EastEnders: What it would really cost to live on Albert Square

Would you pay that much to live on Albert Square?

EastEnders is set in Albert Square in Walford. Although the show is filmed on a set, Albert Square is based off real-life Fassett Square in London. But what would is really cost to live there?

EastEnders Albert Square: Where is Fassett Square?

Fassett Square is in Hackey, London, not far from Hackey Downs Park.

EastEnders Albert Square: How much does it cost to live there?

According to new research from Bankrate, the average cost of a house in the local area, where Fassett Square is, is £590k. However the average house price in the square itself is just over £900k.

It costs on average £900k to live on Fassett Square. But the average price in the area is £590k (Credit: Bankrate)

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This means you would be paying just over £300k more just to live on the famous square.

Last year, a house on Fassett Square was on the market for £1.5 million.

The price difference compared to the local area is 53%. Would you spend an extra £300k to live on the famous Fassett Square?

Original plans to film EastEnders on Fassett Square

Fassett Square was once a ‘downmarket’ Hackney postcode. But when producer Julia Smith discovered the area, she knew its history of rich stories, social deprivation and characters would make the show.

The area has gone from unemployment, bad housing and beyond to one of the most sought-after and famous areas in the UK.

Albert Square is based off Fassett Square (Credit: BBC)

EastEnders’ creator Julia Smith originally planned to film the soap on location.

But due to the fact it was in a high trafficked area (there was a hospital nearby which is now closed and people actually lived in the Square) the idea was scrapped.

It was eventually decided to use Elstree studios in Hertfordshire instead.

New EastEnders set

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The new EastEnders set is currently under construction (Credit: BBC)

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EastEnders is currently using the same set that was built in the 80s for the soap. Currently a new set is under construction.

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One.

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