North West London

If fuss-free London transport links and masses of greenery are big draws, then living in North West London will certainly appeal. Property developers have been concentrating on this slice of the city more heavily in recent years. The new homes have drawn those seeking everything from a more affordable lifestyle to village-like credentials and reputable schools. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in North West London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in North West London.

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Excellent

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Very Good

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Average

13%

Disappointing

4%

Very Poor

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Best places to live in North West London

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

Colindale from above

Multi-cultural Colindale

Take Colindale, as an example. The up-and-coming NW9 postcode is home to a number of residential developments; which are largely huddled around the area’s namesake tube station. It’s on the Northern line and, from here, commuters are transported to King’s Cross in just over 20 minutes, and into the heart of the West End in half an hour. Road links are worth shouting about, too. The A41 and M1 are right on the doorstep. It’s just a short drive along the former to Brent Cross, best-known for its mammoth shopping centre. It neighbours the North Circular and was actually the country’s first enclosed mall.

Transport props aside, Colindale is a wonderfully diverse part of North West London. With tandoori restaurants sharing space with Chinese medicine shops and an enormous Asian street food market.

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath’s ancient acres

Move a short distance south-east and there’s Hampstead. A haven with a hamlet feel, brimming with immaculate cafés and quality gastropubs; and tucked among the much-loved (and well-trodden) ancient acres of Hampstead Heath. Sprawling across a massive 320 hectares, this is as close as it gets to countryside living in a London postcode. Discover woodlands and ponds teeming with wildlife, children’s play areas and Parliament Hill; one of London’s best viewpoints and picnic spots.

Attractions in St John’s Wood

Further south we have glamorous St John’s Wood, set just to the east of edgy duo Kilburn and Queen’s Park. NW8 offers a slower pace of life and is wonderfully devoid of tourists. The quiet, spotless streets are full of elegant pavement cafés and expensive clothing boutiques, and family days out come courtesy of London Zoo, Primrose Hill and the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

River with Houses in the background

Live music and markets in Camden

Neighbours Camden & Kentish Town are arguably the most talked-about areas in North West London – largely down to an impeccable live music scene. Long-standing establishments such as The Forum, Koko and The Roundhouse have welcomed stars such as Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Madonna to get the crowds going, so if it’s lively nights out you’re after, you’ll feel right at home here.

Camden Market is just as celebrated as the area’s acoustics and needs little introduction. Whether it’s neon-soaked clubwear or Indonesian street food on the shopping list, you’ll find it in one of its eclectic bazaars, which are characterised by five ‘zones’: The Stables, Buck Street, Electric Ballroom, Inverness Street and Camden Lock. Kentish Town, meanwhile, serves up a more sedate shopping scene. Admittedly, it’s less of an open-air theatre, but its curious book stores and charity shops are not to be sniffed at.

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 North West London. Moreover, If there’s a property that you can’t see on HomeViews, you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

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Great location, excellent facilities and a wonderful management team

Review Date Nov 2022

My daughter recently moved into a studio at The Quarters Kilburn and it is a perfect base for her in London

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Location, facilities, security and comfort at The Quarters Kilburn are all excellent. Moreover the support of the management team, specifically Selna, has been amazing from the outset. Selna made the whole process from application to moving in easy and stress free. Highly recommended.

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Thus far there has been nothing we wish we had known before moving in.

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The management team have been excellent so far and to date no problems or issues have arisen.

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Absolutely recommending. It’s worth it.

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Review Date Nov 2022

Absolutely amazing location, with a variety of shops, cafes, and gym facilities available right on the street where the building is located. The Kilburn station is just 3 minutes away, which allows people to get an easy access to the center of London for such a short time. There is a bus stop right in front of the building which is another benefit that you get.

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The building itself is well maintained, clean, and really well kept. Selna, the manager, is a lovely person, ready to help with everything. Really kind and communicative, which encourages interesting conversations to occur. Absolutely my favorite. Both hands up for renting out from the Quarters Kilburn. Recommending!!!

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Satisfied with everything that it’s provided and is shown on the ads.

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Haven’t experienced any problems yet, but the management team is ready to take and help with any problems raised.

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All That Glitters is Not Gold – Pathetic Experience

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Review Date Nov 2022

The Wembley designer outlet is 12 mins away, and the Wembley park tube station is 12 mins away. Accessing them on event days can be very difficult. Many roads are closed on event days, which makes it particularly difficult if there is an emergency. Again on event days, it can get very loud. If you are facing the roads, then loud bikes and cars makes noise as there is a garage.

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The design is really good (that is what lures people into signing up for this absolute mess of a place). Building management and property management are abysmal, to say the least.

1. The internet service is a joke, it’s worse than dial-up. And they changed the service provider with a lot of pomp and glory (all that glitters) only to bring an even worse one (is not gold). And no you cant have your own broadband.

2. It took them 5 months to fix our doorbell. They have a fancy app to record all maintenance issues (all that glitters) but they very conveniently close cases without fixing or contacting you (is not gold).

3. They have fantastic facilities like a rooftop terrace, work-from-home pods, and plant pods – but everything is paid. £50-£100 an hour for some of them. The free gym has very few basic machines for all the buildings.

4. The reception area is stunning, but if Quintain is thinking of cost-cutting then the receptionists can easily be replaced by dolls. No matter what you ask be ready for the most unimaginative and uninspired responses for ” I cannot help you”.

5. The management is the most inhumane customer support team I have experienced – We hate moving and would have ideally extended our stay despite all the problems, but the agent took weeks to respond to our emails, so we couldn’t extend our stay as it was too late, putting immense pressure on us to find a new place in such a short period and challenging rental market.

We nearly lost our booking into a new place, because it took her 23 days to provide a tenant reference (never failed a payment, never had any complaints)

Now that we have moved out, it took us 13 days of chasing to get ONE email about our deposit refund, to which I responded immediately and never heard back. And they want to deduct half of our security deposit for mostly natural wear and tear. Like they want us to pay for painting the whole apartment, and pay £210 for cleaning when we left the place as we found.

THE BIGGEST SCAM EVER

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That we could not get our own broadband, the communal spaces were mainly paid for, and none of the support team ever responds to any of the emails – regarding anything.

Monthly bills are collected at a uniform rate every month which includes the meter reading charge for water, electricity, and pretty much everything, which you would be paying quintain because in a normal place you won’t be paying them.

They try and deduct half of your security deposit. P.S. In my renting experience of 4 places in London, this is the first time someone has suggested charging me for these things.

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Anything problem was resolved within months. Before that cases were closed without issues being resolved or even being contacted.

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Pretty good overall

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Review Date Nov 2022

Good facilities in the building. There were some faults in the flats such as faulty AC, etc but have been mostly rectified. It is a dog friendly building which is nice to see.

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The building looks great after the renovations. Outdoor area is quite spacious. Inside the ground floor has fantastic area for people to chill and work as well as the coffee place. The consierge staff are mostly good with few exceptions. There’s also a hair salon on site which is good but somewhat expensive.

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Coffee area is surprisingly good for both working and just reading a book. Gym doesn’t get as busy as I thought it would.

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Fixing the AC took a lot longer than expected, seemed to be an issue across the entire building.

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