Living by the River Lee – Hertfordshire, Essex and East London’s wonderful waterway
I’ve always lived by the River Lee. I grew up in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, one of the key towns the river flows past. Now I live in Bow in East London, where Bow Creek connects the River Lee to the Thames. Many people love living right by the water, with beautiful river views where they can watch the flowing water and enjoy a moment of calm. Others are happy to simply live within striking (splashing?) distance of the river, as long as they can wander down to the water for a walk or for river sports like canoeing and fishing. Whichever camp you’re in, the River Lee (or Lea) is a great river to live near to – it’s easy to see why property in the Lee Valley is so highly sought after.
Which areas are near the River Lee?
The source of the River Lee is near Luton in Bedfordshire. The river then flows down to London, with part of its stretch forming the boundary between Essex and Hertfordshire. Once in Hertfordshire, it becomes a deep canal, flowing past Hoddesdon, Broxbourne and Waltham Abbey. As it heads into London, it passes Edmonton, Walthamstow, Upper Clapton, Hackney Wick, Fish Island, Bromley-by-Bow and Poplar.
As an East London and Hertfordshire estate agent, I see all these areas being sought after by people at different times of their lives. The London end is popular with young professionals, while the Hertfordshire/Essex towns appeal to those who are ready to balance a slower pace of life with a slightly longer commute. But the River Lee is common to them all – it’s a beautiful river which attracts buyers all along its course.
Why live near the River Lee?
Along the Hertfordshire stretch, you’ll find yourself in the River Lee Country Park, 1,000 acres of beautiful countryside where you can go fishing, cycling, canoeing and more. Explore the great outdoors with your children, or unwind somewhere green and restful after a busy week in the City. Find out more about the River Lee Country Park here.
Even in London, the river still offers a restful, flowing space among the dense buildings and fast pace of life. Hunts Wharf in Upper Clapton is right on the River Lee and has amazing river views. Residents of Stratford love the proximity to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which the River Lea flows through, an asset to the area that contributes to its popularity with buyers and tenants.
Buy, sell and rent property along the River Lee
I’ve always lived near the River Lee and I know just why it’s such an asset to East London and Hertfordshire. I love passing on my passion and local knowledge to sellers and landlords in the East London postcodes. For great local property knowledge and a genuine love of this area, please call me, Adam Dockley, today on 020 3633 4440.