Berkeley Homes

Number of Developments

22

Ratings

4.25 Rating

Rating (based on 653 reviews)

Excellent

43.49%

Very Good

49.00%

Average

5.97%

Disappointing

1.38%

Very Poor

0.15%

Berkeley Homes is part of Berkeley Group – one of Britain’s best-known property developers. Operating across London, Birmingham and the South of England, the company established in the 1970s. Made up of a number of companies – along with Berkeley Homes, there’s St Edward, St George, St Joseph, St James and St William.

From family friendly neighbourhoods to slick city apartments, the Berkeley Group commits to building lasting communities with a focus on sustainability.

Berkeley Homes developments

HomeViews lists Berkeley Homes properties across the capital. From Central London base West End Gate (close to glamorous Little Venice), to Saffron Square, a skyscraper in the heart of edgy Croydon. Additionally, apartments with a River Thames view come courtesy of properties like Chelsea Bridge Wharf, 9 Albert Embankment and Marine Wharf West.

The location is perfect for city commuters with a short walk to both Surrey Quays and Canada Water Stations. There is a small Tesco Express on site as well as numerous cafe’s, restaurants, a gym, spa and even a gentlemans barbers. There is also a 24 hour concierge, all of whom are wonderfully helpful.” – Ben, verified resident at Marine Wharf West

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Caspian Wharf is a lovely place to live. The development is kept clean and safe by the staff, who are on the whole very professional and friendly. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained. There is a gym, tesco express, play park and other facilities within the development. Being situated along the Limehouse Cut is nice, as there’s wildlife and easy access to the Lea River valley. Access to public transport is excellent.” – Ed D, verified at Caspian Wharf resident

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Prestigious living in prime location of Zone 1

Review Date Sep 2017

Residing at One Tower Bridge is a dream come true. One Tower Bridge is an excellent property development in the heart of London. The apartments are very well-designed and fitted. The one-bedroom apartment that my company sponsored me during my stay in London has high-specification fixtures, fittings and decorations. There is a fully fitted kitchen and an open living room leading to the balcony. The floor to ceiling window in the living room gives ample of natural light during the day.

As a resident of One Tower Bridge, the development provides a number of benefits. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and manned by full-time personnel, the concierge desk is conveniently located at the lobby for me to quickly stop by and arrange gourmet food deliveries, request the booking of theatre tickets, dinner reservations or chauffeur driven service to get me to the airport or anything else that I might need. There is a fully equipped gymnasium and spin studio. To me, business never sleeps. One Tower Bridge houses a business lounge that residents can reserve offering fast access of broadband, photocopying, printing and other vital services. Situated in the Cambridge House within One Tower Bridge development, the business lounge is the perfect environment for a workaholic like me to stage an early morning meeting, or put together the finishing touches to a crucially important presentation.

Travelling to work is not a hassle at all. London Bridge Station is located 7 minutes’ walk from my apartment and I can reach my office at Canary Wharf in just under 10 minutes. After work, I can enjoy my dinner and drinks at The Ivy Restaurant which is located near my apartment. There is a piazza with some of Londons most exciting new restaurant.

Overall, these luxury homes provide a five-star living experience by the banks of the Thames, which is also located close to global businesses, Michelin-starred restaurant and other attractions that are the focal point of Londons social and business elite.

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Location
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Fantastic potential let down by Berkeley Homes’ sometimes lacking design and quality control

Firstly, the concierge here are absolutely fantastic – the friendliest and most helpful people I’ve ever had working in a concierge service, I would give them six stars out of five!

There’s an on-site gym which is better than any on-site or paid gym I’ve ever been to. It’s absolutely huge for an on-site gym, with all the latest equipment – even some stuff you don’t get in some paid gyms. There’s a “sky lounge” and several communal areas in the building which are just a brilliant addition and very convenient to have.

The flat in general looks amazing and is wonderful to live in. There are a lot of fantastic things about it. Unfortunately, I’m not impressed by Berkeley Homes’ quality control. Within weeks of being the first to move into the flat we’ve had fixtures and fittings falling apart or failing with barely any use, snagging issues that weren’t fixed, one of the shower heads leaking and some of the light sensors are badly placed/calibrated. We’ve also had issues with the design of the balcony which I personally think has been badly thought through. We have internal walls and ceilings making creaking noises when there are very high speed winds outside which is something I’ve only ever experienced in extremely old buildings before, and it’s loud enough to keep you awake sometimes. Berkeley Homes don’t seem bothered about fixing anything quickly, if at all.

