With due respect, it is never the place but the way you interact in it. Did you get out of your flat to make friends?
I know Leytonstone very very well as well as Leyton. I bike around the whole area to do my bits of shopping and see my friends and go to the gym.
Boring- a place is what you make it, and if you ventured out to the nights out you may surprise yourself
Dirty- we are in London Kris! Where is it NOT dirty?
Dangerous- as a young woman I have walked home from both tube stations and have never felt unsafe. I have never been mugged, raped or pillaged! I have left my bike unlocked on several occassions and it has never been stolen. Once a friend of mine left his bike outside my house for four hours forgetting to lock it, and surprise surprise, it was still there.
Yes Kris, if one could afford housing we would all be living in Hampstead or Highgate I suppose. But for now, I couldn't wish for me. And if it's boring, go venture to central London, Shoreditch, Hackney etc for nights out and venture back home to a peaceful surburban retreat.
And yes, I do live in leafy Upper Leytonstone, it is the nicest part."