North West London

A Guide to Living in 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, and the new homes have drawn those seeking everything from a more affordable lifestyle to village-like credentials and reputable schools.

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 is 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. Its quiet, spotless streets are peppered with 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.

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DO NOT BUY with NHG

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The area and the building itself is ok. The staff and charges are unbelievable. Service charges surge after a year of moving in. They will overcharge you for various things and if you do get offered a refund they will take forever to get back to you. They’ll be diligent in taking your money however. Be warned, do not buy or go for shared ownership, its a rip off.

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The development is ok but it has some shady aspects. For example you pay for solar panels that do god knows what, you pay for unadopted roads which do nothing for you other than add costs. Its a way for the developer to cash in on the freehold and charge tenants for EVERYTHING.

Shared ownership buyers be warned! You’ll pay slightly reduced rent but the service charges will skyrocket and are completely overpriced. They’ll lure you in with some decent initial figures but after a year, they got you.

After only 2 years of being here I am looking to sell and move on due to incompetence and charges.

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SERVICE CHARGE prices skyrocket and can increase at the discretion of the developer. I would never have purchased if i knew.

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The house itself is decent although some features are a bit shoddy.

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A great place to live, modern design

Cosy, safe, quiet neighbours, modern, facilities on your doorstep.
A range of restaurants and supermarkets around the corner.

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This is a cosy close that is well maintained. The neighbours are quiet, the children’s playground is accessible with a fob key,the is a gym on site and a concierge present.
I have no idea why there are negative comments, as I have only ever had a possible experience.
Excellent location with a large choice of supermarkets and not far from the station.

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Ideal living space for a single professional, you instantly feel at home

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Tesco is so close, about a 2 min walk away. Kilburn Park station is really close and there are lots of buses & night buses (bus stop outside of the Quarters). There’s great restaurants/eateries and bars/pubs along Kilburn High Road as well as shops (Primark, Argos)

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Though it is a little more expensive for a one bedroom studio than other similar properties in the area, the extra cost is worth it. Most importantly for the building manager Selna who not only deals with any request you might have but also makes you feel welcome and at home as you walk through the lobby. The security is brilliant, you feel safe as soon as you walk through the door. The maintenance guys are also brilliant, quickly and efficiently fixing anything you need after just one email. The literal only downside is the washing machine and dryer facilities which in my opinion are not enough to service the whole building especially since one of the dryers is not very good at all. Apart from that, for a single professional like me it is the ideal living environment with everything you need, inside and out, so close by.

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Extra payments: For continuous reliable internet, you need to pay extra. You have to pay a large fee if you lock yourself out of your flat. You have to pay an additional cleaning cost of £100. You have to pay for the washing machines. It felt like there were a lot of additional costs that I wasn’t expecting when I first moved in.
Also on another note you can hear the nearby overground train as it goes past at night but it is faint and I actually really liked it.

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Nice cosy little gem of a place that is now a home away from home.

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The area where Kilburn Quarters Apartments is super convenient. The bus stops are right in front of the door, the train stations are really close by, there are numerous essential shops within walking distance, a number of food places to go to, a couple of cinema options, medical centres and a church nearby for Sunday services. Another plus is that Regents Park is about 30 min walk from the property.

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The building itself is quite modern, simple yet stylish, well maintained and quite clean. It is very secure and fosters a feeling of being in a safe place once you are inside the building.

The staff, especially Selna, are very helpful, respectful and accommodating. They are all a pleasure to deal with. My 11 month stay so far have been nothing but good when it comes to the customer service I received from the people running this property.

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No break clause on the lease agreement.

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