Dalston Area Guide
Today’s Dalston is a rich mix, a place where wealthy City traders live side by side with creative types, and with the area’s long-established Caribbean and Turkish communities. With all this has come a new wave of regeneration that has spawned community gardens, fringe theatre, more restaurants and late-night bars.
Dalston is buzzy and busy, slightly gritty, diverse and very popular with the young adults who flock there for the nightlife — so much so that the local council is now putting a brake on new late-night openings.
Dalston is only four miles from central London and three miles from the City, so it was unfairly overlooked. The arrival of the Overground was the game changer, with Shoreditch High Street and the City just four stops away.
To put it on the map, Dalston sits north of Shoreditch and the City; west of central Hackney; south of Stoke Newington and east of Islington.
The mix of Dalston homes includes pretty, flat-fronted early Victorian villas and terraces, mid-Victorian terraces, converted industrial buildings, estates of social housing and new flats.
Dalston Lane Terrace, the most controversial new development, involves the demolition of a terrace of Georgian buildings and shops in Dalston Lane that local people fought for 10 years to save. Murphy Group is building 44 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom flats in a traditional Georgian style at the front, with a modern design at the rear and 20 shops in Dalston Lane.
Dalston Lane is a development of 121 one-, two- and three-bedroom flats for the private rental market. Architect Waugh Thistleton is using a wood construction method and claims the 10-storey block will be the world’s tallest building of its kind. The development completes next year.
Dalston is very popular with young renters, who come for the lively nightlife. “They can’t afford to buy but will share a flat or a house to cut the cost of renting.”
The many new flats have attracted investors from Southeast Asia who previously wouldn’t have considered a place like Dalston.
Dalston is a lot of fun, but once young sharers start marrying and thinking about having children they head for Walthamstow.
Property in Dalston: the area is a mix of Victorian villas, converted industrial buildings and new flats (Daniel Lynch)Postcode
Dalston falls into the E8 postcode which also covers Hackney Central, London Fields and parts of Stoke Newington.
In Albion Square and Albion Drive there are fine early Victorian semi-detached villas. Malvern Road in the London Fields area has terraces of flat-fronted early Victorian houses and in Parkholme Road there are some later Edwardian houses.
Fassett Square, used as the model for Albert Square in the BBC soap EastEnders, has terraces of bow-fronted Victorian houses and the modernist German hospital, now converted into flats.
Up and coming
Houses and flats along the main roads, often in fine period buildings, can be cheaper. Also look for “right-to-buy” flats in low-rise council blocks.
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