Harrow

Chances are, if you’ve never been to Harrow before you’ll have only heard of its famous occupant Harrow School. And you’d be forgiven. With ex-pupils including Winston Churchill, Richard Curtis and Benedict Cumberbatch, it’s easy to see why the establishment’s been given more column inches than the rest of the area over the years. But Harrow has lots more to offer. It’s a location with many faces, just 13 miles from Central London. Close to sprawling countryside, and neighboured by Stanmore, Hendon, Wembley and Ruislip. Read on to discover the developments that have been rated the best places to live in Harrow. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Harrow.

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Top Rated Developments in Harrow

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Harrow-on-the-Hill

The jewel in the crown here is high-up Harrow-on-the-Hill. This is where you’ll find the borough’s iconic boarding school, which is characterised by Victorian Gothic architecture and immaculately tended lawns. And the main high street is a picture-perfect village-like affair. All period cottages and quaint uniform stores selling the Harrow School’s signature straw hats. This is an especially affluent part of the area, costly to live in and with a string of extravagant, listed mansions.

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Developments

Bradstowe House is on Headstone Road, close to Harrow on the Hill station. This Greystar development offers luxury apartments and penthouses for rent. Along with a string of shared amenities, including a cinema, a residents’ lounge and also landscaped gardens.

The Hub is another popular development close by. A JLL property, it’s got a striking, futuristic-looking façade and comprises of contemporary studios and apartments.

Further out, Artisan Place is a more affordable property and a great place to rent in Harrow. This Barratt Homes development has layouts ranging from one-bed apartments to four-bed houses. It’s fuss-free from the outside, but it’s in a top location, close to Harrow & Wealdstone station.

In terms of décor, expect spacious and understated, with whitewashed walls, wood-look floors and lots of natural light – ideal for those who want to inject their own personal style into the space. Living and kitchen areas are open-plan, and the latter comes with fully fitted appliances. Each home comes with a private balcony or garden depending on which floorplan you go for. The flats and houses give way to a communal courtyard in the centre of the development; which makes for an inviting, neighbourhood feel. It’s a real suntrap in the summer months and a good place to mingle with other residents, as there’s nothing in the way of organised activities here.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Artisan Place

Balcony of new flat in Harrow

Living in Harrow

Harrow is a busy, culturally diverse place, with two shopping malls – St George’s and St Anne’s – at its core, packed with well-known brands. The high streets in areas like Harrow Weald and Wealdstone offer more in the way of independent stores and restaurants, a beguiling mix of Asian supermarkets, Indian tandooris and Middle Eastern shisha cafés designed to appeal to the area’s many different occupants. To watch local life play out in HD, head for the town centre’s technicolour fruit and veg market; which runs Monday through Saturday.

Transport

Lots of families choose to settle down in Harrow, such is the appeal of its many parks, reputable schools (including a couple of private options) and peaceful residential pockets of semi-detached 1930s architecture. It’s also a fantastic choice for commuting London professionals. Harrow-on-the-Hill, North Harrow and also West Harrow stations are all on the Metropolitan line; with direct tubes to Baker Street, King’s Cross and Farringdon. Harrow & Wealdstone is on the Bakerloo line, for fast, frequent connections to Paddington, Oxford Circus and Waterloo. This one’s also serviced by the London Overground.

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

Reviews in Harrow

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Do not buy Redrow

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Review Date Oct 2020

The area was sold as a nice area but it’s full of crime. The shops around here are average.

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Redrow promised residents that social housing would not have access to private facilities to which they do. We bought our property in good faith and this factored us into buying here but they lied. We have nothing but trouble, inc drug dealing etc.

Redrow have built this development poorly and yet to rectify a majority of the issues.

We have had mould/damp issues, staining on pavements, AOV noise in the corridor, doors not working properly and acoustic sound issues etc. In addition, 6 bikes stolen from the bike store due to Redrow allowing a big enough gap for the thieves to claim over etc.

Redrow also set the energy standing charge of £1.14 a day via switch 2.

Also the management company Fell Reynolds owned by QDIME. The management company Charge extortionate Fees and do very little.

