A town with a bright future
Sutton has a broad range of property types to offer; new-build apartments and houses, functional, modern and convenient flats, Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses and spacious, grand semi-detached and detached houses. Savills own research predicts Sutton will have the 5th highest house price growth in the UK between now and 2020. In the area of Belmont towards the southern end of Sutton are many apartment blocks, which offer the convenience being within walking distance to Sutton station, as well as affordability for those looking to get a foot on the housing ladder. For those whose preferred property lies at the higher end of the property market, towards Banstead behind Cuddington Golf Course lies arguably the most sought after selection of roads in Sutton – High View, Downs Side and The Drive, to name a few. These picturesque, sweeping roads bring style and opulence to their leafy, rural surroundings, where asking prices can easily exceed £3.5m.
A bit of history
Sutton is the principle town in the London Borough of Sutton. It has a Surrey postcode for Historic reasons, but merely 10 miles from the city centre, it is officially in London. In the Domesday Book of 1086, the parish of Sutton is recorded as having two churches and two acres of meadow. It is recorded in the Domesday Book as Sudtone, a name formed from the Old English words 'suth' and 'tun', meaning ‘the south farm’. It was approximately 800 acres in size, had about 30 houses and a population of 200. From 1755 Sutton developed further as a village, with its location being on the London to Brighton turnpike, leading to the development of coaching inns in the area. Commercial and residential expansion in the Victorian era began in 1847 as a result of Sutton being connected to London via rail. Now becoming a town, Sutton’s development continued and its population increased as a result of the suburban growth of London throughout the 1900’s. In 1934, along with neighbouring Cheam, Sutton became a municipal borough, forming part of Greater London since 1965. Despite this ‘Sutton, Surrey’ is predominately used for addresses in the town; Southern Railway Ltd referring to the mainline railway station as ‘Sutton, Surrey’. Not only inaccurate but problematic, as another much smaller Sutton lies in Surrey proper, approximately 5 miles South West of Dorking.
Population & crime
Sutton’s population has grown in size by 4.7% since 2001, at a current estimate of 190,100 residents. The proportion of genders is the same as the London average; 51% female and 49% male. With total crime having reduced by 31% over the last eight years and motor crime at its lowest level for 15 years, Sutton is one of the top three safest boroughs in London.
Parks & wildlife
Residents and visitors to Sutton are welcome to enjoy over 600 hectares of green space and 16 parks, being one of London’s greenest boroughs. The London In Bloom Awards accredited Sutton with the Silver Gilt overall and Gold award for Oaks Park, in addition to five of the borough’s parks winning a Green Flag Award this year. Certainly a green borough in more ways than one, Sutton has one of the highest densities of tree cover per hectare compared to other London boroughs, with more than 190,000 trees.
Sutton commerce and business community comprises over 6,600 businesses. 2,027 businesses started up in Sutton in 2011, an increase of 15% over 2010. Sutton is proud if its economic activity rate, standing at 78.3% among working age people, compared to 75.1% and 76.5% average for London and England respectively.
The borough of Sutton has excellent transport links, with ten railway stations that service the borough, with transport usage increasing by 22% since 2005/6. There are 1,600 roads in Sutton making a surprising 400km in distance.
Interesting facts about Sutton
Most of Sutton’s architecture is Victorian. However, thought to be the oldest surviving building in the former parish of Sutton and pre dating the Victoria era, is the Georgian ‘Sutton Lodge’ on the Brighton Road, recorded in the Sutton archives record of 1762. There are four conservation areas in Sutton town - a 300 yard segment of the High Street, and three residential areas - Grove Avenue, Landseer Road and Sutton Garden Common. On a historical note, the Rolling Stones were first spotted for their talent by famous music producer Giorgio Gomelski in 1963 in the former Red Lion public house (now ‘The Winning Post’). They played several early gigs there, months before they made the charts and became stars. Sutton was also home to some very notable individuals; activist, broadcaster and botanist David Bellamy attended Sutton Grammar School, entertainer and comedian Sir Harry Secombe was a local resident after whom the Secombe Theatre is named, and actor and playwright Noël Coward who lived in Lenham Road.
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