Walthamstow, otherwise known as #awesomestow to its Twitterati, has a timeless appeal, boasting bags of character, the Victoria line, affordable period property and a villagey, middle-class feel.
And now thanks to the Night Tube, this pocket of east London is well and firmly back on the radar.
If you’re one of the many thinking of making E17 home, here’s our complete area guide on Walthamstow, covering everything from properties and prices, to places to visit, to the most sought-after streets and schools in the area...
1. Property in Walthamstow
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“If it’s period property you’re after, you’re in luck. Walthamstow has an abundance of pretty Victorian Terrace stock and Ex Warner properties, many with gardens, outside space and a good amount of space.
And despite a boom in popularity in recent years, living in Walthamstow is still very affordable, with the average one bedroom property standing at £300,000 - £350,000. It’s no surprise then that investors as well as homebuyers are piling into the area, keen to profit from high tenant demand and good prospects for long-term capital growth.
The average 1 bedroom rental property will achieve £1,000 - £1,200 per month.” Sean Hewitt, Spencers, Walthamstow.
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1 bedroom, 1 bathroom | Worcester Road, Walthamstow, E17
£350,000 (Share of Freehold)
Who’s putting roots down? The preponderance of one, two and three bedrooms properties attract families priced out of Hackney and Islington, first time buyers, and young professionals who work and party in central but can’t afford to buy or rent in Zone 1 or 2.
3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom | Lansdowne Road, Walthamstow, E17
£404 per week (£1,750 pcm)
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2. Best roads
Sean, who has been working in Walthamstow for 15 years, says the best streets are found “In Walthamstow Village east of Hoe Street - though expect to pay a premium. Buyers have their eyes on Beulah Road, Maynard Road, Eden Road and the Lloyd Park area, though there are also some avenues toward Epping Forest that are extremely sought-after. If you’re after a bargain, search for properties towards the river Lea or Higham Hill. Orford Road is the main string of shops, eateries and watering holes, and one of the nicest roads in all of east London.”
3. Getting around
Walthamstow: it’s easy to get into central London and out via the North Circular or M11!
Famed for its end-of-the-line status, Walthamstow falls into Zone 3 and is well served by Underground and Overground stations at Walthamstow Central and Blackhorse Road. You can get to Oxford Circus in around 20 minutes, hop on the train to Liverpool Street in 19 minutes, or travel west or east to Gospell Oak or Barking in under an hour.
Buses are also frequent from the recently refurbished Walthamstow bus station, with over 20 services going to different destinations across London.
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom | Vellum Court, Hillyfield, E17
4. Must Do’s in Walthamstow
With Shoreditch’s alternative culture moving further east, Walthamstow is becoming a hive of trendy eateries, hip drinking holes and cultural hotspots. Here’s a few of our favourites:
- God’s Own Junkyard - a café wonderland of vintage neons and signs
- Mother’s Ruin - a quirky gin factory on Maynard Road
- Eat 17 - good old British food with innovative twists. Their Bacon Jam is amazing!
- Park life - you’re in between Epping and the Lee Valley so there’s a wealth of green space to enjoy
- 56 St James - a boutique coffee shop famous for its sourdough bread
- The William Morris Gallery - a great family day out. Make sure to enjoy a tea and scone in the tearoom which overlooks beautiful Lloyd Park
- Wood Street market - a historic indoor market offering trendy cafes and restaurants plus a variety of stalls selling food, clothes, furniture, and antique goods
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom | Verulam Avenue, E17
Families move here for the great schools. For primaries, St Mary's CofE, Mission Grove, Roger Ascham, Hillyfield, Greenleaf and Henry Maynard are top choices. As for secondaries, Walthamstow School for Girls is a favourite among locals, but Walthamstow Academy, Willowfield, Holy Family RC and Kelmscott are all great options.
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