Brixton

Back in the 1980s, Brixton was talked-about more for its high crime rates than anything else. But heavy investment and a host of new business have transformed this rainbow-coloured neighbourhood for the better. Brixton’s a creative hub packed with street art, independent shops and eateries. It has a sense of identity that any other London district would struggle to match. Read on to discover the developments that are rated as the best places to live in Brixton. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Brixton.

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Best places to live in Brixton

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Brixton O2 Academy

Where is Brixton?

Brixton is the beating heart of South London, and comes under the borough of Lambeth. It’s edged by Clapham to the east, Stockwell and Camberwell to the north, and Peckham and Herne Hill to the west.

Afro-Caribbean roots

Brixton’s Afro-Caribbean residents arrived back in the 1940s and the culture gives the area its unique appeal. Reggae bars play exotic beats until late. In addition, the area is home to an amazing foodie scene that incorporates street stalls sizzling with specialities like jerk chicken and ackee and saltfish. Hootananny is a much-loved hostel-come-nightclub that works to showcase the area’s diversity, with events dedicated to everything from hip-hop to salsa. In fact, Hootananny is cut from much the same cloth as the rest of Brixton’s nightlife scene – these are less nightspots, more local institutions. The 02 Academy Brixton and the Ritzy Cinema are case in point.

Brixton concert

Brixton must-dos

It’s not just Brixton’s Afro-Caribbean roots that shine, though. Brixton’s charming, gritty (and sometimes downright wacky) restaurants, shops and bars hail from all backgrounds and celebrate all walks of life – from dingy tapas joints to charming Thai eateries. Brixton Village Market is the place to grab budget fare on the go. It is home to 20 independent shops, kiosks and restaurants. The market is the community’s cultural epicentre, with live music and street performers bringing the place to life on the weekends. Electric Avenue is another must-see – this thoroughfare was one of the first street’s in the country to be lit by electricity. Nowadays, it’s a haven of vintage shops and market stalls.

Transport from Zone 2

Journeys to Victoria via the Overground from Brixton Rail Station take less than 10 minutes. Likewise, its namesake Underground station is right at the end of the Victoria line, which means no fighting for a seat on the morning commute. Loughborough Junction is another option, which gives residents direct access to the likes of Farringdon and King’s Cross. Lots of locals opt to travel by two wheels. Expect ample bicycle storage in the area’s residential developments and offices.

Brixton David Bowie mural

Best places to live in Brixton

Brixton properties range from cutting-edge apartment blocks to slender Victorian terraced houses. The former have grown in number in recent years, as the start-up companies multiplied and the young, creative population grew. As such, there are number of developments to buy or rent in Brixton.

Brixton Centric is a sought-after development by Muse. Its apartments are sleek and ultra-modern with residents spread over two buildings. These include the high-rise Brook House and the Art Deco-style Ivor House.

The reception area merges into an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, plus each comes with a balcony offering far-reaching views. Kitchens come with integrated Bosch appliances.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Brixton Centric

Also not far from here is The Edge – a new-build property from Taylor Wimpey with apartments to buy or rent in Brixton. This development is rated one of the best places to live in Brixton. Another popular, central option, it comprises of contemporary flats only a short distance away from the station.

“I really like it, the building is up to high standards, and the people that come in the house really like it so it makes me even happier to live here. It’s spacious and bigger than what I thought it would be. The train doesn’t disturb me at all since my apartment faces away from the station.” – Verified resident, The Edge.

You can find out more about living in Brixton by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover great places to rent in Brixton. If there’s a Brixton property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here

Reviews in Brixton

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Don’t move to Myatt’s Field/Oval Quarters unless you have insomnia & love banging and surround sound

Verified Resident
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Review Date Mar 2021

It’s Myatts Field North Estate Not Oval Quarters. Changing the name does not change the real crime rate just what google tells you.bin collection is terrible residents dump rubbish by bins instead of in them housing do little to find or fine the litter dumpers
Parking a nightmare catalytic Convertors on the trend in the area traffic noise is terrible as the double glazing fails

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Used to be a local community & be vibrant now we’ve lost 2 play areas, a skate board park, hills and trees a community centre that celebrated the estate & was always open to residents. Now it’s a load of cardboard boxes piled on top of each other. Maisonettes are terrible in design washing machines fitted in the hallway making access to it awkward with people trying to pass by or get into the toilet which door is behind washing machines door 🙈 no space in kitchen for washing machine tumble drier dishwasher or extra freezer.. no sound proofing can hear doors slamming stairs banging floors being walked on all day long like living under an underpass.! Lacking hot water and heating because of a 40 year contract with Eon. Do not move on to here if you can help it.

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Terrible management that fail to respond to residents and never have face to face meetings
Staff are rude & under trained

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Enjoying our home in Brixton

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Verified Resident
Review Date Aug 2020

We’ve lived in Brixton our whole adult lives and we love it here. Amazing restaurants, great transport links and lovely parks within walking distance.

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Overall we’ve had a good experience with the development over the year and a bit since we moved in. There have been a few small teething issues and of course being so close to the train has some downsides but overall we love where we live and get to enjoy views of our favourite part of London every day. It’s very well soundproofed and we barely have to use the heating as it’s well insulated. It can get a bit hot in summer but that’s quite normal for new builds it seems.

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It’s hot in the summer, but it can be noisy when the windows are open. We invested in a quiet fan and some good blinds which keeps us cool.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Quite quickly and politely, though we haven’t had to raise much.

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A good first house experience

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Review Date Aug 2020

The location is fantastic.
Last stop of Victoria line, close to parks and facilities. Brixton market is 50 mt away, if you like cycling you have plenty of option. Love my flat.

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Building is new and quite nice. We have not had a problem in our building other then issues with facility management which takes time and effort to follow up. Overall the experience is positive. We have a railway close to the building but the insulation works perfectly.

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Property management is absolutely way too expensive and useless. The costs are just too high, the service is embarrassing and the quality of the shared facility is very poor.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

The flat is very close to the railway, so in the summer it would be noisy.

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Building Management fail

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Review Date Aug 2020

Brixton is the soulful metropolis of South London, a melting pot of cultures. Fantastic transport links, ever increasing range of restaurants. Green space in all directions and a 10 minute journey into central London…fab place to live.

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If I could give a zero for property management I would. I think everyone knows building management companies are legalised cowboys and those maintaining our building must be the worst on the market.

Facilities are simply substandard for a build of this value. We collectively feel that we’ve been set up to fail with the poor quality build.

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The scam on service charge. It is common practise for developers to underestimate this value which residents then present to banks in order to get mortgages. My service charge has doubled in one year.

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The floor to ceiling windows make a London flat feel much larger than it actually is.

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