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.

Reviews in North West London

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Good studio for professionals and students who want something temporarily (6-12 months)

Review Date Feb 2021

Close to many desirable locations, tesco is next to me, close to railway/underground/bus stop. However there is no resident parking permit available for this address for those with cars. You have to pay around £90 a month.

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My studio design is good and spacious. The floor was new and walls were clean. The lights brightness can also be adjusted. And my shower is lovely. However there is no oven. Also the toilet and the basin could be more modern as they seem old but clean. Could also give me control for The air vent in bathroom so I can turn off or on. And finally there could be more sound insulation for people on ground floor as there is some noise in corridors and slamming doors.

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Resident parking not available.

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

Oven, thermostat, sound insulation. Modern toilet and basin.

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5
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Kilburn Quarters Review

Review Date Feb 2021

The location of Kilburn quarters is perfect for travelling into central London, as being close to both the Overground and Bakerloo line within a 2-3 minute walk. Local amenities are also perfect with a variety of shops and facilities to keep entertained. The location also provides other fun aspect of London i.e. close walk to some tourists attractions and a good cycle route into central London!

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The design of the development is perfect, with a welcoming reception! All facilities in the building are great, although could have 1 more washing machine and 1 more dryer, as only two currently. The room layout is perfect and feels much larger than a standard studio for London! And it has to be said, by far the best thing about Kilburn Quarters is the onsite management, Selna is really friendly and welcoming, especially if this is your first time living in London! Maintenance is also very fast to solve any problems in rooms and on-site.

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Consider which side of the building to live on based on high street noise!

What is the best feature of your home:

On-site management and the amenities that are provided!

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Secure and Central

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Review Date Feb 2021

Love the area! Very central and seconds away from the tube. Makes shopping very easy, with access to 3 supermarkets, St. Ann’s and St. Georges shopping centre.

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The area is quite spacious for 2 tenants, but I wish there was more space for storage. The kitchen sink and countertops are, while functional, were heavily stained/bleached, which doesn’t give a good look to that side of the kitchen. The underfloor heating is amazing and kept me warm through winter. The floor is very easily scratched and not maintained, while in a few areas in the hallway the floor seems to separate from the wall skirting. Very secure due to the key fob entry system. It’s worth the price for the location and security.

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The storage issue. If we knew that we needed more storage furniture, we would have ordered and assembled it earlier.

What is the best feature of your home:

The inbuilt amenities (fridge, washer/dryer, etc.) were in good condition when we began the tenancy.

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Good and valuable place to stay

Review Date Feb 2021

A variety of shops and gyms are located in the area. Residents could easily find the daily supplements in the price from low to high. The property is also closed to the tube and overground stations. It is very convenient to live in this area. Might not be safe enough at night.

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All the daily required services or facilities could all be found at the property which is quite good. The management team is also good for they are thoughtful and friendly enough to offer the tenant some help no matter what kinds of problems that the tenant has encountered at the property.

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It would be good if the room could be equipped with more decoration such as book racks or storage spaces.

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

Summer days are too hot in the room, but the room is equipped with a balcony, which is quite helpful. However, if you are the one who could not endure the heat, it would be good for the tenant to buy one portable air conditioner in the room when moving in the property in the summer days.

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Manager Response

Dear Wendy,

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write us a review.

We are happy to hear that The Quarters Kilburn has been a satisfying stay.

It is great that the provided services, facilities and Management Team have made your stay memorable.

Wishing you all the best for 2021!

Kind regards,
The Quarters Team

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