DH are looking to buy a 3-bed house in either Leytonstone or Walthamstow but are unsure as to which area is better. Both are well connected, but housing stock in Leytonstone seems to have the edge. The estate agent in e17 told us that loads of people "like us" (whatever that means!) are moving from Stoke Newington to Walthamstow.
We'd be interested to hear from people, especially new mums, who live in both areas as I'm due in 6months.
Hi all, it's a difficult choice and I can see both sides. We moved to Walthamstow a year ago and really love it. I would say that the E17 Art Trail is the heart of the community here and if you're involved in that you will soon find yourself with a lot of friends, also there's an Walthamstow, who are fun and friendly if you are - they don't suffer Walthamstow snobs gladly however! We wanted to move to the Village but couldn't afford it - prices have rocketed there in previous years, so we settled in Wood Street area - we personally really like it. The street itself is full of very useful shops - we actually managed to refurbish our house using the shops on our doorstop including diy, plumbing, kitchen etc - it's also having quite a lot of regen in the area, so lots of community events, shop facelifts etc - www.e17woodstreet.co.uk - I have friends in Leytonstone, who like it but they end up coming to events and restaurants in Walthamstow more than we go to Leytonstone. There is a new new pub in Leytonstone The Red Lion which seems to have brought all the young trendies out there!
Walthamstow is a sorry place. The sight of soiled beddings and mattresses lining the streets on my way to work disgust me, but I am probably a snob. I would never abandon my discarded bathroom furniture (including that old toilet) on a street corner, but then again I am probably an elitist. Lost toilets and soiled beddings are regular on the Stows pavements. In short, if you expect standards (of any kind, even modest ones) Walthamstow is not the place for you. Have a look at these sites: https://www.facebook.com/WalthamstowTouristBoard http://www.flickr.com/photos/vibrantwalthamstow/ I cannot comment on Leytonstone as I do not live there.