SOUTH TOTTENHAM N17
What’s going on? When Ellie Rees and her young family moved from Islington to South Tottenham three years ago it was not without some trepidation. The area had been a frontline of the 2011 summer riots, and its reputation for crime and poverty was well known. But the move meant she and her husband Rex, 40, and their two girls Blythe, four, and Ottoline, 11 months, could swap a two-bedroom flat for a threebedroom Victorian house with a garden.
Ellie, 41, and Rex run their own business, Brickworks estate agency, through which they meet a lot of local people and they love this familyfriendly, community-driven area. Ellie uses the Tottenham Parents Facebook Group pretty much daily, for everything from finding child care to recommendations for good local plumbers.
She has also discovered The Hub, on Lordship Rec, a community centre run by local residents which has a children’s playground, a café, a BMX track and a yoga studio.
Meanwhile, creative start-ups are thriving at Gaunson House, part of The Mill Co Project, which offers studios and spaces for arts and designers. There is also a café, and a weekly pop-up restaurant where different street food traders take over the kitchen.
New restaurants are starting to open up, including Loven “pizzeria/ bar/artspace”, while the area got its own craft brewer, Beavertown Brewery, in 2014. A farmers’ market — that other hallmark of an up-andcoming area — is held regularly on Tottenham Green.
After the riots, politicians began to realise that South Tottenham needed
help, and a multibillion-pound regeneration is now being planned. “The local community is very politically engaged and involved in the plans,” says Ellie. “A number of local groups hold meets for and against various development and residential projects.” Any other special reason to live
there? The area will get a huge boost if plans for Crossrail 2 links come off at Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale, both within walking distance. Plans to turn 10 Victorian reservoirs just east of South Tottenham into a huge wetland park will give the area some badly needed open space. Local schools include Crowland Primary, rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, while St Ignatius RC Primary is “good”.
Transport: South Tottenham station, in Zone 3, is on the Overground and is walking distance from Seven Sisters Tube, on the Victoria line.
And the downsides? This is an area where real poverty and deprivation still exist, and regeneration isn’t going to happen overnight. Streets and parks are littered and unloved despite the efforts of residents’ clean-up groups.
House prices: a two-bedroom purpose-built flat will cost about £350,000 to £400,000, while an average three-bedroom Victorian terrace house sells for about £600,000 to £650,000.
£369,640: a two-bedroom flat, above, in Summerhill Road, South Tottenham, through emoov (03339 394293). Left: Colombian dancing at Tottenham Green Multicultural Festival
Family space: Ellie and Rex Rees swapped an N1 flat for a house with a garden