Singletons, couples and families alike have grabbed the keys to their new Stratford homes and are enjoying having fantastic transport links, shops and sporting facilities just a stone’s throw away. We catch up with 43-year-old screenwriter, songwriter and database manager, Mark Hibbett, who rents his two-bedroom home from Get Living London.
Why did you move into East Village? Where did you live before?
We used to live in Leytonstone, just up the road, and had always talked about how amazing it would be to live in the ‘Athlete’s Village’, so when we saw the chance we leapt at it!
East Village has a lot to offer its residents. What are your favourite three things about living there?
The two sensible ones would be having a shopping centre on our doorstep, and the fact that Kings Cross is just seven minutes away. The third is how exciting it is to be somewhere so new, and being able to watch it all develop around us.
What’s the sense of community like as people move in?
It’s really nice – I’ve never lived in a flat before, so it’s lovely bumping into other residents in the lift, and we’ve all got something in common to chat about!
Where do you like to go in London for fun?
My office is in Bloomsbury, so a lot of my going out time is spent around there, though here in Stratford I love the Tap East. You wouldn’t think a bar inside a shopping centre would work, but it’s one of the friendliest pubs I know.
Did you visit the area during the Olympics? Is it exciting to be part of the London 2012 legacy?
It certainly is – we lived in Leytonstone all through the build-up.
We came over for events in the Olympics and Paralympics and had a friend in the opening ceremony, so we were fully invested! Being part of what comes next is fantastic, though I wish there was a way to find out who stayed in our flat during the games – it’s the first question everyone asks when I tell them where we’ve moved!