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The service charges increased on the first bill.
High standing charge.
Poor customer service

What is the best feature of your home:

No best feature about my home. It’s been a shambles from the start.

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Review Date Sep 2020

The large supermarkets around are at least 20 mins walk away. Tube and park are near but altogether not very well connected, especially without a car

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The design of the development is quite picturesque. However, walls and floors are built according to the minimum requirement for such. They are so thin that you can hear every noise from the neighbours on all sides, even smells from cooking and perfume.
Acoustics are the worst feature of the design. Outside spaces, however pretty, are like echo chambers. Sitting areas, lake fountains and the nursery generate huge amounts of noise all day.
The estate management deals well with general tasks. However, lacks interest, accountability and knowledge to find solutions for complex issues. So altogether, the service is generic.
Some residents suffer such issues for years and have been promised solutions again and again.
Also, currently, an investigation is in motion on overspending service charge funds.

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I wish I was aware of all the noise in the estate – residents, their kids, and visitors often have no common sense and respect to their neighbours. Lake fountains create unbearable noise all day. Management is lacking solution based approach

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Management should be engaged and able to find solutions for genuine complaints

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Review Date Jul 2020

The location of my apartment is great, right next to harrow on the hill high street

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I was happy when I first moved it. Everything seemed perfect. Then all the inadequacies that crept in were completely related to how fairview is run as a company.

1. My biggest issue is the way fairview is indifferent to all the customers that have paid and bought their properties. E.g we have these winds on our apartment being a 9th floor apartment and have a balcony door that swings and as a result bent over it’s own hinges. Fairview provided doorstops on some apartments and none in my balcony.

I complained to customer service, and the guy Steve was uninterested and showed no empathy. He didn’t even bend over to inspect and started blaming my manually installed door stopper which I installed *after* it started to bend to prevent it from breaking down completely. This is what you get from Fairview after you’ve put in your hard earned money into buying their apartment. You raise any issue, and they counteract it with their “contact NHBC” standard phrase – NHBC, which is another sham,

2. Cleanliness and the fairview appointed RMG management company – the apartment block is managed by RMG and they literally have no interest in maintaining it well. When I moved in the lifts frequently broke – I had to move in too carrying my stuff up 9 floors one of the days. And the garbage all over the premises and the bin doors are broken forever, have never lived in London in a more unkempt premise. Even the streets are swept clean and maintained better. This is all due to fairview picking RMG, I do not know for what reason!

3. I purchased parking, but 8 months on still haven’t been provided with access control remotes to the gates. They just don’t seem to care about these basic things. People from all over harrow come and park in our supposedly private car park. The gates malfunction every second day. So much for security. Our parking gates/shutters have been broken for 2 months now! You can actually enter the parking lot, enter our building steal all the mailroom deliveries and walk out without needing access.

4. Substandard materials – literally everything, tubs, skinny vinyl flooring, kitchen countertops .. literally everything bad quality that looks good only in the show apartments and you begin to realise it once you live in.

5. We also have a cycle parking enclosure that has access control but you can put your hand in through the grill, and press the exit button and open it. Cycles being stolen is the ‘latest’ thing happening here.

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How badly managed the premise would be (RMG)

What is the best feature of your home:

The view and my balcony is great and the proximity to the station and the high street

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I’m sorry to hear there are elements of your new home purchase that you were unhappy with but thank you for sharing your views. If there are any outstanding issues remaining please do get back in touch with our Customer Services team and I will feedback your comments on the management company.

New Gated development in Harrow

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Review Date Jun 2020

Like: close to tube station, shopping center, well presented gated development

Dislike: price, high charges, challenges with sight management, parking

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It is a very well presented, gated development, with excellent location by Harrow on the Hill station and shopping centers.
Unfortunately extremely difficult to park. Very high heating and hot water bills and very high annual service charges.
Two blocks with social housing (shared ownership) generate events that attract the police

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

Service Charges and challenges with shared ownership

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I would like to get a parking spot
I would like to be allowed to change service contracts

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