Hackney

Once upon a time, Hackney was topping lists of Britain’s worst places to live. But the borough has had a colossal transformation in recent years. and now, E8 is one of the capital’s most fashionable postcodes. Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in Hackney. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Hackney.

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Top Rated Developments in Hackney

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Creative melting pot

A paradise for creative types, Hackney’s reputation for nurturing talent and innovation has drawn those at the forefront of fashion, music and the arts. Venues like the Hackney Empire, the Arcola and the Hackney Picturehouse provide a stage for up-and-coming comedy acts, experimental theatre and also cutting-edge cinema. London College of Fashion is in trendy Shoreditch, which straddles the Hackney and Tower Hamlets boroughs. And some of the best contemporary galleries in the capital are here, showcasing eclectic, out-of-this-world pieces.

Hackney’s street scenes

Hackney’s high streets are something of an attack on the senses, thanks to the colourful graffiti art, crooning buskers and street food aromas. And you can eat your way around the world in its restaurants. Cosy British pubs for Sunday roast with all the trimmings? Tick. Pocket-sized Italian pizzerias? Check. Lemongrass-scented Pan-Asian eateries? You betcha. And brunch is something of a religion in these parts, with countless cafés specialising in sourdough and avo and organic juices.

Hackney cafés and bars

There’s a real café culture to be embraced here, with quality coffee shops often doubling up as vegan food markets, bicycle repair workshops and record stores. Lots open late-night, too, for poetry readings, board games and band jam sessions. Speaking of after-dark escapades, the bars in Hackney vary, with watering holes spanning faded boozers, drag clubs, and DJ-ed underground dens.

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Retail therapy

Then there’s the hypnotic markets, which bring all walks of life together. Hackney Flea Market, Broadway Market and Ridley Road are three of the best, packed to the brim with stalls selling fruit and veg, handmade jewellery and retro prints. In fact, we can’t mention Hackney without paying homage to its vintage wares. The best dedicated stores can be found in Dalston, with visitors spending hours trawling the treasures in Oxfam on Kingsland Road.

A slower pace

With all that, it’s easy to think of Hackney as an urban metropolis, but that wouldn’t be doing it justice. Lots of its candy-coloured neighbourhoods have a distinct village feel; such as those near London Fields, Chatsworth Road and Hackney Wick. In these areas you’ll find independent stores, canal-side walks and leisurely park picnics (the borough brags 800-plus acres of green). It could be easy to forget you’re in London; but residents benefit from brilliant train and tube connections to the likes of Canary Wharf, Oxford Street and Liverpool Street.

Residential developments in Hackney

When it comes to choosing where to live, young professionals especially can take their pick from smart new-build properties. For those who like to be in the thick of it, Dalston Curve is a great option. This 106-strong apartment collection can be found on Dalston’s Kingsland High Street. Fringed by vintage shops, Vietnamese restaurants and also, reliable transport links.

The location is great in between Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction stations. Dalston is a really fun place to live with amazing restaurants, bars, cafes etc. When you just want a quiet evening, the sound insulation keeps out the buzz so the building quality is good. The same goes for heat insulation – it’s toasty in the winter! There’s a lovely roof garden round the back and residents are very friendly.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Dalston Curve

On the same road as Dalston Curve there’s FiftySevenEast, a Taylor Wimpey property managed by Cushman & Wakefield. This stylish tower is next to Dalston Kingsland station. With design-led apartments and also, a front lobby inspired by Hackney’s street art. A great place to rent in Hackney.

Well built. Good design. I was looking for an apartment that is close to the city but still provides a good balance of life in east London. The development provides excellent quality living. Management have been quick to deal with any snags or issues.” – Anonymous, verified resident at FiftySevenEast

New flats in Hackney

And lastly…

Aitch Group’s Bagel Factory is another development to consider renting in Hackney – this one’s right next door to Hackney Wick station, and the area’s waterfront pubs and bars.

Rumour has it, commuters were often treated to the smell of freshly baked dough as they passed through Hackney Wick Station; courtesy of the Mr Bagels factory just across the road. Today, the assembly lines are long gone and, in their place, there’s an all-new Bagel Factory – a collection of luxury modern apartments from heavyweight London-based developer, Aitch Group. The place oozes industrial cool, from its contemporary lighting to its oversized steel windows, not to mention the clever use of brickwork inside and out (each apartment has its own living room feature wall). The end result? A stylish nod to the warehouse-like architecture synonymous with the Hackney borough.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Bagel Factory

You can find out more about living in the Hackney by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in Hackney. Moreover, If there’s a Hackney property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here

Reviews in Hackney

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A good place to be living in

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Review Date Oct 2020

Overall it is a very well equipped area, all the services are nearby (banks, supermarkets).

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Facilities wise I consider to be alright, the quality of life it is more than appropriate: mostly silent, the concierge is friendly and very professional, it is generally clean, the smell problem has disappeared, it there is a facility problem it is taken cared of really quickly and promptly. Overall I don’t see any inconveniences or things I dislike.

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It is a new development, the facilities are new and functioning well. The area is clean and people well educated

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Very promptly and well taken care of by giving the contact to really competent people

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Thank you so much for the 5* review, it is appreciated !

Good potential but too many issues

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Review Date Oct 2020

It can get pretty dirty in part because of the mcdonalds. The area is a little lacking in terms of amenities but Angel is close by.

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The building has too many issues. We have the hot water that keeps going out. There is the issue with the sewage smell that comes out of the building. And the elevator and the front gate break down too often. We also had issues with packages being stolen from the building lobby.

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I wish I had known that the apartment could get so hot in summer because it faces West and is in direct sunlight for a good chunk of the day. They are difficult to air out. My main gripe is that there aren’t any proper outdoor blinds to keep the sun out, only curtains.

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The apartment is very recent so the inside looks good. It is also fairly well sound proofed.

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Thank you for your review. I’ll look into the concerns you’ve raised, but should you wish to liaise further please feel free to contact me – solvita.hadaj@a2dominion.co.uk

Happy tenant. Management could be improved-

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Review Date Oct 2020

Perfect location.

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Nice building and up to date facilities.
Amazing rooftop, nice view and bench to enjoy a nice day.
Design is good.
The flat is okay but needs repainting.
The lift and bike storage are working fine, never been an issue.
The animals by the canal can be loud.

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They lied about cleaning the place before I moved in.
Really bad experience, I had to pay further 2 weeks elsewhere as the furniture was completely broke.

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There are always faults in the building, either hot water, pipes, gates getS blocked often.
They keep apologising but it keeps occurring.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. I’m pleased to learn that your experiences overall are positive, but disappointed to see that you feel that the management service could be improved. If you would like to discuss this further so that we can endeavour to improve, please feel free to contact me at any time – solvita.hadaj@a2dominion.co.uk

Great location, building

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Review Date Oct 2020

Good transport, restaurants, etc. Mix of chain and independent. Friendly neighborhood.

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Decent attractive modern building suffering design hiccups (replaced lighting with poor new choice, boiler issues, cladding). Garden a bit lacking.
A few project management issues that I believe A2D is well aware of. On balance a great flat that we love

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Concierge not available in 2 out of 4 buildings.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes. But with many delays and difficulties in fixing.

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