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High quality modern apartment, great location & value

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Review Date Jun 2021

Near Watford town centre (tons of pubs, bars and restaurants) and Bushey train station for fast access to London.
The people in the development are very friendly, it’s fairly quiet (but a new neighbourhood is getting built) and little traffic comes through here. Bin collections are on time, parking is allocated but unfortunately no visitor parking (although there is some street parking nearby)

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The interiors are modern, well-built and high quality- with sustainability in mind. There has clearly been a lot of attention to detail, especially for kitchens and bathrooms. The management team have sorted out many of the issues fairly swiftly- although some remain to be addressed.

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Changes in service charge- although these have been minimal.

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The general “living area” is lovely. There has been a lot of attention to detail from the floor-ceiling windows, to the lighting, the modern kitchen and the balcony.

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Location
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Value
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Mixed review

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Review Date Jun 2021

Whilst Bricket wood has great links to m25 and m1 – the local amenities are very limited. Bin collection is great, parking is a bit bizarre as people have drives and spaces but choose to not park in them. The facilities management, Trinity, are con men/women. Leanne in sales was totally amazing we miss her not being around. Anti social behaviour from the social housing is becoming a problem and how fast people drove through the estate. The train is just a joke – one line that’s ran by volunteers. If you miss it going one way it’s 40/50 mins wait till it goes to the other side and back. Really should be better for people to get to Watford in a supposedly environmentally friendly way.

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The wooden pigs and sheep were a total waste of money. They don’t do anything. The park is so terrible – no slide/swings or traditional facilities to use and has been closed for the whole of lockdown despite councils opening up there local park. The water feature we are being charged for is nothing short of criminal. The houses are great but no storage. The gardens have been awfully designed and the skylight have been terrible across the whole development. Terrible that it’s classed as a private road we have to maintain however there is pedestrian and cyclist access to the BRE. The houses have some how attracted the lovely group of neighbours and we are so lucky to have met so many lovely people.

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To find out more about the facilities management company.

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Have a roof and storage. But good quality. I think the whole after process and snagging a surely a waste of time when you could get it right as building with world class quality control.

3
Facilities
4
Design
3
Location
5
Value
2
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Lovely houses on a peaceful development

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Review Date May 2021

Bricket Wood is a lovely area, near to major roads but also miles of unspoilt countryside. There are some very good local shops and businesses and a real feel of living in a community, It is reasonably easy to get around and I understand there are regular buses into Watford and St Albans. There aren’t too many spare places to park which can occasionally cause issues. Overall it feels like a safe neighbourhood to live in and I don’t believe the crime statistics are any worse than anywhere nearby. Living on a development means there is more of a sense of community and therefore the neighbours are really good at keeping an eye out for each other. The M1 can be heard in the distance but is never an issue

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The houses are fantastic. Really well designed and built with care and detail. They are fabulously energy-efficient and retain the heat very well in the winter months. They can get very warm during the summer months but this isn’t really an issue, Crest Nicholson have been excellent in every aspect. However the company appointed as Property Managers have been very poor and are not maintaining the development as they are paid to do. We are in the process of appointing a new Property Management company and feel very hopeful that past problems will be rectified

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New owners are put onto Eon’s highest variable gas & electricity rate and it takes a good number of weeks to change suppliers, These high charges aren’t highlighted by the developers and for those who don’t check, they are paying way too much for their energy and may not be aware due to the energy efficiency of the houses which negates the high charges

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

As stated above, the Property Management company have been very disappointing and have not delivered value for money. We are in the process of appointing new agents who will hopefully meet the standard required

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5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
1
Management
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A lovely place to live

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Review Date May 2021

Lancaster Grange is ideally located close to schools and shops. With easy access to the M1 it also means getting to other towns and cities is very convenient. The development also benefits from well tended outdoor spaces. Parking is good and bin collections regular.

People are proud to live here and it shows.

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The houses are stylishly designed and very contemporary. The windows are all floor to ceiling so there’s lots of light too. The gardens are small but manageable. There are visitor parking bays, some with electric pod points. Development management is good – lawns and mowed regularly and the area is kept clean and tidy.

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We were expecting a bike store and got a huge shed. And a water butt. Nice feature which you don’t usually get in a new build.

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

They have always been very quick to respond to and action any problems.

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5
Design
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Location
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Value
3
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