Another thing that makes me question Berkeley’s ability to properly think through their design is that they obviously had a deal in place with Hyperoptic as the flat has it built-in. However, Berkeley have put the Hyperoptic socket in a utility cupboard in the middle of the hallway and installed the router in there too – right next to the installed piping for where you put your dishwasher and more piping that leads to the ventilation system and the water/electricity/heat meters. And guess what routers hate – (a) being stuck in small spaces immediately surrounded by piping and walls that weaken signal strength and (b) they really hate being next to dishwashers because it interferes with their signal. So that just shows a lack of practical thinking on Berkeley’s part.

The flat and development also feel safe although as with everywhere you do get a few dodgy people around the area later at night and unfortunately some idiots in the parks doing drugs and leaving litter everywhere (but the majority of people are great). It is a very nice area and has a nice community feel to it but it’s definitely not a part of the country that you could take your safety for granted in.

The overall building has had several issues with it’s doors unfortunately although the building is always secure overall. The lifts are something else – one seems to break down every week and they’re constantly having to get someone to fix them (they’ve recently been saying it’s because the doors are held open and that breaks the lift, but if it was a well-built system that was intelligently thought out and integrated then it shouldn’t need a contractor call-out to be able to reset the door electronics just from being held open).

Property management (our private letting agent, not building management) are ok. Communication is bad sometimes and they haven’t seemed too bothered out the problems we’ve had or getting them fixed. Sometimes they arrange things without telling us.

For amenities within the development, there’s a decent-sized Sainsbury’s which is really great and convenient to have on your doorstep, the concierge also have a dry-cleaning service and there’s a really nice pub. I think I’ve seen a café and a couple of other restaurants on site elsewhere too but haven’t had a chance to check them out yet. The parks on our doorsteps are just fantastic and are home to some local infamous ducks and swans!

Lastly, I seriously question anyone who says bills are ok here – they’re simply not “ok”. You’re locked into a communal contract for the heating system with E.ON Heat and we literally pay more than double what we used to in both (a) individual flats or (b) communal systems we’ve lived in before. Our electricity bills are also 25-50% higher than one bed flats we’ve lived in before, which could be partly down to some of the badly calibrated light sensors in the flat wasting money, but also I suspect the extensive ventilation system (which, admittedly, is nice to have).

Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to love about this property but for the prices you’ll pay to live here you don’t expect to have to put up with the little details being missed or messed up – you pay a premium so you expect not to get headaches from poor quality control, but with Berkeley Homes you’ll be rolling the dice as to whether you get a “good” flat or an excellent one even though both outcomes cost the same high London prices. For example, yeah the nice shiny kitchen cupboards are nice but when Berkeley scratch them whilst installing them and don’t do anything about it, what’s the point in paying for expensive materials? Hopefully long-term the people that live here along with the amazing concierge will help to build a fantastic friendly community that overcomes Berkeley’s lack of finesse.

Lastly, I wouldn’t recommend moving in here if you’re close to the on-going construction work until it’s finished – they’ve even taken to working noisily on the construction site on both Saturdays and Sundays recently, from 7am/8am.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The development is pretty much in the middle of several village/town areas (Kidbrooke Parade, Lee, Eltham, Blackheath) which are all either a short walk or five minute road journey away, so you’ve got plenty of local shops to go to and Greenwich, Lewisham and the O2 are all within very easy commutes for better shops and busier places to go. The best part of the location though is the parks right on your doorstep and the rail station being a few minutes walk away. From the station you can quickly get to Blackheath, Lewisham and central London. There are also plenty of good bus routes around as well. I’ve heard rumours of more retail units or services coming within the development too, which are still being built at the moment.

My biggest concern about the area is that it’s going to become too overdeveloped (especially if Berkeley keep building more and more like they want to).

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I’d known Berkeley would decide to extend their construction working hours regardless of what local residents say or feel – if we’d known they’d start working from 7am some days including Saturdays and Sundays, we probably wouldn’t have moved in.

A heads up about Berkeley’s poor quality control and the high bills would have been nice too, so that at least we could have been prepared rather than facing a shock.

And I really recommend anyone thinking of buying a flat here scours all available resources to find out future building plans in the area because they’ve been applying to keep building up more areas here recently, which could affect your view from your potential new home.

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

Building management through the concierge have been fantastic so far. The property agent for the landlord on the other hand – well the jury is still out!

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Facilities
3
Design
4
Location
2
Value
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Everything’s local

It was a super easy process to purchase our flat via the developer, Berkeley Homes. The person who was assigned to us was very helpful. We chose to purchase at Goodman’s fields because of its amazing location as well as all the onsite facilities like the gym, pool, cinema and sauna which were all included.

We have lived in the flat since April and we have had no major issues with it. The only minor issue was that it took about 2 weeks to get fobs to get access to the underground bike storage space and during this time, my boyfriend had left his bike outside the development, which although was locked up, a part of it was stolen.

