Spotlight on Walthamstow
Young families are flocking to E17’s great schools, good-value homes with gardens, village shops and green spaces, says Anthea Masey
ONLY in Walthamstow would you find a firm of estate agents who ride around on branded bikes. Walthamstow is so hip that locals call it #awesomestow. It’s also where young Stoke Newington and Hackney families come looking for good primary schools and a house with a garden.
Not so long ago, buyers were only interested in Walthamstow Village a short walk east of the town centre, with its ancient church, quaint almshouses, a fine medieval timber-frame house, streets of pretty cottages and Orford Road’s independent shops. The rest of Walthamstow was considered rough around the edges.
These days it has caught up, says Andrew Goad from The Stow Brothers, the estate agents with the branded bikes. The restoration of Lloyd Park and the William Morris Gallery six years ago, coupled with some excellent primary schools, have made this part of E17 almost as popular as Walthamstow Village. “Walthamstow is changing,” says Goad. “I have lived here all my life and the demographic is getting younger. The older generation is retiring and moving to Essex and people in their mid-twenties and early thirties are moving in, followed closely by better pubs, restaurants and independent shops.”
Walthamstow is 12 miles from central London with Chingford to the north; Epping Forest and Woodford to the east; Leyton and Leytonstone to the south and the Lea Valley and Tottenham to the west.
It’s in Zone 3 — but the Victoria line whisks commuters to the West End in no time and there are trains to Liverpool Street for the City.