For decades, the splendid Horniman Museum was, it seemed, the only reason to visit the area. Now young home seekers are taking the East London line from Dalston and Shoreditch to hunt for a bargain.
Away from the main drag, which occupies a bend in the South Circular road between Catford and Dulwich, there are historic passageways, mews and private roads with houses built on elevated plots offering sweeping views.
Montem Place is a corner development of 12 flats in two blocks set in attractively landscaped grounds, a restrained contemporary design that slots in nicely among the Victorian terraces.
Spacious two-bedroom apartments have smart, clean-cut interiors with open-plan kitchens and large glazed panels for light and better views. Plus, there is on-site parking. It is a step up for the area and will appeal to professionals who dislike the idea of an apartment in a house conversion.
Grangewalk, the developer, has a successful track record for niche apartments like these, and will soon be unveiling another scheme, at Bear Lane, near Bankside in SE1. Prices from £385,000. Call Cluttons on 020 7407 3669.