Pre-2012 London Olympics, Stratford was, for many, just a place where the Jubilee line terminated. But the Games put this East London district well and truly on the map. Modern residential developments (with a plethora of amenities) have been multiplying here ever since. Where are the best places to live in Stratford? Discover where to buy or rent in Stratford in our area guide.
In terms of location, is great – it’s an oasis from the noisy area, but close enough to be connected with such a big station like it’s Stratford, the heart of East London.
I can’t comment much on parking, but I know they were a lot of options. In terms of shops, you will find a lot of independent owners, and on a rainy weekend you won’t need to leave the neighbourhood: a brunch in one of the local cafes, a walk in the Wetlands and a cinema night in Westfield. Super safe, green and clean.
Please review your development:
Although some developments are better than others, in general, the design and facilities are great. I lived in three different flats and they have their unique differences, but also very practical perks – like washing machine room, super edgy key system etc. Storage, in the other hand, is not the forte of these developments, so get ready for a minimalist lifestyle!
In terms of management, they have come a long way – when I moved back in 2017, the customer service was by far, the worst thing of living in East Village. Around mid 2019, management started to change and you could see the difference in the service, the possibilities and their attitudes. During the pandemic, probably more than 50% of East Village tenants were working from home, and it wasn’t always easy. Get Living staff -including their 24h security service staff -went beyond and overcame many of the ad hoc problems that raised during that period.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
– Good: your guests will love visiting you in your East Village flat, trust me Make sure your living room is cosy and as spacious as possible. If you can, get flats with balconies facing the Olympic village, it makes a difference.
-not so good: low storage capacity – which will probably help you stop hoarding and live with loads of unnecessary items. If you absolutely need storage, find one of the flats where you can get creative for it.
-Bad: their monopoly with certain utility bills, like for example ELE. They have some partnerships since they started the development , and that means tenants sometimes have no freedom to decide suppliers and accepting some extra nonsense fees.
How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:
Maintenance, great – you call them and they will come maximum 48 hours later unless it’s a real emergency. Customer service en general, very good. There is a lot of perks and initiatives in the village, and they are there for you to enjoy them.