Stratford belongs to the London Borough of Newham. This part of East London has significantly changed since the 2012 Summer Olympics. Once considered ‘rough around the edges’, Stratford was the focus of intense regeneration with the construction of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which took much of the spotlight throughout the games. As a result, investment flowed into the area, adding new homes and more diversity to the Stratford property market.
There are a handful of big attractions that bring people to Stratford. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park occupies a large footprint in the centre and was once home to the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and London Velopark. What was the Olympic Village was later developed into housing. However, this isn’t the only major destination to put roots down in Stratford. There’s also the Stratford Centre and Westfield Stratford City; two shopping centres located either side of Stratford station. Westfield alone is now the largest shopping centre in Europe after extending the complex to an overall 2.6 million square foot. Along with premium retailers, it even has a casino and a cinema.
We have been estate agents in Stratford since we opened a local office here in 2007. In recent years, there has been more interest in Stratford for its new builds and renovated properties. Part of the appeal is the immediate access to the area’s cultural scene. Bars and cafes offer trendy hangout spots at the weekend, and there’s the award-winning Theatre Royal Stratford East – famously associated with Joan Littlewood – putting out daring creative work for anyone interested in the arts. On the subject of things to do and see, Stratford also has widely available green space, since it surrounds by the Olympic Park site and is only a short distance from Victoria Park.
With young professionals and families moving into the area, two questions we’re often asked as sales and lettings agents in Stratford is about the access to schools and transport. The University of East London has a campus here, which makes Stratford accessible for students. There is also the nearby Sarah Bonnell Secondary School, which is one of the oldest girls’ schools in the country. In terms of transport, there’s a choice between Hackney Wick and Stratford Underground with National Rail connections. For weekend escapes, there’s also Stratford International, which provides links to Eurostar services.
If you’re looking for an estate agent in Stratford to introduce you to the area, we’re here to help. We know these streets inside out and can advise on new opportunities happening in Stratford.