Fish Island is East London’s newest property hotspot. This hip canal-side area is located just west of Stratford, and Henry Wiltshire’s Bow estate agents are fast becoming experts on this sought-after spot.
Chloe Robinson, branch manager at Henry Wiltshire’s Bow office, says, “We love the chance to buy and sell property in Fish Island. It’s a really interesting part of the East End – there are so many imaginative buildings, homes and studios, and there’s a strong sense of community too.”
Fish Island has always had a strong appeal for artists, with old warehouses providing large, affordable studio space. The creative community is still there, but the area is opening up to anyone looking for a break from the rat race and a different experience of London.
While much of East London was heavily bombed during World War II, fifty-acre Fish Island managed to retain some of its historic buildings and a lot of its character. The River Lea Navigation and the Hertford Union Canal form boundaries on two sides, defining the area and protecting it from becoming a mere hinterland between Stratford and Hackney Wick. Developments such as the Mission and the Omega Works offer stunning apartments and great value for money.
In addition to Fish Island’s creative vibe, a new development at Carpenters Wharf will make the area into East London’s newest affordable housing hubs. Two billion pounds are being spent on affordable housing, with Fish Island the main focus. The new apartments, to be created by Anderson, draw inspiration from Fish Island’s industrial history, while the exterior design is sympathetic to the surrounding warehouse architecture. Inside, Anderson demonstrates that affordability doesn’t have to be boring. Floor-to-ceiling windows will offer an inspiring view across the canal, and the development’s beautiful finish promises high quality living spaces for everyone. At street level, community spaces will provide great opportunities to showcase artwork and host local events.
Fish Island has good transport links, with Pudding Mill Lane DLR station located in nearby Stratford, and Hackney Wick just a few minutes’ walk away. Being on the border of zone 2, travellers can benefit from cheaper tickets into Central London, while bike routes from Fish Island to Docklands and the City make commuting the high point of an Islander’s day.
Bow, Fish Island and Hackney Wick all have lots to offer. If you’re looking to sell property in E3, contact Henry Wiltshire on 020 3696 9610.