I think the forge is an outstanding property with impressive furnishings and amenities. Despite the gym currently being closed, everything you could want or need is provided in the building. A spacious lounge is found on the first floor which has been used for parties, and I have recently discovered a Ping Pong table on the premises?!!? Amazing! The rent is somewhat well priced considering what’s included and the finish of the development itself. However.
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The BEST thing about this development by far is the community. The people, agents, maintenance crew – everyone is lovely and it really makes living here feel homely. Despite having our issues with the moving in process and our issues with the letting agents, we have been made very welcome. The staff are very kind and talkative and feel more like friends than professionals doing their duty for the development. The neighbours and renters here are all such nice people as well, being an extremely international community we have become friends with many of the tenants and we have begun to create small ‘Forge clubs’ exclusively for the tenants on site and for us all to befriend each other.
Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:
I am happy enough to be living in Upton Park, although the area is slightly disheartening and does not have the most ‘comfortable’ feel, I am confident enough to walk around. As an adult male, I have no troubles walking around but could see how women may feel uncomfortable in the area. The district line has regular occurring issues and therefore can sometimes cause havoc when travelling, but the district line takes you far. Upton Park has lovey parks around the area that are well kept and green and so you can enjoy greenery when going on a walk around Upton Park. It’s close to forest gate which is also a lovey little town. The shops here are not ideal (2x Tesco’s and an Iceland), however, if you don’t mind walking an extra 10 minutes you arrive in East Ham where there is a LIDL, or another 15 minutes in the other direction and you are in Barking where there is an ASDA Superstore (ideal).
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
I wish I had known the prices properly, as the prices were not made abundantly clear. Neither were the options of apartments in terms of location within the development, height of apartment (what floor), the view etc. And I wish I had known there was cheaper supermarkets “close by”.
If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:
Storage space?!!! There isn’t enough of it
The furniture included with the property is very ‘hit and miss‘ as some colours are nice, some tables are too big or there may not be a big enough closet storage. I expected the furniture to be at a higher standard than it is, but perhaps that was my fault for not purchasing my own…