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Does anyone live in Ilford? Is it rubbish?!

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crystalgall Wed 02-Mar-16 19:06:16

Just that really.
I know ilford well and have lived in East London all my life. Hackney growing up,
Walthamstow and now we are looking to move from wanstead/South Woodford and house prices are a LOT cheaper in ilford. But it just seems a bit grubby and rundown. We are totally priced out of Hackney and Walthamstow.

Anyone got anything nice to say about it? grin

crystalgall Wed 02-Mar-16 21:34:32


TheCyclist Wed 02-Mar-16 22:04:01

Had some friends who lived there a few years ago. Have to say, Ilford's charms are well-hidden. Seemed to be lots of endless, Victoria roads and dual carriageways. What about Manor Park?

TheCokeMachine Thu 03-Mar-16 07:34:23

PM me, I know it very well.

I assume you are talking North Ilford/Gants Hill? Not the horrible Ilford Lane side wink

maybebabybee Thu 03-Mar-16 07:44:03

I also know it v well and I'm afraid I would never live there, it's quite rough without being interesting.

crystalgall Thu 03-Mar-16 08:18:29

Yes coke. The commonwealth estate? I was surprised at some of the lovely period houses in Ilford after normally being confronted by huge ugly monstrosities

crystalgall Thu 03-Mar-16 08:19:54

The thing is wanstead/South Woodford have decent primaries but rubbish secondaries whereas ilford has 2 outstanding secondaries as well as primaries. For a rough area the schools are doing well and i mean the state schools not grammar.

maybebabybee Thu 03-Mar-16 08:25:29

It depends what your priorities are. I actually went to seven kings high school for sixth form (think that might be one of the outstandings?) and it was great but I wouldn't want to live there purely on that basis. The schools do well as the area has a high Asian demographic who really value education which is a bonus.

I still wouldn't buy there. There is nothing going on and no character, IMO.

crystalgall Thu 03-Mar-16 08:38:42

We are the Asian demographic maybe wink

crystalgall Thu 03-Mar-16 08:39:31

And that is exactly what we hate about it. No character. Just a bunch of roads off a dual carriageway.
And cheap!

TheWoodenSpoonOfMischief Thu 03-Mar-16 09:27:34

It's a bit rough but there are some better areas around ilford.
The good thing about the wider area is that there are so many green spaces not too far and the schools are good.
Go see some properties you like and get a feel for the area.

maybebabybee Thu 03-Mar-16 09:30:10

It is cheap yes, but IMO it's cheap for a reason....the same reason East Ham is cheap.

There are actually some gorgeous properties in East Ham going very cheaply but I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole (and I grew up there).

Have you considered south east London? That's where we're buying.

TheCokeMachine Thu 03-Mar-16 10:05:59

I've messaged you.

Wincher Thu 03-Mar-16 21:12:40

The roads around Valentine's park seem gorgeous - huge period properties with that amazing park on the doorstep. Don't know much about it beyond that though, and I know the town centre is grim! It does have an m&s though

whathaveiforgottentoday Thu 03-Mar-16 21:20:39

I lived in Seven Kings and been local for years, but would avoid iilford despite the good schools. People always seem so miserable in Ilford town centre. good burger bar in seven kings of my drunken memory serves me right. That's it on my positive recommendations.

Karcheer Thu 03-Mar-16 22:19:21

I wouldn't live anywhere near central ilford. Could you get anything nearer Redbridge or clayhall?

fabulousathome Fri 04-Mar-16 00:07:37

Prices should rise as Crossrail will pass through Ilford Station. I was brought up in Gants Hill and now live in South Woodford. Have you considered Highams Park/ Chingford. Much classier than Ilford, but cheaper than Wanstead.

Rochon Tue 09-May-17 05:06:25

We have lived in Centreway Apartments in Ilford town center. A lot of highly educated Indian professionals live there and throughout Ilford. I found them to be very quiet, polite and freindly. I would say it is a very safe area compared to other areas of London, there are no gangs in Ilford. Apparently schools are good. It is very convenient for shops. I find the many Indian shops give it an interesting feel and we were never made to feel unwelcome anywhere we went, the opposite in fact. We have also lived in Newbury Park which is also safe but a bit quieter without as many shopping facilities. All this may not be your cup of tea but there is nothing to fear in Ilford

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