The E15 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bow East, Cann Hall, Canning Town North, Cathall, Forest Gate North, Forest Gate South, London, Maryland Station, Newham, Plaistow North, Pudding Mill Lane Station, Stratford, Stratford and New Town, Stratford Station, Waltham Forest, West Ham, West Ham Station, Wick.
Stratford, like so many of London’s suburbs, remained rural until the arrival of the railway. It came to Stratford, instantly transforming it into a potentially residential area, in 1839. This could be considered Stratford’s first phase of development, and it could be said that it is currently undergoing its second phase of development, due to the London 2012 Olympics.
One of the most significant changes being made is that the 180 acre brownfield railway site, north of Stratford town centre, is being redeveloped to form Stratford City. Stratford City will then essentially be a purpose built town, with 5,000 homes and accompanying offices and retail spaces, public spaces and facilities such as schools. Private businesses are also investing in the area, with John Lewis and Waitrose developments already underway. The area will also include the Olympic Village.
In 2006 and 2007, Stratford was named as one of the UK’s property hotspots by market commentators, due to the amount of money being spent on the area in regeneration schemes prior to the Olympics. However, it is still relatively affordable in terms of London property prices.
High Road Leyton and Carnarvon Road have some Victorian terraces with five bedrooms that can reach asking prices of around half a million pounds. For a similar price you could secure a two bed flat in the self-proclaimed landmark development of ‘One, Stratford’, which is due to be completed in 2009. For a slightly less expensive home in a modern block, 160-188 High Street, Stratford, also has a flats due for completion in 2009 for just over £400,000. However, for those with smaller budgets, Albert Square has some apartments for sale on a shared ownership basis, with one bed flats being available for less than £60,000, whilst a two bed flat in Chopwell Close will cost more, with an asking price of around £110,000. Burford Wharf also has some reasonably priced two room apartments designed as live-work units, whilst for £190,000, in the same period, it is possible to secure a period conversion on Keogh Road.
For those in search of three bedrooms, the area around E15 has a number of options. At the more affordable end of the scale Marcus Court has three bedroom split level maisonettes with asking prices of around £230,000, whilst Germander Way and Thorogood Gardens also have three bed flats with asking prices of around £235,000. Alternatively, East Road, Westdown Road and Hamfrith Road have conversion flats in varying styles for around £265,000. Corporation Street and Geer Street have some of the most affordable three bed houses in the postcode district, with asking prices of less than £300,000, whilst a terrace on Fairland Road, Gurney Road or Idmiston Road will cost around £350,000.
E15 is home to four railway stations catering to the DLR, National Rail, London Underground, and international lines. All of the stations are in Travelcard zone 3. Maryland station is located in the north eastern sector of E15 and has trains going in both directions every 10 minutes. This station will be a stop for the Crossrail when it is constructed in 2017. Pudding Mill Lane station caters to the DLR (Docklands Light Rail) and has trains in both directions at least every 15 minutes, if not more often. West Ham station is the primary underground station in the area. It is located in the northern sector of E15 and caters to the Hammersmith & City, Jubilee, and District Lines. West Ham Station also caters to the c2c line and has 8 tph to Fenchurch Street, 4 tph to Shoeburyness, 2 tph to Grays via Rainham, and 2 tph to Southend Central via Ockendon. Stratford Station is located in the centre of E15 and caters to the DLR, Central, and Jubilee as well as National Rail and c2c. There is a plethora of trains leaving from all of these lines as often as 10 tph. Stratford Station will also be a stop for the Crossrail when it is completed.
Soon, E15 will see the opening of Stratford international station, an international Train station catering to the Eurostar to Paris. At the moment the Eurostar from St. Pancras passes through this station without stopping, however in February 2009, the station will open in order to cater to Paris Gare Du Nord.
E15 is home to some of the 2012 Olympic developments and is experiencing some redevelopment.
Pubs and Bars in the area include: The Manbe Arms on Water Lane, The Dew Drop on Brydges Road, The Builders Arms on High Street, The Essex Arms on Leytonstone Road, The King Edward VII on Broadway, The Princess of Wales on West Ham Lane, and Ye Olde Black Bull on Broadway.