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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Nice little village

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Review Date Oct 2021

At the moment there is no traffic noise with exception of construction which is to be expected. No anti social behaviour and lots of young families. Parking can be a problem if you drive.

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The design of the building is very convenient. Each building comes with its own bin areas and bike storage which is a plus. We have access to view our meters in the facilites risers. The property management is prompt and usually gets things sorted quickly.

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I wish they told us that the gym wouldn’t be built for a few years and that the parking would be so strict.

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

They have addressed issues promptly and responded within reasonable timeframes.

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Average development

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Review Date Oct 2021

Very close to public transport and outstanding schools. The area needs more pubs and coffee shops.

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Quality of the products used in the property are low. Especially bathroom equipments are very disappointing. Design of the houses are good. Area needs more attractions to keep people social. Constructions make too much noise. You can not keep windows open because of noise and dusts

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Area needs more attractions such as restaurants, coffee shops.

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

Defects of the flat fixed by the developer however we needed to contact a couple of time and waited for an unfair time.

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Lovely apartments.

Review Date Oct 2021

It’s an excellent area, with Mill Hill East station just opposite the development. Waitrose, Virgin Active and Coop in the vicinity too! Brilliant!

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Good developers. Solid construction and design. Excellent secure parking facility. Property management could improve with better customer service. Some aspects of the stairs not painted. Hope this won’t be passed on to owners as service charge. Overall satisfied!

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The balcony is not aligned with the top floor. So there is partial rain shield.

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

Good response and prompt. Some delay is excused because of covid.

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Happy to live in Harrow!

Review Date Oct 2021

There are a wide variety of shops in the local area which is very good to have. There are not so many bars or pubs but we don’t visit anyway. The local parks are very nice.

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The development is still being built so still waiting for some factifies like gym and shops to arrive, but we are told that there will be these factifies eventually – once these are here then I believe that the site will be very beneficial. The design is great and everyone is friendly.

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I wish they would have told us that the gym and shops wouldn’t be ready for a few years! and that parking would be such an issue.

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

They have responded, usually swiftly and got matters resolved.

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