New Cross is not the most aesthetically pleasing area in London, and it doesn’t pretend to be. Judging the area based on the road running through it would not be recommended. However, New Cross offers a unique nightlife and some great cultural contributions to the visual art, theatre and music scene.
The borough houses Goldsmiths - University of London, Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College and Addey and Stanhope High Schools. Students carrying musical instruments or paint canvases are seen everywhere throughout the streets. In addition to the thriving student community, a new crowd of young professionals is being drawn to New Cross, charmed by the area and interested in the seven-minute train commute to London Bridge.
The arrival of the Overground line in New Cross has made it much better connected and although SE14’s reputation might still be rough around the edges, things are changing fast. Thanks to the influx of young professionals who want more space for their money, the neighbourhood now boasts a more artistic and creative identity.
There is a shift happening in London, with the creative types moving slowly across the Thames to live and work, after the unprecedented price hikes all around east London. There’s also a lot of development activity happening in the area as new modern properties pop up to cater to high demand. Purchasing a property right now could mean becoming a neighbour to the next Damien Hirst.