- Humans are social animals, forming societies and seeking contact with others for well-being purposes. It is not therefore surprising that buyers and renters look for a sense of community in their new home search.
- Three quarters of home movers rated the local community as ‘Important’ when searching for a new home to buy. Pleasant neighbours were viewed as important by 87%.
- A sense of community in a local area would also encourage 72% of renters to rent for longer and, 69% would rent for longer if there was a sense of community within their building.
- Neighbourhoods or streets where homes rarely come up for sale are a good indicator of a strong community, as is the number of neighbours a resident knows by their first name. Source: Dataloft, Property Academy Surveys 2022 (including over 10,400 home movers, over 6,800 renters)
One of the things I have enjoyed the most about working in Thornton Heath is that the area has always had a very strong community feel about it. It’s one of the main reasons I still live and work in the area. The local community always gets involved with local and major societal causes such as when the Olympic torch passed through the area coming down the popular Brigstock Road. If you know the area you will know Brigstock Road is one of the main roads in the area, stretching from Thornton Heath High street to London Road. To see the whole community gather and cover both sides of the street waving their British flags, and cheering the torch on has remained a lasting memory.
Historically, many local roads have had annual street parties to celebrate things such as the Queen’s jubilee and other similar events. I personally love the street parties and how the neighbours come together and share good times with food, drink and laughter.
The local leisure centre is also a popular social hub as they run many weekly clubs such as swimming, judo and keep fit which many of the locals frequently enjoy.
If you are thinking of becoming a local resident in Thornton Heath or the surrounding areas, please call one of our local property experts on 0330 0430002 who will be able to help you with all your property needs.Leigh Thomas Truuli Property Expert 0330 0430002