SOUTH TOT­TEN­HAM N17

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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

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