New family houses in south-east London: well-connected Orpington is just 18 minutes from London Bridge

Orpington in travel Zone 6 just about squeezes into Oyster card territory. 

This swathe of suburban south-east London is recapturing the allure it had in the Fifties, when an aspiring post-war generation moved from the bombed-out inner city to the region’s neat and leafy avenues.

Now, a new generation is discovering the value-for-money homes and fast rail links that attracted bank clerks, factory managers, civil servants and shop workers more than half a century ago. 

The town offers frequent trains and 18-minute journeys to London Bridge, and peak-time services have been increased to meet demand.

Family houses at Lockesley Chase are an architectural throwback to the area’s post-war heyday, having square bay windows below clay tiled roofs and with front and back gardens. 

Prices from £550,000.

Call Fernham Homes on 01689 660212.

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