Why move to Stratford?
Stratford was first recorded in 1067 as Strætforda, meaning ‘ford on a Roman road’, in acknowledgment of its location on a roman road which ran from Aldgate in the City, to Romford, Chelmsford and Colchester. Nowadays, Stratford is part of the Lower Lea Valley and includes the localities of Maryland, East Village and Stratford City.
Since hosting the successful London 2012 Olympic games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the area has gone from strength to strength. From being an area in decline it’s now a popular residential area full of hub of plush new build properties, with great transport links and one of the largest urban shopping malls in Europe (Westfield).
Stratford is centrally located in east London, providing easy access for commuters to the capital via high speed trains to St Pancras, the DLR to Canary Wharf and central line services to other parts of the city.
Once Crossrail is completed it will also connect the area to Heathrow and parts of south London. Commercially, Stratford is also significant, providing the second biggest business district in the capital behind only Canary Wharf.
Transport and infrastructure upgrades have spiked a massive demand in property in the area. Stratford house prices have risen a whopping 71% since 2005, outperforming all the other London boroughs. The area is popular among both families and young professionals looking to tap into the area’s untapped potential and regenerated housing stock.