Walthamstow

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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.

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

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Unless you need flexible tenancy length, an unfurnished flat or permission for a pet, don’t bother.

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Close to tube. Amenities nearby.

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The single lift frequently fails resulting in a climb of up to 14 flights of stairs. It regularly fails for hours, and occasionally fails for days at a time. This has been the case for months. If you are of limited mobility, or even unfit, I would strongly suggest an alternative as there is no guarantee you will be able to easily access your home.

The intercom has been faulty for months. Don’t expect to be able to let anybody in without some complication with the 3 door entries.

Brief power cuts will result in no running water. The system has to be manually reset, a process that has been known to take up to 24 hours.

Fizzy’s tone of communication is sometimes, presumably unintentionally, antagonistic. People without pets have been subjected to week long email feuds between senior (c-level) management and pet owners. All very odd.

Being on the periphery of multiple building sites means parking spaces are regularly misused by construction workers who go as far as pulling badly installed parking bollards out of the ground, leaving you with an occupied space when you return with your vehicle. Loud construction regularly happens outside of designated hours (including before 8am and on Sundays).

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Spacious flat. Decent branded white goods and kitchen fittings. Large balcony. Unfurnished.

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Lovely place-especially the dogs

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I like that Walthamstow wetlands and the tube station are so close, but it would be great if we could have a bigger supermarket near or a Boots.

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The garden is lovely, and everyone is very pleasant, especially all the dog owners with their amazing pets! The flat is large enough, airy and with plenty of natural light. It’s amazing how warm the flat is. It’s great that there’s a mailroom service as well.

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Thanks for taking the time to review your home, we agree the garden is so lovely we cant wait for spring! We hope you continue to enjoy renting here.

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Good Place

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Living on Victoria line is the best. You get to central London in 15 mins.
The area is also surrounded by good convenience stores and small take-out places.
One thing missing is a Gym.

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The building is well made and appliances are of good quality. Nothing in the building feels like of cheap built.
For a 1-bed flat it is well spacious compared to recent new builds.
Con: The drainage on balcony means that developer ignored that people might still want to use balcony during rain. They could have installed a drainage pipe.
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Co-Working space is a plus along with couple of events. Bike Storage & parking area is a plus.
Con: Gym could have been a plus.
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Jason & Meena are great, they will alway meet you with a smile and be as helpful as possible.
Con: Commercial partners like waste collection needs to be worked on. As most days until recently the passage is filled with Big Black Bins. Not sure why the refuse area is not design in a way to give direct external access.

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Bad: Balcony drainage – Keep an eye out.
Good: Internet speed is good so are the Bobs.

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The best feature is the location of the building and how it stands out.

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Thank you for your detailed review! Really glad you are overall enjoying living here, we hope you will see the bin situation continue to improve (we have noticed a big difference this week).

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FriendlyBest Fizzy Flats

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I love the fact that the flats are pet friendly,and even though we don’t have a pet yet,hope in the near future,i get to see so manny doggies and i can pet them, if the owners allows us. It is a lovely neighbourhood area, it is quiet and you are very close to tube station/victoria line,in a good day it takes me 35 min to get to liverpool street station where i work,overground station to Barking and you have 4 buss options 123,230,158 and W11. You have Tesco at 7 min walk, and a Coop right as you go out the building which is very handy when you need something that your missing in the house. I used to live in the area before and i got to see how they were building and i and my husband we said we are gonna move in there,because it’s one of the best place in the area. If you love Turkish food there is a restaurant right cross the street, and few more coffeehouses.

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We live in a 2 bedroom flat, and the sizes of the bedrooms are nice,very spacious. One very good thing is that you get 2 bathrooms which is the best thing i would say,and belive me what I’m saying i used to live in a shared house it is a nightmare to share the bathroom with someone else other than your partner. The only thing i dont like,we consider the only minus thing is that they are building new blocks, and from around 8 ish in the morning up until it gets dark you get to see builders just right looking at you,it’s a saying, and you get all the noise. Our flat is facing to the buildings in construction. Other than that every thing is ok, the flats are warm in the winter, and in the summer when we had high temperatures we cooped with a fan as everyone else. You have a washing machine and a tumbler dryer which is very handy in the winter,and a dishwasher and let me say it it’s a life saver! Not many properties have a dishwasher so this is a big plus to us as we just save more time,because you all know we live in London and time is money and important. About neighbours i have yo say that everyone we’ve meet were friendly and nice, but sometimes the bloc is so quiet that i have the impression we live alone in the building. Too quiet,no noise! I know the rent seems to pricey for some people but you have to think at your priorities, and facilities but i would definitely say this is the best place to live in.

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Thank you for your in depth review – we promise you do have neighbours but it is great to hear the flats are well insulated 🙂 We agree – Yazaars serves delicious Turkish food!

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