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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Well presented flats with a high price to pay/Ideal for short stays

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Review Date Oct 2022

There is a big Tesco Extra which is 7 minutes walk. A couple of restaurants nearby but nothing fancy that will attract people. The closest pubs are approximately 10-15 minutes walk towards Brentford. Sky studios are in close proximity to Tesco. Heathrow is 20mins away by car or 30 minutes with a combination of bus and tube.
Only one bus (H91) available heading towards Hammersmith through Chiswick. Tube station (Osterley or Boston Manor) 20minutes walk. Syon Lane Train Station just 7 minutes walk, with trains every 30 minutes towards Waterloo.

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It’s a nice complex of flats which are well maintained in good condition. Wooden floor with underneath heating adjustable to you preference. Hot water 24/7. you can request the flat furnished or unfurnished. Noise level is relatively low. Really warm throughout winter, it can get hot during summer (of course 2022 was an extreme scenario). Covered parking which is charged extra. Also, bike racks where you can leave your bike protected from the elements. Management is attentive, cleaning the facilities on regular basis and sending informative emails regarding any maintenance. However, renewal is coming with a big jump on renting price, this time without including any bills (initially all inclusive) having just to pay separately council tax.

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I was told that a gym (free to use) will open at the end of 2021. October 2022 and that still hasn’t come into effect, therefore missing one of the important perks.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Building has showcased good response time regarding a few issues that might come up.

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Felt like home

Review Date Sep 2022

Still an up and coming area so can have some anti-social behaviour with rubbish particularly over- following onto the streets over the weekend. Transport and local shops are great. Noise levels you can’t even hear inside your flat

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The management team were just awesome. Friendly, funny and helpful. They always seemed calm even when there was no water.
The design throughout is clean and comfy.
I loved my flat and the view of the stadium and was surprised as to how quiet it was inside my home.

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The only downside to the block is that some of the weekend/short term rentals have resulted in loud parties, mess and just general disrespect to a place many people call home. It seems mixing the two doesn’t work, as those long term residents have to put up with behaviour that shouldn’t be happening in your home.

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Yes… the team were always so helpful and welcoming. Literally lovely people!

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Great place to live

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Review Date Sep 2022

Great area with Chiswick round the corner with loads of restaurants and shops, has a lot of nice stuff. Transport links are ok could be better

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Overall great buildings with nice amenities except delay on the gym opening which could be managed better. Flats are nice and cozy however like everything in London is overpriced, storage space in the flats is quite limited and quality on finishes are not the best. Furniture is very expensive but then there are no tiles in the kitchen to protect walls from cooking/food prep so not very well thought through. Management team is really nice and helpful ! Really enjoyed events that they have organised so far which allows you to meet neighbours get to know people its a really nice perk!

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Noise , there is a lot of noise from the road railway stadium building sites , so when the window or balcony is open it can get a bit annoying however windows are really good so once you close it you cant hear much at all

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Usually very quick response and i so far all been resolved quickly

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Great building, area & space

Review Date Sep 2022

Great selection of local shops, restaurants, pubs & open spaces. Not much traffic noise with the exception of construction next door but that obviously shouldn’t last too long hopefully.

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Design, facilities and management is great! I did expect to have the Gym facility readily available given that was the promise as the apartments were released and holding deposits were made to use that. That is a little bit disappointing but still a great building all round.

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I wish I had known that the gym would take a while to be ready, despite being told otherwise.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I haven’t had any problems thus far so I’ve not been required to raise any problems/issues.

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