About CALA Homes

CALA Homes is a large British housebuilding company with their headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded in 1875, the company aims to provide ‘exceptional design and build.’

CALA Homes developments

Millbrook Park by CALA Homes is a development currently listed on HomeViews. It features a selection of 92 one, two, three and four-bedroom homes in North West London. Mill Hill East station is in close proximity to the development. It carries Northern line services into the City and Central London. In addition, the A1, A406 and M1 are also close by. The M25 is also just over seven miles away.

CALA Homes reviews

“I would definitely recommend living here. I like the apartment – it’s good quality and well designed. The building company (CALA) did a great job – the finish was really high quality. The area is pretty safe. Our neighbours are all really friendly.” Verified resident, Millbrook Park by CALA Homes

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Number of Developments

29

Ratings

4.13 Rating

Rating (based on 120 reviews)

Excellent

47.50%

Very Good

37.50%

Average

10.00%

Disappointing

2.50%

Very Poor

2.50%

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A very smart value for money development in a great location

This is a 2 and a half year old development built by Cala Homes on the former Inglis Barracks site in Mill Hill East . The development is 7 mins walk from the tube station and has a bus which stops almost at the door of the block .

There are 34 flats but the development itself comprises 3 closely linked blocks with a central garden area and about 16 town houses.

Almost every property has a balcony or terrace and there is dedicated underground secure parking with another 8 or so spaces for visitor parking . Otherwise parking in the locality is quite restricted .

The Sensa Apartments overlook a terraced landscaped garden area with a newly built children’s play area to the west and to the South are views towards the hills of north west London but much of this view will be lost by further development .

The common parts are clean and functional with a very decent sized bin store . The common parts are decoratively acceptable but not impressive .

The flats are well laid out with good quality fittings and white goods . The sound proofing and insulation is very good and the internal doors are all of a high standard . Best of all is the underfloor hearing which means no ugly radiators that take up wall space and this leaves room for the developers to have installed large windows and patio doors . The flats are bright and airy and at roughly £575 a square foot in the current market , have maintained their original cost.

Most of the flats and town houses are occupied by young couples and the block is very friendly. Best of all , the leaseholders own the freehold to the buildings and can therefore have much greater control over the service charges which are quite reasonable .

There are several new developments at the Inglis Barracks site which is now known as Millbrook Park and they are all worth checking out . For my money , the Cala development is the best of the bunch .

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

Great access to public transport and Waitrose and Virgin Active are both 2 minutes drive away with plenty of parking outside . There is also a doctor’s surgery opposite Waitrose

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Design
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Location
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Value
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Management
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Best of Both Worlds

I have lived in this development that’s actually called Parklands (and not Bulmershe Campus) for four years and find it a great place to live in. There are actually two builders: Cala and Bewley Homes. I own a Bewley Home and have been satisfied with that developer. It seems they’ve done a bit of a better job than Cala, which built 2/3 of the homes. All houses have a similar built-out standard and provide good value for your money. The resell value is good, too, plus houses have moved fast giving you good flexibility in that regard.
I especially love the fact that we’re so close to Reading with good bus connection directly to Reading Station (orange line 13/14/19) right by the development and major road arteries not far away. At the same time, you enjoy a very calm suburban/rural lifestyle with lots of open areas (sports fields, open well-kept grass fields, woods, lake to walk, play & relax all around the development). A big bonus is the well-stocked & modern Co-op store in the development that’s open 7 days a week 7am to 10pm. Also nice is to have many schools nearby (state & public) plus a brand-new leisure centre in walking distance that just opened on Woodlands Ave.
All this makes for a very relaxed living in a contemporary family-oriented environment. It’s the best of both worlds: close to the city & rural feel plus all the amenities you need.

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Pros:
– beautifully situated next to sports & recreation fields & woods
great location with good transport , shops & amenities links
– well organized neigbourhood community

Cons:
– management company Cala subpar, not easy to get heard now that the development is finished and they left
– pretty tightly built with smallish backyards (but that’s to be expected with these new compact developments)

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It would have been good to have known how hard it gets to keep things up-to-date in the neighbourhood (public shared spaces). The management company we have is quite poor plus as Bewley owners we’re still at the mercy of Cala to get the management company to do anything right. It’s been a bit of a struggle for all of us living here. Of course, it could be worse, but it hasn’t been a pleasant experience to deal with the management company. Other from that, it is all okay. Neighbours get along with each other very well and there’s a good spirit of community with families helping each other out and being there for another.

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

The initial after-sale service was excellent. Now that the initial two-year period is over, you are at the mercy of the guarantee company which is a whole different ball game.

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Facilities
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Design
5
Location
5
Value
3
Management
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As with any new build snags are plentiful but thankfully address through adequate after sales.

As with any new build snags are plentiful but thankfully address through adequate after sales. The home is modern and reflective of current build standards I.e. sound proofing groom to room floor to floor could be better. High ceilings and generous room size make for stress free living especially during lockdown. Local amenities are plentiful being surrounded by green space, local shopping and ready access to the town centre and motorways.

Unfortunately the property management company is perceived to give poor value and service and makes an art of leveraging penalty fees for cause by their lackadaisical approach to property management.

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Location location location easy access to motorways, green space and shops.

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

Storage is a must these days so always check that the property is sufficient for your needs in this respect.

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

The property management company have made an art form of poor communication and inflexibility charged back to service users in the form of exorbitant additional fees in excess of the service charges.

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Design
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Location
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Value
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Rural retreat in the city

Modern development, designed to look good and meet contemporary home comfort. The property is located within the Hilton Campus and consists a spacious lounge with french doors that open to a sizeable balcony.Bright and spacious living areas, decorated in neutral tones.The fitted kitchen/diner includes integrated fridge and freezer, washer dryer and a dishwasher and there is ample space for a dining table and chairs. There are two excellent storage spaces throughout with additional cupboards within the hallway. The master bedroom features built in wardrobes along with an en-suite and the second bedroom also has built in wardrobes. The family bathroom features a shower over bath. The property has gas central heating and double glazing.

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Leafy grounds and well maintained. Modern apartment blocks with residents parking.A great place to raise a family. The development is ideally situated for those working at ARI or Aberdeen University. Aberdeen City Centre is within walking distance although there is a regular bus service to the city centre.Aberdeen Beach is a ten minute drive away where there is a great golf course and numerous recreational facilities.

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

Very quiet neighborhood. Living in this quiet area has a positive impact on my health.

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

The quality of the carpet is excellent however I would prefer a darker color as it is more practical. Dark carpet colors won’t show dirt or stains as easily as light carpet colors, and they require less work. You won’t have to vacuum and shampoo them as often, and you’ll spend less money on professional cleaning.

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Facilities
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Design
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Location
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Value
5
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