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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Best places to live in Hackney

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Canal in Hackney

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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Amazing place for first time buyers!

Review Date Dec 2021

This place is very conveniently located to public transport and to really nice spots in the neighborhood, like Chatsworth Rd, London Fields, Victoria Park. Really appreciate living on a small street that sees few cars or people at night, making it a nice, peaceful place to live.

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The building is great and there’s a great sense of community within the building. It’s a fantastic place for someone looking for a more accessible entry point into the London real estate market.

Each flat has been thoughtfully designed, they’re cozy and well built. The roof terrace is fantastic and offers great unobstructed views.

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I wish the roof terrace had more built in features like furniture to enjoy the space even more!

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They are usually very reactive. If there is any damage to anything or if I have any questions, they respond really promptly.

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Very happy! No regrets!

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Review Date Dec 2021

Amazing location. Great for the shops, cafes and restaurants or Chatsworth Road with a great Sunday market. A short walk to green areas such as Victoria Park, Hackney Downs and London Fields. Between Homerton and Hackney Central stations for quick access to central London! Also the street itself is quiet with no through traffic.

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Lovely development. Small with a strong community feel. The roof terrace is huge and perfect for summer evenings with friends! The development feels well made with a good attention to design. Very impressed!

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How to work underfloor heating!!

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Quick and efficient! Luckily not needed them too much though.

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Good location but poor value for money

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Review Date Dec 2021

The area is great for shopping and access to the city. It can be noisy towards to main road but from the flat is rarely audible. The road in front is calm and access to regents canal is nearby

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Location is great and amenities like garage and roof terrace are nice to have but the design of the building is poor – no sunlight for our apartment, it’s very dark during the day; public gates, lights & security break regularly; doors, kitchen appliances, windows & furniture seem cheap and poorly fitted. Maintainance like repairs and window cleanings are unreliable.

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no direct sunlight, can’t properly open bedroom window

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Requests are answered within 5 business days but maintainance personal is insufficiantly informed about the issue before arriving

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Lovely apartment, management room for improvement.

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Review Date Nov 2021

Great neighborhood. The street is ok, always stinks, the gate at Saddler is almost always broken.

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The garbage room is annoyingly placed, having to take trash in the elevator makes it stink all day, gross. Property management is decent, though I had a disappointing experience with plumber, had to wait 6 months for a toilet seat replacement.

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The flat is very peaceful and quiet.

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Terrible service. I had to wait 6 months for a toilet seat to be replaced. Was brushed off and ignored many times. I also had no heat for 5 months when I moved in. An inspection wasn’t done before I moved in. I was cold in the winter. All issues were eventually solved by the regard in which it was handled was really poor.

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Manager Response

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experiences to date at City Wharf. I’m sorry to learn that you had a long wait for a replacement toilet seat, this is well outside of the timescales that we would personally accept and I’ll be happy to look into this matter should you wish ? If so, please email me – mamun.ahmed@a2dominion.co.uk