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Lewisham

If you fall asleep on a southbound DLR train, Lewisham is where you will end up. Make the most of your unplanned visit and check out this revamped, revived and rejuvenated part of South London.

Estate and letting agents Lewisham

At Franklyn James we believe in no half measures. We are transparent in how we do business, committed to achieving your goals, and we take pride in every element of our work. If you’re thinking of selling, letting, or using property management in the Lewisham area, let us be frank, you need Franklyn James.

Lewisham

Located just seven miles south-east of central London, Lewisham was once a quiet rural village, home to the wealthy merchants of the 17th and 18th centuries. Nowadays, Lewisham is a cosmopolitan commuter town with a great atmosphere and huge potential, particularly since the recent arrival of the DLR station. There are a wealth of attractive Victorian and Edwardian properties to be had in its pricier conservation areas, situated closer to Blackheath, with charming terraces and some unusual baroque-style homes. There are also a wide-range of new builds on offer, which have sprung up near the station in recent years, as well as housing estates offering great value for money.

Lewisham is home to a diverse community of energetic and creative residents. The locals here have real heart, and recently won a High Court battle to prevent cuts to Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity services. The area is changing rapidly, with exciting new developments in the town centre and local neighbourhoods adding new schools, leisure facilities and homes. In particular, the rapidly evolving Lewisham Gateway is transforming the area around Lewisham station.

Fulfilling your lifestyle aspirations…

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love wandering around the very trendy Street Feast in the old Model Market. The charming area of Ladywell has a village-like feel, attracting families to the cafes and shops, and the beautiful open green space of Ladywell Fields has a skatepark, bowling green, football pitch, ball courts and a cafe. Right in the centre of town sits the Lewisham Shopping Centre. Despite already housing a great selection of retailers, big changes are in the pipeline, with a large regeneration programme under way.

 

As you would expect from a bustling borough, Lewisham has a wealth of bars and restaurants. The Royal Borough of Greenwich is nearby, where you will be spoilt for choice with bistros, gastro pubs, restaurants, cinemas, museums, theatres, and boutiques galore. For sporty types, the Glass Mill Leisure Centre in Loampit Vale has a 25m, eight-lane swimming pool, learner pool, indoor climbing wall and gym.

Getting around

Sitting in Zone 2, Lewisham boasts excellent transport links into central London and out to the suburbs. From Lewisham you can get to London Bridge in approx. 14 minutes, Canary Wharf in around 20 minutes and London City Airport in about 26 minutes. The DLR runs direct trains to Canary Wharf and Bank and the overground train stops in Ladywell, Hither Green, Lee and St Johns. Many bus routes also run through the area, including the 180, 181, 199, 225, 261 and 380, to list but a few.

Families will love

Lewisham boasts one of the highest numbers of parks and green spaces in the inner London area, with Greenwich Park and the expansive Blackheath Common both very popular with those living locally. For a great day out why not visit Manor House Gardens? Once home to the Baring family and now a library, it is nestled within a pretty 3.34 hectare public park in the Lee Manor conservation area. The park features a walled flower garden, ornamental pond, fountain, ice house, cafe, children’s playground, community garden, tennis courts and multi-purpose sports pitches. Dating back to the 18th century, the gardens are on the National Heritage List and are especially worth a trip when the Farmers’ Market is on.

There are lots of good schools in Lewisham including St Margaret’s Lee CofE Primary, Brindishe Manor and Brindishe Green primary schools. Good secondary schools include the Prendergast School in nearby Hilly Fields, St Matthew Academy and the Addey and Stanhope School. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Lewisham.

Local amenities around Lewisham

  • Maggie's Cafe and Restaurant
  • Meze Mangal restaurant
  • Rox Burger
  • Street Feast Model Market
  • Lewisham Library
  • Ladywell Arena
  • Glass Mill Leisure Centre
  • Lewisham Park

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BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Mark's service was excellent. He was responsive, knowledgeable and very helpful in resolving last minute issues in order to ensure completion occurred smoothly and on schedule. I would definitely recommend the services of Mark and Franklyn James. "

MatthewOctober, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We were very impressed with Franklyn James, in particular Philip Dockerill.

