Brixton

A Guide to Living in 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.

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 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.

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
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Pleasant Place to live

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2020

Local amenities and shops are good, for example have own spar for estate. Have a good social area outside and community centre. There is fantastic bus service.

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The overall design of the flats is very good. However there is no lift facilities which can sometimes be a burden. However there is some acoustic issues in-between the blocks. For example of someone is playing loud music on their balcony 2 blocks away you can here this down the road due to the way the sound bounces off the buildings.

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The parking. There are some areas of wasted space which could be used as additional parking facilities.

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

There is a high buliding management fee. Think additional services should be included for example cleaning of balcony windows

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A lovely place to live

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Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2020

Likes: the location, the amenities, transport links, design, views. Dislikes: residents’ use of waste disposal, parking, lack of lift in building.

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The area is beautiful, clean and very well designed. The location is amazing and I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful, well-connected place. I’m not sure the management of the development is that great, our fourth-floor flat has no access to a lift (which suggests poor design choices), and many residents misuse the bins. There’s no option to change service providers, and EON is terrible to deal with, which is unfortunate. There are also issues around parking; the designers have gone for aesthetics over practicality. These are niggling things; I am very happy living here.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Changing service providers, the management of the building.

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

The size, if I could! I’d also have a lift installed, somehow!

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Modern, spacious, and clean

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Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2020

its Very close to Brixton, Stockwell, and Oval. We don’t like that it’s not always very quiet.

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Overall it’s very modern, spacious, and lots of nice neighbours. Buildings and the estate are well managed. There are sufficient facilities. Unfortunately, there isn’t great amounts of parking and sometimes people don’t use the bins very well, although this isn’t always an issue.

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There is a great community Facebook group!

What is the best feature of your home:

Open planned, modern, well decorated, balcony, good sized living space

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Modern, green, great view but expensive

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Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2020

The location is great, a great view of the London skyline. The furnishings are modern and the overall development is kept clean.
I disliked the price, very expensive. There was a lot of overspill from Brixton, many parties in the green. It was also weirdly very dusty!

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I really enjoyed living there but it was very expensive. The design was very modern and new-build and good balance of adding greenery into zone 2 London. Location was great and the view was fantastic. Also lots of bus routes very close, a bit of a walk to tubes but I prefer the bus anyway, very well connected. The flats were perhaps a little small, but to be expected for London. The communal green and park was nice to add a sense of community but sometimes it got gatecrashed by teenagers (and adults!) throwing parties. Overall loved the flat and the area but definitely a stretch on our budget.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

It’s a great location, with amazing skylines so don’t be disappointed when it’s a 20 min walk to a tube stop, the bus is just as quick and much nicer!

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

We didnt directly speak to building management as we sub let a room from another tenant.

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