Richmond Upon Thames

Consistently voted one of Britain’s happiest places to live, Richmond Upon Thames is an affluent residential district. And why wouldn’t its residents be smiling from ear to ear? This Zone 4 London borough connects to hotspots like Clapham Junction and Victoria. But, with its rural, riverside setting and fascinating royal history, it could easily be mistaken for somewhere like Windsor. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Richmond. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Richmond.

HomeViews reviewer says…
“There’s lots to be enjoyed in Richmond-Upon-Thames. The area is often voted ‘Britain’s happiest place to live’, and with its charming riverside pubs, fine dining and beautiful stores, it’s easy to see why.”

Charm & sophistication

Stroll Richmond’s leafy streets, and you’ll discover quaint period cottages and townhouses. Some of the most idyllic buildings huddle around Richmond Green; a well-kept grassy expanse which hosts picnics and cricket matches in the summer months. There’s also a great shopping scene here – an upmarket cornucopia of curious antique shops and contemporary art studios, jewellers and clothes boutiques.

Richmond Park

One of the area’s most visited attractions is Richmond Park, more than 2,000 peaceful acres of meadows, gardens and woodland. This one’s got some impressive accolades; it’s the largest of London’s Royal Parks, a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and also a European Special Area of Conservation. Unsurprisingly then, there’s lots to see here, including ancient trees, herds of deer and talked-about Georgian mansion, Pembroke Lodge.

Richmond Bridge

The pièce de résistance: the Grade I listed bridge, which straddles the Thames and offers spectacular photo opportunities. The water’s edge is a hive of activity; with listed pubs, al fresco wine bars and also fine dining restaurants all sharing space on the riverbank. Most offer sunny terraces perfect for people watching.

Other draws

Other talking points are the borough’s excellent schools, two theatres, as well as impressive sporting world brags. Twickenham Rugby Stadium and Kempton Park Racecourse, to name just a couple, are within easy reach.

HomeViews reviewer says…
“Great for those who need to commute, as well as being surrounded by beautiful local parks, the Thames Path and the town centre, which has everything you want.”

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 Richmond. 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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Owners son

Review Date Jun 2019

Good transport links, co op is in walking distance.

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Pretty good overall, drawback is the Trainline running behind the property. Park is convenient for the dog. Spacious. Concierge service is poor, door seems to be broken often and not fixed. Train station is 5/10 walk

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Wish they had known about the neighbours. Explored local area

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Lovely place to live

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2019

Greatly managed area, friendly neighborhood, good education for kids, close to Kew gardens, easy transport.

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Building quality is high with friendly and safe design. The neighbourhood us very quiet, highly educated, and helpful. Facility wise there is reception but no gym. Sufficient parking area. Nice garden. GP and dentists nearby. Big super markets closeby as well.

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Not really. All info was disclosed properly before I bought the place.

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Tenant

Review Date Jun 2019

Co op down the road, good bus connections to other shops and transport

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Flat is good, kitchen is awkwardly designed. Not enough cupboards and narrow. Rest of flat is good. Nice bay windows but overlooks old people home.

Park is next door, spacious for disabled partner. Good transport connections

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Security system wasn’t well explained. No video intercom explained

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Lovely place to live in

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2019

Kew retail shopping mall is walking vicinity, tube is 10 min walking max, bus stop is 3 mins walking, and river side just behind the development. In Kew centre there is an M&S, Costa and lots of shops and then 5-10 minutes on the bus to a large Sainsburys. There are great restaurants and even a Michelin star one nearby so lots of options.
GP services should have been built two years ago, as promised on the leaflet, but nothing so far, works are slow and still awaiting for the final date.

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We were looking for a place to buy in the Richmond area and there were lots of older buildings available when we became aware of Emerald Gardens. We visited the developments and found out there was a building being completed and told that we could move in by December which worked for our timings. There was a few weeks delay but we were in by the end of November and within the deadline promised. The sales lady I spoke with was really helpful and answered all my questions. I have some allergies and requested wooden flooring instead of carpets which they were able to sort out for me.

When we moved in there were a few minor issues but these were sorted out quickly. Some works have been done after the move, like cracks on the wall due to moving construction. We also had a problem with the connection between the door and floor as we had changed to wooden floors but they sorted this too.

The management company seems performing well so far, any issues raised – have been resolved. The concierge could improve their customer service – whilst the management look after the whole site well and keep it clean some of the staff need better people skills as can be rude.

The communal gardens are part of a walk through area with trees, fountains, benches and a rack for bikes. This area is well kept but the children’s play area needs better upkeep.

There are owners, tenants, council tenants and shared ownership living here. We have a parking space but council tenants do not have one and spare ones can be rented out. It is possible to reserve guest parking spaces in advance.

My flat is well built, the appliances are good and the there are big floor to ceiling windows and a nice balcony. The only thing they could have improved is the fact the doors don’t match very nicely and overall could be improved.

Overall the development is nice, especially lovely garden for residents. Lots of families with kids. Neighbours are good as well, nothing to complain about.

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Service charge is higher than expected due to allocation of other flats and facilities.
The area is great for young families with lots of nursery options as well as Kew College is close by and meant to be good. There are two local swimming pools and Kew Gardens is so close so lots to do. The area isn’t great for teenagers as there is not many places for them to go out.

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