STOKE NEWINGTON N16
Local property types: the area was bombed heavily during the Second World War — you can still spot camouflage paint on the walls of Stoke Newington Assembly Hall —and, says local estate agent Julian Reid, this brought a rash of post-war estates. There are also good streets of surviving Victorian terraces, plus a peppering of new build. High street: Stoke Newington Church Street boasts the longest street name in London, though locals shorten it to Church Street. It has “changed massively” in the past 30 years, says Reid. The reason is a plethora of good schools at both primary and secondary level — families move from all corners of London to take advantage. Local demographic: yummy mummies and others aged from midtwenties to early forties. Where to buy: for good local primary schools, look to the south side of Church Street, recommends David Busson of Foxtons. Professionals tend to be attracted to the north side, however, which offers larger houses and better value for money than more-established Hackney and Dalston. “And it’s an easy commute into London’s business hubs,” adds Busson. Transport: Stoke Newington Overground. For sale: a split- level maisonette in Stoke Newington Church Street with a lovely south- facing roof terrace is on the market for £ 870,000, through Julian Reid Estate Agents ( 020 7923 8650). Norwood Society has established blue plaques over the shop fronts to commemorate former trades and traders, and there’s a huge local campaign to have the defunct cinema reinstated, says estate agent Calum Mason of Winkworth Crystal Palace. Local demographic: a mix of young first-time buyers, families drawn to the good schools and good-value conservation area houses, and older people with a bit of the bohemian about them. “It has long been a haven for artists,” adds Mason. Transport: Crystal Palace station has trains to London Bridge and Victoria and is on the Overground, connected to east London and Canary Wharf. Where to buy: families head for the houses, while the flats are favoured by young professionals. Simon Darvill of Foxtons says Belvedere Road and Fox Hill are among the most popular roads. For sale: a short walk from the Triangle, Alto is a new scheme in Sylvan Hill with one-bedroom flats starting from £399,950. Homes priced under £600,000 can be bought with Help to Buy. Call 020 3006 0042.
A two-bedroom flat in Church Road is £325,000 through Winkworth (020 8012 3542). below left, new one-bedroom flats at Alto in Crystal Palace (020 3006 0042)
below, a twobedroom garden flat in Warren Road, Leyton, off Francis Road. Call Foxtons (020 3858 3226)
above, owners Eliza Parkes and Dan O’Connor at Yardarm, with a new bistro next door in Francis Road, Leyton Left: you’re spoilt for choice for cafés and quirky shops in Stoke Newington Church Street