North East London

North East London may not receive as much attention as its more glamorous neighbours. However, this buzzing corner of the capital is attracting plenty of property hunters right now… Great value homes? Check. Top schools? Check. Diverse, lively culture? Check and check. Developers have transformed swathes of North East London in recent years, with Walthamstow and Leyton in particular welcoming a new generation of renters and buyers into a varied selection of sleek new homes.

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Best places to live in North East London

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Walthamstow Gateway in North East London

Walthamstow

Walthamstow residents have plenty to say about the nature reserves, friendly locals and wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants. They also praise the parks and swift transport connections into central London:

The community is great in Walthamstow. There are so many different cultures that come together, whether it’s in the markets or just crossing people on the street. The amenities are great – you have every shop you could need on your doorstep combined with gems like the Village and Lloyd Park. The transport links are fantastic – friends are often surprised how quickly they can get to Walthamstow from central London.
– Sam, Verified Resident, Walthamstow Gateway

The location is great! Just a 2 minute walk to Blackhorse Rd tube (and so convenient as the Victoria line is so quick). There are 2 small supermarkets nearby, and lots of lovely new coffee shops/breweries and restaurants in Walthamstow. The area is very ‘up and coming’ which is fab, there’s always something new to explore.
– Sophie, Verified Resident, Fizzy Walthamstow

I love Walthamstow as a community as well as a location – fantastic transport links (Victoria line is incredibly efficient). The area reflects a strong melting pot of cultures where everyone and anyone can fit in, as well as lovely restaurants, parks and beautiful nature reserves.
– Amber, Verified Resident, Blackhorse Mills

Sir Alfred Hitchcock studio publicity shot

Leyton/Leytonstone

Leyton and Leytonstone are also attracting an influx of new residents. These booming suburbs offer great value homes and some excellent schools. Leytonstone also celebrates its strong connections to renowned film director Sir Alfred Hitchcock, with colourful mosaics around the tube station celebrating his birth and residence in the area.

I like that it’s close to many local amenities, the bank, Tesco, Iceland and many Asian supermarkets as well as halal butchers. Fruit stalls line the streets. It is a 10 minute bus ride to Walthamstow Central on the Victoria line.
– Dinah, Verified Resident, Pearl Apartments

Families in Leytonstone enjoy close proximity to open green spaces such as Epping Forest, Wanstead Flats and Victoria Park. Meanwhile, the Red Lion pub is a local landmark with a rich history as a music venue. The tavern hosted Led Zeppelin’s first ever UK gig!

Just to the west, Leyton was once seen as Leytonstone’s cheaper, less well-to-do brother. However, redevelopment works there have meant house prices in the two areas are broadly similar.

Chingford

Tucked under the southern tip of Epping Forest and right at the northern tip of the Walthamstow extension of the London Overground, Chingford is named after the River Ching that runs through the district. Historically part of Essex, Chingford is now an urban district and part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

North east London green space, E17 London postcode

Green Spaces

Walthamstow Marshes comprise just over 90 acres of fields, wetland, footpaths and waterways that attract locals seeking open green spaces, as well as flora and fauna rarely seen in the rest of Greater London. Just north of the Walthamstow Marshes, Walthamstow Wetlands is one of the largest urban wetland areas in Europe. It’s a major draw for anglers as well as birdwatchers drawn by the rich diversity of its resident and visiting species.

The ‘Lungs of London’, Epping Forest sits just north of Walthamstow. This ancient woodland offers 5,900 acres originally set aside by Queen Victoria for Londoners to explore. it is now a very popular spot for mountain bikers, with regular rides organised by local clubs on the weekends.

Transport

Overground services provide the most extensive travel options for North East London. Walthamstow Central station also provides connections into central London via the Victoria line, while the Central line runs from Stratford and up to the loop serving the area around Chigwell, Redbridge and Woodford. The Central line also runs further north up through Loughton to its terminus at Epping.

North East London celebrities

Celebrities connected to North East London include Alfred Hitchcock, who was born in Leytonstone. Singer-songwriter Damon Albarn, footballer David Beckham and acor Derek Jacobi were also born in Leytonstone. Celebrated Apple designer Jonny Ive and footballer Harry Kane are both from Chingford, while Winston Churchill was MP for Epping from 1924-45.

