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.

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’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.

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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Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

The large supermarkets around are at least 20 mins walk away. Tube and park are near but altogether not very well connected, especially without a car

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The design of the development is quite picturesque. However, walls and floors are built according to the minimum requirement for such. They are so thin that you can hear every noise from the neighbours on all sides, even smells from cooking and perfume.
Acoustics are the worst feature of the design. Outside spaces, however pretty, are like echo chambers. Sitting areas, lake fountains and the nursery generate huge amounts of noise all day.
The estate management deals well with general tasks. However, lacks interest, accountability and knowledge to find solutions for complex issues. So altogether, the service is generic.
Some residents suffer such issues for years and have been promised solutions again and again.
Also, currently, an investigation is in motion on overspending service charge funds.

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I wish I was aware of all the noise in the estate – residents, their kids, and visitors often have no common sense and respect to their neighbours. Lake fountains create unbearable noise all day. Management is lacking solution based approach

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

Management should be engaged and able to find solutions for genuine complaints

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Nice building with good location, but terrible Wi-Fi

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Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

The building is located within a short distance from tube stations, Starbucks, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, Anytime Fitness, Primark, Santander, and many others stores. Very comfortable area to live in.

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The design is very modern and clean. Neighbours are not too noisy, and at night it’s quite peaceful. The building manager, Selna, is super nice and friendly.
The only negative reviews I have are the Wi-Fi access and laundry facilities.
The Wi-Fi is a guest access of only 2 GB to Ask4 Network and only works for 2 hours before you need to reconnect. Having to work from home this is not ideal (I had to purchase a router).
The laundry facilities are okay but you need to pay £5 to use the washing machine and this fee already covers the drying machine (which doesn’t work too well). This would be okay if you dry your clothes every time, but it would be best to charge £2.50 in the washing machine, and then each person can decide whether to spend another £2.50 on the drying machine or to let them air dry (saves a lot of money).

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I wish I knew:
-the Wi-Fi isn’t good enough to work from home
-the laundry facilities charge £5 upfront (no option of skipping the dryer)
-there’s a £100 cleaning fee at the end of your contract

What is the best feature of your home:

The bed is quite big and the room is well distributed, so you can have space to exercise or put more furniture if desired.

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Manager Response

Hello Cristina,

Thank you for taking the time to write us this review.

We’re pleased to find out that your stay at The Quarters Kilburn was satisfactory, and you were happy with the building amenities and the level of our customer service.

Thank you for raising your concerns with us regarding the building Wi-Fi, laundry equipment and the cleaning fee. These will be shared with our development team and discussed internally. You are welcome to contact us at 0207 935 6463 to discuss your feedback in more details.

Warmest regards,

The Quarters Team

Great place to live

Verified Resident
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Review Date Sep 2020

Great community

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Amazing design and facilities provided by the property management. Cleaning the community areas. Well organised COVID-19 rules. Very patient staff.
Easy access to high street and reliable sources throughout living area. Pure gym offers are good. Well maintained surroundings.

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What is the best feature of your home:

The lounge areas and well maintained communal areas

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My own City-life living, with a Country-type view

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Review Date Aug 2020

The view from my balcony is amazing, and the transport links are good too:
– 226 bus from just outside the development (Ealing Brodway-Golders Green)
– 95 bus is about 5 mins walk away (Southall-Shepherds Bush)
– Park Royal Station is about 7 mins walk (Picadilly line)
– Hanger Lane Station is about 12-15 min walk (Central line).
The gardens and lake are beautiful, and the distance between the development and the office is also good. The balcony/terrace is lovely and spacious, and has doors to it from the living room and bedroom which is a very nice touch.
The only downside is the nearest local shop is a 10 minute walk, and the nearest supermarket is a 15 minute walk to Asda. I know we will be getting a Co-op within the development soon, so this is only a temporary drawback, and I’m really looking forward to this happening, along with the other amenities we were advised we would be getting (Nursery, Doctors Surgery, hair dressers etc).
With regards to the other amenities in the area, there is a B&Q which is not too far, and the Park Royal Leisure Park is about a 10 min walk, with a good amount of restaurants and entertainment (cinema, gym, and a bowling alley). As mentioned above, the transport links are good – the 95 bus route is very handy, getting me to Westfields White City in 20 mins (or by central line too), and the 226 to Ealing in 10-15 mins, so the area is well connected. My journey time to work is about the same as in my previous place, despite being slightly further out, so I’m happy with the transport links. The only thing I wish were the trains were a bit more regular – I was very used to my previous area having a train every couple of minutes, whereas now sometimes you can be waiting as long as 8-12 mins (which is not terrible either, just different to what I was used to and have to plan my leaving times better!).

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I really love the fact the my apartment has a westward facing view, so I get the beautiful sunsets in the evening, and the view from my balcony looks across the beautiful gardens and lake. The lights around the lake give a romantic atmosphere, and the running water of the lake is so peaceful and relaxing, I’ve often slept with the window open in this hot weather, and the gentle running of the water has helped me to fall asleep easily. Some of the buildings in the development are not yet complete, so I can’t comment on the design of those, but with regards to the building I am in, I think the building design is really nice, and the interior design is also top class, with spacious rooms within the flat; and the flooring, white appliances and cupboards that the flats come with give an overall very modern and high quality look and feel.
I also love the spotlights in the kitchen and bathroom – just wish they would have put spotlights in the living room too – they make the rooms look more luxurious and warm!
The facilities are fine – there is no concierge or gym, but I am happy to be without these, as I already have a gym membership, and haven’t had any issues with deliveries.
With regards to building and property management, I would say they take good care of the gardens, and the building itself has been kept clean, although not all the street lights outside of the buildings are switched on – not sure why this is, but would be great for this to happen soon to make it feel safer. It would also be nice if the other buildings also got chairs in the main foyers, like Marquess House has, and maybe some sort of artwork or something in the main foyer to make it more homely. The other thing I think that it’s missing is the recycling bins – I think these will be coming at some point, but would be nice to have this sooner rather than later.
Also, I just wanted to mention that the showrooms were also very well decorated, showing off the flats in a beautiful manner, and gave me ideas on how to decorate mine too!
Overall, I’m very happy with my flat, and love living here.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

To be honest, I don’t think there are any that I can think of.

What is the best feature of your home:

This is hard, as there are many things that I love about my new home, but if I had to choose one, it would be the view of the gardens and lake from the spacious balcony that I have.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, we are delighted to hear you are enjoying your new home. Thank you for sharing the photos – your home looks beautiful!

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