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Area Guide Forest Gate

Dating back to the 17th century, Forest Gate has a rich and varied history. Having remained a predominantly rural area for many years, it wasn’t until the 19th century that Forest Gate began to develop into the residential enclave we know it as today. Famed for its double-fronted Victorian homes, the unrivalled architecture offers stunning residential homes across the town, whilst the area’s multicultural identity ensures there are a whole host of entertainment venues, authentic restaurants, cafes, bars and community groups.

Wanstead Flats sit directly north of Forest Gate, which gives the area a sense of wide, open countryside. Properties in this area are particularly popular, with many people eager to live close to the Flats, grasslands and Epping Forest itself. If you like to be able to drift away from the city into an unencumbered open space from time-to-time, Forest Gate could be the perfect location for you. In addition to the Flats, Forest Gate Park and the Forest Gate Community Garden provide ample opportunity to residents to enjoy the outdoors.

The Woodgrange Estate Conservation Area is also a particularly popular area of Forest Gate, with Victorian houses dating back to the late 19th century. Known for its architecture, amenities and close proximity to highly-rated schools, Woodgrange Estate is ideal for families and commuters, with easy access to the many public transport routes which run through the area.

When it comes to getting around, residents in Forest Gate have it relatively easy. Situated in Zone 3, Forest Gate Railway Station offers services to London Liverpool Street, going via Stratford, whilst nearby Wanstead Park Station runs to Barking in the east and Gospel Oak in the north of London. Due to be linked to the new Crossrail line, Forest Gate will have even more rail services in the near future, with rail links into Central and West London set to improve. Accessible via bus, train or DLR, it’s easy for residents to get around Forest Gate and commuting to nearby parts of London is straightforward and fairly easy to do on a daily basis.

Known for its musical history, Forest Gate still has a number of iconic venues and well-known artists continue to play in the area. With Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Pink Floyd having all played at the Upper Cut Club and numerous artists playing at The Lotus Club during its forty-year reign, Forest Gate has retained its musical identity throughout the decades. Today, the area is a cosmopolitan mix of businesses, entertainment venues, restaurants and cafes; providing everything you could need or want within minutes of each other.

As potential house buyers and tenants search for hidden gems and undiscovered city escapes, Forest Gates remains a popular choice with prospective new homeowners. Forest Gate estate agents are in high demand, predominately due to the mix of stunning properties, amenities, schools and employment opportunities. The superior travel links in and around the area ensure it’s easy to commute to and from Forest Gate, while the town itself provides a much-loved sense of community for its residents.