Brixton, once a sedate Victorian suburb, fell on hard times when Eighties riots turned it into a no-go residential zone. However, it is back in fashion, with young buyers adding to the edgy, cosmopolitan mix in this truly urban spot.
The lure of a good-value period home is strong but new-builds are making a mark. The Junction, pictured, part of a council estate regeneration, brings fresh architecture designs and smart interiors. The 92 light-filled flats are in three blocks with roof terraces and gardens. Prices from £414,950. Call Network Living on 0844 809 2027.