Shared Ownership in Peckham
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Another corner of the capital that’s been scrubbed up by the hand of gentrification, Peckham deserves all the hype. It’s a similar story to the likes of Shoreditch – it’s a neighbourhood once starved of cultural and culinary credentials, that’s been slowly colonised by arty and creative types, spawning mass regeneration and reinvention. But there remains an insatiable grittiness that’s all part of the make-up. Head into Peckham and you’ll fall hard for its flourishing café culture, its idiosyncratic galleries, interesting shops and restaurants with inventive menus. The greasy spoon caffs, the kebab shops and some crummy pubs remain. But there’s a whole new aesthetic that’s transforming pockets – just take a look around and you’ll quickly spot the crowds of bright young things strolling its dynamic and energised streets.
The future for Peckham
Hipsterdom landed in Peckham with the arrival of Franks Café – a lively enclave on the rooftop of a disused concrete car park, that’s today a major arts venue. Knock back a few Camparis at Franks whilst gazing at that skyline, and you’ll be raving about it to all your pals for months to come. Peckham’s also home to a whole raft of coworking spaces with plenty of frills – think rooftop restaurants, ramen bars and live-music nights – the beloved and retro Peckhamplex cinema, and the Bellenden Road (the name might make you chuckle, but this thoroughfare has seen the greatest makeover with pretty village shops and rave-review-restaurants).
There’s also the Stirling-prize winning Peckham Library, the cutting-edge South London Gallery and the Bussey Building – a former cricket bat factory-turned-live music and theatre venue with a rooftop bar to rival that of Frank’s for sunset views.
What does the future look like in Peckham? Very bright. Over £5 million is being ploughed into improving Peckham Rye Station and surroundings, sprucing up the historic building, transforming the railway arches into spaces for new businesses, and creating a buzzing new public square. Talking of transport, the area is very well connected: Peckham Rye and Queens Road are both on the Overground, with services to Shoreditch High Street and other rail connections to Victoria, London Bridge and Blackfriars.
There are some real steals on the market - especially if you go down the shared ownership route, whereby you part buy, part rent a place. Take a look at Peckham Place – a new development on Queens Road with highly desirable one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, with swish kitchens, large windows, balconies and landscaped gardens. There’s also the contemporary-looking Peckham Road development, a mix of modern two- and three-bedroom apartments with private outdoor space and all mod cons, just a short walk to Peckham Rye station with fast links into the city. And good-sized, smart flats are on the market in the Spring House development on Dewar Street with allocated parking and modern fittings.
So what are you waiting for? There are dozens of properties for sale in Peckham and a slick shared ownership Peckham home could be yours. Register your interest now for more details.