Brentford

A Guide to Living in 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 at the point where the River Brent and the Thames meet, some eight miles west-by-southwest of Charing Cross.

A more affordable alternative to riverfront London hotspots like Richmond, Brentford has all the appeal of a cosmopolitan waterside hub but without such 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.

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

Those seeking a waterfront spot should consider Brentford Lock West, an award-winning collection of one to three-bedroom apartments with a contemporary, industrial look and feel. 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 of 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

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.

“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? Heathrow Airport is just over a 15-minute drive away via the Great West Road.

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. Elsewhere, 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 more high street and designer names than you can shake a stick at, Westfield Shepherds Bush is less than a 20-minute drive away.

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Nice interior design to this property.

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There’s not a lot of restaurants nearby or supermarkets, you’d need a car or to take transport to get there which isn’t ideal when doing large amounts of shopping.

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The property is good for pets and has bike storage which is really useful for me. There’s plenty of good primary and secondary schools to send children also. The bedrooms are nice and spacious and my 3 bed property specifically could cater to a few more people if people wanted to stay overnight. Parking is okay but could be better, it’s understandable because of the amount of flats in comparison to the space there is for possible parking but that could still be improved.

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Nothing, was well informed of everything before I had moved in

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The Toilets are really nice and spacious. Very good considering it’s a 3 bed property.

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Overall really good

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Close to the train station which is handy, local amenities are good, shops, tesco and sainsburys are closeby.

Could be more restaurants.

Good area for kids with parks nearby and the general peacefulness.

Feels pretty reasonably safe, especially for London.

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Building management is not great, things take a long time to get fixed. Lights in the courtyard not working for more than a month, elevator more than a month, main building door is regularly broken. The last one is a definite quality issue that could be rectified with a better quality door.

Cleaning in the building used to be bad but is getting much better now, done every week and is pretty good. Grounds are kept clean.

Build quality is really good. Bought from new, no damage so far from settlement of structure, subsidence etc. A few snagging issues sorted quick at the start and generally really happy.

I’ve lived around a bit and this is by far the best space for the money.

Only reason to knock it down a bit is the quality of the external doors on the bike storage, the bin area, the main building. Not heavy duty enough. There are cameras around which helps with the security, but it is a worry.

Parking is well enforced, sometimes too much but your space is looked after and available.

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Nothing really, did a lot of research, had friends live local.

Are there any facilities you would like added, or that you have but do not use:

Need some outside bins definitely. A gym because there’s none anywhere close. Concierge would be really nice.

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