Types of houses in the Borough of Bexley Architecture Bexley

Types of houses in the Borough of Bexley Architecture Bexley

The borough has grown rapidly since its 1801 census population of 4,165.

The advent of the railway and slum clearances saw a steady increase in house-building, resulting in 50,000 inhabitants by the turn of the 19th century.

Property size

According to government statistics, Bexley’s housing stock in 2013 stood at 95,660, which is predicted to grow at 0.5% per annum.

The proportion of private renting (12%) was the lowest in the sub-region at the time and 14% of dwellings were rented from a social landlord. In terms of housing type, 45% were semi-detached houses – over twice the south-east London average – and there were correspondingly smaller proportions of flats – 23% – both purpose built and converted.

As a result of this figure, there were smaller than average proportions of one- and two-bedroomed properties and a higher-than-average amount of three bedroomed dwellings in Bexley.

A family-orientated area, there is also a higher than average number of properties with four or more bedrooms.


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  • 45% built between 1919-1944 period (high compared to the rest of south-east London)
  • Fewer from pre-1919 than rest of the area

Fewer properties in the area date from 2000 or later and the dwelling vacancy rate is above the London average – and the highest in the sub-region – but the long-term rate is the lowest.

In terms of condition, the private sector stock in Bexley had a lower rate of non-decency than the south east London average. The borough is projected to experience a 30% increase in the number of people aged 65 or more between 2012 and 2032, the lowest rate in the sub-region

As at 2011, Bexley’s population was just over 231,000 and it has an above average supply (relative to the sub-regional average) of social/affordable rented and leasehold sheltered housing compared to the rest of London.

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