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

14%

Disappointing

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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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A lovely, cosmopolitan place to live

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Review Date Jul 2022

The area has a wide array of restaurants, entertainment spaces and shops thanks to the London Designer Outlet, Boxpark Wembley and more. Transport links are fantastic with local buses and Wembley Park tube station just a few minutes away, getting you to Central London in less than 20 minutes.

The street can be quite noisy at times with regeneration and development in the immediate area, but this will only be a benefit for residents once completed.

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The development is beautifully designed and gives a feeling of luxury as you approach it. The building manager is fantastic in communicating with us via a notice board in the building. Problems are acknowledged promptly and dealt with as soon as possible.

Occasionally there is rubbish/litter on the street/in the garden but this is more to do with attendees of events at the Stadium than anything else.

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I wish I had known more about where meters i.e gas and electric were in the building, and that I would need the building manager to open the cupboard for these as they aren’t accessible to a tenant individually. This caused some minor hiccups initially with meter readings.

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I raised an issue with our front door that was resolved in a timely fashion.

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Great Place To Live

Review Date Jun 2022

I really liked the resident drop in session because I got a lot of information from Natalia. I am happy with the area and the building too.

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The design of the building is modern and fresh, the facilities are modern. The area is very convenient and I love the balcony in my property. I am excited about new developments coming from Quintain Living and I have been recommended by a friend. Very happy overall.

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Everything is great. Move in was seamless and I’m satisfied.

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They have responded quickly on the spot when I asked for information.

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There are better options

Review Date Jun 2022

I’d say the location of this development is its main selling point. Apart from that, its just decent and too expensive.

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I’m renting via L&Q and our building is in good condition. There are handymen on site weekly dealing with cleaning and rubbish disposal but there is no on site management team for all 3 buildings that L&Q owns and manages. Facilities are not available for private renters.

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Great location, expensive rent, mediocre management.

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I guess like any other development, property managers just could not be bothered to do their jobs properly.

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Good transport links. Modern interior. Ugly exterior. Hard to get repairs sorted.

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Review Date Jun 2022

Not too many shops nearby, but there is a Lidl and a big ASDA within walking distance, as well as the outlet shopping centre. Wembley central is about 30mins walk away which has a few other things like TK Maxx and Primark. Transport links are pretty good with Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. Tube station is a few mins walk away. Quite a lot of noise from traffic and students outside.

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Fairly nice, modern design in the interior. The exterior is not that nice with beige metal paneling. Property management is not the best – have had several minor and a few moderate severity issues and it’s very slow to get a response and especially to get any repairs done. Outdoor landscaping is kept relatively tidy.

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Road, construction and students are noisy. Flat is extremely dark – hardly any sun gets in.

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Often very slow to respond to messages. Frequently having to chase up previous communications. A few fixes but a lot of things also just never resolved.

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