Mini markets, gambling shops, and junk food are all available. Mini markets, junk food, and betting shops are all part of Forest Gate. Jennifer Earle, 40, and Sam Earle, 38, moved to the area in 2015. They swapped their flat in Wandsworth in 2015 for a four-bedroom Forest Gate house. Jennifer says that Forest Gate south of the station has not changed much since she arrived. Crossrail journey times from Forest Gate to Tottenham Court Road: 29 minutesTo Paddington : 34 minutesTo Heathrow : 70 minutesTimings also include extra time for interchanges with Liverpool Street (10 minutes), and Paddington (8 minutes), which will be required until May 2023. “It is quite dirty,” she said. To the north, there are local gems like Burgess & Hall Wines and Ramble Cafe and Tracks. You can also hang out at Wanstead Flats on sunny days. The Forest Gate Community Garden is a great place to meet like-minded volunteers if you have green fingers. Jennifer says there are many community events. There is a jumble trail as well as an art trail, and there is a friendly vibe. “Jake Everett is the Wilkinson estate agent’s office manager. He says that Forest Gate has been able to be found by buyers because of Crossrail and the Olympics. He says that prices have soared. “Then, in 2018 and 2019, there was a little slowdown due to delays in line opening and the pandemic. Everything went crazy again after the stamp duty holiday. “READ MOREWhere to Live along Crossrail: A Guide to Stratford — New Homes, House Price Growth and the Latest Journey Times to Central LondonWhere to Buy a Home on Crossrail? Best-value locations near Elizabeth Line StationsWhere to Buy a Home on Crossrail. Whitechapel is set to invest GBP300m to bring new homes and an upgraded market. Forest Gate house prices have risen by 3.4% in the past 2 years. Everett estimates that buyers should budget between GBP750,000 and GBP450,000 to buy a three-bedroom terrace and around GBP400,000 to GBP450,000 to buy a two-bedroom apartment. The rental market is more local than the buying one, with three-bedroom terraces selling for around GBP750,000 and two-bedroom flats selling for between GBP400,000 and GBP450,000. There have been several small boutique developments, including a four-storey infill project with flats and shops on Woodgrange Road. Work is expected to begin on the site later in the year. Local businesses can use the Winchelsea Road railway arches as flexible workspaces.