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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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

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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Great for a family, easy short term let

Review Date Jun 2021

We are a family and needs a short time rental in Walthamstow, Fizzy has been absolutely perfect. Flat is very spacious, everything working and ready to move in. The area is very safe, we really enjoy the small playgrounds across the street. And all Of Walthamstow still at our fingertips. There is less noise than in our previous area in the neighbourhood and within the building there is absolutely no noise – which is great for a 4 year old sleeping!

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The move was very easy, the flat has a great, comfortable layout. The open space long room kitchen has great light and makes the room very enjoyable to share as a family. The building manager has been very responsive to any questions. The bathrooms are very nice too!

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

We were in the area already so nothing that we didn’t know!

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

It could use with more storage in the bathrooms/second bedroom.

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Review Date Jun 2021

There is zero parking availability which is a real issue considering the number of new tenants and their visitors. Furthermore, as there is only two small food shops in the Co-Op and Tesco Express these can become a little overburdened with the increased level of demand. I imagine this will be even worse when Feature 17 is finalised, making a larger shopping hub all but compulsory.

Lastly, the noise pollution coming from the communal playground (that can’t be closed which means people can easily jump over at anytime of the day) can be troublesome and a distraction during working hours and at night when trying to sleep.

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Overall, the external and internal layout of Braithwaite House is great. However, the placement of the radiators in the flat has been an issue (for others in the building too) particularly in the main bedroom where it looks like the main focal point.

While the bike storage room is a great addition to the building, the on-wall vertical bike storage isn’t user friendly and other options such as bike racks for the floor would have been helpful.

Furthermore, the service charge itinerary wasn’t well-explained to us and so it came as a surprised that our windows would not be covered.

Our biggest annoyance is with EE Monitor. We have a recurring problem in our building in that we never have hot water and considering we have only been here since November this if proving very frustrating, not least because we had no choice and that the EE system was sold to us as the best alternative. The reality however is that we pay extortionate daily fee for the upkeep of something that simply does not work as good as it should.

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As above – our windows not being included as part of the service charge and the extortionate daily fee for the upkeep of using EE Monitor.

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

Urgent issues have been dealt with in a timely manner however the process by which you are to log defects/snag reports is tiresome. Having to do this by phone rather than email just does not work.

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Its really worth to live in here.

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Review Date May 2021

The block is constructed after considering all aspects of necessities for day to day life as there are all kinds of shops including supermarkets, restaurants, transportation, schools and parks accessible within walking distance.

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The flat, i am enjoying with my family and disabled mum, is perfectly meets the requirements we need as large and wide rooms, extra spaces, balcony, two toilets and store rooms. The are also well ventilated and constructed keeping in mind the direction of sun so we can have max sunlight.

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Door locks, only the main door has a locking facility.

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Perfect first home

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Review Date May 2021

Walthamstow is amazing! The development is right on the high street, which has lovely cafes and local shops but there’s no noise within the flat. It’s only a 10 minute walk to open fields and lovely parks. Transport is amazing – Wood Street station is at the end of the road, and it’s a short walk to Walthamstow Central, so it’s super easy for commuting. The only downside is the lack of parking.

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The flat itself is beautiful and has actually been somewhere I’ve been pleased to be locked down in! The kitchen feels high quality, as do things like the flooring – which in comparison to other apartment blocks is quite unusual. The communal areas are simple but what do we really need? Overall the whole building and the flats just feels completed to a really high standard.

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To immediately identify and flag any snagging issues.

What is the best feature of your home:

Too hard for just one! I have a one-bed flat, and the size of the bedroom is amazing. I also love that it opens out onto the terrace in addition to my living area.

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