We felt Philip genuinely cared, and that practically he could handle the high stress of certain elements of our move. He managed complicated negotiations, questions and problems throughout the sale with calm, professionalism and proved the depth of his knowledge around all elements of a property sale and the market at the time.

We also found that we could always reach Philip, or if we couldn't he would return the missed call promptly. He maintained regular updates and contact via email and we also found him willing to pick up the phone to manage and discuss difficult scenarios. This seems a simple thing, but is a quality we very much valued and appreciated in him during a stressful time.

We cannot recommend him highly enough if you are looking to buy or sell in the area. "

RachelSeptember, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" I have been completely thrilled with the service that Mark has provided.
He handled all negotiations with such professionalism and was able to secure a fantastic price in a very uneasy market.
Mark's ability to read people meant that all appropriate leads were followed up and he didn't waste time where it was clear people were not interested. Once the offer was in Mark continued to work tirelessly to ensure both parties were moving forward and remained positive and friendly throughout. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend Mark Kimber to anyone who needs to sell a property. "

J JibbAugust, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Mark and his colleagues are excellent. My husband and I bought our property through Mark and he helped us find the tenants within a week! We have dealt with different estate agencies previously, and I have to say Frankly James are the best! They proactively understand our exact needs and execute the plan effectively. We highly recommend to anyone!! "

SheilaAugust, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" It was a pleasant surprise to find Philip after the poor treatment that I'd had from my first estate agents. Phillip's interest in the house, experience and knowledge of the area led to a sale agreement after only a few weeks of asking him to become joint agent. It was brilliant to be able to do business with such an amiable and efficient agency. "

Robert RussellAugust, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Mark was very helpful and prompt with helping me on renting a flat.
He was very proactive and performed a very professional liasion between myself and the landlord.
The process was very straight forward, professional and hassle free. "

DealdiggerAugust, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Phil and Mark did a good job of selling my flat in difficult market conditions. I spent some time researching estate agents in the Greenwich area and interviewed half a dozen different agents before deciding who to go with. Franklyn James stood out because of their straight-talking honest approach, good value, and flexibility.

They managed to sell my flat within 6 weeks in tepid market conditions. We initially put the flat on the market for offers in excess of £375k, but interest was disappointingly low - we received less than a handful of enquiries in the first 4 weeks. Mark advised dropping the price a little to spark more interest - a strategy which ultimately worked well. With a couple more potential buyers through the door, Mark managed to find a very keen buyer in the final days of FJ's contract. After some negotiation, we agreed an eventual sale price of £366.5k - a figure I was happy with.

Phil and Mark and the rest of the team at Franklyn James were also very good at following up throughout the rest of the process and showed great flexibility in getting the final sale over the line when dealing with difficult demands from the buyers and delays from their solicitors.

If you're looking for a no nonsense, straight talking team of estate agents, who charge reasonable fees and are always on hand to help, then I'd recommend Franklyn James. "

TSmithAugust, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We are very grateful for service provided by Mark and Phil from Blackheath office. With our property being unusually large for the area, it was a challenging task to rent it out, but Franklyn James found us tenants in less than 2 months (and that was over Christmas!) Mark was also very patient and reasonable in negotiating the details of the financial let-only arrangement. "

Dr Sasha MitrofanovJune, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Kate from Franklyn James was excellent to work with. This being our first home, she supported us throughout the process and kept us updated regularly. I would wholeheartedly recommend Kate & Franklyn James, friendly, caring, considerate and professional. "

The FédiasJune, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Franklyn James was both my letting agent and estate agent when I decided to sell the flat. Mark Kimber and Philip Dockerill have provided absolutely outstanding services to me, I can honestly say there is no better agent than Franklyn James in London! Mark found a buyer for my property sale really quickly and helped chase all relevant parties throughout the whole process. I have now successfully exchanged contracts and could not have done it without his hard work. If I ever purchase or sell property again in the future, I would not hesitate to go for Franklyn James. Thank you Mark and Phil! "

Ms GuoMay, 2017