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).