Brixton Property Market
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Once seen as an undesirable area, Brixton has undergone significant gentrification and now is an area with a village community feel. The Brixton once famed for the race riots is a thing of the past. Situated 5 miles to the south of the centre of the city, it is largely made up of Edwardian and Victorian houses, with a number of larger properties been split into flats.
Brixton council estates, the majority of which are flats, offer a popular ‘right to buy’ scheme, which is very active here. Highly desirable areas include Blenheim Gardens, a gated community and Trinity Gardens, a conservation area. Highly coveted roads include Winslade Road, Hayter Road, Acre Lane, Winterwell Road and Haycroft Road.
Brixton has a popular rental market, especially with those looking to share housing, with rentals closer to Brixton tube station being more popular. It is possible to rent apartments in buildings throughout Brixton or a flat in a converted terrace house. The average property price in SW9 and SW2 is in the region of £550,000, with average rental in the vicinity of £450 per week.
Standard of Living in Brixton
Brixton is a popular location with families; it is conveniently located and benefits from a number of green spaces. Brixton village and the covered markets mean it is a popular destination for those who love their culinary delights. There is a large Afro-Caribbean community in the area, which contributes to the creative vibe and independent shops, cafes and bars here. Brixton is attractive to many young professionals, with an easy commute to the City or the West End; coupled with its eclectic charm it is a desirable area to live in.
Other Living necessities in Brixton
Brixton benefits from a number of parks including Rush Common and Milkwood Community Parks, and Brockwell Park, which boasts wonderful views over the city. Among an array of independent t is also home to a number of large food retailers such as Marks and Spencer’s.
Brixton is famed for its very lively nightlife. O2’s Brixton Academy is located here and is the venue for many live music performances, opened in 1929 it is one of London’s most popular music venues, and has seen the likes of Deborah Harry, Madonna and Bob Dylan play here. For those who like to keep active there is Brixton Recreation Centre, with a state of the art gym, exercise classes and a climbing wall, among other facilities.
There are a number of schools in the area, both primaries and secondary schools; primary schools that have received ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted include St Jude’s CofE, Stockwell, Sudbourne and Corpus Christi. Ofsted has also awarded ‘outstanding’ to the following secondary schools, which include Charter School, Stockwell Park, Sacred Heart RC and St Martin.
Brixton Library is located on Brixton Oval and is open everyday except bank holidays; there is also a number of places of worship in Brixton, such as St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church and Brixton Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Places to visit near Brixton
Brixton is located with Kennington to the north, Streatham to the south, Clapham to the west and Camberwell to the east. It is a stroll away to Battersea Park and it is also possible to walk to the River Thames. Of architectural interest is the nearby Stockwell Bus Garage, an example of classic utilitarian design.
There is an array of art to admire around the borough of Lambeth, including the wall murals that are painted in varying neighbours, such as Stockwell’s Memorial Mural and Brixton’s own ‘Nuclear Dawn’ mural. For shopping close by Streatham High Street is increasing in popularity. The Garden Museum in Lambeth documents the history and design of gardens for nature enthusiasts.
Brixton Council Tax
Brixton is in the borough of Lambeth, the council tax is in the region of £825 for Band A, £1250 for Band D and £2500 for Band H.