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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A bit small, but it’s about the highest quality you can get at this price!

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Review Date Jul 2021

This is a wonderful location with easy access to a variety of different things. Situated on Kilburn High Road, you walk out to a buzzing area with high street shops and different supermarkets. Within 15 min walk, you can get to West Hampstead area with a different vibe and some elegant small shops. Or walk to Finchley Road area for Waitrose, small Japanese supermarket, Korean mart, etc. If you are like running, Regent’s Park, Hamstead Heath, Kensington area, are all within easy running distance. In terms of transportation, it Kilburn High Road overground station is just 1 min walk, and Kilburn Park underground is 3 min walk. Take the overground for 2 stops to Euston, or the Bakerloo line from Kilburn Park. If you walk 15 min, you get to another Overground line from the Bronesbury station, which takes you straight to Stratford.

The slight downside of the convenience is the traffic noise. If your flat happens to face the main road side, traffic noise and police car sirens can be a bit of an annoyance. I do however enjoy just looking at the view from the flat.

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The development is probably about the best quality you can get at this price. New modern design, no “dodgy” areas where you don’t want to touch. Halogen lamps throughout the flat, with adjustable brightness. Towel heater in the bathroom is also handy. It is a small space, but it feels a bit like you live in a good quality hotel room. With a single induction hob and half-size fridge, it might not be suitable for heavy cooking, but I do cook at home most of the time. Shared, paid, laundry facilities is probably my biggest inconvenience.

Management is excellent. You feel safe and cared for. The property manager Selna is super friendly and helpful, and she does care a lot about the quality of living of everyone in the building. This is really hard to come by in other places.

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Can be quite hot during the summer when I have to work at home.

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

Management generally responsive and helpful when you report problems. However, the maintenance sometimes do not remember to follow up with things, and due to the pandemic, I have also chosen to not follow up unless it’s absolutely necessary.

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Fantastic place to live in London, Excellent living standard, top management team

Review Date Jul 2021

The location is great for everything, excellent grocery shopping facilities within 2 minute walk (Sainsbury’s, M&S Food, Aldi, and Tesco’s next door). ,public transport (close to buses, over ground and underground), banks in the area. It is also a very safe area nice neighborhood

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I have been living in the quarters Kilburn for nearly 9 years it’s the best apartment that I’ve lived ever. The building is super clean, the design of the apartments is great. It is very modern. The kitchen is fully equipped, there is a desk in the room and enough wardrobe space for one. The walls with sound proof insulation so you won’t be disturbed by any noises from flat next door or neighbors
The quarters very well maintained by property management. Cleanliness is maintained to high standards, secure doors and CCTV cameras.
The property Manager Selna Franco she is Excellent the BEST Manger we had in the building always responsive, warm and friendly, very professional, helpful and warm-hearted. Whenever you have questions or problems she is really nice and caring person, the staff also very friendly and helpful

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Every thing is great

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Great Management , safe , Clean , Good environment

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Home away from home

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Review Date Jul 2021

5 stars!! Great location, rooms and management.

Noise from high street is only negative.

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This is an amazing place to live. What makes this place special is the management. I remember Selna welcomed me on a Saturday and that was her day off, they go above and beyond for you to feel welcomed.

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High street can get noisy

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

Not much, everything is top of the line and well done

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Overall, a good stay!

Review Date Jul 2021

Flat is renovated to a modern standard with daily essentials provided in advance prior to the tenant moving, so quite a service!
Also, well connected to central with two tube stations nearby and lots of easy bus access to central/westfield etc.

Traffic noise is really limited and never really disturbing nor caused any issues. By contrast, floor to floor insulation is not the greatest, with activities from upstairs heard from time to time.

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Management team is very helpful, and always tries to respond at their earliest convenience. The studio design is really delicate and makes you feel like a comfy home away from home. The only floor is what i mentioned above re floor to floor insulation.

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same as above

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

Lights over the kitchen and thicker woods/ceilings

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