Brentford

West London’s Brentford is a historic county town in Middlesex; within the London Borough of Hounslow and part of Greater London since the Sixties. The town is found where the River Brent and the Thames meet, some eight miles from Charing Cross. An alternative to riverfront hotspots, Brentford has all the appeal of a cosmopolitan waterside hub without a hefty price tag. The aforementioned river duo flows into the Grand Union Canal; lined with historical pubs and cheerful family-run cafes, it’s just the place for weekend strolls. Read on to discover the developments that are rated as the best places to live in Brentford and to see reviews from residents who own or rent in Brentford.

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Best places to live in Brentford

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

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Brentford development

Brentford has a mix of charming period properties – most notably from the Georgian and Victorian eras. In recent years, a multi-billion-pound transformation has welcomed a huge choice of developments to the area, along with new shops, restaurants and an all-new stadium for Brentford FC.

Those seeking a waterfront spot should consider renting at Brentford Lock West, an award-winning collection of one to three-bedroom apartments with a contemporary, industrial look and feel. This development has been rated as one of the best places to live in Brentford. Property giant St James, meanwhile, has catered to residents who want a rural outlook in a central location. Its Kew Bridge West development enjoys a privileged location between the famous Kew Gardens and Syon Park. Also nearby is Gunnersbury Park, a leafy expanse home to listed mansions and the annual Lovebox festival. Residents at Apt Living’s ultra-modern Apt Gunnersbury Park enjoy the best view of this one – this colossal development is home to 292 units. For something more intimate, there’s St JamesHeritage Walk, which features 74 luxury suites.

I really do feel safe in this building. My favourite thing about my apartment is the massive windows – we get a lot of sunshine.” – Anon, verified resident at Brentford Lock West

I like living here, as the flat and the buildings themselves are designed really well, and the placement of the flats is really great, as it’s really convenient for work as it’s so well connected around here.” – Bazbantom, private tenant at Brentford Lock West

The development is very spacious. Nice place to walk around and admire the greenery. The property is nice and family friendly, schools are also nearby which is great for couples with children. Petrol station which is literally great for people with cars.” – Anonymous, private tenant at Kew Bridge West

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Travel around Brentford and beyond

This Zone 4 postcode is a brilliant springboard. Brentford railway station has direct trains to Waterloo, with a journey time of just 30 minutes. Northfields, South Ealing and Boston Manor tube stations are all on the Piccadilly line, and serve up easy access to major capital districts such as Covent Garden, Leicester Square and King’s Cross. Those commuting by road will love Barratt London’s Great West Quarter – just a stone’s throw from the M4 and A4 and rated as one of the best places to live in Brentford.

“Renting the apartment with massive balcony from July and love everything about that estate. It’s safe, quiet and clean! Also, we do have private gym, not the biggest one but still we can use it with our home fob only. Moreover, location and transport is very good. Kew Bridge, Brentford, South Ealing and Gunnersbury Station is literally 10 minutes away from the Estate.” – Karolina S, private tenant at Great West Quarter

Jetting off by air for business or pleasure? Then Heathrow Airport is just over a 15-minute drive away via the Great West Road

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Shopping & culture

The Watermans Arts Centre is a multi-purpose site down by the waterfront. Head here for theatre, cinema and exhibitions. Its Friday night cabaret performances are highly recommended, as are its children’s workshops. In addition to this, there’s Johnson Island, an exclusive neighbourhood for creatives. There are bi-annual open events where you can view the work of the photographers, artists and sculptors.

Brentford Market dates back to 1306, and it reopened as a new and improved community space in 2013. Every Sunday from 10am to 2pm, the stalls overflow with fresh and affordable local produce. Stock up on meat and vegetables for your Sunday roast. Or pop down to sample spectacular street food – from mouth-watering pies to delectable chocolate truffles, there’s a brilliant variety on offer. Check out the official website for info on who’s-who of the traders each week.

For high street and designer names, Westfield Shepherds Bush is less than a 20-minute drive away.

You can find out more about living in Brentford by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to discover the top rated places to rent in Brentford. If there’s a Brentford property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

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Awful place

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Review Date Jun 2024

The area is brilliant! Great pubs and transport links in to London and Surrey. Chiswick is only a 20 minute walk away and has beautiful restaurants

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The flats are actually really nice and we have a great view of Gunnersbury Park. The cleaners do a great job on the building, however the building management is horrendous! There are also a number of tenants who do not clean up after themselves and dump rubbish in hallways

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How bad the management team were going to be! However, we have loved the surrounding area we have lived in for nearly 3 years now

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They have not responded at all. Usually, a responsive team would acknowledge your emails or your requests and aim to respond within a given time, but they do not.

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Great place and people

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Review Date Jun 2024

The location is very convenient for in/out of town commute by train – it takes 30 minutes to central London and the same time to country-side, great bus links, too. Both bus and train stations are on the doorstep. There is a small Sainsbury’s and some take-out food outlets just across the road. Easy walk to Chiswick for nice coffee shops, cute flower stalls, and markets. Riverside is perfect for runners (it is not too crowded like in other parts of London) and it is also such a pretty walk.

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The Development itself is well designed – big floor-to-ceiling windows, modern plumbing (not 2 taps for hot / cold water like in some older properties), enough sockets and USB ports, enough elevators (I never had a delay during rush hours). Management team are all very friendly and engaging, they were all so helpful with my move, and made me feel very welcome.

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Access by a car, and postcodes puzzle – I had a few issues registering my new address, it was not recognized precisely by some service providers.

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I have only had one issue with my lock, and it was dealt with and resolved immediately.

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Average experience

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Review Date Apr 2024

There is not too many shops or restaurants around. If you need to do a bigger shopping have to walk 20 minutes to closest Morrison shop or Tesco which is a bit further. There is only small Co-Op shop near by. Few restaurants around 20 min walk away – Gaills or other coffee shops, barbers etc. Flats are near rails and next to express, fast road so you can hear trains running or cars driving. Also Heathrow is near by so can hear airplanes a bit too. There are parking spaces, but not too many. There seems to be a constant problems with bins being totally overloaded, tenants not sorting rubbish, throwing everything they want in there. So after a while it will get very messy. This will usually get all cleared after a while.

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The design is very standard I would say. White walls, no any special design. Flats are quite big and spacious, with high celling which is definitely for plus. Area around the building is not very well maintained. Once spring comes there are bushes everywhere, grass it not being cut so it grows high and everywhere. Reception area and halls are rather clean but sometimes they wont be clean for sometime, as seems like there is no permanent cleaners. Even though flats are big unfortunately you can hear your neighbours walking above you which can be very annoying.

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I wish i knew it is not much to do around here and that it is a bit noisy sometimes.

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Most times you get things sorted but sometimes have to wait for response or a solution for a while.

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Not bad

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Review Date Mar 2024

There is no a lot of shops nearby. Far from the access road and transportation with one acces road to the building

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The facilities design is good but missing the luxury touch. The parking space is little pit small and tiny. The access to the parking is not easy, and during matches it will be closed. The management of the building is poor since I get in my apartment before one week and I found some deficiencies such as painting and bathroom door was not closing well and the fridge was not working. I have contacted Apo management several times via email and phone calls but they just fixed it after one week of my occupancy.

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I wish you don’t allow pets inside the building because Really they are scaring my kids and wife

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Very slow response as I mentioned above to fix the fridge

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