Walthamstow Area guide

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Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford are within the London Borough of Waltham Forest and lie between Epping Forest and the Lea Valley. The area has a great deal to offer potential buyers and renters. Walthamstow is the main town centre with its world famous market, as well as an abundance of shops, pubs and restaurants. The ever popular Walthamstow Village is a designated conservation area and notably more affluent part of Walthamstow and boasts some charming pubs and restaurants as well as boutique shops. Leyton has recently seen some regeneration and is experiencing a boost in popularity in particular the Francis Road area.

Leytonstone is mainly residential with a good selection of schools, the high street offers a good selection of shops. With Stratford Westfield just a few minutes away, Leyton and Leytonstone have much to offer. Chingford is located just inside London, on the borders of Essex and Hertfordshire and is popular with people wanting a quieter, more suburban quality of life whilst still benefitting from great links to Central London.

What is the property market like inc property prices

Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone have recently experienced higher than the national average increases in property prices. However, the area still offers good value for money with a three bedroom house costing on average £500,000 and a two bedroom flat being around £350,000. Chingford offers better value for money.

Types of resident

The population of Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford is highly multi-cultural. The area is popular with working professionals who are looking to make their first purchase, taking advantage of the fantastic public transport and wanting to move to a vibrant and cosmopolitan location. The area is also popular with young families looking at the excellent schooling available in the local area. According to the most recent census, more than half the population is under 30.

What is the area known for

There are many important historical figures who grew up in Walthamstow; it is the birthplace of William Morris, best known as one of the principal founders of the British Arts and Crafts Movement and Frederick William Bremer who is recognised as the man who built the first petrol driven car in Great Britain in 1892. In more recent times David Beckham was born and grew up in Chingford.

Why is it great to live in the area

Andrew Lesurf, Branch Manager of Your Move - Walthamstow says: "Walthamstow has a real community spirit and is a great place to live and work. Homes are still affordable and there are easy links into Central London, either by car or public transport. There is a great variety of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities."

Property types

There are plenty of Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses, many of which have been converted into flats, as well as some later 1930's terraced and semi-detached houses. A popular style of property from the Victorian period, found exclusively in Walthamstow and Leyton, were built by the Warner company. Consisting primarily of purpose built two bedroom flats, often bearing the 'W' mark, and noted for the quality of their workmanship, distinctive styles, bold red brick gables and recessed porches. In addition to this traditional stock, the recent transformation of Walthamstow town centre has seen many new luxury apartments being built.

Buying property

Your Move is consistently working hard to ensure that they have a wide variety of property available to buy. The most popular types are Warner flats and Victorian properties. There are many developers working in the area who are sympathetically renovating homes to bring back original style features and combining them with the contemporary features to reflect modern living. However, there are still ample investment opportunities available.

Most sought after addresses

Among the most popular areas of Walthamstow are Walthamstow Village, Coppermill Lane and Lloyd Park. The Barclay Estate in Leyton is also in high demand with families.

Renting in the area

There is a good stock of houses and flats to rent in Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone. A room within a licenced HMO is around £600 per month. One bedroom flats are available for around £1,000 per month, rising to £1,300 for two bedrooms. Three bedroom houses are generally available at around £1,650 per month. Tenants can expect to pay a premium to live in the ever popular Walthamstow Village. Chingford offers slightly better value for money.

Shopping and Food

Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford benefit from a wide variety of shops and restaurants due to the multi-cultural diversity within the area. There is a good selection of high street retailers, as well as smaller independent boutiques. Dating back to 1885, the Walthamstow market is the longest outdoor street market in Europe and spans roughly a kilometre of Walthamstow High Street. Stalls sell an array of clothing and household goods, complemented by a wide variety of stalls, cafes and restaurants selling everything from Caribbean cuisine to traditional Cockney fare like pie and mash and jellied eels. Walthamstow Farmers Market takes place every Sunday on Walthamstow High Street. Produce on offer includes fresh bread, free range eggs, organic vegetables, cheese, poultry, and plants.

Culture and Leisure

Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford have many leisure facilities on offer to its residents. There has recently been investment in the public swimming and fitness facilities and this is due to continue. Art and history enthusiasts are also catered for as well as those with a love of the outdoors, Walthamstow has over 6,000 acres of green open spaces including two fantastic nature reserves - Walthamstow Marshes and Walthamstow Wetlands – both certainly worth a visit!

Green spaces, transport

Walthamstow is served by an excellent network of local bus routes, overhead and underground trains as is Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford. Although Chingford does not have an underground station, the overhead line will get you to Liverpool Street within half an hour. For those who prefer a two-wheeled mode of transport, there are many picturesque cycle paths in and around the area.

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