There has never been a better time to convert your Walthamstow loft room. With the average price of a two-bedroom property in the area still strong, homeowners who are looking to upsize would be wise to invest their money in the extra room, which could potentially add £60,000-£100,000 to the value of their property.
But money isn’t the only reason to stay in Walthamstow. Here are our top 10 reasons to stay in the area and move up instead of out:
The Scene is an exciting new development in Walthamstow town centre that is fast becoming the entertainment hub for the area’s young commuter crowd. The Scene houses 71 one and two bedroom apartments, a 1,200 seat Empire cinema and a host of new chain restaurants, including Nandos.
Walthamstow’s traditional community feel owes a lot to the Village; an area with a strong creative spirit and a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Local produce, music and art can all be sampled over the course of a long summer day.
Walthamstow residents had been crying out for speciality coffee ever since it exploded into the East London limelight a few years ago. In January 2014, independent café 56 St James answered their call. Serving delicious baked treats, fresh summer salads and, of course, fine coffee-based beverages, 56 St James is the ideal spot to spend some time with your favourite newspaper and a ‘proper’ cup of coffee.
An urban market with a devoted following, Walthamstow Farmers’ Market pitches up in the Town Square every Sunday between 10am and 2pm. Fresh fish, free-range sausages and bacon, ethical veal and local fruit are just some of the delights you can pick up during a weekly visit.
A specialist micro-brewery producing its own bottled and cask beers, The Wild Card Brewery also has its own bar. Opening at 5pm on a Friday evening and pretty much staying open until 10pm on Sunday night, the Brewery Tap Bar offers drinks from other local microbreweries, as well as delicious bites from a range of street food vendors.
Not many people can say they have regular European football being played on their doorstep. Mauricio Pochettino’s team stuttered at times last season, and every year seems to bring the same weight of expectation and ultimate disappointment for the club’s fans. But it is surely only a matter of time before Spurs get it right and start to realise some of the huge potential they show in fits and starts during each season.
Walthamstow’s most famous son, William Morris was an artist, philosopher and political theorist. His decorating business, which later grew to become an Arts and Crafts design house – Morris & Co. – produced (and still produces) some of the world’s most fashionable textiles and wallpapers. His hand-crafted products and furnishings took Morris from Walthamstow boy born and bred to international household name at the time of his death in 1896. The William Morris Gallery, Morris’s family home from 1848 to 1856, is the only public Gallery devoted to Morris and his work. It is located in Lloyd Park and open to the public Wednesday to Sunday.
Epping Forest is London’s largest open space, and it has a range of activities to suit its vast natural beauty. Sports fanatics can find a number of walking, running and cycling trails to suit their skill level, while nature lovers can explore the forest and fields to seek out resident wildlife.
Another popular site for nature lovers, Walthamstow Reservoir is actually made up of 10 individual reservoirs, attracting a diverse range of birds to complement the specimen carp that swim in its waters. Fly-fishing is on offer at three of the reservoir’s sites, and bird-watching permits can be purchased for as little as £1 a day.
William Morris’s ‘suburban village on the edge of Epping forest’ has always had brilliant transport links into central London. Walthamstow Central station provides access to London Overground and Victoria line train services, as well as bus services to the West End. London Liverpool Street, King’s Cross and Oxford Circus are all under 20 minutes away by train. For those who would rather relax at the weekend the M11 motorway provides an instant escape route to Stansted Airport (30 minutes) and Cambridgeshire (one hour).
We do a lot of work in the Walthamstow and Chingford areas, so if we’ve convinced you to stay in Walthamstow and convert your loft, give us a call on 01279 654 716 or contact us and we’d be more than happy to pop round and provide a free, no-obligation quotation.