Postcode district: SW2
To the north SW2 is bordered by Acre Lane and Coldharbour Lane. To the east it is demarcated by Effra Road and Tulse Hill, keeping west of Brockwell Park. To the south it stretches beyond Christchurch Road and Streatham Place to be bordered by the train tracks south of Hillside Road and Amesbury Avenue. To the west it is neatly bordered by Kings Avenue.The SW2 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Brixton Hill, Coldharbour, Ferndale, Herne Hill, Lambeth, London, St Leonard's, Streatham Hill, Streatham Hill Station, Thornton, Thurlow Park, Tulse Hill.
The area that is now known as Brixton formed following the completion of the Vauxhall Bridge in 1816. This new link to central London meant that Brixton could grow into a residential suburb. The area developed steadily, starting around Acre Lane. In the 1860s, railways and tram links to London began to improve, acting as a further catalyst to development. As it developed, the area turned into a typical middle class suburb, with many large, attractive and consequently expensive homes being built along the main commuter routes. However, by the beginning of the twentieth century the area became more popular with the working class, and many of these large houses became boarding houses for poor West End Actors, or were converted into flats. After the Second World War, it became popular with immigrants from areas such as the West Indies and Africa, who found temporary accommodation there, became attached to the area and never moved on.
With Clapham and Balham as neighbours, Brixton is experiencing the next-to effect, and as a result is considered to be an up and coming area. As one of the more affordable pockets in Zone 2, the area has experienced significant gentrification over the last decade. However, it still experiences the problems traditionally suffered by poorer areas, particularly problems with drugs and violence. These tend to be most concentrated around the housing estates. Two major housing estates in SW2 are St Matthews, on Brixton Hill and Tulse Hill. There are also various purpose built blocks, both high and low rise, such as Pullman Court on Streatham Hill and Holmewood Gardens. In contrast to these less desirable areas, Brixton has some fantastic substantial Victorian residencies, most of which have now been converted into flats and can be picked up for a relatively reasonable price. Studio flats in Tudor Close, Brixton Hill are examples of this, where, included in the price, is access to a communal swimming pool, gardens and is a secure gated development. One bedroom period conversions in Streatham Place attract similar prices. The area between Acre Lane, Brixton Hill, Atkins Road and Kings Avenue has a variety of family accommodation of different sizes and styles. Sudbourne Road and Baytree Road have twentieth century semi-detached properties, usually with three bedrooms, whilst Strathleven Road comprises attractive, deceptively large, four bed Victorian terraces. Blenheim Gardens, just off Brixton Hill, has a converted warehouse that has been developed into flats, some of which can demand asking prices which are into the millions. Some of the substantial Victorian middle class homes do still exist in their undisturbed state. These tend to be located at the most southerly end of the postcode district, in the Telford Park Conservation Area, south of Streatham Place and Christchurch Road. Criffel Avenue and Killieser Avenue have five bedroomed, Victorian, semi-detached homes with asking prices of around £1.4 million, whilst a similar amount of money will buy you a six bedroomed, red brick, Victorian, detached house on Palace Road.