Why Brixton is the place of choice for young Londoners
24th March 2014 | 12:00am
24th March 2014 | 12:00am
During the past 30 years, Brixton has seen a revolution in terms of how it’s viewed by property buyers. Its vibrance and energy has seen it transform into the place of choice for young Londoners who are looking to live in an area which offers something unique. This unique part of town has also built strong communities over the years. From a lively nightlife to a newly refurbished town square, as well as a range of quirky shops and restaurants, there’s never a dull moment. We’re talking about a part of London that even has its own currency – what more could you want - once you move in, you won’t want to move out!
One thing that massively appeals to young urban dwellers is Brixton’s eclectic street life. From Brixton Village Market, where you can find fantastic deals and a range of different independent shops, to the Ritzy Picturehouse and the popular Brixton Academy; no wonder this corner of London is so popular with the under 40s!
For young sharers looking to rent big flats or even houses, to families who can’t quite afford nearby Clapham, property is in more demand than ever. As Rob Jubb, a 32 year-old university lecturer highlights: “I’ve lived in Brixton since the summer of 2010. I moved here for the Ritzy and the fruit and veg stalls and butchers and fishmongers along Electric Avenue and in the Village and Market; but stayed for Brockwell Park and the friendly back-street pubs.”
He adds: “From The Duck Egg Cafe on Coldharbour Lane to Etta’s Seafood Kitchen in the Village, the whole place has a nice easy-going bustle to it, and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I'm buying a flat just up the road in Stockwell, and am very happy.”
Likewise, Lina, a 33-year-old psychologist highlights the laidback and colourful vibe of Brixton’s eateries:
“Negril is my number one venue for any day dinner and weekend brunch. Brixton Space Tapas Bar is fantastic for a chilled out glass of wine and best patatas bravas around. When I take friends out for weekend lunch in Brixton we most often go for a market adventure and see where we end up.”
She adds: “Brixton fills me with energy. I love the vibe and the food and the people. And of course the music, which is everywhere; on the streets; in the pubs; in the venues; in the parks – the list goes on!”
Brixton is very convenient when it comes to transport – it’s only four stops away from Victoria station in the city, which offers quick access to the south of England and Gatwick airport. The great thing about the Victoria Line is that you can always get a seat! Over 20 buses go through Brixton town centre, making it very convenient after a late night out. Brixton also borders Stockwell and Camberwell - which host many free local festivals in the summer.
So what can you get for your money? Well, most property in Brixton is late Victorian – although there are pockets of early Victorian houses in some parts. There are also many sought-after 1930s purpose-built blocks like Effra Court, quite a few well-managed council estates like Blenheim Gardens and a lot of new builds; a clear sign developers want to cash in on Brixton’s popularity.
There are also hidden gems like Tudor Close, a private development that even has a swimming pool and Archbishop’s Place, a quiet cul de sac with cottages,
Interestingly, Brixton was a very wealthy suburb until the start of the twentieth century, when lots of large houses were converted into flats and boarding houses. Back then it was a popular spot with West End actors and other theatre workers – which is perhaps why Brixton has a very creative arts scene! Brixton’s postcodes are SW2, which includes Streatham Hill and Tulse Hill, and SW9 – although this is technically the Stockwell postcode but it extends right into the heart of Brixton, east of Brixton Road.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for properties to rent in Brixton contact Eden Harper’s friendly team!