We fell in love with Brixton well before big-chain estate agents moved in – enough for Suzanne Vincent, founder of Urban Village estate agency, to have moved in to the area herself 20 years ago. Birthplace to David Bowie (RIP) and immortalised in Eddie Grant’s ‘Electric Avenue’ (about the first market street in the UK to have electricity), it’s pretty cool!
Brixton has seen gentrification on a grand scale – becoming one of the hottest areas to rent and buy in London. It also has excellent transport links in to town via the Victoria line, mainline rail services and numerous bus routes.
The covered market place by day is bustling with global food stalls and independent boutique shops, transforming at night into ‘Brixton Village’ an exciting, vibrant place to have a value for money night out. And this has been added to with ‘POP Brixton’ a pop up venue for bars, shops, restaurants and live music made from shipping containers.
Inevitably there are some victims of the new Brixton and many feel that the very essence of the area is being lost. The pioneers who originally ‘made’ Brixton and stayed throughout the changing times are now themselves being forced out by crippling rent increases. Some shop keepers are having their rents tripled overnight in a bid to force them out and bring in new tenants who can pay the extortionate rents. This has seen more chain-restaurants and shops moving in, changing the community at its heart.
Events like Brixton Splash celebrate Brixton’s rich history; a large percentage of its population is made up of London’s Afro-Caribbean community, who run some of the best shops, cafes and venues in the capital. The annual Lambeth Country Show gets bigger every year gaining festival status, and Brixton is a big draw for music fans with Brixton Academy playing host to a diverse selection of bands and solo artists. Morleys and Brixton Wholefoods make Brixton a shopping destination as well as hot nightspot, so head on over!
For landlords and homeowners Brixton is a reliable marketplace and there’s a good stream of tenants and buyers keen to zone in on the action. Urban Village Estate Agency fits well with the Brixton scene as it appeals to all types of people and all types of property and is, at its core, an independent South East London business. Our staff are local, loyal and down to earth with a passion for Brixton. We can let, sell, rent and buy properties in Brixton, just get in touch.
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