New homes in Waltham Forest boast a backdrop of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and an artistic community inspired by William Morris. The first London Borough of Culture, the area also benefits from house prices below the Capital’s average. But which developments live up to the location? Read on to learn more.
New homes in Waltham Forest: Top 10 developmentsWhich new homes in Waltham Forest most satisfied the residents who live there? At HomeViews, we’re not interested in taking developments at face value. Instead, we ask residents to rate and review their experience. According to their feedback, here are the best performers in the area:
Blackhorse Mills tops our list of resident-reviewed homes. Described as a way of life, residents are free to paint the walls, bring pets, swim in the lido, chill on the roof terrace, work out in the gym, host friends in the dining rooms, and stretch in the yoga studio.
Overlooking the wilds of Walthamstow Wetlands, yet just 20 minutes to Central London on the Victoria line from Blackhorse Road station, Blackhorse Mills has nature and city life down. Whether you’re after seclusion or connection, wildlife or a wild night, E17 is about balance and choice.
Residents seem to agree that Blackhorse Mills is ‘a lovely, uplifting place to live with outstanding facilities and services and environmental awareness at the heart of its ethos’. They also rave about the management staff and maintenance team, who are ‘friendly, professional, and extremely helpful’ and ‘create a warm and harmonious community feel’.
Read reviews and details of Blackhorse Mills, E17
In second place, Fizzy Walthamstow is a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments from Build to Rent operator, Fizzy Living. Winner of multiple HomeViews awards for two years running, the development is located close to Blackhorse Road Overground and Underground station. Additionally, it is an easy walk from the Walthamstow Reservoirs, which lies just to the west of the development.
Residents enjoy having a Co-op downstairs for their day-to-day needs, plus there’s a retail park just one Tube stop away from the flat. They also comment that the maintenance team are quick to respond, while the management ‘are just lovely and make you feel super welcomed’.
Read reviews and details of Fizzy Walthamstow, E17
Equipment Works by Greystar offers premium studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments to rent in Walthamstow. Just moments from Blackhorse Lane tube, you can enjoy the tranquillity all while staying connected to the city. Additionally, residents at Equipment Works benefit from a 24/7 onsite team and a number of amenities. Residents have access to a communal […] Read reviews and details of Equipment Works, E17
The Quant Building is a Hiltongrove development located in the heart of Walthamstow – and fourth position. Comprising 60 ‘spacious, modern, and attractive’ apartments, the development has a range of facilities on-site, including a concierge, gym and sauna.
Walthamstow Central station is only a 4-minute walk away, offering connections to the Overground and the Victoria line. Residents also love having plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars quite literally on their doorstep, with Central London around 20 mins away on the Victoria line.
Read reviews and details of The Quant Building, E17
Blackhorse View is a new development of 350 new homes in the Walthamstow, east London. Located opposite Blackhorse Road Underground station. The development offers one, two and three bedroom apartments, each with it’s own private outdoor space. Read reviews and details of Blackhorse View, E17
Sixth in our Top 10, Feature 17 is a Countryside development located on Wood Street in Walthamstow. Comprising 98 apartments, the development sits in a bustling street, close to amenities and transport links. As well as this, residents benefit from private balconies, open spaces and modern apartments. One resident commented on the ‘real community feel’, which is increasing alongside the genesis of new grass-roots businesses opening in the area. There’s also a local library and pool nearby.
Read reviews and details of Feature 17, E17
In seventh place, Highams Green is a development by Fairview New Homes. It consists of 336 one to four-bedroom ‘well-insulated’ apartments. The development is just a 5-minute walk from Highams Park station, in Zone 4, where Overground services run to Liverpool Street in 26 minutes. Reviewers say the area is quiet and peaceful, with a good range of shops. The management team also has an office just around the corner and provides a quick and efficient service.
Read reviews and details of Highams Green, E4
The Chain is a development by L&Q that is located in Walthamstow and resides beside The Essex Brewery. Residents here benefit from being a short walk from Walthamstow Central Station and Walthamstow Bus Station. As well as, being located a short walk from the local shops and amenities in central Walthamstow. Read reviews and details of The Chain, E17
Eclipse is a residential development by Taylor Wimpey that operates a Help to Buy scheme. Rated into ninth place, it features a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Located in Walthamstow, it’s also a short walk away from Blackhorse Road Underground station, which offers links to the Overground. In addition, residents benefit from a nearby Co-op and climbing centre. They also like having a community Facebook and WhatsApp group for connecting with the neighbours.
Read reviews and details of Eclipse, E17
The Shared Ownership Collection at Motion offers a collection of two and three-bedroom apartments set over 17 floors and around a landscaped courtyard. Our residents voted it into the top 10 because of its excellent transport links to Stratford/Tottenham Hale and several bus routes into Central London. You also have access to Hackney Marshes, Walthamstow Marshes, and Jubilee Park, plus a range of independent shops and supermarkets.
Read reviews and details of Motion, E10
Where is Waltham Forest?The London Borough of Waltham Forest is in northeast London. It borders Enfield to the north-west, Haringey to the west, Hackney to the south-west, Newham to the south-east and Redbridge to the east. Essex lies to the north. Inside the boundaries, you’ll find Chingford to the north, Walthamstow in the centre, and Leyton and Leytonstone in the south.
Living in Waltham ForestApart from its long association with the Arts and Crafts Movement, Waltham Forest holds an Olympic legacy that lives on in the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The borough also features a range of open green spaces, from peaceful parks to Lee Valley Reservoir, Walthamstow Wetlands Reserve, Leyton Flats and the tip of Epping Forest. As if this wasn’t enough, Wanstead Park and Flats are just beyond the southeast boundary.
The local community spirit manifests itself in the flurry of independent shops, cafés, restaurants, and galleries that line Francis Road & High Road Leyton. More retail therapy can be found in Stratford’s Westfield centre, just a short hop away by train. From there onwards, it’s a quick journey to Canary Warf and Central London.
Travel wise, Underground Central line services operate from Leyton and Leytonstone stations. Meanwhile, the Victoria line serves Walthamstow Central and Blackhorse Road. Both also offer overnight Tube services. You’ll also have plenty of connections to the Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking and the Lea Valley lines. In addition, Waltham Forest benefits from easy access to the A12 and the A406.
Waltham Forest property pricesAccording to figures released in December 2022 by Zoopla, properties in Waltham Forest sold for around £547,401 on average over the last 12 months. Terraced homes fuelled the market, achieving around £640,562. At the lower end, flats went for £411,943, while semi-detached properties claimed £614,886 on average.
Average rents in Walthamstow currently sit at around the £1,688 PCM mark. At £1,974 PCM, Leyton is a bit more expensive. Chingford sits between the two, but prices fluctuate regularly. Our figures are based on snapshot data provided by Home.co.uk and were accurate at the time of writing.
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