Posted: 29 April 2013 by Higgins Homes
Just south of the Thames sits the district of Camberwell, an area so much a part of London's history that it was even mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Camberwell has had mixed fortunes over the years but the last decade has seen it rise to become one of the most coveted 'cool' spots in London in which to buy or rent. Today, the area has an up and coming buzz to it, with a great mix of architecture, some pretty open spaces, cute cafes and restaurants and an exciting creative vibe.
Although on a par with Shoreditch and Hackney in terms of the hipster factor, Camberwell is marginally cheaper when it comes to buying and renting, which makes it a great option for those looking to get on the property ladder before prices rise. The types of property vary, from the old school Victorian conversion, to the ex local authority property and the number of great value, contemporary new builds that are springing up in some of the key areas. One of the reasons that the area has become so popular is that the transport links are fantastic, whether you're looking to get the train from Denmark Hill to Victoria or Blackfriars (10 minutes) or take a bus to the City or out east to Shoreditch (40 mins).
The arts and music scene in Camberwell is quite legendary, from the Camberwell Arts Festival to the Blue Elephant Theatre. The Young British Artist group, which includes names such as Damien Hirst and Sam Taylor-Wood began here and the area also has some pretty famous creative residents, such as comedienne Jenny Eclair and singer Florence Welch. There is also still a keen sense of community here, which makes it a popular option for those with young families. The strong African and Afro-Caribbean influence as well as a Greek-Cypriot presence means that there are some great restaurants with more appearing all the time. Independent bookshops, boutique coffee shops, and a gastro pub or two make Camberwell perfect for those who prefer non-chain establishments with real character. When it comes to nightlife, Camberwell has retained more of an edge than Shoreditch or Hoxton, although the range of bars is quite similar. Church Street is the destination to head for if you have a thirst for a cocktail or a real ale, and there are also unique little spots such as the Friday Jazz Club that operates from the Crypt of St. Giles' Church.
If you're looking to make the move to Camberwell then the St Giles Villas are perfect. These four bedroom villas with off street parking are located on a pretty Victorian square in the grounds of the former St Giles hospital and opposite leafy Brunswick Park. With high-end contemporary interiors and proximity to all the best that Camberwell has to offer they are the ideal option for couples or families looking to make the most of this exciting area. See our developments for more information.