No longer a slum

This is the Boundary Estate, the world’s oldest social housing.

It has a touch of the prison wing about it, but lots of historic charm and an amazing location on the fringes of Brick Lane, near Shoreditch House and Conran’s Boundary restaurant. It’s also right by the lovely Leila’s shop and cafe.

If I was looking for property in the area, I’d buy here. There are a lot of net curtains in the windows, which my friend the property mogul tells me is the sure sign of a development opportunity.

You’re still looking at around 300 grand for an ex-council flat, mind.


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