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

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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.

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