As Poplar undergoes significant regeneration, people are slowly waking up to the unique charms of this traditional East End community. After being largely destroyed in World War II, it’s taken Poplar a while to find its feet again. However, its affordability and wealth of new developments has seen its popularity grow and grow. Verified residents of some of the area’s new build developments have been reviewing their homes on HomeViews, helping us to create this list of the best new homes in Poplar.
Where is Poplar?
Poplar sits in an enviable location, adjacent to the finance and business hub of Canary Wharf. It’s less than three miles east of the City of London. Poplar is also within easy reach of other thriving East London locations, including Stratford and Hackney.
What’s it like to live in Poplar?
Developers have descended on Poplar in recent years. The area is transforming from a somewhat neglected corner of London to one of its most up-and-coming addresses. There’s a wealth of new build developments in the neighbourhood. Buyers appear to have realised quite how close Poplar is to Canary Wharf, with property available for a fraction of the price.
At the heart of Poplar is Chrisp Street Market. This vibrant selection of 80 stalls, shops, pubs and a clock tower, is the focal point of the area. The market itself is also subject to a facelift, bringing new affordable homes, retail and entertainment venues to this rapidly changing community. Further shops and restaurants from around the world are available along East India Dock Road.
Poplar is primarily a residential area, and the neighbourhood is primarily made up of post-war housing developments. Community green spaces are dotted among the flats and houses. Meanwhile, there are larger open spaces in the form of Bartlett Park and Langdon Park. The waterways of Limehouse Cut and the River Lea provide peaceful walking and cycling routes. The area is also within easy reach of Hackney’s Victoria Park and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Transport in Poplar
Poplar occupies a well-connected position between TFL zones 2 and 3. Poplar station is on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), and the area includes several other stations on the DLR. This makes it easy to reach the City of London, Canary Wharf and other nearby stations with Underground connections. The area also benefits from some excellent road connections. The A13 runs through Poplar, connecting to the City in one direction and the M25 in the other. The nearby Blackwall Tunnel offers access to South London, while A12 provides routes towards Stratford and the M11.
How expensive is property in Poplar?
Poplar’s growing reputation as an up-and-coming residential area means house prices haven’t yet caught up with the rest of London. Properties in Poplar cost an average of £509,000 in the 12 months to October 2022, according to Zoopla. This is significantly below the London average of £728,000. Flats constitute the vast majority of sales in the area, and in Poplar you can pick one up for an average of £482,000.
Top 10 new build homes in Poplar
Poplar is definitely on the up, with regeneration and a wealth of new build developments bringing a growing interest in the area. Check out our rankings of the best new builds in Poplar below. The rankings are based solely on the ratings given by verified reviewers on HomeViews.
*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.
4.26 (144 reviews)
4.26 (144 reviews)
Taking first place in Poplar, it’s London City Island, a mixed-use 12-acre neighbourhood from EcoWorld and Ballymore. It includes Manhattan-style apartments, and the City Island Social Club. Both of these overlook the River Thames. Along with a wide variety of other amenities, the English national ballet now headquarters here. It is close to Canning Town station, which is served by the Jubilee line and DLR services. Buses also run to and from the island.
4.23 (97 reviews)
4.23 (97 reviews)
In second is Oxbow – East London, a joint venture by EcoWorld and Poplar Harca. It occupies a convenient location, just seven minutes away from Canary Wharf and 15 minutes from the City. This development offers a range of studios and one and two-bedroom apartments in East India Dock. Canning Town Underground station is only a short walk away, providing swift connections for residents via the Jubilee line. In addition, the development is just moments away from many of East London’s most popular attractions.
Third place is Makers Dock. These modern apartments all benefit from a resident only podium garden and private outside space, with great views of the serene canal, striking London skyline or the green spaces of Bartlett Park.
Fourth place in Poplar is taken by The High Line, a rental only development managed by Savills. Comprising one, two and three-bed apartments, the development is just a 1-minute walk from Langdon Park Station. Residents here benefit from a gym, a residents lounge, a communal work space and an outdoor terrace.
4.15 (96 reviews)
4.15 (96 reviews)
Fifth place is taken by Fizzy Poplar E14, one of a number of modern ‘Fizzy’ developments, managed by Greystar, It is on the west side of Poplar, near All Saints and Poplar DLR Stations, and the much-loved Chrisp Street. The development comprises one, two and three-bedroom rental-only, pet-friendly apartments.
In sixth, it’s Equinox, a residential development by Bellway Homes in Poplar, situated just moments from Langdon Park DLR station. The development has 273 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, split across four buildings – Eclipse, Pisces, Jupiter and Kepler. The development’s tallest structure, a 13-storey tower, looks out across leafy Langdon Park.
Coming in at seventh is Lansbury Square, a Bellway development featuring one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Designed by architect, Brimelow McSweeney, it’s a large, new-build residential scheme offering a total of 273 apartments. Located in Poplar, the site is just a few minutes’ walk from Langdon Park DLR, which has convenient links to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End.
Eighth in Polar is Phoenix Works, a residential development comprising eight apartment blocks and offering 162 apartments. There are one, two and three-bedroom layouts available. The development is a five-minute walk from Langdon Park DLR station, which offers services to Canary Wharf and London Bridge.
Ninth place is taken by New Festival Quarter, a Bellway Homes development located in Poplar. It comprises 502 apartments, ranging from one to three-bedrooms. The development also incorporates a community centre, retail outlets and cafés. It is situated just a nine-minute walk from All Saints DLR station.
3.89 (6 reviews)
3.89 (6 reviews)
Rounding off the top 10 in Poplar is the Goodluck Hope development from Notting Hill Genesis. This affordable housing development offers 153 homes in a convenient position close to Canning Town and Canary Wharf. There are 55 social rent homes, 46 affordable rent properties and 52 units available via the Shared Ownership scheme.
Do you want to find out more about life in this emerging part of East London? Check out our dedicated guide to Poplar by clicking the link below. The guide has plenty of information about Poplar living, including the best new build developments to buy and rent in the area.
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