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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

" After providing Mark a brief criteria over the phone he scheduled viewings for that afternoon and even stayed late for me to attend after finishing work.

Mark had listened attentively and clearly knew his market as all properties I viewed had potential and I made an offer for one on the spot The apartment had just come on the market that afternoon, Mark provided great advice on how to act and worked incredibly quickly to secure the property before i'd even had breakfast the next morning.

Having been in the property a couple months' Marks remained in touch and checked that everything is going okay which highlights his personable approach.

I'd highly recommend Mark to anyone looking for honest and helpful advice in their next search. "

Jack A'BearApril, 2018

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Mark was the first agent we saw. We described our rough tick-list of what we wanted, where how much we wanted to pay etc. As it transpired, the perfect house came onto the market in that evening and Mark knew it would be right for us.

He was pretty spot on. We took it straight off the market and were the first to view the property. A month down the line, we're moved in and couldn't be happier.

Mark is a top bloke - friendly, not too salesy, understood what we wanted and post offer was really helpful. "

Jack PayneMarch, 2018

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Mark and Philip helped me in the renting process from start to the end in an extremely professional way; their approach is proactive and you can feel from the beginning how professional they are and how much they care about their clients. Constant communication, associated with an excellent suggestions throughout the process, make Mark and Philip (and obviously Franklyn James) the best choice if you want to rent or sell your property! "

PiergiorgioDecember, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Mark was an extremely helpful in the buying of our first property. Friendly, informative, always available and quickly responsive to help us through the process every step of the way. I would thoroughly recommend his services as an estate agent. Thanks Mark! "

William BatemanNovember, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Mark is fantastic estate agent and negotiator. From the moment the property went on the market he provided excellent service. Mark's ability to read people and the market meant he was able to get the right people in to view the property and achieve some amazing offers in a difficult climate.

He is very responsive and very easy to contact. He is easy to talk to and listens to what you are looking for.

As a property investor I often work with estate agents to buy and sell property and without doubt Mark is the most skilled and professional agent I have worked with.

If you need to sell a property go to Mark! "

Sofia ThomasNovember, 2017

BlackheathLewisham estate & letting agents - testimonial

" As a first time buyer, Franklyn James and in particular Mark Kimber was extremely helpful with the entire process. Mark was friendly, easy to contact, always on hand to give useful advice and I'd recommend him and his services in future. I experienced a few estate agents across my property search and Mark was by far the best. I thank him personally for helping us purchase our first property.
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Amy DaviesNovember, 2017

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