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.

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Great location

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Dec 2020

I have lived in this area for over 10 years and there are great shops very nearby (literally across the road) there is also a post office just doing the corner and an overground station 1 minute away.

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This is the oldest building on the development, the rest of the development was built around it. Therefore it looks a little out of place. However it is the warmest block on the development and has solid concrete walls providing slightly better sound proofing. Unfortunately due to high turnover of employees within the council it is very difficult to have anti social behaviour or noise nuisances resolved.

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How much building work would take place shortly after. We used to have a car park, park and dog park. These have all been built on and parking is now almost impossible.

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Great location modern style

Review Date Dec 2020

I love the location, it’s like the hub where can we travel to central london easily. 15 minutes to Liverpool Street, 20 minute to Oxford

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The material is great, modern design I love the location, it’s like the hub where can we travel to central london easily. 15 minutes to Liverpool Street, 20 minutes to Oxford
King toss only in 15 minutes
We moved here end of December last year.. the area got many park

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The mover,

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

I want to have the courier 24 hours services which

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QMG – South Woodford, London, E18

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Dec 2020

Great location with ample shops, supermarkets, cafe’s, restaurants, bars & pubs with a good mix of tastes for all.

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Ever since the new management service company POD were appointed in January 2020. QMG has indefinitely taken great strides having made several improvements with our private development with much greater focus and determination.

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The concierge services are here to help with support and advice on concerns raised by owners/residents with the development. Neighbours shouldn’t be afraid to ask or raise concerns and get clarity where available.

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

Back in January 2020, QMG appointed a new building management service company called POD. They have been excellent & far more transparent & far more proactive with updating progress of the developments than the previous management company by far.

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NO HEATING & NO HELP

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Verified Resident
Review Date Dec 2020

Nice food establishments & good cycling route around most of Walthamstow

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I moved in 7 days ago and I have been without heating since moving in. After making multiple phone calls to BHM and sending emails the problem has still not been fixed. Some of the front of house staff have tried their best to make me feel comfortable such as Delilah at the front desk who brought over an electric heater but essentially I am still living in a very cold home which is a hazard to my health as an asthmatic who also has a very young child.

Most of my emails have been ignored and almost every phone call ends with a promise of a call back which never takes place. This ordeal has been very stressful and I would unfortunately not recommend living at Blackhorse Mills if these are the standards that they uphold.

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I wish I’d known I’d be living in a cold house.

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

I have informed front of house staff that I’d like to escalate the issue of no heating to management but they didn’t seem sure who the correct person to contact was. Today is my 7th day living in a cold house with a young child. I’m feeling doubtful that proper ction is going to be taken any time soon.

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Manager Response

Hi Jas

Thank you for your review, although I am so sorry for the difficulties you have had with your upstairs heating and I am pleased that this is now fixed.

I know we had various contractors out to resolve this for you and our Front of House team and Resident Services Manager have been in contact with you during that time, but I do fully appreciate that this and the heaters we provided do not make up for the amount of time it took to resolve the fault.

I do hope that you can now start to really enjoy your time with us at Blackhorse Mills but please do not ever hesitate to contact my directly if there is anything I can help you with.

Kind regards,

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