Cool Camberwell is a dream location for creative hipster and jazz fan

Discover how Owain found his dream home using Help To Buy London with Peabody

Energetic and vibrant, Camberwell has long been a cultural hub for artists, musicians and creatives. Located at the axis of central and south London, it has shaped tastes and launched legends.

Alumni of the local Camberwell College of Arts include Quentin Blake, Mike Leigh and Florence Welch and the area’s buzzing annual arts festival has provided an artistic platform for diverse talents for over 25 years.

Named for the area’s rich artistic heritage and ongoing creative innovation, The Gallery is Peabody’s exciting collection of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom Private Sale apartments available with Help to Buy London on Camberwell Road, deep in the heart of the action.

The area was an instant draw for creative hipster and jazz fan Owain, although buying solo with a limited budget, he would never have believed he could live here.

Running his own architecture practice meant that Owain recognised the quality and value of the development as soon as he saw it.

Throughout his search for his home, Owain highlighted how he was aware of Peabody consistent reputation for providing “housing with quality”. And knowing the architects who actually worked on this project, meant he knew - as he reveals - that “they designed the development with the owners in mind”.

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“I was amazed I was able to push my budget enough to afford this place. The quality is astounding and didn’t really reflect my budget at all.”
- Owain, homeowner at The Gallery, SE5
Owain benefits from the open green spaces surrounding The Gallery.

Owain benefits from the open green spaces surrounding The Gallery.

Camberwell has a plethora of quirky individual shops, cafe's and restaurants to enjoy.

Camberwell has a plethora of quirky individual shops, cafe's and restaurants to enjoy.

“It’s quality, beautifully designed and perfectly located. The view is spectacular, I can see St Paul’s and Canary Wharf and I’m looking down on the green. I can see London Eye and Battersea power station - It is truly amazing.”
- Owain, homeowner at The Gallery, SE5

The Gallery provided a stylish and thoughtful design without compromising on location

Located just moments from the inviting landscaped area of Camberwell Green, the zone 2 homes are also well connected with an extensive bus and rail network. With open-plan living areas and thoughtfully designed spaces, The Gallery’s stylish apartments are finished to a meticulous high standard throughout. The property was the first that Owain had viewed through his search, and he fell in love with it immediately – not feeling the need to look any further. He adds: “I see a lot of properties day-to-day in my job and one of the first jobs I had was to design blocks of apartments – so I have a sense of what is good. I thought this was great.”

Originally from Wales, Owain moved to London to study architecture and previously rented a flat in Kennington with friends. But he always wanted to stay in Camberwell he reveals. Making it work with his budget was the challenge. Or so he thought until he discovered The Gallery. “Finance was the biggest challenge I had but it was important to me to have a home with the location I wanted.”

Buying with Help to Buy London scheme gave Owain the leg up he needed to be able to afford a new home in a central location that suits his lifestyle and personality. And while some buyers find the process time-consuming, Owain says that his experience with Peabody was “awesome”, explaining he found the journey to buy his own home very straightforward. “Peabody had a really good portal where I could see their portfolio of properties. I always wanted to stay in Camberwell and had a really positive experience with the first viewing I had here – the quality of the property was really awesome. And the sales team from Peabody was phenomenal and really helpful.”

The biggest advantage of living here, for Owain, is being so close to central London – “I can ride my bike everywhere and be in town in 20 minutes”. Meanwhile, non-cyclists have easy access to public transport. Both Denmark Hill over ground station and Elephant & Castle underground are within walking distance, with fast and frequent connections to central London, Clapham Junction and Canary Wharf.

Thoughtful and stylish design at The Gallery

Thoughtful and stylish design at The Gallery

Final 4 bed townhouse available at The Gallery

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Cosmopolitan living in Camberwell 

Living in such a unique area has provided the opportunity for Owain to explore some of his more niche interests:

“There aren’t any chains and therefore it has its own personality and such a vibrant community feel.” Cosmopolitan life is laid out on the doorstep of The Gallery, with quirky and individual shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy. Places like the Pigeon Hole, a small art-inspired café and furniture shop, or colourful local gem the Crooked Well, a gastropub with a mouth-watering menu and great wines.

Art lovers can indulge their passion at the GX or South London galleries, with regularly changing free installations. Camberwell College also throws open its doors to the public throughout the year with a varied schedule of events and exhibitions.

Owain enjoys spending his leisure time in the area due to the wide plethora of constantly ongoing activity.

There’s an annual arts fair on nearby Camberwell Green, as well as a weekly farmers’ market for whipping up dinner with fresh seasonal ingredients. Down the road, the 140-acre Burgess Park has sports facilities and places to barbecue as well as a beautiful lake for scenic picnics.

Locals can also hang out at Myatt’s Field, a Grade II listed park, managed and run by the local community and home to wildlife and birds. There’s free soup on Fridays, made using tasty seasonal produce from the park’s greenhouse, and live music events and festivals throughout the year.

“This place is really fun,” says Owain, “and I’m so pleased to be here”. He enjoys jazz nights in The Crypt, one of Camberwell’s coolest hangouts in the basement of St Giles Church.

“I also go to Burgess Park for a run, then stop off for some food in the area – there are so many great brunch places. I am able to stroll to the South London gallery and it is only 45 minutes to walk to Borough Market, which is the best reward for an early start.”

And he’s fast becoming an advocate for his new development. He’s already tried to persuade a good friend to move into the flat next door and his housewarming party prompted several other friends to talk to the Peabody sales team.

Discover the beautiful Burgess Park in Camberwell

Discover the beautiful Burgess Park in Camberwell

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