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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

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