Walthamstow

Dubbed ‘Awesomestow’ by locals and ‘the Eden of the East’ by marketers, Walthamstow is a firm East London favourite. Creatives have been moving here ever since prices in the likes of Hoxton and Hackney began to rise. Now there are more warehouse studios and pop-up exhibitions than ever before, injecting a new cutting-edge feel into what was once prime family territory. Read on to see reviews from residents living in some of the best places to buy and rent in Walthamstow.

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Best places to live in Walthamstow

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

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Walthamstow on the map

It’s only 15 minutes away from Central London, but thanks to sprawling Epping Forest (which sits just to the east), Lloyds Park and the Walthamstow Wetlands nature reserve. This place can feel a world away from the city. It’s a Zone 3 suburb with Chingford to the north, Leyton to the south and Tottenham to the west. An easy commute into town is just one of its selling points.

Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Central offer Underground and Overground trains to the likes of Euston, King’s Cross St. Pancras and the West End. And, because they’re right at the end of the Victoria line, you’re pretty much guaranteed a seat in the mornings.

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The best places to buy and rent in Walthamstow

Developers are responding to Walthamstow’s changing demographic. It hasn’t seen quite the same level of regeneration as the likes of Croydon or Nine Elms. However, there are now modern apartments aplenty – freckled among the area’s traditional terraced Georgian houses.

Fizzy Walthamstow is close to Blackhorse Road station and the leafy Walthamstow Reservoirs, so it’s a fine choice if you want to combine convenience with scenery. There are one to three-bedroom apartment layouts available here, and pets are welcome in all of them. It is currently rated one of the best places to rent in Walthamstow.

High standards and specifications. Really good quality furniture. Great service from Bobs, and a community feel with Fizzy events and coworking space.” – Anon, verified resident at Fizzy Walthamstow

Not knowing the area, we were both sold as soon as we saw the property. Clean, modern living with a great commute into central London. The staff were brilliant, answering all our questions and helping us through the reference process. Fizzy living genuinely feels like the way moving forward. It’s great to have that one person to talk to as and when you need something.” – Martyn, verified resident at Fizzy Walthamstow

Taylor Wimpey’s Eclipse is another popular Walthamstow new-build – this one’s also just a couple of minutes’ walk from Blackhorse Road, and brags stylish, modern apartments in immaculately landscaped grounds.

Eclipse comprises of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, all offering spacious, open-plan living. Décor is fresh and modern – think crisp white walls and spotlighting, plus there’s the option to personalise the likes of kitchen furniture, flooring and lighting while phases are ongoing. Each home comes with a balcony and ample storage space.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Eclipse

Walthamstow Gateway, meanwhile, is one of the area’s only high-rise buildings, standing tall at 11 storeys.

View of Walthamstow park

Things to do

With its period architecture, age-old church and quaint boutiques, Walthamstow Village has charm by the bucketload. It’s one of the most popular – and pricey – pockets in the area. Orford Road, in particular, has some lovely independent stores and restaurants that have stood for years.

Walthamstow Market is said to be the longest in Europe, and its traders line up along Walthamstow High Street for nearly a kilometre. For market wares with a roof, head to Wood Road, where there’s a duo of indoor varieties. And we can’t mention Walthamstow without nodding to one of its most well-known establishments – God’s Own Junkyard, a celebration of all things neon.

From cutesy cafés to sleek bistros, Walthamstow’s got it all when it comes to eating out. And the after-dark scene is made up of fun cocktail bars and pubs serving up craft beers, good gin and live music.

Find out more about living in Walthamstow by reading reviews on HomeViews. Click on the properties below to see what residents are saying. If there’s a Walthamstow property that you can’t see on the site, you can add a new listing and your review here

Reviews in Walthamstow

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Great for a family, easy short term let

Verified Resident
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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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Thanks for leaving us this review! So glad that our new short term rental could help out you and your family!

Troubridge Square/Countryside Review

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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.

Verified Resident
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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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