Gabriel Ng and his family moved out of East London to leafy Orpington in search of good grammar schools, great community spirit and a better quality of life.
The 27 year old Software Engineering Director and his wife Yixuan along with their three year old daughter, Sophia, moved from a two-bedroom flat in Barking to a stylish four-bedroom house with a private garden at London Square Orpington, a collection of homes and apartments by award-winning developer London Square, set in more than six acres of grounds within a private gated development within the historic Grade II listed Bassetts House grounds. There is a nature reserve pond in the grounds which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has been restored by London Square.
We wanted a bigger home and better amenities close by, with good transport links to London Bridge within 16 minutes. We really like the appearance of the house we bought. It has a distinct mews style house look to it and has a unique feel to the interior layouts with modern looking en-suite bathrooms, walk-in wardrobe and an ample size office space at the top floor. We were also attracted by the property being in a gated development. We love the setting with the natural wildlife. We recently even discovered little ducks and a great crested newt inhabiting Bassetts Pond, part of a local nature reserve across from our home, which our daughter loves to take a stroll on a daily basis. It has been a truly amazing move for us.
Gabriel says they are delighted with the range of outstanding schools in the area, with Darrick Wood primary school close by, within five minutes walking distance, along with the highly sought after St. Olave’s and Newstead Wood grammar schools within the catchment area.
“It is close to the train station and shops. There is also a nearby park, Tugmutton Common with a kids ‘play area, a tennis court and a swimming pool centre close by. It’s a great location, with a low crime rate. Orpington has such a good community spirit. We recently attended Orpington Lights Up, which was great fun, with fair rides for kids and lovely food stalls.