Brockley in the media

The Times, How rail projects such as Crossrail are changing London's property map.

March 28th, 2008

"Several other rail projects will be finished well before Crossrail and are already having an impact. By June 2010, the East London Line will run from Dalston Junction, in the North, to New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon in the South. It will stop off at the southeast London suburbs of Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Sydenham and Penge West, turning the current trickle of property buyers from the City and Canary Wharf into a steadier stream.

"By 2011, the long-awaited extension between Dalston Junction and Highbury & Islington will be complete. Prices in Dalston, a more inaccessible and less gentrified part of Hackney, have already risen in anticipation of the link. For example, a one-bedroom flat at The Interchange scheme would have cost £210,000 off-plan in 2006, but these small flats are now being sold for £250,000. "

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please, no one mention 'Gentrification'


*eats KFC*

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Anonymous said...

ok, if we've had enough of the gentrification/KFC debate, how's this for a friday afternoon: is Brockley really a suburb? After all, we're still an inner-London borough......

brockley mutha said...

thanks you anon @15.50 because I was quite put out by that. I have never considered brockley a suburb - bromley yes - but never brockley. Times journos probably can't tell the difference.

Pete said...

All this talk of rising house prices is starting to seem like wishful thinking to me. What with the signs that the economy as a whole is going to suffer over the coming years.

Tressillian James said...

Yes - but I'm glad I'm weathering the storm here than somewhere that isn't getting a rail link, doesn't have some nice parks, isn't attracting new independent business; and doesn't have a lot of people who are concerned about the communcity and keeping its assets protected.

Brockley Nick said...

@Pete - it's all relative. Even if the London market deflates, the ELL will make Brockley more attractive to a wider range of people, meaning that demand is likely to increase relative to many other areas of London.

Headhunter said...

Yes I noticed that Brockley was labelled a "suburb"! Yet North London areas like Hackney don't attract the same. Always strange considering that Brockley is in zone 2 and only just outside the "020 7" phone area! I guess that's what's made Brockley what it is though. Strange though

fabhat said...

I always like the way that the S E london "suburbs" are interchangabel - telegraph hill commutes through lewisham to peckham via nunhead in the ES property sections, and anything interesting in Brockley gets moved to somewhere they think readers might of heard of - surely there are some south london property journalists, or at least with access to a working a-z?

I say let's keep pretending we're a suburb in zone 6, and maybe they'll leave us alone...

Ps - did anyone hear the excellent discussion about the Livesey Museum on R4 today?

spincat said...

The term suburb tends to be used perjoratively - but I think more interesting and eccentric people live in suburbs than in the inner city (however you would define either). Embrace our suburbanity!

Anonymous said...

Ooo, I don't agree with that. Suburbs are mediocre dormitories full of social climbers. Surely none of that sort of thing goes on around here. Too many earthy sons of toil always ready to slap down the slightest sign of pretention.

Anonymous said...

I live in Brockley and I have an 0207 number...

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

Same here. I think everything west of the station is 0207.

Nick is perfectly right about it all being relative. Its one of the reasons why i decided to move here (i was scared even then about house price falls!)

Has anyone noticed the new bit of concreting etc.. on platform 2? I cant help but think they are putting in the ground work for the common.

Monkeyboy said...

I feel absurdly put out that I don't have an '0207' phone number.

Anonymous said...

Do you live west side?

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised you feel put out. 0207 means 'inner' London. 0208 means the 'burbs'. Looks like the dark side is real London and the Conservation area is Kent.

*ducks for cover*

Monkeyboy said...

it's worse that that...I'm in Malpas Road so NOT in the conservation area but still have a rubbish phone number!

Anonymous said...

That sucks. East side yet not the conservation area? It's something that I've never really considered. You truly are the forgotten people of Brockley.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

lol. thats abit harsh! But I guess the question is Monkoyboy, do you have trees on your road?

Anonymous said...

There was dearth of trees on Malpas Road until Darren our Green councillor had some planted for us.
Moira

Headhunter said...

Sounds like the dividing line for 020 7 or 020 8 is the railway track... Another division between the dark, ahem, west side and the conservation area.

I suppose Brockley get labelled a suburb because London has always had a north of the river bias. Central London is considered mainly to be from the west end to the City, all north of the river, hence anything south, whether or not it's zone 2 or 020 7, in many people's minds, it's just not real London. And not being onthe Tube map didn't help much

Amanda said...

I wish Brockley would receive media coverage for things other property price rises as a result of the oncoming tube service.

As we all know there's a lot more to the place than just that...

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