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Lo­cal prop­erty types: a mix of Vic­to­rian houses and con­ver­sions with a lim­ited amount of new build, says Alas­tair Cochrane of Fox­tons Waltham­stow. Jazzy de­vel­op­ments are found closer to Strat­ford. High street: what a dif­fer­ence a good coun­cil ini­tia­tive makes. Fran­cis Road suf­fered from high va­can­cies, il­le­gal front ex­ten­sions and tired shopfronts un­til Jan Kat­tein Ar­chi­tects were ap­pointed by Waltham For­est coun­cil to over­see im­prove­ments to 30 key build­ings.

“We worked closely with shop­keep­ers to tai­lor de­signs specif­i­cally to each busi­ness, pre­serv­ing the high street’s en­ergy while restor­ing many of the ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures,” ex­plains ar­chi­tect Gabriel War­shaf­sky.

When works to pedes­tri­anise part of the road are fin­ished, the re­sult will be “the feel­ing of a vil­lage set­ting”, says Cochrane, “with small in­de­pen­dent traders sell­ing goodqual­ity lo­cal pro­duce, in­clud­ing Yar­darm café and bar.”

Florist He­len Clarke was orig­i­nally look­ing for some­where in Ley­ton High Road to open her shop, Edie Rose, when she spot­ted an empty unit in Fran­cis Road. “We knew the street was chang­ing. There are lots of peo­ple mov­ing to the area or do­ing up their houses and we thought this would com­ple­ment the other shops on the street.” The com­mu­nity spirit runs high, with shops crosspro­mot­ing each other both on­line and in store, she adds. Lo­cal de­mo­graphic: the area ap­peals to first-time buy­ers, and to young fam­i­lies look­ing for space and value for money com­bined with an easy com­mute into cen­tral Lon­don. Where to buy: any of the streets lead­ing off Fran­cis Road are in high de­mand and com­mand a pre­mium, warns Cochrane. Trans­port: Ley­ton Un­der­ground sta­tion is on the Cen­tral line. Ley­ton Mid­land Road is on the Over­ground. For sale: a two-bed­room gar­den flat in War­ren Road is £440,000 through Fox­tons (020 3858 3226).

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