Sanderstead Area Guide

Geoff Henson - 
All Saints Sanderstead, Croydon

Sanderstead is a quaint village at the southern tip of Croydon in south London, with fascinating ties to English history and name origins – especially for those associated with the Sanders surname! The area includes Purley Downs as well as Sanderstead Plantation, offering an idyllic woodland escape that features London’s second-highest point. This picturesque parish was once part of Surrey County until 1965 when it became a district within Greater London – but its unique identity has remained intact thanks to civil council efforts which began in the late 19th century.

All Saints’ Church Sanderstead, the grand edifice that dates back to 1230 and has been lovingly extended throughout centuries, is recognized as a cherished historical landmark in the UK. It can proudly boast of John Dryden’s poem inscribed on its walls – an honourable testament from England’s first Poet Laureate – plus it holds Grade I listed status for preservation under law.

Sanderstead property scene

Sanderstead’s property landscape has experienced a rapid surge recently, with detached homes now selling at an average of £789,420 – up 7.4% from last year! Semi-detached houses come in just over  the half a million mark at £566,702, and terraced properties are available for around £424,650. Flats fetch around £273,018 on average while renting a two-bedroom flat can cost £1200 monthly on average.

Property prices in Sanderstead are slightly more attractive than the Greater London average, yet still higher compared to other towns of similar size across England. Although there has been an overall rise in price throughout the region annually, this increase is slower when focusing specifically on property values within Sanderstead itself.

Hook Hill, East and West Hills, Arkwright Road and The Ridge Way boast an array of larger detached homes mere steps away from the vibrant Sanderstead station. Currently on the market is an impressive five-bedroom detached family residence that stands tall amongst the most sought-after properties in the area. Complemented by a sweeping gated carriage driveway, this magnificent abode boasts a 22 ft gym and family room with patio space and an outdoor pool to match. If you’ve got £1.65M handy, you have a chance to own it!

*Sanderstead average property vaules January 2023 Click here to get the latest Sanderstead property values

New build development

Agnes House is a world-class residential development that stands out within the prime locale of Sanderstead. Accommodations include nine luxurious apartments with one, two and three-bedroom configurations – plus an incredible penthouse featuring wrap-around balconies to take in picturesque views over the surrounding countryside. Residents enjoy instant access to nearby Purley & Sanderstead’s top amenities, including Waitrose, Tesco’s Extra, restaurants and bars – all just a short walk away! Prices start from £345,000 for these high-quality dwellings offering style, luxury and convenience like no other.


Sanderstead is the perfect spot for commuters – just a short distance away from Croydon and London with easy access to M25 junction 6 at Godstone, M23 at Hooley, Gatwick Airport or Heathrow. Sanderstead and Purley Oaks railway stations make travelling effortless by offering quick services that can get you to London Bridge & Victoria in 23-28 minutes and conveniently take you directly to Gatwick Airport!

Conveniently located in zone 6, Sanderstead and Purley Oaks railway stations offer fast access to the hustle of London’s inner city. An annual travel card from either station makes navigating downtown a breeze – for just £2,208!


Sanderstead lies in the postcode district of CR2

Shops and restaurants

The village boasts its own library, as well as a good choice of convenience stores, including a florist, plus a good size Waitrose Supermarket and a Costa café.

Experience a family-run Mediterranean haven on Limpsfield Road; Med Kitchen welcomes all with its warm hospitality and fresh ingredients crafted into showstopping dishes. The Prawn & Salmon Grill is particularly renowned for leaving taste buds tingling!

Open space

Sanderstead Recreation Ground has served the local community for generations, having originally been fields belonging to Whitehorse Farm and later Borough Farm. Visitors can enjoy a range of facilities, including an outdoor gym, Junior football pitches & Cricket wickets as well as Priscilla’s Tea Room café. Adjacent is The Brand Memorial Hall which late tenant James Brand lovingly built in recognition of his time at Sanderstead Court. Every November brings about traditional festivities during its annual Bonfire event that raises funds for charities within Croydon, organized partly by Greenspaces Department and Round Table.

Kings Wood is an idyllic woodland situated between Old Farleigh Road and Limpsfield Road. Not only does it boast a stunning view of rolling bluebells, but there are also white wood anemones in the mix! Enjoy leisurely strolls through flat pathways that ease your journey – these paths have seen many centuries of activity from timber harvesting to becoming a Victorian game reserve. Today, Friends of Kings Wood with the help of the council look after this majestic site; keep watch for birds such as Great Spotted Woodpeckers who happily call this place home all year round.

Local clubs

Since 1883, Sanderstead Cricket Club have been a part of cricketing history. With their first recorded game at the picturesque Old Saw Mill taking place in 1926, they remain an integral member of Surrey’s Championship and associated fixtures today. Whether you are looking to bloom as an experienced player or rekindle your passion for the game having not played it since some time ago – everyone is welcome! The club offers weekly team games on Saturdays and traditional friendly matches on Sundays; there truly is something here for all levels and ages.

For over a century, Sanderstead Lawn Tennis Club has been providing top-notch court and clubhouse facilities to the South Croydon area. With 6 courts (4 with LED floodlights!), a full bar, and an updated hall for social functions, this club is one of the most well-equipped around! SLTC’s memberships provide excellent value: all tennis players have access to free use of both lights and balls. Whether you’re looking for adult or junior tennis classes; table tennis games; or just an inviting place to mingle socially – it can be found at Sanderstead Lawn Tennis Club!


The Sanderstead area boasts a wealth of educational institutions, such as Atwood Primary School and Gresham Primary School for younger students or Riddlesdown Collegiate Secondary School which caters to older learners. Ridgeway Primary is another renowned option in the region.

With its peaceful atmosphere and ample outdoor spaces, Sanderstead is the ideal destination for families looking to put down roots. You won’t find just safety here – there’s also a vibrant community with plenty of activities available in local parks, easily accessible green areas and high-quality schools nearby.


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