London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - London Life -

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

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