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.

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There is a fault in the system’s alarm

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Review Date Jan 2022

Avoid. Biggest issue? Concierge . laid back approach – they don’t care or listen to residential needs.

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There is a fault in the system’s alarm, which they do not care to rectify – at any time of the day the alarm can sound. and it sounds at least three or more times a day, any time of the day everyday it will sound around 6am and every night around 10pm. I have endlessly raised this issue for almost 2 years – yet the Concierge/management team do nothing!

Poor property management – they DO NOT CARE AND DO NOT RESOLVE ANY PROBLEMS THEY JUST WANT YOUR MANAGEMENT FEES !

They only take notice of how your balcony looks, if it ruins the appearances of the apartments they will write to complain. But when we have personal issues they are quick to ignore.

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How the management team works, laid back approach is not what residents want !

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Poor. They simply do not care or take any responsibility.

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Manager Response

Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, although of course we are disappointed to read your comments related to the Managing Agent. We take this feedback very seriously and would like to discuss these concerns with you directly. If you can kindly email me on scarlet.guest@stgeorgeplc.com that would be most appreciated and we can arrange a suitable time to talk. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards, Scarlet Guest

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Review Date Jan 2022

The area seems like it would be great but if there are any events going on good luck getting anywhere, getting in for food, anything. Also if you’re working at home you will be able to hear everything inside of your flat. Even with the doors and windows shut. We live on one of the top floors and can hear everything. Especially at night when you’re trying to sleep. People often scream at the top of their lungs.

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The flat itself is lovely. Washing machines and dryers are faulty for a lot of people. The dish washer constantly has issues. They finally got a gym in our building- which we were lied to about upon moving in. We were told it was already built (in March) and it opened a month or two ago … Property management is horrid. Your parcels will go missing and no one will help you.

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If they make you pay 6 months up front you have to pay ALL of the utilities, pet rent and parking for the six months up front as well! We were not told this until THE DAY of move in! Yet another lie we were told by the agent who showed us around. He assured us we’d be paying monthly deposits after the six months. Also that they wanted the next six months the same way. Which we were never told so that was horrible. We were told the wrong price for parking as well. Warning it’s £150 per month here.

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Our washer/dryer broke the first month we were here. It took weeks to get it fixed so we were extremely frustrated.

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Home sweet home

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Review Date Jan 2022

Fantastic area that is family friendly, quiet and had plenty of green space around. Only trade off for that fresh and air and greenery is the distance to central London (very easy when the tube is functioning fine, but a pain when the northern line is closed for example!)

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well designed and robust build quality. The finishing is really high touch and they use good components that will last a lifetime. Only criticism is the balcony design, which allows water to seep through from balcony above during rainy weather. We’re also happy with the ventilation system, which automatically reduces moisture

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I didn’t quite appreciate the quality of leisure facilities around. Barnet Copthall leisure centre feels like a world class leisure centre.

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Yes, very promptly typically responding within a few hours.

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Very happy homeowner – a peaceful, simple place to live.

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Review Date Jan 2022

It goes without saying the transport links are fabulous – tube station on the doorstep and right beside the A1/M1

The essentials available in the area are brilliant – a small Co-op and big Waitrose, as well as the Virgin Active gym. Beyond that, it’s very poor though. No cafes, bars or restaurants on the development is a real shame but will hopefully change soon.

It is quiet but street parking is quite limited.

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I feel it’s largely well-designed. The facilities are perfectly functional, albeit a bit basic. Private parking is great although there are frequent water leaks. The cleaning and waste disposal is routine and reliable. Aside from that, I have received great after-care from the developer Barratt but communication with the development’s management company is a little less efficient.

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The balcony design is really bad. Gaps in the floor mean lots of rain water drips down from the balcony above.

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They are quite hard to contact. I have been having trouble setting up my online account to manage service charges etc and no one ever picks up the phone in the head office.

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