If you are seeking a village way of life without severing ties to the inner city, Woodford Green is the place for you! This neighbourhood has rural appeal aplenty, but it’s also home to some of the stateliest homes in the Redbridge Borough; making it one of the most desirable places along the London/Essex border.
Well known also for its highly rated schools and peaceful suburban living, it’s no wonder that families especially flock here. And there’s more going on in Woodford Green than you might think! Here’s everything you need to know about this beautiful suburb…
What’s Woodford Green Like?
Woodford Green is an affluent and leafy suburb of north-east London. Formerly a part of Essex (prior to the London Government Act of 1963), it now belongs to Greater London, sitting within the London Borough of Redbridge, with a small part in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. But despite this significant change, the area has retained its charm. For starters, you’ll find a local cricket pitch on the High Road, which just so happens to be the second-oldest cricket ground in the country, meaning that cricket has been played on this green for centuries!
And as well as being charming, Woodford Green is… green! Neighbouring Epping Forest, with country parks in easy reach, Woodford Green offers an abundance of open green space. Then of course there’s all the tree-lined cul-de-sacs that you find here, which not only add to the general green-ness, but promote a distinctly village-style way of life – in London.
The only difference here of course is that if you do find yourself wanting to re-join the masses; you can simply jump on the Central line and make the short journey in to the city. You are just 15 miles from the buzz of Central London. Not that you’d know it!
Is Woodford Green good for families?
In short, yes.
The schools in Woodford Green are exceptional, making the area all the more appealing for young families looking for a place to settle. Churchfields Junior School and Wells Primary School have both been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, with Trinity Catholic High School and Woodford County High School also having been awarded the highest rating at their last inspections. Coming home from school will be a treat for the kids here too, due to the domestic bliss offered by the size of family homes available within period properties (as well as the gardens within the private gated communities). You’ll also find plenty to do as a family…
There are more than enough good restaurants here to satisfy everyone from the fussiest child to the most passionate foodie, and the shops are good too. No chains here – just good, traditional shops and independent outlets.
What’s more, community spirit is great, and always peaks when Woodford Green residents get together each year for the Woodford community festival (the 9 day celebration that takes place across Woodford Green and South Woodford). Local artists, performers and groups all take part in this festival, which includes over 100 events, spread over 35 venues including places of worship, halls, sports clubs, public houses, restaurants, and private houses. Music, art, films, dance and poetry are all on offer!
Finally for the adults only, the traditional boozer is also alive and well in this area.
What else is on there?
In such a green suburb, you’ll be wanting to enjoy the outdoors! How about a picnic on Woodford Green – the heart of the village. You’ll find yourself overlooked by a somewhat imposing Winston Churchhill statue though (he was the MP there for 40 years).
Fairlop Waters is a large country park and leisure facility, offering a range of activities for visitors. There’s a driving range – or you could try windsurfing classes, angling or rope climbing!
Definitely check out the stained-glass windows and Victorian architecture of All Saints Church. Oh and go to the Atrium coffee shop for home-made cakes and pastries whilst your at it.
Explore Claybury Woods and Epping Forest. Epping Forest even has boat hire for £15 p/hr and will make for a great day out!
How much does it cost?
The average price for property here stood at £638,162 in June 2020. This is a rise of 0.26% in the last three months (since March 2020) and rise of 5.62% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats here sold for an average of £397,723 and terraced houses for £545,756.
IG8 0NF is the Woodford Green postcode
You’ll be in walking distance to Woodford, South Woodford and Roding Valley stations (all on the central line) which makes for a super-easy commute in to central London. Woodford to Liverpool Street takes approximately 20 minutes on the tube, and it takes just half an hour to get to Oxford Circus. The area is well served by London buses – with routes to Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Debden, Oxford Circus and Wanstead.
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