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Gants Hill is a district of Ilford in north east London and we have accommodation available there year-round. Read on to see if it sounds like the right place for you!
Where is Gants Hill located?
A north east suburb with an IG2 postcode, this neighbourhood is situated 9.5 miles north east of Charing Cross. It sits in the London borough of Redbridge, just south of Barkingside. Newbury Park is to the east of Gants Hill, Cranbrook to the south and Redbridge to the west.
What’s the typical accommodation type in Gants Hill?
Gants Hill is mainly residential with some commercial outlets and a green space, Valentines Park. There’s a mix here of newer and older properties spanning terraced and semi-detached houses, flats and apartments, and some larger detached houses. You won’t tend to find many Victorian and Georgian homes here though; instead most of the older properties were built in the 1920s.
This mix of old and new means that you’ll normally find something for sale or to rent on the property market despite the fact that people who live here tend to stay.
How safe is Gants Hill?
Gants Hill is a broadly safe area for travellers and solo walkers due to its heavily residential nature. It is slightly more affluent than the neighbourhoods around it, so sometimes seen as a bit of a ‘posh’ area compared to others nearby.
You should have no issues here on your own although you may find quiet, sleepy streets at night and in the evenings. There’s a night bus service here but also plenty of taxis should you not feel comfortable walking alone late.
What type of people live in Gants Hill?
This district is more affordable than others in the capital and so this area attracts lots of families and young professionals and couples. The borough as a whole is home to London’s most satisfied residents as the area brings with it a great balance of urban and suburban living. It’s considered a great place to raise children and has lots of highly rated schools.
Most residents here are British but you’ll also find Asian and Jewish families in the area as well as a Muslim community who worship at the neighbourhood’s mosque.
What transport links does Gants Hill offer?
Gants Hill London Underground station is on the central line for easy and fast connections into the city centre, and just south of the district you’ll find mainline railway station Ilford. Nine different London bus routes run through Gants Hill from a variety of operators and the N8 Night Bus runs all the way from Hainault to Holles Street, covering a great deal of ground in between.
If you prefer to drive, there’s plenty of roads in and out of the area, including a newly built section of the A406. You’ll also find convenient and frequent servicing by minicabs and traditional London Black Cabs to Gants Hill.
What is there to do in Gants Hill?
Whilst Gants Hill is mainly a residential area, there’s plenty of local amenities that pack a punch – many don’t leave the area for the greater city unless it’s for work.
Gants Hill Library was built back in 1928 and has an impressive collection of books and music for a suburban facility. You’ll find a good reference room here too, which makes it a great space for quiet study, as well as free Wi-Fi, computer access and eBook services.
Explore a typical Victorian and Georgian Stately Home
Valentines Mansion is situated on the scenic Valentines Park and offers great views over the surrounding parkland. It’s free to visit and is open to all 10am-5pm Tue-Wed and 11am-4pm Sun. The Victorian kitchen has been restored and the Georgian rooms are used to display art exhibitions and installations. There’s even a café for you to relax with a coffee and a cake after your explorations!
The Holocaust Memorial Gardens is a small space within Valentines Park and makes for a peaceful contemplation space should you be in need of some clear-thinking time.
Homestay in Gants Hill
If you are an international student, intern or professional looking for homestay (“host family”) accommodation in Gants Hill or close by, we would love to hear from you. Similarly, if you have a spare room in your Gants Hill home and are interested in hosting overseas students, please do get in touch.