Standard: Brockley is a hotspot for 2015

When your humble hyperlocal blogger is running from meeting to meeting, wondering how he's going to squeeze in a trenchant post or two, puff pieces about Brockley in the Evening Standard's Homes & Property section are like manna from heaven - particularly when they include incendiary phrases like:

"The charms of Brockley lie almost exclusively within its main conservation area, a network of wide, tree-lined avenues surrounding Hilly Fields..."

Anyway, the paper has nominated Brockley as one of four London property hotspots to pounce on in 2015 and thus "get in early" while it's in the "early stages of an upward curve." Early would have been 2005, but still, it's nice to have Brockley's "batch of lively new shabby-chic bars and cafés selling organic food, plus delis and a micro brewery" recognised.

The paper's explanation for Brockley's hotlist status is:

Brockley, postcode SE4, was discovered by young upwardly mobile commuters back in the Eighties, but the Overground extension through this leafy swathe of south-east London has been a game changer, bringing hipsters from Dalston, young professionals working in the City and West End, and families priced out of Greenwich and Blackheath.

Click here for the full article. Thanks to Alastair for the heads-up.

29 comments:

Olina said...

This hand rubbing at (London-wide) social cleansing is pretty gross. Had to move out of Brockley two years ago – couldn't afford the rent increases – when the average house earns more in a year than the average salary, that's not heaven.

gassed back said...

"Call estate agent Sebastian Roche on 020 8690 8888."

plagiarism said...

"The charms of Brockley lie almost exclusively within its main conservation area, a network of wide, tree-lined avenues surrounding Hilly Fields..."



That is a line that has been taken word for word out of an old copy of The London Property Guide. It was the the first thing I ever read about Brockley back in 2006. Has the author of the piece ever been to Brockley?

Headhunter said...

I was thinking exactly the same! I had The London Property Guide for 2004 and it had that exact line in it about Brockley....! Lazy journalism...

Headhunter said...

House price increases are quite outrageous but you have to remember that prices barely shifted at all from the late 80s, when many people experienced negative equity, and the late 90s.


London price increases are nothing new. In the 1960s Notting Hill was lived in by new, poor immigrants, since the 90s it's been increasingly American investment bankers. I used to live in Islington and loved it there. If I had had the money to buy there in 2006 I would have done so but I was priced out and moved to Brockley.... Was I socially cleansed from Islington?


Also Brockley conservation area was built by the rich for the rich, it's only really been inhabited by Goldsmith art students and social housing tenants since the 1950s... Not long really.

Brockley Banker said...

Its heaven if you already own!

Paddy said...

Inability to afford something is not tantamount to social cleansing. When most of Brockley was originally built it was built for very wealthy Victorians who were eventually 'cleansed' by the poor who ended up living in many of the grand buildings. Things have now gone full circle with supply and demand, its life and not as dramatic as human 'cleansing'. People just live where they can afford, nobody has a 'right' to be somewhere unless they their own place outright.

Brockley Nick said...

Brockley Central would never stoop to mere cut and paste journalism...

terrencetrentderby said...

Not really when nicer nearby areas like Dulwich or Herne Hill are getting even more expensive. Great if you want to sell up and move to Croydon or Bromley though.

Josh said...

So the Rivolli is in Brockley!!! like the The Brockley Jack Theatre

josh said...

isnt the rivoli in crofton park

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, that's right. Have you been to SE4?

Martin said...

I know that such articles don't have the biggest impact... but I hope it is going to raise the profile of the town anyway. I am tired of saying 'I live in Brockley [...] yes, it sounds like broccoli but it's spelled differently and yes, it's south of the river' :)

terrencetrentderby said...

Both fine local institutions no one uses, the Rivoli manages to be a listed building and an eyesore at the same time, I think S Club 7 once shot a video there.

josh said...

Yes but arn't they in Crofton Park

Kentish said...

It is not merely within the greater Brockley area. It is the original Brockley.

terrencetrentderby said...

Greater Brockley includes many areas most wouldn't consider to be in "Brockley" like Lewisham Way which is Brockley Nick’s Sudetenland, the SE4 postcode appears be the clincher.


Crofton Park was made up by the railway just to name the station but it is "real" Brockley.

Brockley Nick said...

Correct. It is Brockley postcode, historic heart of Brockley and littered with Brockley placenames. I live on the edge of Lewisham Way and the Rivoli is 15 mins walk from my house. Brockley is an area that can be traversed on foot in no more than 20 minutes. If this is expansionism, then you can keep your "little Brockley".

Fun fact said...

Brockley actually comes from the olde English 'Brock-Ley', which roughly translates as field of Badgers.

Rhymer said...

Nothing to see here. The Standard has called every single half-decent area of London as a hotspot at some point. They last called Brockley in Nov 2013.


We're not. I still have to explain to people that Brockley isn't in Kent and you can buy 4 storey townhouses for under £1m. Peckham is the nearest hotspot.

Hugh said...

Brockley is definitely in the early but genuine stages of Hoxtonification. Give it ten more years and only then think about exiting.

Monkeyboy said...

i thought you'd moved to ealing to die surrounded by your money and pet lizzard?

Hugh said...

Did you?

Wilf said...

" cafés selling organic food, plus delis"

No need to put people off with this mung nonsense...

Headhunter said...

For all the newcomers, what exactly constitutes Brockley and the meaning of the name "Brockley" has been discussed ad infinitum on this blog over the past 7 years...

Headhunter said...

These days I find most people have heard of Brockley, when I first moved here back in 06 then definitely I almost always had to explain where I lived. Most people assumed I lived way out in Kent somewhere or in Bromley... They'd usually ask how long it took me to get to work in the morning....

Headhunter said...

You'll have a job to get a 4 storey house for less than a mill, I think that ship has sailed...

rhymer said...

Not so. There was one on sale on Cranfield road until about three weeks ago. It needed a fair bit of work, but it was £815k.

Royshirttugger said...

Aha greater Brockley. Good one. Tis Crofton park. Is honor oak greater forest hill. No

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