Brixton was a fashionable place to live and shop a century ago, with department stores attracting people from across south London. The riots of the Eighties turned it into a no-go residential zone for many but a renaissance is under way, cemented by a new generation of young and more affluent buyers adding to the cosmopolitan mix.
One of the new attractions is Brixton Village — a lively arcade-style market on Electric Avenue winning plaudits for its diverse range of highquality food outlets.
The lure of the period home is strong but new build has come to the area. Genesis housing association has launched a scheme in Acre Lane. One-bedroom flats are priced from £260,000, with shared ownership available. Call 0808 118 3131.