Families love the village vibes, while commuters like the quick journey into the city – yep, this leafy south London suburb is the ideal mix of convenience and charm.
Happily nestled on the border of Kent in scenic woodlands, Chislehurst is peppered with commons, parks and the odd nature reserve. Family-friendly and wonderfully rural, it’s a mere 27-minute train ride to inner London's Cannon Street.
With two high streets, upmarket independent shops and more cafes than you'll know what to do with, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
For a fun day out look to Chislehurst Caves – an ancient mine of underground tunnels totaling 22 miles. They've had many uses over the years, from profitable chalk mines to a World War II air raid shelter and, more recently, a music venue – with everyone from David Bowie, The Rolling Stone and Pink Floyd rocking out there.
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There's no shortage of beautiful homes in Chislehurst, from contemporary flats, to period conversions, cute cottages and Victorian and Edwardian terraces. For those with deep pockets, there are plenty of sprawling mansions tucked away here too.
Local schools in the area are top-notch, with Babington House and Bullers Wood among the best.
The town’s exclusive aura means prices in this pretty part of the country don’t come cheap. The average property here goes for a steep £621,930, though it’s less dear than similar south London boroughs like Blackheath and East Dulwich.
Take a peek at our favourite homes on the market right now…
Two-bedroom maisonette, Edgehill Road, £275,000
Flats and starter properties are hard to come by in sought-after Chislehurst and even a one-bedroom property will set you back around £200,000, so we were delighted when we spotted this adorable first-floor maisonette.
With two double bedrooms and a garden, this is as close to perfect as a first home can get. It’s been decorated throughout to a high standard and there are some lovely features like the bay window, beams and fireplace to give the house some character.
As an added incentive, there’s no stamp duty for first-time buyers and the superb location means easy access to the green spaces in nearby Elmstead Woods, with the shops and facilities of Chislehurst High Street in walking distance.
On sale through Winkworth for offers over £257,000.
Four-bedroom flat, High Street, £450,000
Right on the high street and within strolling distance of local amenities and the Chislehurst ponds, this charming four-bedroom flat is a real find. Recently renovated to offer a luxurious modern interior, the maisonette provides comfortable accommodation over two levels.
On the first floor is a large reception room, kitchen, a dining/living room and a WC, while upstairs you’ll find all four bedrooms, two of which have ensuite shower rooms, as well as a family bathroom.
Immaculately presented and with every modern convenience, this home is ready for you to move straight into.
On the market for offers over £450,000 with KFH.
Four-bedroom house, Green Lane, £570,000
This handsome semi-detached residence is fairly typical of the homes in Chislehurst – boasting a large driveway at the front of the house and a part bricked exterior.
A pretty arched porch welcomes you into a surprisingly spacious four bedroom home that's perfect for a growing family.
On the ground floor, a large reception and dining area take precedence, while elsewhere the kitchen/breakfast room boasts polished ceiling beams and fitted wooden cupboards.
There’s a further bedroom on this floor that could be utilized as a home office or even an extra bedroom.
Upstairs on the first floor are four good-sized bedrooms and a large bathroom, while outside, the garden is a very manageable size and includes an attractive terrace.
It's on the market for £570,000 with Alan de Maid.
Five-bedroom house, Old Manor Way, £675,000
This substantial five-bedroom home on Old Manor Way is a real family dream, with an adjoining kitchen, dining and reception room.
A great place to entertain, the ground floor features a sociable flow between numerous stylish living spaces. Our favourite feature is the bi-folding doors that lead out from the main reception room to the lawned garden, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor floor plan.
Elsewhere, there’s a study which could be used as a further bedroom, plus an attached garage. Upstairs you'll find four bedrooms, one with an ensuite, and a large family bathroom.
Just half a mile from Elmstead Woods station, it’s ideally positioned for commuters, while the nearby woodlands and local schools make this a dreamy spot for those with little ones.
It’s currently on Rightmove for £675,000 with House Simple.
Three-bedroom house, Parkland Mews, Holbrook Lane, £995,000
From the outside, this characterful three-bed property – which was once the local bowls club – looks particularly grand, and it has an equally impressive interior to match.
The exquisite entrance hall leads through to a large lounge with ceiling coving, wall lighting and a darling feature fireplace. The bespoke kitchen with marble countertops and chandeliers features a gorgeous breakfast bar and plenty of space for a dining table. A handy utility room and toilet complete the expansive ground floor.
Upstairs, the home's three bedrooms are incredibly lavish, with the master suite served by a fabulous dressing room and ensuite bathroom, plus a second bedroom benefitting from a walk-in wardrobe.
Landscaped gardens are found to the front of the home, while around the back a courtyard provides a cosy spot to soak up some sun.
On sale with JDM Estate Agents for £995,000.
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