Hayes and West Wickham. Here you can find semi-detached houses with large gardens typically measuring in excess of 100ft. This area has seen a huge rise in demand in recent years due to the popularity of Hayes School.
The area has four primary schools, Oak Lodge Primary, Pickhurst Infants and Juniors, Hawes Down Infants and Juniors and Wickham Common Primary. For Secondary schools, you have Langley Boys and Girls and Hayes School. There are also a couple of private schools in the area, namely St David’s College and Wickham Court School. Whilst West Wickham is surrounded by green belt countryside, the area is also well placed for transport links. A train into London Bridge takes roughly 30 minutes, while a journey into Charing Cross station takes under 40 minutes. The area is also well served by bus links which can take you into Bromley or Croydon.