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Welcome to Carriages, Purley

Winner of the Evening Standard Best New Development Award in the Retirement Living sector, Carriages is a stunning collection of one and two-bedroom apartments in the heart of Purley.

The simple pleasures of home were a central point of reference in the community’s design. The resulting apartments are light, spacious and welcoming, and some are equipped with private roof terraces or gardens.

Architects Woods Bagot have created a five-storey building with exposed brickwork and bronze features that reference the community’s location just south of the old tracks of the Surrey Iron Railway; for many years its horse-drawn carriages transported goods from the North Downs to the Thames. The landscapers also found inspiration in this railway heritage, creating borders of coarse stone beds and wildflowers.

Sale prices start from £290,000

Rental prices start from £1,390 pcm

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  • 840 Brighton Road


    CR8 2BH

    (off ChristChurch Road)

  • Opening times:

    Due to COVID-19, we will be taking viewings by appointment only until further notice.

    Please call us on 020 3308 2550 to arrange your viewing.

    Open Tuesday to Saturday.

Feels Like Home

Whether you enjoy cooking for friends and family in your spacious apartment, relaxing with a novel in the shared lounge, or returning after a busy day for a drink on the roof terrace, Carriages is a sociable and relaxing place to call home.

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Settle down in a comfy armchair, take in the amazing views, put your feet up with a good book, unfold your newspaper or dig out a board game with friends – this is your space to enjoy.

Roof Terrace

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Accessible from the Sky Lounge, the rooftop terrace is a spacious outdoor area offering extensive, gorgeous views across Purley. A perfect place to unwind alone or amongst friends.

Guest Suite

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When friends or family wish to stay overnight, Carriages has a welcoming and comfortable guest suite located near reception on the ground floor.

Social Kitchen

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The social kitchen is the development’s bustling social hub. With its food larder stocked with artisan produce, a generous dining table and banquette seating, it’s the ideal spot for a bite to eat, cup of coffee, or a drink and a catch-up with friends.

Your Lifehost

Your dedicated Lifehosts, Tessa Plaistow and Pebbles Wheeler, are an invaluable part of Carriages, being your first stop for any queries. Tessa and Pebbles provide the community with a sense of safety and security, but also make life here as relaxing, carefree and enjoyable as possible. Lifehosts are also a great source of local knowledge, helping you to plan extraordinary days for you and your guests.

Carriages: Highlights

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Centrally located within minutes to town centre

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Communal Rooftop Terrace with fabulous views

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Guest suite for visiting family & friends

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On-site Hosts, Tessa & Pebbles, to run social events and activities

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Social Kitchen for entertaining

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Within walking distance of local amenities

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Sky Lounge; Ideal for relaxing

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A vibrant community

Simple Pleasures

The simple pleasures of being at home were a central point of reference in the design of this community. The resulting apartments are light, spacious and welcoming, and some feature private roof terraces or gardens.

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Living Area

Enjoying views of the surrounding greenery, Carriages’ spacious, open-plan living areas maximise natural light and bring the outdoors in.

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The kitchens’ sleek, grey-tile flooring is complemented by the joinery and glossy wall tiles. Concealed banquette storage and efficient, easy-to-use appliances are also included.

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Filled with natural light, the bright and airy bedrooms offer excellent storage, including plenty of wardrobe space.

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In calming tones of white and green, the stylish bathrooms feature a large shower and vanity mirror.

Arrange a Personal Tour


We look forward to welcoming you for a personal tour of Carriages. Come by for a chat and a drink at our Sky Lounge and soak up the vibrant, sociable atmosphere.

Book your bespoke tour today to sample the Carriages lifestyle.


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Try Before You Buy

If you are considering a move to Carriages. you can take advantage of our Try Before You Buy offer, to get a taste of the lifestyle awaiting you at this award-winning development.

