Forest Gate, E7, has been grabbing headlines recently, thanks to the imminent arrival of Crossrail causing property prices in the area to rocket. But despite an increase in prices, it's still one of the cheapest areas to live in London - which is a big attraction for first-time buyers, investors and tenants.
But asides from the fact it’s affordable and about to become well connected, for the majority of Londoners this east London neighbourhood remains something of a well-kept secret.
For example, did you know it's just a short 13 minute train from Liverpool Street, or that it holds a market every Saturday selling trendy vintage clothes?
Here’s our complete area guide on Forest Gate, with everything from properties and prices, to the trendiest hangout spots, the most desirable streets and the best schools in the area...
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms | Sebert Road, Forest Gate, E7 | £1,500 per month
1. Property in Forest Gate
Average sale price for a 2 bedroom property: £425,000 - £450,000
Average rental price 2 bedroom property: £1,300 per month for a flat / £1,400 per month for a house
Current highest yield using the Portico Interactive Yield Map: 4.9%
“Crossrail has caused house prices to rocket since work began in 2009, and I believe prices will continue to rise as more people move in and discover what a fantastic and well-connected area it is to live in. We’re seeing lots of first-time buyers move into the area, as well as buyers from north London who are making the move from a flat to a house.” Rashad Cheema, Sales Manager, Spencers.
2. Best roads
“Forest Gate is famed for its old Victorian architecture, offering a range of detached, semi-detached and terrace properties. The “Village” roads close to Wanstead Flats are highly sought-after, as they are surrounded by greenery and close to Wanstead Park and Forest Gate train stations, which are just a hundred yards or so apart. The Conservation area with the oldest properties in the area, such as Hampton, Osborne, Claremont and Windsor Road, and all the side streets running of it, such as Latimer, Cranmer, Lorne and Godwin Road, are also extremely popular.” Rashad Cheema, Sales Manager, Spencers.
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom | Sycamore Court, Romford Rd, E7 | £275,000
5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms | St. Georges Road, Forest Gate, E7 | £575,000
3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom | Monega Road, London | £1,850 per month
3. Getting around
If you commute to and from work, you’ll be pleased to hear that Zone 3 Forest Gate is very well connected. Trains run frequently to Liverpool Street in just 13 minutes, and Wanstead Park and Woodgrange Park are on the Overground with trains running to Gospel Oak and Barking. When Crossrail launches in early 2019, locals will be able to hop on a train to Tottenham Court Road in just 17 minutes.
4. Must-do’s in Forest Gate
Forest Gate is undergoing a revival, with kebab shops and pawn brokers slowly being swapped for trendy shops and eateries. There’s now even a Saturday market next to Spencers office on Woodgrange Road which sells homemade bread, jam, cakes, and some trendy second hand items.
Coffee7 is a buzzing veggie café on Sebert Road, serving up eggs however you like them, roasted coffee and loose-leaf teas and a host of vegan treats. Indian restaurant Aromas is also a hit with the locals, who are able to bring their own booze and tuck into a huge range of traditional and cheap Indian dishes, and Green Street is being dubbed the new Brick Lane, jam-packed with Indian eateries.
If you're after a drink, the Wandstead Tap, (a microbrewery under the arches), is the ideal setting for a pint at the end of the day.
Looking for a family friendly vibe? The Corner Kitchen eatery on Woodgrange Road hosts sing along time, baby massages, French lessons and pottery painting classes for little people and big kids.
The Urban Chocolatier on Green St won’t disappoint chocoholics, or if you’re more of a shopaholic, Westfield Strafford (the biggest shopping centre in Europe) is just two stops away on the train.
As for culture and sports, a multi-million pound leisure centre has recently opened in Forest Gate, which includes a gym, exercise studios, two swimming pools, a crèche and a cafe. If you’re a movie buff, Stratford East Picturehouse is nearby, and shows everything from mainstream to foreign films, as is Boleyn Cinema on Barking Road, which shows the latest Bollywood releases.
You're not short for open space in Forest Gate. Wanstead Flats is a large green open space with a pond, football pitches and a natural children’s play area. And nearby Wanstead Park is a Grade II listed park covering 140 acres, complete with a visitor centre where you can discover the story of Wanstead House. The park regularly hosts events and an annual open air theatre.
Education is top class in Forest Gate; Ofsted has given an Outstanding rating to Elmhurst Primary School in Upton Park Road, and Catholic secondary schools St Angela’s Ursuline (girls) on St George’s Road and St Bonaventure’s (boys) in Boleyn Road.
There are a large number of ‘Good’ primary and secondary schools in the area, plus there are three private Muslim schools.
If you’re interested in moving to Forest Gate, or if you have a property in the area you’d like to sell or let, give us a call today on 020 7099 4000. Click here for an instant valuation in 60 seconds!