Before the London 2012 Olympics, Stratford wasn’t the top of anyone’s must-live areas. However, the Games brought a new wave of investment, optimism and confidence to many overlooked parts of the capital, including Stratford. But what is happening here now, 10 years on? Come explore the current face of this East London area, as we look at some of the best new build homes developments in Stratford.
Where is Stratford?
Not to be confused with Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford is an East London town located within the borough of Newham. This puts it within the Greater London area, with Hackey to the west, Walthamstow to the north, Forest Gate to the East and Bromley by Bow to the south.
Why live in Stratford?
Stratford’s strengths as an exciting and entertaining place to live have grown and grown since the Olympics. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is perhaps the biggest legacy of the Games, as it includes the redeveloped Olympic Village as well as some truly iconic attractions, such as the ArcelorMittal Orbit at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is the world’s longest tunnel slide, measuring 80-metres tall. Not only is it an unimagineable thrill to ride, it also provides outstanding views of the city from the top.
Other big-name attractions include the Westfield Shopping Centre. This is one of London’s premier retail experiences, offering more than 250 shops, restaurants and on-site entertainment experiences.
If you’re looking for a place where it’s easy to get a culture fix, Stratford delivers. Plus, in 2023, Sadler’s Wells will open a brand-new theatre here. Sadler’s Wells is an institution with a 300-year history as a home for the arts. Over half a million people visit its theatres each year to witness some of the most cutting-edge and ambitious dance performances in the world. Then, in 2025, a sister site to the world-famous V&A Museum will open. The V&A East Museum and its V&A East Storehouse will be part of the £1.1 billion Olympic legacy project, East Bank.
Add in some great schools and an enviable transport setup, and you can see why people are keen to live in Stratford.
Transport in Stratford
Stratford is very well placed when it comes to transport links. Stratford station itself is on the Central line, with connections to the DLR, Jubilee Line and London Overground. You can be in Oxford Circus or Bond Street within 20 minutes, the DLR take you to Canary Wharf.
There’s also great road links in Stratford, as the A11 and A12 connect up with the M11 and M25 motorways. This provides easy access to Stansted Airport.
Stratford property prices
In the past 15 years, Stratford property prices have risen by a remarkable 71% overall. This is partly because of heightened demand for East London property, and partly because of the home-building trend. Over 10,000 new build homes have shot up in record time. These represent a mix of luxury apartment buildings, smart urban townhouses and more affordable flats.
It’s not just new build developments on offer in Stratford either. You can also find excellent examples of fine Victorian terraced housing mixed in among the gleaming new builds.
Zoopla currently puts the Stratford house price average at £469,169 (Late April 2022). Even with rising prices across the borough of Newham, there are still competitive price points to be found across Stratford.
As for renting in Stratford, expect to pay on average around £450 per week. Though this is an area-wide average, so it’s possible to find rental options much closer to the £300 per week mark.
Top 10 new build homes developments in Stratford
Time to dig a little deeper into Stratford and see what is happening with the new build property landscape. The following is a list of the top 10 new build homes developments in Stratford, as rated by verified resident reviews.
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*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.
East Village is a vibrant community in Stratford and our top-rated development for the area. It offers fully-furnished studios, one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and townhouses. All of these options come with Superfast WI-FI. In addition, parking spaces and storage pods are available for rent and freecycle storage is provided.
East Village is extremely well connected by the London Underground, and other train services. These can take you to King’s Cross in 7 minutes, while also making the rest of the capital easily accessible.
4.30 (43 reviews)
4.30 (43 reviews)
At number 2, New Garden Quarter by Telford Homes sits in the heart of Stratford. Just 10 minutes from Stratford Station, residents benefit from a variety of amenities with the major one being that Westfield sits just around the corner. As well as this, the development has a 24-hour concierge, residents’ gym and landscaped gardens to enjoy.
Our third spot goes to Stratford Central, which is a 31-storey residential tower set on Great Eastern Street. This places it just a short hop from Stratford’s Underground, Overground and DLR stations. Also, it is close to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There are 157 units here, comprising a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, suites and penthouses, all with kitchens by Urban Myth.
4.16 (67 reviews)
4.16 (67 reviews)
In 4th, Folio London own and manage 401 apartments to rent at Stratford Halo by Notting Hill Genesis. The development borders the Olympic Park and the former Athletes’ Village, with great views of the Stadium and the Orbit Tower. Stratford Station is also only a 10-minute walk away.
The middle entrant of the list is, appropriately, located very centrally in Stratford. Glasshouse Gardens can be found near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Brought to us by Land Lease Europe, it features a mix of studios and one, two and three-bedroom apartments, all of which overlook the park. Stratford International station and Westfield Stratford City are both within easy walking distance.
4.53 (10 reviews)
4.53 (10 reviews)
In 6th, New Stratford Works is a development by Higgins Homes as part of the vast regeneration of the Chobham Manor area. Residents say that this is a perfect place for professionals who are looking for a quiet place near to Stratford Station, and that the design, build and fixtures and fittings are of a reliably high quality.
4.22 (15 reviews)
4.22 (15 reviews)
Folio London own and manage 112 one, two and three-bed apartments and duplexes at New Garden Quarter in Stratford by Telford Homes. The development is only minutes away from Stratford International and Underground stations with Westfield Shopping Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park also nearby.
Next up, Unex Tower is a modern, mixed-use residential-led development, also from Telford Homes. Previously known as Stratford Plaza, it comprises one, two and three-bedroom apartments. In addition, it is located close to Stratford Underground and Stratford International. Unex Tower is also within walking distance of Westfield Stratford City, East Village (the former Olympics Athletes’ Village), and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Not willing to let go of an excellent pun, the ‘Stratosphere’ is a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses. Located on The Broadway in Stratford, these homes are set within a strikingly tall 36-storey tower, hence the name. This development is also conveniently close to Westfield Stratford shopping mall and Stratford Station. Also, it has views across to Canary Wharf and the City, and over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The final entrant in our top 10 list of developments for Stratford is Legacy Wharf, a Bellway development of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. It has a riverside location and is close to Westfield Stratford City and Stratford International (for Central and Jubilee line and National Rail connections). Help to Buy is available and the scheme is set to complete in 2019.
Hopefully our list of the top 10 new build homes developments in Stratford will give you some idea of what’s available in this revitalised part of East London. If you need to know more, click on our dedicated area guide to Stratford below.
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