Brixton and Streatham Hill

Brixton and Streatham Hill are two vibrant, multicultural areas with well-established local arts scenes and great shopping and leisure faculties. Both areas have undergone recent periods of regeneration and, coupled with excellent transport links and relatively affordable property prices, both are seeing an increased influx of young families, professionals and first-time buyers. As estate agents, Brixton and Streatham Hill are areas we have earmarked as having great investment potential and as a result are both places we would recommend as good starting points to begin your property search.

Where are Brixton and Streatham?

Brixton is a district within the London Borough of Lambeth, which is identified in the London Plan as one of the 35 major centres in Greater London. Streatham Hill is a district that is situated predominantly in the London Borough of Lambeth, but it also has western borders that overlap with the London Borough of Wandsworth.

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Transport info

Brixton tube station:
On the Victoria line into central London (3 minutes from Victoria)
Extensive bus routes:
Towards Paddington, Shoreditch, King`s Cross, Clapham and Putney
Night buses:
From Oxford Circus, Trafalgar Square and Westminster

Best local finds

Best pub:
The Five Bells
Best restaurant:
Best Park:
Streatham Common
Best Venue:
O2 Academy, Brixton
I have just sold my wonderful flat with Fish Need Water. I have been extremely grateful for the help and support from this small agency. I was previously under the assumption that estate agents were all the same only their commission varying. However I was wrong. This is a great company which is why I am taking the time to write this review. My flat had been on the market with a large agent and it wasn't selling. James who runs Fish Need Water, had made contact via mail shot and I wasn't sure how he would compare to the bigger agents, however my flat hadn't sold and I was willing to try someone different! I can honestly say James is an outstanding salesman who breaks the typical estate agent mould and really takes care of his clients. My flat had been recently redecorated but it was fairly empty and void of furnishings. This could have been the reason why it hadn't previously enticed a buyer. When my contract term with the big agent was nearly over, I met with James who immediately pointed out the flat was bare and soulless. I appreciated his honesty and once we had agreed to work together, he suggested I cancel the contract with the other agent, remove it from Rightmove and wait a few weeks. James is a Rightmove genius and an expert in marketing. I added many soft furnishings, pictures, luxury soaps, flowers, wine and books - all following James's advice, and my flat was transformed. James worked closely with the photographer and the photos turned out incredibly well and very arty, a different league to that of the previous agent. In fact James spent the afternoon moving and repositioning items to make the photos work. He even moved all the bins from the front of the house so the street shot looked neat and welcoming. I was impressed with his enthusiasm and attention to detail. Once my flat was up again on Rightmove it soon had an offer. All the preparation work had paid off. Through the whole process I only dealt with James and his legal assistant who both worked really hard to smooth out the legal bumps and usual stresses which often occur when selling in a chain. Working with such a small team meant I never got forgotten as I was only dealing directly with James. There were no mixed messages or missed information which can happen when you work with a sales team of two or three. I would certainly use Fish Need Water again and I have already recommended this company to two of my friends. Thank you James for everything, you are a master of your craft. Rachel Russell
Excellent service and communication throughout the process. James and Susie kept us in the loop at all times and were always there with any questions or concerns we had, I would recommend to others. Paul Ruskin
James Hall and Jack Barber both worked with me to sell my 1 bedroom flat and I\'m so glad they did! From the minute I met James I could tell he was passionate about property and actually cared about your sale. On the day of taking the marketing photos, James came over an hour beforehand to style my property and clear any clutter. So many people commented on how brilliant the photos were and how much it set my flat apart from others on the market. Jack is relatively new to the business but was also really passionate, persuasive and clearly knew his stuff. Above all his professionalism and care shone through. I\'ve already recommended them to two other people looking to sell. They sold my flat quickly in a really tough market (for London flats) and I\'m so glad I went with them. They put the big high street estate agents to shame... The sales progression team also worked hard and really put me at ease through some hairy moments as we neared exchange...big shout out to Susie for a stellar job! Ellie Smith

More about Brixton...

