CRYSTAL PALACE SE19
Local property types: a blend of Victorian villas — some of them magnificent — now converted into flats, and streets of terrace houses, plus good-quality purpose-built apartment blocks and new “small plot” housing development. High street: Crystal Palace Triangle is a one-way system formed of three “high streets” — Church Road, Westow Hill and Westow Street. It fails on traffic but scores highly for its independent cafés and shops, including vintage clothes and furniture stores. On Sunday mornings the bric-a-brac shops spill out on to the pavements in Church Road and are loved by locals.
Smash Bang Wallop, a homewares shop in Westow Street, opened in 2007. “We enjoy being part of a good mix of businesses from picture framers to dog groomers,” says owner Liz Clamp, who credits Transition Town, a charity that supports communities, for establishing the street’s popular Saturday organic food market.
The community energy doesn’t end there. Using Lottery funds, The