With our apologies for not paying sufficient attention, we are happy to report Wanstead’s reappearance on one of those “best places to live” lists, this time in last weekend’s Sunday Times.
In the kind of barbed review that we used to indulge in, the paper says:
Before you flee London for the country, check out Wanstead. Just three stops beyond Stratford on the Central line, it has a village green and a gothic-revival church, cricket and golf clubs, and rowing boats for hire at Hollow Ponds. The high street supports a butcher, a baker and a fishmonger, and bustles with cafe tables in summer.
The population used to be a bit older, but there’s a baby boom as families are priced out of the East End. It’s getting downright trendy, too, with a Gail’s bakery and a Ginger Pig butcher’s. Bare Brew coffee has cute dogs and bearded guys; the Duke pub hosts co-working mornings. But it’s a bit too Towie to be hipster — it’s on the Essex borders.
The paper assesses property prices as being
- £287,000 for a starter home
- £652,000 for mid-market
- £966,000 for a family home