Bellingham is a London suburb located in South-East London. It forms part of Lewisham and is quite close to Catford.
It is also one of the few parts of the city that has managed to retain a strong sense of community. For this reason, it has a large appeal for both families, professional couples and elderly residents.
The locality also benefits from having a wide selection of local amenities and resources. In Bellingham and the wider area of Catford there are plenty of local libraries, food shops and grocery stores.
It is also a multicultural part of London, and here you will find no shortage of Asian shops and restaurants, Afro-Caribbean food stalls and Turkish shops. Despite having so many diverse groups of people living there, it still has a strong community feel.
Bellingham is also a convenient location, in that it is close to some of the bigger shopping areas in South-East London, including Lewisham and Catford. However, locally, it has Randlesdown Road, which serves as a mini 'High Street'. Along this road, you can find plenty of hairdressers, a supermarket, gyms, post office, takeaways, off licences and convenience stores.
It also benefits from having some excellent restaurants and cafés, in addition to its share of traditional, English pubs.
One of the main advantages of living in Bellingham is that the transportation links are excellent. It is served by an underground Tube station and a rail station.
Bellingham station serves the area with services to Kentish Town via Catford and to Sevenoaks via Swanley. There are also a number of buses in the area, connecting to destinations all over the city.
You can find regular buses to Central London, Peckham, Woolwich, Catford, Lewisham, Green Cross, and Bromley, to name but a few.
Bellingham, like many areas of London has a rich and varied history. It was formerly part the County of Kent, until the London County Council was created.
Major redevelopment of the area took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Before then, it was comprised mainly of farmland and fields, with no houses - apart from some of the farm manors - or other amenities.
The name Bellingham is derived from the medieval mansion in this area, based upon Bellingham farm.
It literally translates as meaning: "the water-meadow belonging to Beora's people”.
Between 1920 and 1936, over 2,000 houses were built, and many of the former farms and fields were redeveloped.
More estates began to be constructed in the area after the First World War, and this helped to ease some of the housing shortages and clear the slums.
At the time, properties were mainly comprised of two-storey houses with gardens (rather than flats).
In addition, churches, parks, shops and schools were also built.
One of the most interesting things about Bellingham is that it is constantly undergoing a process of continuous change.
This has led to a number of exciting developments, thanks to the Neighborhood Renewal Unit and Lewisham Strategic Partnership.
This collaboration has been responsible for the development of many projects in the area.
It includes, initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of young people living there, and schemes to tackle crime.
There have also been projects aimed at improving the environment and boosting employment.
Rental prices in Bellingham are fairly reasonable and start from £136 a week for a studio flat.
You can also purchase a two bedroom maisonette from £288 per week, or an average two bedroom property for around £1,000 per calendar month, depending on location and preferences.
Bellingham has had its fair share of famous people who have come to live there in the past. This includes politician and actress Glenda Jackson, as well as comedian and writer Spike Milligan.
Broadcaster Danny Baker has also lived in Bellingham, as has the footballer Ian Wright.
Property To Rent in Bellingham SE6
£950 per month
** FAB-U-LOUS FLAT** Newly refurbished one bedroom hall floor conversion flat. This apartment offers well-proportioned living space comprising of open plan kitchen/living, double bedroom with en suite shower and separate toilet.
This prioperty has endless features including LED colour changing mood lighting with remote control settings, air conditioning unit for hot and cool air also with remote control settings wall mounted camera security entry phone & doubled glazed windows.
Available part furnished or unfurnished. Catford & Catford Bridge station serve the area along with various bus routes.
Nearby local amenities include Tesco Express and Rutland Recreational Park and a stones throw from The Perry Hill pub.
Viewings are highly recommended to appreciate the space and high-spec features within this apartment.
Entrance: Wooden door leading to communal hallway.
Separate WC: hand wash basin and pedestal, twin flush low level WC, tiled walls and tiled flooring.
Open Plan Kitchen & Living Area: integrated fridge/freezer, ceramic sink and drainer, integrated oven and electric hob, washing machine, spotlights and wall mounted air conditioning and heating unit.
Bedroom: Built in wardrobe and wall mounted air conditioning and heating unit.
En-Suite Shower Cubicle: Hand wash basin with vanity unit, extractor fan, spotlights and heated chrome towel rail.
Tenant Fees May Apply
£1,125 per month
Located on Catford's prestigious Canadian Avenue is this loft apartment set within a beautiful period property. On entry to the apartment you are welcomed by an entrance hall to first-floor landing with ample storage . The property features a good-sized master bedroom with en-suite shower room, the second bedroom is a single room with a built-in wardrobe family bathroom generous lounge and fitted kitchen.There is also the benefit of a communal garden.Offered in excellent order and available now.
Situated a short walk from Catford town centre with an excellent selection of shops restaurants and coffee bars.Catford /Catford Bridge rail stations offer excellent service to Charing Cross and Blackfriars.Viewings highly recomended.
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