Stylish Streatham takes on big brother Brixton

Lower prices are luring Brixtonites up the hill - to Streatham.
Brixtonites are heading up the hill to Streatham, where prices are lower and the town centre is becoming respectable.

In its Fifties heyday, Streatham was a stylish leisure district, with a Locarno ballroom, theatre, ice rink and the first ever Waitrose.

Decline set in and reached a low point in the Nineties after the closure of Pratts, a once-revered department store.

Then Streatham High Road was voted Britain’s worst street in 2002.

Stung into action, the council and Transport for London joined forces to set about improving the town, with good places to eat and drink, jazz and dance venues and comedy clubs.

Streatham Park has become a new hub in Streatham High Road, with 250 new homes alongside a new supermarket, a leisure centre and ice rink, bus terminal and a refurbished listed church. Two-bedroom flats cost from £452,500. Call Savills on 020 7016 3743.

Norwich House, above, is another new arrival in the same street. It’s a tasteful Art Deco-inspired block of 98 apartments. Prices from £260,000. Call KFH on 020 8222 7200.

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