I strongly recommend you check out the Halifax estate agent on Kennington Road near Lambeth North. They seem to specialise in cheaper, largely ex-LA properties and I noticed a 2 bed for sale last week in Chatham Road for 169k, which I notice is not a million miles away from Deverell street. Only saw it in the window, mind. But must be worth following up.
I am also househunting and although not in Se1 I saw a lot of bargains in Kennington (SE17) through winkworth and Ludlow Thompson Kennington, not all of which were ex-LA and under 200k. I'm thinking mainly of the Pullens Buildings on Peacock and Amelia St which are on for about £179k.
Happy House hunting
i know this thread is a long time ago, but it looks like Jessie had a lucky escape.
I recently went to a meeting on the estate about redevelopment plans. Symington house has all manner of structural problems (needs 2-3 million of work), there are also problems with
* a failed entry system so all manner of people get in,
* drug users
* dark spaces in the corridors inside, where people have got jumped on
it also seems that the council are redeveloping the land between Symington House and Harper Street. Apparently they want to demolish the Harper Road flats (the two storey ones which look like they're falling down anyway) and then build a big new block of flats on the nice grassy bit between Harper Road, Symington House, the Falmouth Road flats and the School.
Apparently the council are more or less giving the land away so some housing association will build new flats as there's a real problem in finding somewhere to put the people from the Heygate estate. So because the council can't sort out it's redevelopment properly they're selling off the family silver for a handful of beans (if you pardon the expression)
The really odd thing is that, when Jessie first posted, i saw the 'for sale' sign outside the block - and it looked as if the property sold. Aaah well, good luck to them
Symington House ..in the late seventies/ early eighties I think, all tenants were told that due to the unsafe construction, i.e. the concrete was rapidly disintegrating, that the block wou ld have to be emptied then demolished.
Half way through the ' decanting' ( I love that phrase Ivanhoe!, see I'm drink orientated at 7.30am!) there was a change of plan and tenants were told that they could remain in situ at half rent, or move out while work was carried out. .Most original tenants wisely decided to move. Then as I recall people were transferred from the waiting list into Symington House ( also at half rent) a few months along the surveyors re-checked the building and decided it was not safe for any one to live there after all while work was being carried out.
All the new people were transferred into rather nice accommodation seeing as they could hold up plans, they could afford to barter, I dont blame them who wants the hassle of moving within a short time!
the block remained empty I think for a good year or so while work was carried out and the scaffolding was up for a good year without any work being carried out.
Still to be fair it has remained standing for a quarter of a century, I think there was about a hundred properties in the block? I think I may have waffled on about this before, so if any one has a sense of deju vu forgive me!
I am one of tenants in Symington hss, we received a numbers of conflicting information's about demolition and then refurbishment of our block, now we have to deal with scaffolding's for eternal and internals extended work expecting to last about 18 months.
It was said that it would be done with the minimal of inconveniences, but recently one of the construction team visited my flat for a ""survey""and to my surprise, started taking photos of basically every things, I felt it was wrong!!He carried on telling me that we would have to clear up the kitchen, move any items away from the walls as we are loosing exiting storing spaces to an internal wall between the living room and kitchen ,we will have to move any items away from the windows for the builders to do they jobs... how faraway from the windows and where to? some tenants in the building wont' be able to do so, due to they ages, personal situations, poor health's, or any others reasons.
An other concern for Symington house tenants, is Harper Rd re-development, we receive so little information, some are contradicting each other, is there any one out there who know some thing about it, a link ...some thing! and what about the school, any final decisions yet?
Some of us already now that the whole of Harper and deverel street is a very large burial ground for a smallpox epidemic and many others. Some prefer to ignore the facts for they personal comfort, they may be right as there's not much we can do about it, the contracts are signed and sealed.
Another business venture, that all!
Kind regards to all
pallolem, they have said later the burials were not smallpox victims, and even if they were it would not be a ' live ' virus.. If the scaffolding stays up as long as it did before, make sure you and others in the block inform in writing their insurers, because if a break in occurs you will be held responsible if you have anything stolen and not informed them..
Hi everyone, sorry for excavating the thread.
I've been viewing a flat yesterday there, the flat is spacious, the views are good, but it's all a bit too good to be actually true. Also I'd need a mortgage for it anyway.
My question - is the things decribed in this thread still apply to Symington House, I mean have structural problems been tackled, would lenders just try to avoid lending on it etc?
The area seemed nice yesterday, would not call it problematic at all, considering amounts of new developments around the house.
I'd appreciate any info provided. Thanks!
I lived in bartholomew street for forty years, the old houses backed out onto school playground. I loved living in that area, I miss it every second. Nice area and you now have Spit and Sawdust on corner of Deverell street , bartholomew street..great pub...