Brockley - The Times' speakeasy

This time last year, as the ELL opening approached, you couldn't open a property section without reading a review of Brockley, the undiscovered gem. A year later, we're now connected to Highbury & Islington and despite the best efforts of (Honor Oak resident) Delroy Grant to put the area on the map, we're still London's best kept secret.

The Times' property section yesterday reviewed Brockley among a list of affordable destinations. Of us, it said:

"Many people don't even know that Brockley exists. Hiding between Peckham and Blackheath, its isolation is part of its charm, with flats in grand four-storey housing in the conservation area proving popular with arty types. The East London Line extension and house prices that are 15 per cent cheaper than Blackheath make it feasible option for first-time buyers commuting to central London, while Hilly Fields and the cafes lining Brockley Road [sic] are an oasis of calm compared with its more sprawling neighbour, Catford."

No matter how many times its existence is reported, Brockley will never be known. It is the Martin Guerre of London residencies. Only 15% less than Blackheath? Surely not?!

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well clearly that was writ by someone from West London?

Between Peckham & Blackheath, not Forest Hill & New Cross?

Anonymous said...

Arty types,dont make me laugh.I dont know about written by someone from West London,I wonder if they have even been to Brockley, or just seen it on Google Maps.

Anonymous said...

15% cheaper than Blackheath, also unfortunately 50% more mung bean eaters.

Anonymous said...

You can keep delroy in Brockley thanks, suggesting he is from hop is a touch misleading. I believe he is Brockley rise

Anonymous said...

The Evening Standard had an article this week based on the ELL.

"Homebuyers take note: many good value SE postcodes will no longer feel the isolation that has kept house prices down in the past."

The article is mainly about Peckham, Camberwell and the regeneration at Surrey Canal.

Anonymous said...

Much as I love a bit of property porn, The Standard property section is essentially a space to sell advertising space disguised as journalism. Every area it reviews is the next best thing.

Anonymous said...

We are about 50% of the price per sq foot of Blackheath houses. Foxtons' impending opening will ensure that eventually SE London is more on a par with SW London.... It is FAR better connected for the City, CW and even some parts of the West End for starters....

loppy poppy said...

I understood that Delroy Grant lived in Brockley Mews. Despite its name this puts him in Southwark and Nunhead. Just lazy journalism from the papers.

Aricana said...

When and where is Foxton's opening?

Anonymous said...

Foxtons have been offering special deals to entice buisiness through its newly launched doors.

Anonymous said...

Foxtons has taken over the former Army recruitment office at 9 Lee Road in the village.

Opens March 12...

Mark Cullen, Area Director for east London says: "Our Canary Wharf office has been successfully servicing the Blackheath area for five years.

However, now seems an ideal time to focus on the local market in more depth and support the local community with an office on their doorstep.

As a company, we enjoy working across the full spectrum of properties each area has to offer and look forward to helping people find their perfect home.

The variety of properties in Blackheath, with both traditional Georgian town houses and more contemporary developments, will attract a wide range of buyers and tenants, especially families who are looking for open spaces, great schools and a village atmosphere".


http://www.foxtons.co.uk/news/2011/02/foxtons-blackheath-opens-12-march-2011.html

Monkeyboy said...

A village atmosphere!! excellent, get on down to Brockley. It has a village atmosphere, the kind of village you can imagine in the 14th century where local knight has been slaughtered and the local have broken into the lords wine store. Everyone has married their cousin and has six toes.

Joking, I love it here. We have a slightly less worse double roundabout.

Anonymous said...

Village atmosphere my arse!

Another anon said...

Ah! There goes the village idiot.

Anonymous said...

They're talking about Blackheath. And Blackheath is a village.

Henry's Cat said...

Every time I see a Foxton's branded mini I want to take my key to it. They are scum. Sub-human scum.

Anonymous said...

no they're not - you're exaggerating.

Anonymous said...

Exaggerating but only slightly.

Foxtons are undoubtedly a bunch of scroates.

Anonymous said...

They share 99% of their DNA with the people who populate Brockley's artisan shops

Boredoftheshitforbrainsanons said...

99%? what just because they can walk upright and dress themselves? Stop being silly, go back to your Daily Star and leave the grown ups in peace.

Larry David said...

What's with everyone remaining anonymous? Blackheath village itself and the Heath is only a part of the se3 postcode which includes quite a few 'crapper' areas around kidbrooke and so on, so maybe that's where 15% comes from. Se4 is relatively uniform in it's makeup... Mostly Victorian residential etc. it's nice that people are catching onto the charms of the area and i would say there was definitely a strong community spirit but a village atmosphere... it still has a way to go! I do love the area though.

Anonymous said...

Brockley also has a long way to go. This year was great, we finally have our own local junk shop.

No need to go to new cross to buy furnitues.

Great village atmosphere.

Spincat said...

First use of word 'sprawling' as a euphemism. In what way is Catford sprawling compared to anywhere else round here?

Danja said...

Brockley's always had a junk shop (or three).

Anonymous said...

Not sure about 'village', but there's definitely a 'cottage' atmosphere in the toilet blocks on Hilly Fields on Thursday nights.

Q said...

"Grant, of Brockley Mews, Honor Oak, south-east London..."
The Mirror

Anonymous said...

Where are the junk shops? I'm in the market for cheap, second hand furniture.

Tressilliana said...

Lewisham Way, opposite end of Tyrwhitt Road. Not sure it's cheap but it's got a massive amount of stuff.

There used to be some junk shops in Crofton Park - any still there?

Tamsin said...

The corner of Brockley Road and Cranfield Road. The reconditioned kitchen applicance place opposite Adelaide Avenue.

There is also someone who seems to sell from the back of a van on the corner of Avigonon Road and St. Asaph.

Slightly further afield, the corner of Shardeloes Road and Loampit Way.

The shops opposite the bottom of Jerningham Road. Strange and unusual things - he once had a wonderful range of Indian furniture.

A couple of shops on the corner of Ladywell Road and Wearside.

It's not necessarily any cheaper than Ikea but sometimes a bit more interesting.

Tamsin said...

Sorry - corner of Shardeloes and Lewisham Way - not Loampit...

Anonymous said...

Yes, but is it organic?

Anonymous said...

'Second time around' for second hand furniture is on the corner of Malpas Road and Lewisham Way

Tamsin said...

True - I had got both roads wrong! Bear with me for being well-intentioned if misleading, and it was only one block away.

Anonymous said...

re: the Foxtons opening in Blackheath

I don't believe this will bring any more 'city workers' to the area - if anything I think it will encourage less as Foxton's properties in this area were previously sold by Foxtons in Canary Wharf.

If I was a Canary Wharf worker, wanted to live a commutable distance and went into the local (Canary Wharf) Foxtons, the agents are no longer going to try and sell south of the river to me.

They'll probably try and sell me Stratford instead.

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