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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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.

Reviews in North West London

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Very professional cleaning and reception team

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Review Date Jun 2024

Nice building in the heart of the Outlet, easily accessible , lovely staff, many things to do around

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I like the design very much overall but I have a concern regarding the BBQ terrace, it should have a proper roof because when it’s raining for several days, all the furnitures get wet and can’t stay outside for long, also the terraces could stay open a bit longer on weekdays too.

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I don’t have any of it, I am currently happy with everything

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

Well we had miscommunications a few times with the management but usually the welcoming team is doing a great job, Laszlo and Sarah are really kind and helpful, especially in ad hoc issues, they are always approachable, friendly and quite problem-solving persons. I can tell exactly the same about the night team, Andreea and Wahab, with them I feel much safe here.

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Overall Good but might improve service response time.

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Review Date Jun 2024

Best part is lication. Very clise to all the basic aminities.
The con is that clise to tube track, so it gets noisy when window is open.

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Over all a good place to live. Building Design is good. Facilities are also good.
Best part is location. Very close to all the basic aminities.
The con is that close to tube track, so it gets noisy when window is open.
It takes time to resolve the issues if you have any in property.

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I wish I would have known about the tube noise in some of the apartments.

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

It takes time to resolve the issues if you have any in property.

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There are good connections into London from Harrow Weal Station and Harrow on the Hill is a short walk away

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Review Date Jun 2024

There are good connections into London from Harrow Weal Station and Harrow on the Hill is a short walk away.
There is a large Sainsburys (Kenton) and Teco’s within walking distance

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The work area is large with a sprinkling of terminals that you could connect your laptop into. These terminals were provided at the request of residence. The communal kitchen has great views and is very large. As well as the 8th floor terrace there is a second the fifth floor.

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The original mattresses were too soft and the alternative Hypnos mattress, in an ideal world, could be harder.

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

I’ve only had a few minor issues and they were dealt with on a timely manner

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10/10 Recommend

Review Date Jun 2024

The area is great, 5 minutes away from the Arndale and an Asda express across the road. There is a nice walk along the canal and the area feels really safe and calm.

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The building is fantastic, a really well equipped gym, nice co working space and a the flats themselves are really nice and spacious. Each flat comes with a MASSIVE balcony which is fantastic and has plenty of room for a table and chairs and outside lounge chair.

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Krystian showed me the around the flat and the development. Ever since I’ve moved in the chap has been FANTASTIC, really friendly and incredibly helpful!

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The balcony is a real selling point. Also packages are stored in a BringMe box, so there is no rush to collect them and theyre super safe.

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