Overall, I am quite happy with the management of the building. The only thing is that the concierge could do with a bit more training. The concierge service is available 24/7 but the managers are only available between 9-5 so getting something done outside these hours is difficult. Generally, however the service works well, and they are brilliant at dealing with deliveries. They left some guide books in the flat as well as some contact numbers for us to get in contact with them. When we did have some issues with our air con, these were dealt with quite promptly. They have gone above and beyond for us.

We were able to personalise our flat at the development stage and got to choose the colour scheme of the appliances and features, which we kept pretty minimalist in order to be able to decorate. The flat is very stylish and sleek with an all-white design. We have a corner flat, which has an open plan living space with lots of big windows, so we get lots of light in. We also make use of our balcony space and occasionally have dinner on it when the weather is nice. The bathrooms have been beautifully designed. They are ultra-modern and one of my favourite features is the light around the mirror, which is a nice touch.

The development does feel quite under-occupied as some of the other buildings are not open yet and it seems that some flats were built for investment. The flat beside us was empty for ages. It generally feels quite quiet and a bit like a ghost town on the site, but that’s how we prefer it. We don’t always come across our neighbours and there have been no noise issues.

We make use of the gym on the site, which is a huge perk of living here. My boyfriend uses it every morning and I always like to go to spin or a yoga class every Monday.

There is also a communal rooftop garden where you can grow your own fruit and vegetables, which we love as at the moment, the space doesn’t appear to be used much by other residents so we’re able to enjoy the space for ourselves. We like to take coffee up there and read. Having said that, the surrounding area in Shoreditch does have an amazing buzzing atmosphere and there are a number of different social events put on that we can attend at the development. For example, there have been various mixers with other residents and there is a book club, which I have been meaning to join.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The location is amazing. I have lived in East London since University and it holds a special place in my heart. It is very easy for my boyfriend to cycle to work and it only takes him 5 minutes. It only takes me 15 minutes for me to get the tube to work. We can get to Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch really quickly and there are lots of different options in the local area for restaurants as well as to order in from. Even at night, as a young woman I feel super safe and the security really look after us. The area itself, I always feel super safe in. As there is so much to do where we live, there is really no excuse not to do anything.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

There is a small shop/café opening up on the ground floor of the development. It would been better if they had built up more of a plan about what was going to be built on the site to let us know if advance, because of any issues with noise. We specifically purchased our corner flat to face away from the street and away from any major noise issues.

The way the building management communicates any issues to us could also be improved.

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

Not as well trained
Really friendly
Things take longer

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Design
5
Location
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3
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We moved here for the location and proximity to the park. Having moved in from the country (where we were bored) green space was important to us as well as an apartment we could personalise. Vista provides both of these – with views of the park you can often forget how central you are to London and the flat was modern and blank inside but gave me the ability to change and make it more personal to my taste.
People have commented that they thought the commuting would be difficult but have clearly never taken a bus. Getting the bus over the bridge and up to Sloane Square really does take minutes but as I no longer need to worry about a commute in the morning I personally like the excuse to stretch my legs. It is quiet but there is so much on your doorstep and the perfect location to get out and explore.

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The charge for a parking space in ridiculous but there are streets nearby with free weekend parking which is useful for guests and it would be helpful if this type of information was available upon arrival.

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Design
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Location
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A truly flexible place to live with amazing views!

Living on the Royal Arsenal development has been a really pleasant experience and has given us so much more than we ever hoped living in London would bring. Stunning views, great facilities at the doorstep, flexibility for travelling into and out of London and an incredible sense of community You’d normally expect from somewhere far more rural!

The design of the development is flexible for both shopping and socialising, whilst also allowing easy access to explore areas slightly further afield – when you need a bit of escapism.

The buildings are clean and well kept and the Property management team will always do their best to help with any problems – even if it sometimes isn’t always an instant response.

Although aesthetically pleasing, some of the communal areas around the development (Especially the water features) can attract an influx of excited children throughout the Summer days which (although lovely) can sometimes make working from home a very noisy experience due to the noise amplification of many buildings close together.

It’s been great to see a bigger security presence in recent months. We generally feel quite safe living here, but as isolated incidents do happen – it’s reassuring to see well lit walkways, CCTV and extra security presence.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

We love the local transport links – bus, DLR and train all close by and being able to catch the Thames Clipper to work from the pier is a real dream! The local pubs are good but it would be great to have a bigger variety of places to eat too.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That the delays to cross rail would be so significant!

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

We’d love to have the ability to change heating supplier as we pay a high charge currently but are locked into the community heat project.

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Design
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Location
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