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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Ideal location and enjoyable place to live

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Review Date Mar 2022

It is located in a very desirable area. It is a walk away from Kew Gardens and right next to Kew Bridge station which is ideal. There are sufficient shops nearby including cafes and grocery shops. It is very near to the canal and nice open space walks. The street is set away from the busy main road so you don’t hear the traffic although you can hear the trains going past which can be quite loud, in particular the building works on rail tracks are often at unsociable hours. Parking availability for permit holders on the site is always readily available but it would be good if there was visitor parking too (although understand then it might get full so can’t always win!). The bin collections do not appear to frequent enough and the recycling bins in particular always seems to be full.

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I think the design is nice and there is lots of light in the flat. Facilities are good and having concierge is a plus. Property management are always quick to respond and get back to us. The repair service are quick to get through to as well which reduces anxiety if something breaks in the flat.

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The internet situation has been difficult, we still don’t have internet in one of the bedrooms despite raising this

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Yes very quickly. The incorrect repair team were sent out once which delayed getting our repair fixed, but this was rectified fairly quickly when I raised the concern

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Good development

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Review Date Mar 2022

Excellent location, safe for families and with access to transportation and a lot of attractions

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Good development, but some units are a bit old not entirely renovated with old appliances. I think for the entirely renovated apartments it would be great. Free Wi-Fi is provided with excellent quality, maintenance team are responsive.

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Try to move in the renovated apartments, old ones needs work/replacement specially the bathrooms and appliances.

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The management is very responsive to problems and issues raised

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I hate stains.

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Review Date Feb 2022

I do love that it is a gated community.
Sadly people are not following rules when it come to recycling. It says FLATTENED carton only, but they are dropping non-flattened huge boxes, cups and stuff that cannot even be recycled in the container which takes so much space. That needs to be regulated. There are even pictures drawn to explain what you have to do. I really do mind this. Containers are always so full, they are screaming with tons of non-flattened boxes inside…

Inside the building’s hallway, first floor, there is a HUGE stain and then couple of small ones. Odor gets me every time. It smells on something rotten, most of the time. I am starting to think someone is doing something nasty in their apartment.

I do like the neighborhood. It is close to the train station (across the street) and Gardens, swimming pool, gym, and there is a lot of nature and animals. We even have foxes and I saw two in front of the building. So lovely! There are restaurants and one market with vegan options – which is a huge plus. There are always fresh veggies and fruits. Also, there are many vegan delivery food options. There are museums, parks and pubs, antique bookstore, gallery, beauty saloon (male and female), stadium – all within 10 minutes walk.

Some neighbors can be pretty loud and I think their kids are playing with the ball inside which is crazy, but I am not going to complain because it is not the kids’ fault. I do not want to be a bad neighbor.

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1. Furniture
I do not mind the “not so nice” furniture look, but maybe it could be a little bit more durable. I haven’t even been using sofa for more than 3 months (there are only two of us, and we spend most of our time doing something) but I can already feel it will not last long.

Under the oven there are wooden doors (not sure what that is to be exact) that keep falling off every time a train passes. Wood under the sink is loose and keeps popping out.

Washing machine is drying pretty badly. I do not think it dries at all, but at least it tries…I guess.

2. STAINS
There are huge stains on a coffee table – I assume someone has placed something hot and it burnt the wood, or maybe did not clean juice/water after it stained the table. I really, really do mind that. There are stains everywhere and no matter how hard I clean I cannot get rid of them. Honestly, that type of table is 60-100 euros and could have been replaced easily but I guess people think it is cool to have stained table.
Kitchen is white, cheap wood, and it is stained. I have tried everything to clean that – not possible – failed.

What I really, really disturbingly mind are stained walls. It looks so dirty and makes me want to scream. I really love things to be nice and clean and if I do get something stained I will do and try everything to clean that stain. But I am not sure what to do with these walls. The moment I walked in, I saw a huge white wall with dozen of stains that where covered with something white – but you can see it, so it looks like a child tried to paint something on the wall with markers. It pops out so much!

Living room – stains behind sofa. These are not covered with white markers, but are brownish.
Dinning room – yellowish stains and drips. It seems there used to be a big freaking clock or a mirror so there is a brown circle on the wall with couple of stains.

There are stains on the ceiling in the bathroom, and it seems like part of it is going to fall of.
Bathtub glass exploded 2 months after I moved in because it was badly made. Thankfully, nobody was in the tub but according to google if you are inside when it happen you will not die but will get many scars and stiches. I guess that is considered safe then…But, If you are living next to a rail, it is not smart to have glass installed in your bathtub.
It was fixed pretty soon, which was nice, but honestly I am sad it was replaced with the glass again. So, I am waiting for another explosion. For now, I am trying to be as fast as I can when in bathroom to avoid the glass explosion.

3. Screws in the walls?!
Also, there are screws in the walls. I hate it so much. I cannot believe it.
All of that could have been fixed with our one rent and yet it was not.
There is no reason to be this cheap, honestly. I mean, it is okay to be a little cheap, but not THIS cheap.

4. Odor
There is some sort of odor that I am still trying to get rid of. I am using essential oils and dry cleaning powders to get rid of it. I am wondering could that be the odor coming out of radiators because first floor neighbor is butchering something in their apartment. You never know. Partner keeps telling me it is the water from radiators because it wasn’t flushed before it was turned on. You decide.

5. Windows
Well, I am not sure how to clean windows since they cannot be opened fully. That is sad. There are so many broken things around blinds. It was that way when we moved in. I will try to fix because if I do not, nobody will.

That is it.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wished I knew about stained walls.

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

Fast. When our bathtub glass exploded it was fixed immediately.

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Good option for West Londoners

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Review Date Feb 2022

Good selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs within 5-10 minutes of walking distance from the gated community.

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One of the better developments that you will come across in London. For the price range it offers a good package of infrastructure, safety and modern interiors. The team present on site do a good job at resolving queries (repairs, internet, etc) as quickly as possible.

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Work out the commute options especially with offices asking employees to come back 1/2 days a week.

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

Prompt with most of the issues raised, barring a few.

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