Reviews in North East London

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Staff is amazing!

Review Date Aug 2021

Love the breweries next door. Access to high street is good. Access to nature is brilliant.

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All the staff have been amazing. Anna and Luke were really good at helping us get sorted every step of the way with great friendly service. Dennis, Victor, Matt, Mike, Kyle, and a maintenance person whose name I forget have all been outstanding!!!

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would like to know the best restaurants, shops etc

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Sorted everything quickly with good communication.

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Motion – Beck Square

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Review Date Jul 2021

The location of the development is excellent for transport links with trains going to Stratford/Tottenham Hale and several bus routes into central London. The access to numerous parks also makes this location unique i.e. Hackney marshes, Walthamstow mashes, Jubilee Park. There are also a number of independent supermarkets nearby as well as a big Aldi which is great. However, the Lea Bridge road/Orient way junction creates a lot of traffic noise and anti-social driving i.e. aggression, speeding and jumping red lights. The safety and security of the area could be improved.

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Overall the design of the development of the buildings externally and internally is great. However, the garden/green spaces leaves a lot to be desired. Trees and plants which were originally planted were not fit for purpose or thought through as they are now dead. One big issue which all residents have experienced is the loss of hot water due to the shared boiler system. At least 10 times in the past year residents have been left with no hot water for 1-2 days and there is very little communication during times like this. Communication with residents needs to be improved.

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It would have been great to know the extent of the development plans in the area.

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Responses are slow and require chasing up with customer services.

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Review Date Jul 2021

There are limited shops within walking distance and no gyms in the area. The transport connections are good but the local train line from Lea bridge station frequently has problems. There is no on street parking available. The main roads get extremely busy and there is often beeping from cars at the lights, that said the sound proofing when the doors are and windows are closed is good. We also found out after the sale of our development that further developments will block our view infront.

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The finishes of the flat have been done to a reasonable high standard, though these have been rushed in some cases causing problems. The design layout is very good having bedrooms at opposite ends of the corridor and having all the facilities need. The building management and property management have been extremely slow in responding to queries some times taking months to respond. There is a lack of clarity sometimes from the management company.

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I would check the local roads and transport links at different times of the day more. I would also do more research on the developers.

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This has been hindered by Covid, but there have been delays in responding to issues. However, they have logged all issues.

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Great location and local amenities in modern design development

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Review Date Jul 2021

There is a good and growing amount of good restaurants and cafes. There are loads of open spaces- hackney and Walthamstow marshes, reservoirs and nature reserves. There is a lot of traffic on the main road, however we face away from that and are on the 14th floor so it does not bother us. There is a lot of noise from the industrial estate behind the development, however, we were aware of that when we moved in. The neighbourhood is right next door to Walthamstow and Hackney, where there are loads of great places to eat, meet and drink. Transport is very good- we are right next door to Lea bridge station, which can take you as far as Cambridge one way and to Stratford the other way. There are many buses locally as well that can take you into Hackney and Liverpool Street or towards Stratford, Walthamstow and further afield.

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We love the design of the development, it really stands out from other new builds. Internally we also like the design, however there are a few design flaws- no tiles on kitchen wall, which makes it harder to keep clean, a gap at the back of the bathroom sink basin where water can call and sit (it’s also difficult to clean). Other than that we are really pleased with our place. We love the amount of storage, the huge amount of natural light we get all day, floor to ceiling windows, really good size bedrooms. In terms of building management, there have been several issues- there is constant leaking/flooding in the basement and we were left without lifts for several days last month. The communication from the management was not good and we were left wondering what was going on for a lot of the time. Over winter we had several development-wide issues with heating and hot water, which is not ideal especially in the winter months and in lockdown! The concierge team are brilliant and very helpful. The retail units in the grounds floors have been empty for a while now, I’m hoping they will be filled up local businesses like shops or cafes, etc

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How to hang the curtains or blinds- it’s proven to be a big issue for us as I don’t think we have the additional board above the plasterboard to allow us to fix blinds/curtains in the second bedroom

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

There have been general issues with lifts not working and flooding, which could have been dealt with better. There wasn’t a lot of communication about what was going on, it would have been great to get a daily email update on the situation, what had happened, what will happen next. We were left wondering what exactly was going on for most of it as we were without lifts for several days.

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