Olympic success in Stratford
by Housesimple on 7th July 2016
Having evolved from a suburban outpost into a thriving cultural and transport hub, it's no wonder that Stratford has outperformed the rest of the capital in house price growth from 2005 to 2016, registering a rise of 71%. Despite this massive increase, we still think there's more to come from this exciting area.
There's no doubt that the 2012 Olympic Games regeneration work has had a huge impact on the Stratford property market. Alongside the shiny high rise blocks sits Westfield, Europe's largest urban shopping centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and of course Europe's tallest sculpture: the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
However, with so much to offer, Stratford is about more than the Olympic legacy.
Stratford's proud multicultural heritage is expressed through the thriving indoor market, Stratford Circus Arts Centre and the Theatre Royal Stratford, while arty entertainment comes via the Picturehouse Cinema and Rooftop Film Club. And there's even more on the way.
An £850m development dubbed 'Olympicopolis' is bringing a new V&A museum, the relocated London College of Fashion and a 600-seater theatre and choreographer school for Sadler's Wells. The Smithsonian Institute has even earmarked Stratford as a potential site for an international museum, so watch this space.
Diversity is a theme that runs through the available property options too. As well as the new build flats that have sprung up in the regeneration zones, there remains a belt of Victorian terraced houses that represent excellent value for buyers.
Offering sought-after period charm and, if you're lucky a small garden, terraced properties may also give buyers the opportunity to add a loft conversion to add extra value to their new purchase.
With connections to the Central and Jubilee lines, the DLR, TfL Overground and National Rail stations, Stratford is already among the best connected areas in London. And it's set to get even better when the high speed Crossrail link arrives in 2019.
Providing even more good news for City workers,, in January 2016 Stratford was moved from Zone 3 to Zone 2/3, saving commuters hundreds of pounds each year. And with night tubes running from August 2016, Stratford will complete its evolution from peripheral suburb to vibrant, well-connected hub in the city that never sleeps.