Top 5 Places to Live in Aldgate

Aldgate is in the City of London but close to the border with the East End. Indeed, it’s name is taken from a gate in the ancient wall which used to surround London. Like the name ‘London’ itself, the origin of Aldgate’s name has been somewhat lost in the mists of time. Apparently it’s not simply ‘Old Gate’, but may have been the much more promising ‘Ale Gate’.

This area is known in the property development world as ‘City Fringe’. It is a sliver of the eastern city of London which has recently seen significant residential development in an otherwise intensely office-centric district. That means that residents have the best of both worlds. Sensible city life on the one hand, and edgy east end life on the other, as their mood dictates.

But where are the best places to live in Aldgate? The best way to find out is by asking the people who already live there, and we did exactly that! Every day we speak to hundreds of locals across the capital. We ask what they think not only about their area but also their specific homes. Here are the answers.

1. City Quarter, E1

Berkeley Homes
4.44 (based on 18 reviews) 4.44 (18 reviews)
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City Quarter, E1

According to the latest results available, the best place to live in Aldgate is City Quarter in E1. It sits on Hooper Street, which is less than a five-minute walk from Aldgate East Station and just seven-minutes from Fenchurch Street mainline station. It's worth remembering though, that many people who live here will work in the City and will just want to walk to work. Most of the city is less than a half-hour walk from City Quarter. Berkeley Homes built City Quarter in 2008 over as 294 apartments spread over 27,000 square metres.

One particular thing that residents have told us they love about City Quarter is, unsurprisingly, the location. Homeowner Lisa Klepikova had the following to say about living here:

"The location is great it has surrounding train stations (aldgate east) a cinema, Sainsburys, bars, restaurants all within a 1-minute walk if that! the building is very modern with glass balconies and a light grey exterior."

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2. Cityscape, E1

Telford Homes
4.32 (based on 7 reviews) 4.32 (7 reviews)
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Cityscape, E1

The second-highest scoring development in Aldgate is Cityscape, E1 which is virtually right on top of Aldgate East tube station. Telford Homes developed the homes on this scheme in the fourth quarter of 2012 and comprises 128 flats. Residents enjoy 24hr concierge service, a private residents' gymnasium, under-floor heating, secured bicycle storage, and optional basement parking. According to the residents we spoke to, one of the factors about the scheme they rated most highly was the design, which has so far scored very impressively.

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3. Goodman’s Fields, E1

Berkeley Homes
4.16 (based on 24 reviews) 4.16 (24 reviews)
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Goodman’s Fields, E1

In third place is Goodman's Fields by Berkeley Homes. It is popular for the quality of its facilities. The scheme features a collection of 864 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and studios in a 23-storey building. London Fenchurch Street is also within a short walking distance from the development with links into Central London.

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4. Altitude Point, E1

Barratt Homes
4.07 (based on 18 reviews) 4.07 (18 reviews)
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Altitude Point, E1

The fourth-highest scoring development in Aldgate is Altitude Point, only 200m from Aldgate East station. Barratt Homes are responsible for creating this impressive development made up of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and a selection of penthouses – all housed in a 27-storey tower. The value of the development is popular amongst residents, who have given it a great score thus far.

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5. Aldgate Place, E1

Barratt London
3.55 (based on 18 reviews) 3.55 (18 reviews)
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Aldgate Place, E1

In fifth place for Aldgate is Aldgate Place which was built by Barratt London and particularly stood out in responses from residents as having excellent management.

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So there we have it, the lowdown on the top 5 residential developments in Aldgate.

Prices and rents in Aldgate

The average price of a two-bedroom flat in Aldgate is £826,000. The average rent for a 2-bed property is £2,500 per month. Since 2006, property prices in the area have increased by around 9.5 per cent per year.