My Beckenham

It’s not a secret that we’ve been meaning to move house for quite a while now. The only obstacles were that we weren’t really sure where to move (as a Tory council was one of the key requirements) and once we had decided in favour of Beckenham, the perfect house took quite a while to come along.

Now we’ve been staying at our new place for a week and I think it’s time to write about my first impressions and experiences with this new neighbourhood.

Key benefits of the area:

  • A Tory council, and a very safe Tory constituency
  • Therefore, my council tax is spent wisely
  • Train station a four-minute walk away
  • The commute to London Bridge takes 16-21 minutes
  • Trains are never late (I know, I’m astonished!)
  • Lovely area—old houses, nice people, very green, a park behind the house
  • Very quiet, a proper countryside or suburban feel
  • Shops, pubs etc just 0.6 miles away

Key benefits of the house:

  • A lot bigger place
  • Huge living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms (a key feature!)
  • A nice large patio
  • Off-street parking
  • Virgin fibre internet availability (and it is bloody fast)

So, compared with Lambeth, it’s like night and day. I can easily say I’m really happy here and we’re enjoying ourselves here quite a bit.

The only downside I’ve found so far is, there’s no aerial TV-antenna here, and thus TV reception can occasionally be poor. I’m thinking of possible ways to improve it, but I just don’t want to pay Virgin for something I can get for free. Both Croydon and Crystal Palace transmitters are in a viewing distance, so there must be a way.

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