Living in Brockley, SE4

Brockley is based in South East London. The name Brockley is derived from “Broca’s woodland clearing”, a wood where badgers are seen. It sits in the London Borough of Lewisham,  with-in the postal district of SE4.

Brockley is home to many residents who attend nearby Goldsmiths University. Demand for Estate Agents such as Beckhams Property Services with-in Brockley, with property for sale, to buy, rent or let is therefore very popular.

Formerly part of the County of Kent, Brockley become a part of the Metropolitan Borough of Deptford in the County of London in 1889. It was subsequently brought into the London Borough of Lewisham, with the creation of Greater London in 1965. Estate Agents such as Beckhams Property Services have found, the area is popular with families, students and retired residents. Neighbouring areas include Peckham, Sydenham, New Cross Gate, East and West Dulwich, Forest Hill, Honor Oak and Catford.

Nature

Local and 100% independently owned Estate Agents in Brockley, SE4, Beckhams Property Services have found that Hilly Fields Park, is popular with dog walkers and families. The park features green open fields, its own version of Stone Henge and scenic views across the London Borough of Lewisham.

Other parks locally include Blythe Fields, Telegraph Hill, Brockley and Ladywell cemeteries. Estate Agents in Brockley SE4 find the large outdoors scenery, set with-in commutable distance to Central London is a big selling point for those who wish to buy or rent properties in Lewisham.

Brockley has its own Conservational Area. It also has several nature clubs, aimed at protecting the wildlife, nature and preserve what natural habitats remain.

Regeneration

The Lewisham neighbourhood of Brockley, was very badly damaged during World War II, requiring some properties to be fully restored. Owing to the level of damage, extensive repairs were required, as is seen on several streets, which have a mixture of brick work styles.

Whitbread Road and the housing estate on Adelaide Road were some of the worst affected neighbourhoods by Lewisham’s bomb fire invasions. Brockley today, features a mixture of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. With varying styles of housing, Estate Agents in Brockley SE4, such as Beckhams Property Services often have a diverse property portfolio, enabling people of all design desires to have a selection of homes for their new home.

Today’s varied ownership includes individual privately owned family homes, houses subdivided into flats, council homes, housing association properties and hostels.

In 2000, the Brockley Cross Action Group was also established, with the aim of influencing the regeneration of the Brockley Cross area and has been instrumental in the restoration of Brockley Common and the greening of several other derelict sites.

Several Artists are currently helping to rejuvenate the area, proving to be one of London’s largest development zones as of late. Lionel Stanhope is one of these Artists. His work can be seen beside most train Stations in South East London and is loved by visitors and residents alike.

Transport

Rail: Brockley railway station was opened on the 6th March 1871 and is currently served by London Overground and Southern Trains in Travelcard Zone 2. Four or five trains an hour to travel through Brockley to London Bridge, Victoria, Croydon and Shoreditch High Street.

Trains take approximately 12-14 minutes to London Bridge, 40 minutes to Victoria, 22 minutes to Croydon and 18 minutes to Shoreditch High Street, terminating at Highbury and Islington.

Bus: Bus travel to and from Brockley is very straightforward. The 171 bus travels to Holborn, whilst 172 buses go to St Paul’s and the 484 to Camberwell Green. The N171 of a night travels to and from Tottenham Court Road and N343 Trafalgar Square.

Roads: Brockley residents can take advantage of the nearby A200 to get to central London, or head South to reach the A20 and be on the M25 in just half an hour. These motorways connect to popular airports such as Gatwick, Heathrow, Stanstead and City. Brockley offers vehicle access to the local motorways and A-roads, making it possible to leave London in 30 minutes. Central London can also be accessed in as little as 30 minutes if driving.

Cycling: Brockley station has covered storage space for 16 bicycles. There are also several cycle pathways that lead up to the station, making the route to and from the Station relatively safe for bike commuters.

If visiting Beckhams Property Services to buy, sell, rent or let your property in Brockley, Lewisham, SE4, we can be reached using all of the transport modes noted. We also have free parking in the suburban Victorian era streets beside our office.

Estate Agents such as Beckhams Property Services have found that properties in SE4, Brockley are proving increasingly popular with local home owners and renters. Beckhams Property Services have noted, by living in properties in Brockley, SE4 rents and house prices are significantly lower than Central London fees.

Schools

Many schools in Brockley are noted as being outstanding. Schools with-in SE4 include Haberdasher Aske’s, St Thomas the Apostle and Harris Girls Academy. Estate Agents in Brockley such as Beckhams Property Services have found that some streets very rarely have properties for sale, owing to the abundance of Teachers, Parents and Students, who wish to be positioned in the best local catchments.

To find out more about Primary schools in Lewisham, click the following link.

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Religion

Brockley has a very mixed religious, cultural and ethically diverse Town. In the 1800’s, it was predominantly a Christian area; as such, it contains several fine churches. St Mary Magdalen’s RC Church on Howson Road in Brockley, was completed in 1901. St Peter’s on SE4’s Wickham Rd, was completed in 1870. The Grade II listed St Andrews, on Brockley Road was completed in 1882 and it’s architectural design is appreciated by locals and visitors alike.

Community

The Grade II listed Rivoli Ballroom (originally a cinema) dates from 1913 but was remodeled as a dance hall in 1951, proving very impressive. It is one of Lewisham and London’s last remaining dance halls. It has a unique and outstanding interior, which has featured in many films, videos and fashion shoots.

