Properties for sale in Bexley, Kent
Prime Location Bexley Area Guide
Bexley sits within the borough of the same name in the south east of Greater London. The town has strong architectural heritage, having once been home in the 19th century to the Shaw family of architects. Today, the town is still home to some of England’s most beautiful buildings, including Damson House, Hall Place and Red House.
Bexley sits in the constituency of Old Bexley and Sidcup and, in comparison to London on the whole, is a low crime area.
The 2011 census put the population of the Bexley local authority at 231,997. The same census found it to be one of the least ethnically diverse areas of our capital city as well. Over 77% of residents identify themselves as ‘white British,’ significantly higher than the London average.
Despite the fact that 23% of residents over 16 have no formal qualifications, the unemployment rate in the area is low. In the constituency of Old Bexley and Sidcup, the unemployment rate is just 2.1%, which compares favourable with a national average of over 7%.
63.3% of GCSE students in the Bexley LEA achieved 5 A* - C grades of better in 2012, significantly higher than the national average of 58.2%. Although there are no schools within Bexley itself rated outstanding by Ofsted, a number of schools have outperformed even the national average for GCSE results. Beths Grammar School boasted 98.13% of students achieving the above, while Townley Grammar School in nearby Bexleyheath hit a staggering 100%.
There are two further education institutions in Bexley. Those are Bexley College and Rose Bruford College. From Bexley, you’re within easy access to the Universities within London and itself and the wider South East.
With its location in the South East of Greater London, Bexley is easily accessible by road. It’s equally accessible for those relying on public transport. Bexley Railway Station is located just off the town’s High Street and you can get to London Charing Cross direct from there in approximately 35 minutes. You can also get trains direct to Gravesend, a journey that takes less than half an hour.
There are some London bus services operating in the town as well, for example the N21 service which takes passengers from Bexley to Trafalgar Square. Other local bus services connect Bexley with the nearby Bexleyheath Shopping Centre as well as the bigger Bluewater Shopping Centre. For international travellers, the nearest airport is London City Airport, though this is a fairly small airport. Heathrow and Gatwick are both accessible by public transport as well.
Amenities and shopping
Bexley isn’t exactly famous for its shopping facilities. But that’s not to say there are none! The main shops are located on Bexley High Street. There you will find charity shops, independent retailers, fish and chip shops and a host of pubs. These include the popular King’s Head, Bar Lorca and the Railway Tavern. The High Street is very close to Bexley Railway Station.
For those looking for a wider selection of stores though and keen to find the High Street names, a trip a little further afield to Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre is no trouble. And if you really like the big centres, then the huge Bluewater Shopping Centre is around 18 miles away, with bus services running straight there from Bexley.
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