Everything a Letting Agent needs to know about Peckham
Del Boy and Rodney will be forever in our hearts but now when it comes to this district in Zone 2, it’s less ‘Trotter’s’, and more Independent Traders as Peckham is dubbed the Hipster Capital of South London.
Here’s everything a letting agent needs to know about the area.
Peckham has seen change over the last 3 decades, change that some London districts can only hope for in a century. After immigration cultivated a strong African/Caribbean community during the late 80s. Then, taking advantage of cheaper rents, students moved in and with them brought creativity, innovation and support for the man. Cue arts events and independent traders aplenty.
Following a period of regeneration, which began with the rejuvenation of the district library lead by top architect Will Alsop, the area now also boasts, mosaic murals by Tom Phillips, bollards by Anthony Gormley and lampposts by fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes. This unique styling was finally topped as the next generation further converted Rye Lane’s 80’s concrete multi-storey car park into an arts venue, literally cementing the area’s hipster status.
What’s on there?
The summer arts programme at the converted multi-storey, is curated by gallery owner, Hannah Barry. Locals can enjoy a packed schedule of literature, theatre, music, food and drink. The building also features one of London’s most sensational rooftop bars, owned and managed by renowned foodie Frank Boxter. Frank’s Café is an incredible place to watch the sunset of a summer’s evening.
Next door, the Bussey Building also vaunts and packed arts schedule as well as a rooftop bar and cinema to rival Frank’s. Then, off of Rye Road, the quieter side streets feature independent cafés, bars, shops and restaurants. There’s even a Derek Jarman inspired seaside garden.
What’s the community like now?
The community vibe is strong in Peckham with local groups often raising money for independent projects. Right now, there are plans to re-instate a currently buried Lido. If those come to fruition, the area’s value will increase tremendously.
Peckham is truly a playground for the young but the arts and creative vibes make it welcoming for all. It’s certainly more calm than Cam(den).
Peckham: 5 in 5
- How much does it cost?
At an average of just £1,500 to rent a 2-bed property in Peckham, it’s not surprising that hipsters are ditching the ever-gentrified East in favour of this southern eutopia. Likewise, at an average of £454k to purchase a two bed in the area, landlords are also buzzing about the hotspot. Southwark council is labour controlled, you can find council tax bands here.
Georgian houses and early Victorian flat front terraces are order of the day in Peckham but you’ll also find converted warehouse, new builds and social housing in the area.
- Best Streets
Without a doubt Peckham’s ‘it’ street is Rye Lane but in terms of housing, Peckham Rye, Highshore Road, Lyndhurst Way and Lyndhurst Square top the bill – we love the topical names! Additionally, Queens Road and Bellenden Road are very upcoming.
Peckham’s post code is SE15 but you’ll find it reaching into East Dulwich (SE22) and Camberwell (SE5) too.
Best stations are Peckham Rye and Queens Road Peckham.
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