Sanford Walk starts where the Overground splits into two branches – one going down to New Cross and the other to New Cross Gate. The street belongs to Sanford Housing Co-op and is relatively isolated from the rest of the neighbourhood in a sense that there is no public walk-through area.
The street is a very green environment: we have an organic vegetable garden, a system of ponds built by the members of the co-op, tall trees, bushes and lawns. A large part of our car park has recently been turned into more gardens, with a permaculture project and an indoor communal area for meetings.
Our members are very keen cyclists and enjoy the benefits of a fully-equipped bicycle workshop, funded thanks to a grant from TfL. We also boast a spectacular bicycle storage area, incorporating a performance stage and a roof garden.
The street can be seen directly from the Overground if you’re on the train from Surrey Quays to either of the New Cross stations.
The Houses and Flats
There are 14 houses on Sanford Walk, all very similar in the way they are designed, but quite different in terms of people living in them.
Each house is occupied by between eight and ten tenants. At present, standard rent is approximately £65 a week, inclusive of bills and council tax.
Each member is allocated their own bedroom and shares a kitchen, living room and three toilets, one of which is equipped with a shower and another with a bath.
There is also a block of six self-contained flats on Sanford Walk. These include a bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom.
Here’s a 360 degree view of our south garden / orchard / car park / meeting room / mural area.
You can pan around the photograph by clicking and dragging inside the photo (once it’s finished loading). I’m afraid, you’ll need Adobe Flash installed to view this properly. Many thanks to Sanford Collective member Th3Pr0f for taking this photograph (2012).
Finally, here’s a walking tour of Sanford, filmed by one of our former members, Josef, in the summer of 2012.