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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Top Rated Developments in Brentford

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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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Review Date May 2020

Great facilities, look and feel of the place. However very close to a not so nice part of this town and not much to do within the very local area.

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Design and facilities are great and with transport links very close by. However there is still very little to do within the area which can make living here boring. Parking is not good, there is a parking lot beneath my block however mine has been allocated a 5 minute walk away. Internet is not good, only BT and hyperoptic are options to get a reasonable internet speed.

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

How often trains run from kew bridge. Can frequently have trains not running at all and often can be every 30 minutes into london

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

Very well. Issues resolved quickly and efficiently with good communication verbally and written

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Nice property and location. But busy roads and lots of traffic

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Review Date May 2020

Good location however very busy and lots of traffic. Good access to shops and restaurants.

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Efficient management team. They would attend to problems and issues raised by residents.
Excellent gym with plenty of equipments.
Clean communal garden and parking.
High spec design and plenty of storage.
Access to underground parking. Very safe. CCTV in use.
Very good insulation and noise insulation.

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I did not appreciate the volume of traffic especially during rush hours.

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

They have been very attentive and would like to help and resolve issues.

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4
Design
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Living at Academy Place

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Review Date Apr 2020

Very nice area to live in. Osterley Leisure centre is a one minute walk away. You also have a boys secondary school right next to the development and many other schools within walking distance.
Osterley library is also less than a 10 minute away and there is great access to the tube and Isleworth train station.

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Academy place is a very residential, family friendly area where people are very neighbourly.
The houses are all 3 stories and are very well designed. All rooms are of a good size and the master bedroom has an ensuite. There are also 2 family bathrooms and 4 bedrooms. The downstairs living room is very open and every house has a garden.

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

Nothing in particular but if I to nitpick then one thing would be that if you lose or break the main gate key it costs quite a bit to get a new one.

What is the best feature of your home:

There are 3 bathrooms in total, 2 with showers so this makes reduces hassle for larger families.

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Location
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Very convinent living neighborhood

Review Date Apr 2020

4 minutes’ walk to Isleworth train station, 25 minutes to Clapham Junction and 30 minutes to Waterloo by tain without changing. 15 minutes’ drive to Heathrow airpirt and 30 minutes if taking public transportation. 4 minutes’ walk to Sainsburys’ local and Tesco, 15 minutes’ bus from the development gate to Morrisson. 4 minutes’ walk to post office and Natwest bank. Many outstanding schools in the area. Walking distance to library, gym and park. 10 minutes’ walk to West Middlesex University Hospital and 15 minutes’ walk to GP. Chinese restaurant, kebab restaurant, sushi restaurant, cafe, KFC and Mcdonald’s, ect all could be accessed easily by walking.

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The deaign is good, simple and useful. We have bicycles storage, parking lots. But we do not have concierge and buit-in gym. The building management and property management is okay, because the cleaning is good but if some facilities were broken, it will take a long time for them to repair.

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

Where the sun moves daytime.

What is the best feature of your home:

I realy like the low density of the development. Not too many residents.

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Design
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Location
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