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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Top Rated Developments in Brixton

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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Enjoying our home in Brixton

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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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Verified Resident
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.

What is the best feature of your home:

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

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Perfect Development for any young Londoner

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Review Date Aug 2020

Perfect location for any young Londoner. Amazing proximity to tube access, nightlife, bars & restaurants, gyms, unique markets, craft beer breweries, a lido, park and many more. Brixton has everything and the development is close enough to the energy of the area but tucked away on a smaller, more peaceful road. There is a great culture and energy and I see more and more housing being established.

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The developments best feature is by far the light and windows! Huge big windows and double balcony doors make the building so airy and light which is really rare in 1-2 bed flats in London. Being only 7 floors, it really retains a residential and non-corporate feel and there is a really tight community feel here. The building facilities are basic but functional and the garden has been designed with this in mind and offers a great communal space. The overall finish of the flat including doors, windows, flooring etc is really high quality and was something we noticed instantly when viewing.

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Whilst we knew we were buying near a busy road, there is a fair amount of activity on this road. This ranges from a lot of night life and party people to siren cars etc (living near a police depo/hospital) so this is frequent.

What is the best feature of your home:

The floor length windows which bring so much light in including the double doors on the balcony.

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