Enjoy a complimentary one- or two-night stay in a beautiful, fully-furnished apartment. Your stay will include a meal on us at a local restaurant, and a continental-style breakfast. During your stay you can fully explore the community and its facilities, including the Sky Lounge, terrace and honesty bar where you can enjoy drinks and chat with some of your potential neighbours. Our dedicated and friendly Lifehosts Tessa and Pebbles will be happy to help you with any queries.

We are confident you will love your Try Before You Buy experience and the lifestyle on offer at Carriages.

Purley Local Area

Living in Purley

Surrounded by parkland and golf courses, Purley is a green and affluent neighbourhood. With excellent transport links from East Croydon station and the M23 and A22, it’s easy to enjoy everything that London and the South East has to offer.

Nearby on Brighton Road, you'll find local conveniences such as a bank, Post Office, pharmacy and opticians, while the town is bursting with boutiques, restaurants and independent coffee shops. Two golf clubs, a literary society and a debating society are just some of the local activities you can get involved in, while Purley’s tree-lined parks lend themselves to leisurely strolls in all seasons.


Stay in Touch

Register your details with us today and we’ll keep you up to date with news about availability at this age-exclusive community. You’ll also receive details about the offers and events we run for Carriages.


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Carriages Brochure

Discover more about the lifestyle, features and services at Carriages, Purley by downloading the brochure.



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Meet the Carriages Team

David Newey - Sales Director

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David has been with Lifestory for over 5 years now and has continued to expand his role, recently being promoted to the leadership team as Sales Director alongside his existing Development responsibilities. Being able to interact with our Customers has always been a priority and this change in role has allowed him to meet more residents across our portfolio. To relax away from work, David enjoys running, cycling and sailing but will give almost any sport a try!

Emily Nesbitt - Marketing Director

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Emily joined Lifestory in 2019 and comes with over 20 years Sales and Marketing experience in the property arena. With a passion for all things design and a degree in Interior Design, she helps bring our homes to life. Emily spends much of her spare time with her 2 children, entertaining and squeezing in the odd run!

Bill Haworth - Development Manager

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Bill graduated from Bournemouth University in 2016 where he studied Project Management and Operations. Bill enjoys working for a company like Lifestory that is recognised for its unique approach in a competitive market. In his spare time, Bill enjoys playing football and following rugby.

Helen Hogg - Head of Customer Operations

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Helen began her career as a Buyer for Marks and Spencer before taking time out to have a family. During this time, Helen worked for Property Investor, buying and selling properties in the Midlands. Helen then entered the Hospitality sector, working her way up to General Manager of Hotels and Conferencing where she spent the next 15 years, before joining Lifestory as the General Manager of 23a Leyton Road in Harpenden. Helen’s current role at Lifestory is centered around exceptional customer service which is something that Helen is extremely passionate about.

Caren Day - Sales Manager

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Caren works as the Sales Manager for Carriages in Purley. Caren has worked in the New Homes industry for over 20 years and has specialised in properties for the over 60’s. Caren loves being part of the Lifestory Group as we always put our customers first and provide beautifully designed properties to suit the needs of all of our client’s. Caren’s favourite part of her role at Carriages is building relationships with buyers as she loves helping people with the whole house buying process, from initial meeting all the way through to completion. In her spare time, Caren loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors; keeping as fit as possible and making sure never to miss a daily 5km walk in the countryside surrounding her home.

Tessa Plaistow - Lifehost

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Tessa Plaistow is a Lifehost at Carriages in Purley and has been looking after the development for just over four years. Tessa has three sons, so her free time is filled with rugby, WWE and muddy adventure days, but she makes sure to balance this out with lots of bubble baths, wine and musical theatre shows.

Pebbles Wheeler - Lifehost

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Pebbles is a Lifehost at Carriages in Purley and absolutely loves her job. Pebbles was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, and came to the UK when she was 13 years old, speaking no English whatsoever. She went to boarding school where she learned to speak both English and French. Having lived in 3 different countries, Pebbles is happy to now be settled in the UK, and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son Marcel.