The area’s historic green has been refurbished, while a new eco-friendly community centre is being built with a terrace overlooking the green. These innovations are a magnet for a growing number of yummy mummies and stroller dads, some moving from higher-priced Dulwich, while others are drawn in via the East London line from Hackney.
A new development of nine Victorian-style houses, above, is also sure to be a draw. The homes are being slotted into Athenlay Road, a popular neighbourhood close to Ivydale Primary School. They are up to 2,000sq ft, with four bedrooms, and will be ready later in the year. Prices from £900,000. Call Barnard Marcus on 020 7735 0922.
Award-winning Ivy House, London’s first community-owned pub, can be found in Nunhead — proof of a rooted community. While the green is the hub, Nunhead’s charm stems from its network of small-scale Victorian terraces and leafy public spaces, including the restored Nunhead Cemetery in Linden Grove, dated 1840, one of London’s “Magnificent Seven” landmark cemeteries from the period. Today it is considered a valuable nature reserve. On high land, with panoramic views of the capital, lies a Victorian covered reservoir, incorporating a nine-hole golf course.
Located in Zone 2, Nunhead has its own train station, with a 17-minute commute to the City.