The grade two-listed building is known for its original 1957 interior. The dance hall is still used today, hosting many parties and the scene for many movies, owing to its decedent interior and perfect location with-in Brockley.

The ballroom’s large maple dance floor is surrounded by red velvet draperies, elaborate chandeliers, flock wallpaper, and over-sized Chinese lanterns. Londoners head to the Rivoli Ballroom for the monthly dance events, including the Jive Party held every third Saturday of the month and the Ballroom Dance Night held every first Sunday of the month. Events are open to dancers of all skill levels.

The Brockley Jack can also be found in SE4. It is popular with local residents and visitors alike, featuring its own theatre and successfully operational for over 23 years in Brockley. The theatre was a proud and deserving Winner of Most Welcoming Theatre (South East) in the Off West End Theatre Awards, in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Brockley also features its own library. Additionally, it has street, farmers, cultural and community focused markets throughout the year, aimed at offering a unique experience to local residents and visitors to Brockley. Being an Estate Agent in Forest Hill has never been so interesting, as Beckhams Property Services often gets to participate in these local community events.

Home Prices

Homes in Brockley are popular with home buyers and renters, owing to their Victorian features and scenic terraced and detached houses. With leafy streets, many homes in Brockley now fall into the Brockley conservation area. SE4 has proved popular since the early 19th century, continuing to be loved by artistic and creative type residents.

Brockley was developed primarily from the 1840’s by the Tyrwhitt-Drake family, who owned the land and built large homes for the professional classes in the 1840s. Once considered part of Kent, being rebanded as part of South East London means locals don’t have to travel too afar to find beautiful homes for the individual and family needs with-in England’s Capital City, London.

SE4 in Lewisham, was home to many rich business owners during the early 19th century. New residents at the time sought more exclusive neighbourhoods, occupied mainly by the professional classes with-in London society. Many moved to the area, owing to a desire to live in a more rural, yet suburban environment.

Depending on the number of rooms, style and location, Estate Agents in Lewisham, like us, Beckhams Property Services, find that large town houses in Brockley SE4 sell for between £950,000 and £1.3 million. Beckhams Property Services also notes, semi-detached houses often sell for between £650,000 and £950,000.

Terraced properties in Brockley often sell for between £600,000 and £920,000 amongst Estate Agents in Lewisham. Estate Agents including Beckhams Property Services also note, Apartments and Flats in SE4 Brockley can vary in costs from £275,000 and 650,000, depending on the number of rooms and location.

If looking for a property to rent in Brockley’s SE4, a one bedroom flat can cost between £900 and £1600. Two bedroom houses are very popular with professional workers as home sharers, varying between £1500 and £2300 and three bedroom houses rent for approximately £1700 to £2700. Beckhams Property Services has identified, the costs of renting a home in Brockley varies so much, as each property features its own unique characteristics and location can significantly impact on values.

Houses, apartments and flats in Brockley are often advertised with local Estate Agents below London’s property market value. Property proves very relatively affordable to purchase, in comparison to neighbouring areas such as East and West Dulwich in Southwark. The homes available, therefore suit a range of budgets, from first time buyers, through to experienced private developers.

The Gothic revival porches in Brockley are very impressive, containing both large and small family homes. Mixed along beside quaint cottages, post war purpose built blocks of flats and decedent street lighting, make the modestly priced properties a favourite with residents.

Beckhams Property Services have found that SE4 and Brockley appeal has been steadily growing, becoming one of South East London’s most interesting, unique and popular places to live.

Council Tax 2018-2019

Brockley comes under the London Borough of Lewisham. The current Council Tax charges to live in this area are as follows:

Council tax band​ Council tax ch​​arge for 2018–2019​ Value of property on 1 April 1991​
A £998.737​​ up to £40,000​
B £1,165.19​​ £40,001 to £52,000​​
C £1,331.65​ £52,001 to £68,000​​
D​ £1,498.10​​ £68,001 to £88,000​​
E £1,831.01​​ £88,001 to £120,000​​
F​ £2,163.92​ £120,000 to £160,000​
G​ £2,496.84​ £160,001 to £320,000​
H​ £2,996.20​ over £320,000​

You can find out more about Council Tax and what banding you fall into by clicking on the link.

Hospitals

The nearest Accident and Emergency to Brockley can be found at the following:

University Hospital Lewisham
High Street,
Lewisham,
SE13 6LH
T: 020 8333 3000

Shops

Brockley in Lewisham features a long parade of shops. Shops in SE4 feature coffee shops, gift shops and newsagents. One of Beckhams Property Services favourite shops includes “Magi Gifts”. The team are always very pleasant and the array of gifts available make it a popular choice for Brockley and neighbouring Forest Hill, New Cross Gate and Honor Oak residents. To follow them on Twitter, please click the following link.

Eating out

The Masala Wala Café, which is family run, is very popular with Brockley residents. Like Beckhams Property Services, you can find them on Twitter. To Follow them please click the following link.

The Meze Mangal is highly rated on Time Out. The Turkish inspired restaurant is also very popular with local residents and recommended to all visiting or living in Brockley.

Brockley is also home to one of London’s finest Indian restaurants, Babur. It features an enormous tiger on the roof, making it easily identifiable to passers by.

Contact Beckhams Property Services

If you are interested in living in Brockley via buying or renting, or would like to rent or sell your property, speak to your local, Independently owned Estate Agents, Beckhams Property Services. Complete the enquiry form on the link page, or call us today on 02081857777!