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Where to live on Crossrail: Seven Kings house price growth, new homes and Elizabeth line journey times

There might not be huge change on the horizon, but this north-east London suburb has much for homebuyers to like.

Seven Kings, Ilford, is in the north-east London borough of Redbridge

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30 June 2022

he name probably isn’t familiar, and in many ways Seven Kings is the land Crossrail forgot.

No big bang housing developments, no trendy artisanal cafes, no new arts venues. Perhaps because — unlike other stops along the line — there weren’t acres of unloved industrial land to build on, and nothing terribly wrong with this pleasant and family friendly suburb to start off with.

The reason buyers should get to know Seven Kings is its prices.

Sukhbir Basra, office manager at Edward Chase estate agents, estimates that you could buy one of the area’s 1970s three bedroom semis for around £500,000 to £550,000. A two bedroom converted flat would cost around £350,000, while you could get a (slightly smaller) purpose built flat from around £325,000.

Average house prices since work on Crossrail started

2012: £262,910

2022: £441,350

Growth: 68 per cent

Source: Hamptons

There are also a few streets of Victorian houses, around Meads Lane, although these come up rarely and are snapped up.

Overall, prices have increased by just over five per cent in the past two years.

For renters, a two bedroom flat would cost around £1,200pcm.

“The market now is in a boom, because of Covid-19,” said Basra. “The typical buyer is swapping a flat somewhere like Mile End or East Ham for a whole house. They can get more for their money and in a quieter area.”

Basra concedes that Crossrail hasn’t brought any major developments to the area — “there isn’t really any land for it” — or upped the ante in terms of shops and cafes. “The only thing that has really changed is the station,” he said.

But there are benefits to Seven Kings, value for money aside.

Green space is plentiful, what with South Park and Seven Kings Park, and you can feast at some of the outstanding neighbourhood restaurants like the Asian fusion Wok Wala Street Kitchen and Colony Restaurant, which serves Indian-inspired street food – both are on the High Road.

Crossrail journey times

Seven Kings to Tottenham Court Road: 34 minutes

Seven Kings to Paddington: 39 minutes

Seven Kings to Heathrow: from 75 minutes

Timings include ten minutes for interchange at Liverpool Street, eight minutes for interchange at Paddington, in force until 2023

For shopping or nightlife, you’re looking at Stratford or an uber to Wanstead, four miles away.

The future for Seven Kings

Business as usual, we suspect. The planning pipeline for the area is pretty threadbare although Redbridge Council is backing plans to redevelop a council owned car park on the high road into just over 200 flats plus some form of health centre. There is, as yet, no start date for the work.

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