Newcastle

Newcastle – also known as Newcastle upon Tyne or The Toon to locals – can be found in the county of Tyne and Wear in northeast England. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Newcastle. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Newcastle.

The area gets the name after its two rivers Tyne and Wear. Outside of Newcastle is home to quayside cities and North Sea beaches, like Tynemouth Longsands. Previously Newcastle was a proud industrial city supported by the coal industry, now its once derelict factories and warehouses are being regenerated for businesses and residents. The most popular tourist attractions still include Hadrian’s Wall built by the Roman Empire. In more recent times, The Angel of the North, an iconic contemporary sculpture that overlooks the region has become associated with this northern city.

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Best places to live in Newcastle

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Newcastles older streets

Getting Around Newcastle

Newcastle is on the northern bank of the River Tyne and seven bridges connects it with Gateshead, a town on the south bank of the river. On the north side you can discover a number of new developments including The Forge, Quayside Lofts and Hanover Mills. All of which are rated as great places to rent in Newcastle.

“The location is perfect, right next to the Quayside and train station, with all shops, restaurants and bars within short walking distance” David T, Verified Resident of The Forge

The heart of the area is Grainger Town, where many of the properties are Grade II or II listed. This is where you will find Grainger Market – Newcastle’s first indoor market and Theatre Royal.

Just to the north of the city centre is Jesmond, popular with students and younger professionals. It is also one of the posh areas of Newcastle. This is one of the most desirable areas of Newcastle and is where you can find Jesmond Three Sixty by Jomast.

Up and coming areas in Newcastle include historic Ouseburn Valley. The once bustling factories and warehouses have been regenerated into a new and vibrant area of the city. Also to the east along the river you will find a suburb called Byker. This area made its name as the setting of BBC TV series Byker Grove, where TV hosts Ant and Dec found fame. It is also home to one of Newcastle’s most well-known housing developments, Byker Wall.

“There are some really great bars and nightlife, but the area is still quiet enough at night. The views over the water are great, especially with the sunrise.” David C, Tenant of Quayside Lofts

Newcastle, served by the Metro system, offers convenient connectivity around the city. Over 60% of the population of Newcastle live within a mile of a station; and as you move further from a station house prices reduce. In addition homes closer to stations are worth more and bought and sold less often.

Newcastle river with famous buildings in the background

Culture

Newcastle has built a reputation as a northern city that offers a variety of cultural and social activities. From museums, galleries, shops and music venues, also known for a buzzing nightlife and the friendly ‘Geordie’ people. Famous Newcastle residents include pop star Cheryl, the sports presenter and ex-Newcastle United player Alan Shearer. As well as Sting, lead singer of the Police rock band.

You can find out more about living in the area 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 Newcastle. Moreover, If there’s a property that you can’t see on HomeViews, you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in Newcastle

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Like living in a hotel

Verified Resident
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Review Date Dec 2020

Great area! Nice views of the tyne and the fish quay is walking distance!

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Loved the architecture of the development and the finishes of the apartments. Great block to live in, great views of the Tyne and the north sea. I love the modern design type and you can tell everything in the design is well thought about and has a purpose.

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It would have been nice it the apartments came with fitted wardrobes on the bedrooms, hopefully without sacrificing space though

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

Always very keen to help out if there is any issues

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My river view apartment

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Review Date Nov 2020

Great location, situated on the river, with a short walk to lovely bars, restaurants and the beach.

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Beautiful, modern and unique design. High spec finish, particularly the bathroom and kitchen. Great place to live, very secure and quiet, beautiful view up the river (depending on apartment) with a short walk to nice bars, restaurants and the beach, both with being situated on the fish quay and a short walk to tynemouth.

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How close tynemouth the apartments are, very convenient.

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

Any teething problems were dealt with quickly and to a high standard.

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Review of Smokehouse One

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Review Date Nov 2020

I enjoy the location of the area, right on the fish quay and walking distance to all my needs

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The design on the building is great etc. However, the management of the building is not so great. We have emailed multiple times about various things and we have had no reply. Although this is an issue, the actual development it’s self is amazing

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Multiple maintenance costs for the same thing

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

Include a breakdown of the Maintenance costs. I seem to be paying multiple maintenance bills for the same thing

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Creaking Steel and River Views

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Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2020

Local area in terms of amenities is good, but it is let down by the high crime rate in the development, which is un-helped by the lack of being gated, the lack of security cameras, and the easily prised open front doors at the Smokehouses. Transport is problematised by the nearest way down the country being a toll road.

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The design of the properties is good, and the steel structure provides good insulation, however it also means the apartments get unreasonably hot, and they loudly creak in the wind. The main manager for the buildings is pleasant and helpful, but is perhaps being hobbled by more senior management, who do not resolve issues such as the recurrent problems with the front doors.

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Delivery people will frequently leave packages in the communal mail room, in front of an easily opened glass door, in front of a public walkway (without telling you). Packages, as a result, get stolen.

Fishermen and other people will often congregate outside of the building throughout the day, playing loud music, shouting, and urinating into the Tyne. Although the properties are overall peaceful, this lets it down.

The community at Smith’s Dock itself is very good and friendly.

On a personal note, I would have liked to have known that the landlords won’t install/fix anything they agreed to before or after moving in, which makes the apartment uninhabitable at times.

What is the best feature of your home:

The huge bathroom, including the giant mirror and spacious bath.

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