5 best places to live in Brixton

How do you know where to find the best property developments in Brixton? Just ask the people who live there! That’s exactly what we did to put together our list of the 5 best places to live in Brixton. Read on to see what our resident reviewers think are the best spots in one of South London’s most vibrant areas.

What is living in Brixton like?

While many may lament the changes, within a single generation Brixton has completely reinvented itself. It has shrugged off its prior reputation for crime, poverty and unrest from the 80s and 90s, emerging as one of London’s coolest and most culturally vibrant areas.

Today, Brixton offers incredible variety, and that goes for everything. Shopping, restaurants, markets, entertainment, cultural attractions (big and small), green spaces to chill, Brixton has it all.

People are flocking to Brixton for two main reasons: opportunity and atmosphere. It’s an area that is undeniably on the up and up, thanks to continued urban renewal efforts and private investment pouring in.

At the same time, Brixton fights to maintains its authenticity. The deep roots of the community are still felt throughout the area, and can be seen in the unique shops, markets, restaurants and events that are constantly serving up something new.

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What are the best areas to live in Brixton?

Right in the heart of Brixton is where you’ll find the main station, O2 Academy Brixton and many of the most prominent parts of the commercial and dining scene. Brixton Village is a must-visit, as many of the best restaurants in Brixton can be found here. From Afro-Caribbean eateries to Thai takeout and artisanal stalls, everything has come together to renovate this old arcade to a new lease of life.

Brixton Hill is to the south, and is a much more residential part of the neighbourhood. It’s also pretty famous for its large murals painted by local artists on walls and the sides of houses. They’re as beautiful, vibrant and colourful as the community itself.

Over to the east, Herne Hill sits between central Brixton and Dulwich. Here you’ll find streets full of independent shops, alongside an admirable selection of characterful cafes, pubs and bars. There’s also the tranquil Brockwell Park that makes up the southeast corner of Brixton. Complete with an ever-popular lido, it makes for a lovely day out.

Brockwell Park (Image credit: Images George Rex)

Bars in Brixton

If you’re ever lost in Brixton, rest assured that you’re never far from a good pub, club or watering hole. Brixton Academy and Hootananny are long-established hot spots for the late-night crowds. If you’re more into the cocktail bar scene, Shrub & Shutter, Courtesan (which is also a great dim-sum restaurant) and Rum Kitchen are just some of the highlights of the neighbouring’s popping nightlife.

As for a more simple yet enjoyable affair, the Wine Parlour is another local favourite. There’s no muss, no fuss here, just sit down and enjoy a lovely glass of wine. If you need help choosing, the staff are more than happy to help you find your next favourite drop!

There’s also no shortage of hidden gem pubs and bars in Brixton. The Beast of Brixton is one of those pubs that never seems too overcrowded despite its huge popularity. It helps that it’s tucked away a bit on Acre Lane.

Perhaps one of the newest hidden gems is Lost in Brixton, which opened in 2020 which is perched at the top of Brixton Village. So how is it ‘hidden’ exactly? Well, it has a hidden stairway, elevating what is already an extremely cool outside bar to a neighbourhood favourite.

Average property prices in Brixton in 2022

As of June 2022, according to Zoopla, the average price of a property in Brixton is £611,000. This is significantly below the London average of £723,000. Flats are the most popular property type sold here, going for an average of £524,000 in the past year.

When it comes to renting, you can find competitive rates in Brixton. Compared to the London average, rental rates in Brixton are 33% lower at £499 per week.

5 best places to live in Brixton

If Brixton’s undeniable energy and culture are appealing to you, then the best place to get a sense of the market is with our residents’ top-ranked developments. These are top 5 places to live in Brixton according to the people who live in new build homes in the area. Based solely on their reviews, the following developments have the best overall scores.

1. Brixton Square, SW9

Barratt London
4.15 (12 reviews) 4.15 (12 reviews)
Area guide to Brixton
Brixton Square development

At the very top of our list is Brixton Square, which combines the appeal of thoughtful, modern design with an unbeatable location. Residents say they love being so close to Brixton station and the beating heart of the area, Brixton Village. The development itself offers swish apartments including duplex, penthouse style apartments on top of the two purpose-built blocks – Milles Square and Carney Place. There’s also a handful of retail outlets on site and a wide range of attractive facilities for residents to use.

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2. The Edge, SW9

Taylor Wimpey
3.95 (9 reviews) 3.95 (9 reviews)
Area guide to Brixton
The Edge development

Next up is The Edge, which has nothing to do with Irish rock band sensation U2. It is in fact a Taylor Wimpey development on Gresham Road in the centre of Brixton. It features one, two and three-bedroom apartments, all within close proximity to Brixton Village and Brixton’s Underground and National Rail stations. From here, residents can hop on the Victoria line and reach the West End in under 20 minutes.

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3. Oval Quarter, SW9

Higgins Homes
3.84 (36 reviews) 3.84 (36 reviews)
Area guide to Brixton
oval quarter sw9 street view

Third on our list is Oval Quarter. Completed in 2017, this residential development features 808 units, with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments alongside a range of three and four-bedroom houses. Myatt’s Fields Park is only a 6-minute walk away and there’s a good range of transport options within the surrounding area, including Oval and Stockwell Underground stations as well as Loughborough Junction and Denmark Hill rail stations.

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4. The Junction, SW9

Network Homes
3.64 (7 reviews) 3.64 (7 reviews)
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Image of The Junction, SW9

In fourth place is The Junction, a Network Homes mixed-use development located in Brixton. It consists of 92 one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as some office/retail space on the ground floors. The development is situated just a short walk from Brixton station, which is served by the Victoria line and national rail services.

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5. Singer Mews, SW4

Notting Hill Genesis
4.43 (2 reviews) 4.43 (2 reviews)
Area guide to Brixton

Finally in our top five is Singer Mews. This mixed-use development from Notting Hill Genesis consists of Shared Ownership, private sale, social rent and retail units. There are 77 flats available here, with one, two and three bedrooms. The development itself actually sits in the Stockwell area between Clapham and Brixton, which puts residents in a good position to take advantage of both.

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If you want to know more about what to expect from Brixton, our dedicated guide below has plenty of extra information. Here you’ll also find all our listings for both sales and rental properties.

Brixton

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 Read more about Brixton

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