The name Brixton is thought to be derived from Brixistan, meaning the stone of Brixi, a Saxon lord. During the 18th century, villages and settlements began to be formed in the area; by the end of the 19th century, improved transport links enabled Brixton to become a busy suburban district. By the start of the 20th century, Brixton had become a predominantly working class area famous for being the home of the largest shopping centre in South London.

Brixton was bombed heavily during World War II and as a result a large percentage of accommodation in the area comprises post-war council properties. As estate agents, Brixton provides us with some really affordable property to offer buyers. A good mix of ex-Local Authority 1940s low-rise buildings and 1960s/70s apartment blocks and houses make up the main substance of the property landscape. Evidence of Brixton’s Victorian past can be seen in the grand villas and period terraces situated towards the Vauxhall Bridge area. The demand for rental properties in the area is high and as a local letting agent, SW2 is a place we recommend for buy-to-let investment.

What to do in Brixton...

Brixton was home to the first purpose-built department store and the famous Electric Avenue was one of the first shopping arcades to have electric lighting. Today the area has a bustling high street filled with art galleries, delicatessens, cafes, independent shops and vintage clothing stores. Brixton Market is open every day and sells a wide range of goods to suit the diverse mix of ethnicities that comprise the local population. There is also a regular farmers’ market on Station Road, selling locally sourced produce.

Brixton has plenty of eateries and restaurants to try including Bickles, a friendly Caribbean restaurant that serves up hefty portions of jerk chicken and rice ‘n’ peas. The area has an extremely popular and lively clubbing and live music scene, with larger venues including the O2 Academy, which is one of London’s leading music venues. There is also a good mix of smaller gastropubs, cocktail bars and traditional boozers such as the Prince Regent – which has a cosy atmosphere and an outdoor seating area and serves up a good range of guest ales. For film buffs, try Ritzy Picturehouse, one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas in London, which is now a multiscreen complex with bar and cafe facilities as well as a live music area called Upstairs.

More about Streatham Hill SW2...

Streatham Hill takes its name from “hamlet on the street” and dates back to Roman times. The area remained largely unchanged until the 18th century when people flocked there to use the village’s natural springs, which were celebrated for their health-giving properties. Development increased with the arrival of Streatham Hill railway station. The A23 road (and its high traffic levels) that runs through the area has often been blamed for much of the decline during the 1970s and 1980s, but the area is now undergoing redevelopment and the local council is working hard to promote the area’s many attractions.

Streatham Hill is an area steeped in history – reflected in over 200 years of architecture, buildings and green spaces. As estate agents, Streatham Hill affords us with a good mix of properties to offer buyers. The property landscape comprises Victorian and Edwardian terraces, larger period conversions, 1920s/30s mansion blocks and post-war functional housing. Cheaper than neighbouring Clapham and Balham, the area has become a popular choice with first-time buyers and young families. Due to its excellent transport services (including some of the best bus links in Europe) the area’s rental market is currently enjoying a surge thanks to increasing numbers of commuters choosing to settle there. As a local letting agent, SW2 is an area we recommend to landlords looking to invest because of the already well-established tenant base.

Streatham Hill culture...

Streatham Hill has a strong sense of community, reflected by the number of local residents’ groups including The Streatham Society, which aims to empower the local population. The area also has its own online newspaper, the Streatham Guardian. There are plenty of regular local events and festivals such as the annual Streatham Festival, which celebrates local artists and also includes music, dancing and food courts. There is plenty of green space to be enjoyed including Streatham Common with its amazing views, woodland, grassland, wild flower meadow and picnic area. Part of the Common has now also been declared a Local Nature Reserve. As local estate agents, Streatham Hill provides us with some of the best views and pretty tree-lined streets that South West London has to offer.

At two miles long, Streatham Hill has one of Europe’s longest high streets and was home to the UK’s first supermarket. Today the area boasts a good selection of high street stores and independent shops as well as a cinema, ice rink and bowling alley. Nightlife is fairly low-key and comprises a range of bars and traditional pubs including The Five Bells, which plays an eclectic mix of 80s and 90s pop music and serves up a good choice of beers and wines. There are plenty of eateries to choose from such as Mangetsu, a popular sushi restaurant.

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