South East London rental information

South East London has a population of 983,275 which means it is ranked 2 out of 8 Rentonomy compass zones (1 being the most populous).

  • The most populous area is Woolwich (SE18)
  • Houses account for 63.4% of housing
  • 14.8% of inhabitants in South East London were not born in the UK

South East London contains 35 Rentonomy areas. The most populous area in South East London is Woolwich (SE18) with a population of 62,457. The least populous area is Erith Marshes (DA18) with a population of 4,766. Average rents, based on a 2 bedroom property, range from £316 in Herne Hill to £110 in Biggin Hill. Average crime (per thousand people) here is 26.4 which is 0.1% above the London average. We give the wealth score in the area a Rentonomy rating of 2.03 out of 5 (1 being the wealthiest) which is 4.8% above the London average. The average age in this area is 36.89 which is 4.6% above the London average. The three areas which best exemplify South East London are Orpington, Greenwich and Abbey Wood

Greenwich is a district of south east London with a long and rich history

Orpington in the far south east of London is a suburban town. The area which we call Orpington also contains the town of Chelsfield. It's a popular commuter suburb because residents can use the eponymous train station to get to Charing Cross in the heart of London in just 35 minutes and it's also right next to the M25 Orbital motorway. The High Street and Walnuts Shopping Centre contain a good solid mix of retail shops and for more of a village feel, there is a general market three days a week in front of Orpington College. Orpington was used in the 1960's as an example of a typical lower-middle class British voter the "Orpington man'.

Greenwich is a district of south east London with a long and rich history. It played a key part in the British Imperial period being the centre of the British Naval training from the 1870's. In 1997, Maritime Greenwich was added to the list of World Heritage Sites. The area also includes the Greenwich Observatory through which runs the basis of longitude, the Prime Meridian from which all time zones are ultimately derived. The observatory is set in beautiful Greenwich Park, another of the areas key attractions. Greenwich also includes north Greenwich which was regenerated as part of the Docklands redevelopment of the 1980's and 90's. The peninsular is now dominated by the O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome) as well as a raft of new build high density housing which is slightly at odds with the post-apocalyptic barren feel of the district.

Abbey Wood in South East London has long been a largely overlooked area of outer South East London. Transport hasn't been fantastic and it's proximity to Thamesmead with its bad reputation has meant even the most creative local estate agents have had trouble selling it. However the announcement that Crossrail is going to have a station there has drawn a lot of attention to it. Prices there are quite low and it will soon be possible to travel to Bond Street in just 25 minutes. With transport accessibility perhaps the most important variable determining house prices its increasingly being seen as an investment hotspot.

We give pubs in the area a Rentonomy rating of 4.2 which is 6.1% below the London average. We give coffee shops in the area a Rentonomy rating of 4.1 which is 7.3% below the London average. We give restaurants in the area a Rentonomy rating of 4.1 which is 10% below the London average. We give the quality of the retails shops in the area a Rentonomy rating of 3.8 which is 17.2% below the London average.

14.8% of inhabitants in South East London were not born in the UK ranking it 8 out of 8 Rentonomy compass areas as most international area of London, South East London being the least international at number 8. The most common country of origin (excluding the UK) is Republic of Ireland, followed by India and Jamaica. Regarding languages spoken, the most common language spoken in homes in this area (except English) is Polish followed by French and Tamil.

The most common field of employment here is Lower managerial

17% of homes in the area are rented privately while 59% are owner occupied and 22.1% are social rented. When it comes to types of housing, flats account for 36.6% of homes in the area while houses account for 63.4%. Of these houses, terraces represent 27.3% of the total, semi-detached 27% and detached 9.1%.

For those interested in employment, the average job grade here is 4.2 (1 being the fanciest professional jobs and 10 being the more menial jobs, as defined by the Office for National Statistics) meaning residents of South East London are ranked 2 out of 8 Rentonomy compass zones for average job grade, 1 being the area with the highest grade of workers. The most common field of employment here is Lower managerial, administrative and professional occupations which employs 23.7% of the population.


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