10 best places to live in Hackney

Want to know where to find the best places to live in London’s most liveable borough? Why not ask the people who live there? In our guide to the 10 best places to live in Hackney, HomeViews reviewers share their insider knowledge of the new best property developments that this fashionable slice of East London has to offer.

What makes Hackney popular?

Like so many London boroughs, Hackney has enjoyed a dramatic transformation in recent years. Intelligent design and urban regeneration have combined to make it into a smart, comfortable and inviting place to live. The borough managed this without losing the quirky charm and cultural authenticity that have forged Hackney’s unique personality.

Why is Hackney so popular? Because it manages to be both hip and practical at the same time. Vogue voted it one of the 15 coolest neighbourhoods in the world. No doubt thanks partly to the appeal of London Fields and Broadway Market.

As for practicality, Hackney recently won the vote for London’s most liveable borough. This is due to the smart redesign of its streets and town centres. This has encouraged greater adoption rates of cycling and pedestrianisation of areas, as well as some of the best street cleaning and maintenance rates in London.

Combine all of this with Hackney’s widespread appeal in terms of what it offers to residents. There’s outstanding dining experiences (everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to bohemian vegan hangouts). Add in masses of green space and outstanding school options, and Hackney really is the full package.

Average property prices in Hackney

If you take an average of industry analyst estimates, Hackney properties broadly sell for around £715,000, according to Zoopla. However, your average semi-detached properties in Hackney still command a hefty price tag at an average of almost £1.4 million. If you’re looking to rent here, expect to pay around £450-500 per week.

This makes Hackney a more affordable prospect than many other London boroughs, even with East London becoming more expensive. This is especially true for renters, as rental rates are 18.7% below the London-wide average.

10 best places to live in Hackney

Now it’s time to dive into our residents’ rankings of the best places to live in this uniquely charming London borough. Remember, this list is constructed purely according to their reviews, and nothing else. So read on for an unvarnished view of what Hackney residents have to say about the areas leading new property developments.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

1. Stone Studios, E9

Telford Homes
4.49 (20 reviews) 4.49 (20 reviews)
Area guide to Hackney
Image of Stone Studios, E9

Our top-rated development for Hackney is Stone Studios, a relative newcomer by Telford Homes that consists of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. It’s a convenient 2-minute walk from Hackney Wick station. Furthermore, Stratford is only 2 minutes away, while Kings Cross is accessible in 20 minutes by train. Residents benefit from a wide range of amenities such as a 12-hour concierge, bike storage, communal courtyards and dedicated car parking spaces.

Read reviews and details of Stone Studios, E9

2. Woodberry Down, N4

Berkeley Homes
4.27 (312 reviews) 4.27 (312 reviews)
Area guide to Hackney
Image of Woodberry Down, N4

In a close second it’s Woodberry Down, which is a multi-award-winning regeneration scheme that’s only moments away from Finsbury Park. Once fully complete, it will feature over 5,500 new homes set across 64 acres, with 15 acres of parkland and an additional 42 acres of open water thanks to the spectacular natural surroundings of two existing reservoirs (the Woodberry Wetlands Nature Reserve and a serene sailing lake).

Read reviews and details of Woodberry Down, N4

3. Hoxton Press, N1

4.76 (24 reviews) 4.76 (24 reviews)
Area guide to Islington
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Attracting plenty of good reviews and better press, Anthology Hoxton Press offers a selection of studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom homes designed by world-renowned Architects Karakusevic Carson Architects and David Chipperfield Architects. It comprises two landmark buildings, Mono and Duo, as well as a community café and landscaped gardens. Located in the regeneration area of the Colville Estate, nestled between Shoreditch Park and the Regents Canal, Hoxton Press has excellent links to the rest of London. Angel and Old Street Underground Stations are close by, as well as Cross Rail from Farringdon and Whitechapel, and Overground services from Hoxton and Essex Road.

Read reviews and details of Hoxton Press, N1

4. The Otto, E5

4.73 (6 reviews) 4.73 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Hackney

In fourth, The Otto shows off the abundance of green spaces that Hackney is known for. Hackney Downs Park is right on the development’s doorstep, while Clapton, Rectory Road and Hackney Downs stations are all within a 12-minute walk. The development itself features 90 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments that residents say are well designed and thoughtfully maintained. There’s also a primary school located across the ground and first floors.

Read reviews and details of The Otto, E5

5. The Makers, N1

4.59 (12 reviews) 4.59 (12 reviews)
Area guide to Islington

Taking the middle spot in our list is The Makers in Hoxton. It comprises 175 apartments, ranging from studio and one-bedroom to three-bedroom apartments. Residents appreciate the ultramodern fixtures and design of the apartments, and the abundance of natural light. The development is conveniently situated a 7-minute walk to Old Street station, which is served by the Northern line and national rail services.

Read reviews and details of The Makers, N1

6. Dalston Works, E8

4.36 (35 reviews) 4.36 (35 reviews)
Area guide to Hackney
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In sixth, just a short walk from London Fields is Dalston Works by Regal London, managed by Native. It features a selection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Dalston. All 121 units are available on a rental-only basis. Each home benefits from a private balcony, Conran furnished interiors, resident-only roof terraces, free super-fast WIFI and spacious layouts.

Read reviews and details of Dalston Works, E8

7. The Vibe, E8

Telford Homes
4.31 (16 reviews) 4.31 (16 reviews)
Area guide to Hackney
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Number seven is a chilled one. The Vibe is a residential development of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses the residents say offers a mix of tranquil Hackney living and a great sense of community. Telford Homes took on this unique project of 101 apartments and the Holy Trinity primary school, with the school now sitting on the lower three levels of the development. The Vibe has won numerous awards including the Wharf Property Award for Architectural Achievement.

Read reviews and details of The Vibe, E8

8. Pembury Circus, E5

Bellway Homes
4.31 (15 reviews) 4.31 (15 reviews)
Area guide to Hackney

Next, we have Pembury Circus, located a short 3-minute walk away from Hackney Downs overground station, which serves directly into Liverpool Street Station in approximately 10 minutes. Residents highly rate the facilities and on-site conveniences available here, which include the standard array of conveniences, plus a yoga studio, co-op, nursery and other commercial outlets.

Read reviews and details of Pembury Circus, E5

9. Packington Square, N1

The Hyde Group
4.21 (14 reviews) 4.21 (14 reviews)
Area guide to Islington

In ninth, Packington Square was developed by The Hyde Group and comprises 142 apartments, ranging from studio to two-bedroom apartments. The development is conveniently located in-between Essex Road station and Angel underground station, just a 10-minute walk from both.

Read reviews and details of Packington Square, N1

10. Packington Estate, N1

Rydon, The Hyde Group
4.16 (7 reviews) 4.16 (7 reviews)
Area guide to Islington
Packington Estate development

To finish, we have another entry from the Hyde Group, held jointly with Rydon. Packington Estate is located next to the Regent’s Canal on the eastern edge of Islington, and features 791 new homes with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and studios alongside three, four, five and six-bedroom houses. Angel station is only a 15-minute walk away with connections to the Northern Line.

Read reviews and details of Packington Estate, N1

Read more

If you are interested in knowing more about Hackney and what it has to offer, check out our dedicated area guide (below). From here, you can find out more about Hackney’s history, street scenes, shopping and dining experiences, and other strings to its bow.


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