Walthamstow Village is home to an ancient church, medieval houses, and pretty cottages but now, it seems, the other areas of the town previously considered a little rough around the edges are in high demand. That’s according to an estate agent from Stow Brothers who claims that Walthamstow is experiencing a property boom in which “everywhere” in the town is now sought after by potential buyers. Kim Heywood, of Stow Brothers estate agents, has revealed the specific streets in Walthamstow that might appeal to house-hunters.
In terms of access to green spaces, the restoration of Lloyd Park six years ago has likely attracted buyers. Kim explains: “Wood Street and Upper Walthamstow are close to Epping Forest. Blackhorse Road and St James Street are close to Wetlands and the marshes.
“Walthamstow Central [is a] 10-15 minute walk to Lloyd Park.” Alongside good transport links and outstanding schools, it’s no surprise that Stoke Newington and Hackney families often move to the area in search of a community and a garden. Plus, property prices are, on average, just £545,262 according to RightMove.
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The site claimed that the majority of sales in Walthamstow were terraced properties last year, selling for an average price of £644,059. Meanwhile, flats sold for £389,615, on average, and semi-detached properties fetched £733,679. The houses in the area are largely Victorian and Edwardian in style, specifically ‘Warner’ purpose-built flats.
‘Warner’ houses appear to be terrace houses but actually have two front doors, each leading to a separate flat with its own garden. Other estate agents agree that there is a range of property types on offer, to suit all tastes. A Ludlow Thompson representative said: “Upper Walthamstow (known as The Village) has the more expensive homes in the area from large Victorian terraces to cottages, and mid-war semi detached houses.
“The south of Walthamstow offers roomy Victorian terraced properties. Smaller, one and two bed house / flat conversions can be found at Higham Hill.” They added: “Warner houses, many designed as two purpose-built flats, often bear the “W” motif and have recessed porches and gables. There are two new developments in central Walthamstow.”
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Speaking about the area, Kim from Stow Brothers, said: “It really is a great place with a great sense of community.” It seems locals agree too. Writing on the Foxtons website, Vyki, who lives in the town, said: “Walthamstow is a friendly, diverse place with everything a young family needs – good parks, playgrounds, loads of groups and activities – as well as independent coffee shops and businesses.”
She added: “It has a genuine community spirit, and is an easy place to call home. Check out the homegrown art trail, or the annual Garden Party in Lloyd Park.” Similarly, there are plenty of places to explore in Walthamstow, including a wide variety of shopping opportunities.
Kim recommends Wood Street Market, the high street and the mall (found on Orford Road in the village). Stan Fung, from Foxtons, agrees that Walthamstow is home to great shops, stating: “There’s nothing you can’t buy from Walthamstow Market, the longest outdoor street market in Europe.”
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Another appealing factor is that Walthamstow is just 12 miles from central London and the Zone 3 area has access to the Victoria line. Commuters can reach the West End in less than an hour and there are trains to Liverpool Street for the City. According to Kim, the best transport links lie on Walthamstow Central (trains, tubes and buses) Wood Street, St James Street, and Blackhorse.
Joshua Mugume, of Foxtons estate agents, said: “Perfect for commuters, Leytonstone is only five stops on the Central line from London Liverpool Street.” What do you think of Walthamstow? Let us know in the comments.
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