From community asset to luxurious flats: the fate of Mango Landin sums up the state of Brixton 2016

From community asset to luxurious flats: Mango Landin sums up the state of Brixton. January 2016

This is the sad sight of the former Mango Landin pub in Brixton, now being turned into luxury flats – no, make that luxurious apartments –  for the wealthy elite.

From community asset to luxurious flats: Mango Landin sums up the state of Brixton. January 2016

With prices starting at way over half a million pounds – and not a whiff of social housing to be seen, obviously – this suite of nine luxury flats are aimed at asset-rich incomers, daddy-backed young couples, city boys and buy-to-letters looking to cash in on Brixton’s new-found popularity.

From community asset to luxurious flats: Mango Landin sums up the state of Brixton. January 2016

Built by Surrey based Rocco Homes, the pricey apartments are being sold by Keating Estates, who work themselves into a suitably luxurious lather in their advertising blurb for these “incredibly sought after” flats.

Naturally, being Brixton, the word “vibrant” features in the text:

Keating Estates are proud to present this sleek, luxurious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom flat with two balconies and an enormous, light reception room with wraparound glass.

This development is engineered throughout for a sense of space, luxury and light through a fluid design which makes excellent use of the already generous footprint of each unit.

Set next to a charming conservation area, the development offers modernity and quality in a tranquil area a stone’s throw from the heart of vibrant Brixton.

From community asset to luxurious flats: Mango Landin sums up the state of Brixton 2016

This computer generated graphic shows the proposed luxury development.

No doubt there’ll be another supermarket chain located on the ground floor, or perhaps locals can expect to see the space left empty for years before the inevitable conversion into more flats.

From community asset to luxurious flats: Mango Landin sums up the state of Brixton. January 2016

Old and new (below and above).

The Hope - formerly Mango Landin' and Babushka - remembered in wonderful archive photos, 40 St Matthews Rd, London, Brixton, SW2 1NL

Goodbye Mango Landin

Despite efforts by several local bar owners to take over the premisesMango Landin’ (originally known as The Hope and, after that, Babushka) closed its doors for good in 2014, with the site flattened in February 2015.

 

From community asset to luxurious flats: Mango Landin sums up the state of Brixton. January 2016

With the Canterbury Arms in Brixton currently being flattened to make way for more exclusive apartments – and the recent loss of the Grosvenor and Kaff – it’s particularly painful to see what Mango Landin has turned into.

It’s like having your face rubbed in it by rich property developers who don’t give a toss about the (non vibrant) existing community. If you can’t afford it, you don’t count…

From community asset to luxurious flats: Mango Landin sums up the state of Brixton. January 2016

Brixton 2016: Goodbye community, goodbye music nights, goodbye record fairs and goodbye to a friendly place to socialise and meet your neighbours and friends. Hello private luxury for the few.

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