No matter what move you are looking to make in the property market, you cannot solely fixate on bricks and mortar alone. Yes, a property needs to be a suitable size and in reasonable condition for a buyer to develop an interest. Still, a fantastic home by itself isn’t going to generate a lot of attention.
This is because when people buy property, they also buy into the local community. Local facilities and amenities are crucial factors in the property market. These external elements even influence property prices, so there is an obvious need to know what is on offer in the local area.
Vendors, buyers, tenants and landlords all have a genuine interest in their local community, and at Hunters Forest Hill, we are pleased to say there are so many brilliant reasons to stay in South East London. We are active in New Cross, Peckham, Dulwich and Brockley, and in many of the adjoining towns, but we are well-known for our work here in Forest Hill. We know the local community, and we are more than happy to recommend some of the leading bespoke shops of Forest Hill.
Book stores lead the way with bespoke options
For many people, independent and niche book stores are the best example of bespoke shops in a local area. Forest Hill is fortunate enough to call on a few of these stores. A local bookshop is an excellent way to while away time and learn some new knowledge, although hopefully, you’ll find something worth buying!
With a growing number of people falling out of love with Amazon, and finding major book chains can’t offer the insight or expertise which helps them find the book they need, bespoke book stores have a huge part to play in local life.
Moon Lane Books opened in 2018 and is located on Stanstead Road, and has quickly developed a reputation as being a beautiful children’s bookshop. You are assured of a friendly welcome, and kids will love the bright colours. There is also a fiction section for grown-ups, so you may find you linger longer than you initially intended.
Leaf & Grove, on Dartmouth Road, has been operating since 2017, and this shop provides a valuable service to the community. The store mainly deals in second-hand books. Many of the books on offer are donated, with support from sales helping to provide a sustainable income for Forest Hill Library.
The role of libraries cannot be overstated for a local community. It may be easy to think the internet has everything covered, but libraries are informative hubs which offer quick and practical support for many people. With this local store supporting the local library, it is easy to see why many residents are keen to support Leaf & Grove.
If you like the sound of what Forest Hill has to offer, the table below details the average price paid for property over the past 12 months, comparing Forest Hill prices with those of the SE23 postcode, and London. With the average price paid for Forest Hill properties coming in well below the average London price, there is an opportunity to find great value in an area that has a considerable amount to offer to the local community.
Iceni Music Shop
The Iceni Music Shop is more than just a store where you can buy musical instruments and accessories, and it is a hub for the local music community. It is possible to rent equipment, and if you need to have your instruments repaired or even recycled, this is the ideal local option.
The shop also offers music tuition, in a wide range of instruments and styles, and you can also learn sign language. If you, or someone you know, has a creative streak, Iceni Music shop is a fantastic place to shop in Forest Hill.
Yolly Flower Shop
Whether you want to say thank you, sorry or you just want flowers to brighten up your home, it is good to know there is an independent florist on Dartmouth Road. Yolly Flower Shop opened up in 2018, and while the store only opens Wednesday through Sunday, you have more than enough opportunity to pick up something special.
The store is more than just a flower shop, with the owner offering a range of classes and workshops, helping you create something unique. This style of service is precisely what you want from local boutique stores, offering more than just products. Yolly Flower Shop is a fantastic example of a store which doesn’t only serve the local community, it plays a part in bringing people together, and making the local area a brighter and happier place.
If you are interested in the average price paid for specific property types in Forest Hill, the following table provides an overview of the past three months.
One of the best things about bespoke shops is that they can feel as though they are tailored to your needs. Not every shop in the local area will be of interest to you, but that doesn’t matter. The shops which don’t pique your attention will likely appeal to other people, and these people may not choose to shop in the stores you love.
The important thing is that Forest Hill has a community where bespoke shops thrive, which is fantastic for creating a strong sense of spirit. Buying or letting a property isn’t just about finding a place to stay; it is often about finding a place you feel at home. The bespoke shops of Forest Hill are just some of the reasons why this area is in high demand because it helps people to get more out of their life.
No matter what move you are keen to make in, out or around Forest Hill, we are here to assist you, so please get in touch.
At Hunters Forest Hill we cover a wide part of South East London, we know letting or selling property is hard, but we are here to assist you in the process. If you aim to buy, sell, let your home or rent property, we are active in New Cross, Peckham, Dulwich and Brockley (and many of the adjoining towns), in addition to Forest Hill, so get in touch with one of the top three agents in London, and we will be happy to assist you.