Warwickshire is an amazing county located in the heart of England, just south of Birmingham and north of Oxfordshire. The county has an area of approximately 900 square miles and a population of around half a million people. It is well known for its beautiful countryside and historic towns and villages. If you are thinking of buying a home in Warwickshire, here is some information about the area that may be helpful to you.
The local shops in this area are good, and I am happy Elliot Field and Technology Drive aren’t far (20-23 mins walk), it’s walkable, and there are buses, though the buses are sometimes unreliable. The City centre is about 16 minutes walk, this means bars and restaurants are close by. There are parks and open spaces close by.
– I love that this property is close to the train station and the bus station as well.
– Parking is chaotic, not sure why such proper did not plan adequately for parking. The Drive is sometimes so packed with cars that it feels uncomfortable.
– Bin collection was adequate when I first moved in 6 months back, but lately, I noticed the bin door doesn’t close, and bins are sometimes left outside.
– Good place to live.
Please review your development:
From the outside the development is good, however when you go inside and start living in the development then there are some bits that I wish were different.
– I love the bathroom having two doors but I dislike the automated light (I see no need for that).
– I love the full-length Window even if it can not be fully opened but it’s lovely.
– The management unit tries their best to be nice, but stop complaining about anything because the last feedback was that everyone else loves this apartment.
– I am surprised the gym does not have a toilet next to it for quick clean-up or hand washing while using the gym or after. This shows less care about hygiene, owing to the fact we just survived COVID-19.
– I wonder what the interior design company was thinking. How did they come up with such abstraction of colours, blue couch, yellow sofa, and black centre table… in fact interior design is an eye and this feels so purposeful. Was this a deliberate act to make people dislike the apartments?
– There is no way this apartment is in a Band B electricity banding, I have lived in a Band B apartment and it is nothing like this. This apartment is too cold for a band B. I got an affordable apartment but ended up paying more on bills. Electricity in a month is over £150, the most I paid in my previous apartment was £89 and that was deep in the winter with the snow last year. There is something wrong with this banding.
– Water company is more expensive than other water companies. I paid way less in my previous apartment as a single person.
– The idea of having hot and cold water control is so old school. It just wastes water and increases the bill.
– Now I can tell for a fact that built for renters and built for sale aren’t the same. I was running away from more rent and ended up paying less rent and more bills and a cold apartment which requires 24/7 heating and it is not yet winter.
– No intercome, I have to go downstairs every time.
– Even with the permanent guest on the list, the concierge still asks the guest to call and I have to go down every time. Not fair! Security do not have access to guest and this means weekends and evenings I always have to go down.
– No proper directives on how to use the systems in the apartment. I am really concerned as to how cold this apartment is especially because it is a Band B, I thought that meant it is properly insulated.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
– I had no idea the bathroom light was automated. I doubt this would have stopped me from taking the property.
– Overall this property is good regardless of my complaints. It is ideal and liveable.
How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:
When I recently moved in, they did respond to my concerns in a timely manner and were helpful.