Spotlight on Brockley; Jam-Packed with Students, This Lively and Wellconnected Urban Village Has Great Schools and Community Spirit, Says Anthea Masey

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Spotlight on Brockley; Jam-Packed with Students, This Lively and Wellconnected Urban Village Has Great Schools and Community Spirit, Says Anthea Masey


Byline: Anthea Masey

CAUGHT between Camberwell College of Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London in New Cross, Brockley has a well-deserved arty reputation, and many people who rent in the area as students like it enough to stay on and settle.

A local treasure is the Rivoli, a rare surviving example of an intact Fifties ballroom. Its kitsch red interior brings high-profile acts and their fans to this south-east London neighbourhood. The Rivoli is where English indie rock band Florence + The Machine launched their debut album, Lungs, in 2009, while The White Stripes, Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher have also played there in recent years.

Brockley Open Studios is an annual summer showcase when local artists open their doors to the public in picturesque mews linking the wide, tree-lined roads of Brockley conservation area.

THE PROPERTY SCENE DOMINATING the district are two conservation areas. The Brockley conservation area has Victorian houses. These range from large, detached properties in wide, treelined roads including Wickham Road, Breakspears Road and Tressillian Road; to Arts & Crafts-inspired homes around Hilly Fields park, to small terrace cottages.

St John's conservation area is far more selfcontained, with streets of very similar, flat-fronted early Victorian houses.

| NEW-BUILD HOMES Opposite Brockley station and close to being ready to move into, 180 Brockley Road is a mixed-use development with 25 apartments, a new Sainsbury's Local store and two small office units.

A couple of one-bedroom homes and two flats with two bedrooms remain, with prices ranging from PS400,000 to PS455,000. For more details, contact Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward on 020 3486 2250.

| HOMES FOR RENT Lettings manager at KFH, Shelley Matczak, says many student renters stay in Brockley after graduating. "We also get a lot of creative people who work in Shoreditch, as it is an easy commute on the Overground. Families often want to rent near popular Prendergast girls' comprehensive."

homesandproperty.co.uk powered by stats check what homes cost BUYING IN BROCKLEY (Average prices) One-bedroom flat PS305,000 Two-bedroom flat PS417,000 Two-bedroom house PS515,000 Three-bedroom house PS638,000 Four-bedroom house PS703,000 Source: Rightmove RENTING IN BROCKLEY (Average rates) One-bedroom flat PS1,110 a month Two-bedroom flat PS1,405 a month Two-bedroom house PS1,496 a month Three-bedroom house PS1,846 a month Four-bedroom house PS2,312 a month Source: Rightmove FOR MORE, VISIT homesandproperty.co.uk Use our School Checker to find catchment areas and inspection reports for local schools TRAVEL BROCKLEY station on the Overground has trains to Shoreditch High St and Highbury & Islington, and to London Bridge in 12-16 minutes. …

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