Dandara Living

Number of Developments

4

Ratings

4.88 Rating

Rating (based on 1266 reviews)

Excellent

90.92%

Very Good

7.42%

Average

1.11%

Disappointing

0.39%

Very Poor

0.16%

Founded in 2016, Dandara Living is one of the UK’s leading designers, developers and operators of largescale Build-to-Rent property. Their aim is to offer “great places to live in great locations”, and with over 5,800 apartments across the UK, they pride themselves on offering a wide range of amenities and great customer service. Dandara Living was also voted the No.1 National Management Company in the UK, according to verified resident reviews. (June 2021) and has top rated developments in the Midlands, North-East, North-West and the top rated development in Scotland.

Dandara Living Developments

ABERDEEN – The Point: this unique development of studio apartments and co-living suites is situated in the Schoolhill area of Aberdeen, right in the heart of the city. The development has a free resident’s gym, TV and screening rooms, co-working facilities, residents lounges and bookable rooms for parties and events. The on-site team are available 24/7 and include customer service and maintenance teams. Aberdeen Train and Bus Station, the city’s main retail and leisure district is a 7-minute walk and Aberdeen University just 1.4 miles away. Utility bills and superfast broadband are also included in the rent. BIRMINGHAM -Aston Place: occupying a prime location in central Birmingham, Aston Place features studio, 1 and 2-bed apartments with full-length balconies. Residents benefit from a gym with fitness classes, a regular calendar of events and car parking. As well as this, the development is just five minutes from Birmingham New Street Station and the business/retail districts. BIRMINGHAM – U&A: Situated at the junction of Lower Essex Street and Bromsgrove Street in the middle of Birmingham’s vibrant China Town and Gay Village, and offers residents a choice of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments aresident’s lounge, homeworking space, house kitchen and onsite parking, less than ten minutes’ walk from Grand Central Station and the Bullring. LEEDS – Leodis Square: providing studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments in a convenient location 10 minutes’ walk from Leeds train station and the main shopping and business districts. All apartments feature a full-length balcony or terrace and the development includes a free resident’s gym, homeworking facilities, residents lounge and bookable private dining room, a pet friendly policy, parking and community events. MANCHESTER – Chapel Wharf: located right next to the famous Lowry hotel overlooking the River Irwell, Chapel Wharf offers residents access to a new 3,700sqft gym, and a further 3,600sqft of resident amenity including homeworking facilities, bookable private dining room, TV/screening room, two ‘house kitchens’ and pet-friendly lounge area. The development is within just a few minutes’ walk of Spinningfields and Deansgate and just 4 minutes walk from Salford Central Station.

Dandara Living Reviews

“Chapel Wharf & Dandara Living – An amazing welcome to a real home in Salford & Manchester.” Verified resident at Chapel Wharf by Dandara Living You can read reviews from Dandara Living residents on HomeViews. Also, if there’s a Dandara Living property you can’t see on the site, click here to submit a new listing. As well as this, if you live in a Dandara Living property, click here to leave your review. You could help someone considering your development find their next home.

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Perfect Location, Staff and Facilities

I recently moved in and one thing that stands out for me is its staff. The team are very friendly, polite and are very informative, always going the extra mile making living here even more special (there was even a welcome gift and card upon arrival, and there are weekend special activities and treats – credit to Jessica).
If The Point had a restaurant, cafe or bar onsite, it could be easily mistaken for a hotel as the hospitality is of a high standard.
The Point is well presented, modern, clean and secure. The building is of good construction although some could find fault with the finer details. The Design is not a passive build, however, it is nice and warm during the cold spells without boosting the heating. One concern is the use of energy for the aircon units in the communal areas, but some simple shading techniques could easily limit this or even offset with a small wind turbine and solar plant installation as there is plenty of roof space.
The in-house facilities at the The Point are great; (a) I love the Garden Room and Working Hub with panoramic views of the city; (b) the residents lounge is a great place just to chill out; (c) the laundry facilities (I can even watch TV or a movie while waiting or ironing my clothes); (d) there’s also two separate TV Rooms which are just like personal cinemas; (e) there’s also a Studio and Gym (penciled in for later); (f) the lifts are very spacious and the fire escapes are easily accessible. I never have to worry about parcel delivery too with separate secured facilities for letters and larger items. The high internet speeds (range from 200 to 300+ Mbps) make remote working less stressful.

If I could change anything, it would it be:
1. Install a quieter fridges/freezer – in a small studio, sleeping so close to the kitchenette can be unpleasant at first, but you soon get used to it.
2. Install dimmable or smart lights – they are too bright at times.
3. Install an off switch for the main extractor – it is situated in the built-in cooker hood and is on constantly (although idle and I boost for cooking and shower time), as with most fans, the bearings wear down over time and grease/dust accumulates on the blades making them noisier.
5. Install additional storage cabinets or shelving.
6. Add some raised gardens beds for resident to grow herbs and flowers on the terraces.
7. Add outside garden furniture (seating and dining) on the terraces with solar night lights.
8. Add internal and external shading for use in the summer.
9. Add a wind turbine and solar plant to offset energy usage.

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

It has a great central location and almost everything (shops, bars and restaurants) are within walking distance, and it’s just around the corner from my barber (Mr Dun’s).
There are good transport links and there’s a bus stop outside so I can easily visit the family using public transport rather than driving the car. Instead of an onsite car park, there is a large secure bike storage facility (with additional facilities to wash and repair for the rides to the beach or the Grampians).
Refuse and recycling collection is onsite so I don’t have to worry about being bombed by the seagull squadron. The only downside is the noise from the traffic from my position. However, this is not the case the higher you are in the building or if your room is not facing the Rosemount Viaduct or Union Terrace.

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

1. Detailed property dimensions of the apartment and the furniture.

What is the best feature of your home:

1. The Cleanliness and Security.
2. The mattress, it’s extremely comfy (so important to your health considering we spend over 25% of our lives on this!).
3. Built-in combination Oven/Microwave (great for a roast or simply heating up a ready meal for those lazy days).
4. Instant hot water (don’t have to waste water waiting to heat up).

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Design
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Location
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Best apartment complex in Birmingham

Building management is fantastic! Concierge service 24/7, maintenance team always present. You can dial the reception from your apartment so whatever you need you can deal with it from your home. Kishor and Paul are always helpful and very fast with their responses. They organize activities each month.

Design of the building is very modern, they even changed it and put more plants around the building so the place has more calm feeling. They also decorate the reception area, for example there is always HUGE tree for Christmas, for queens jubilee we had queen standing right next to the reception. Apartments have great furniture too which gives you an option to decorate it yourself nicely or you can get help from decoration team.

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Building is located right next to the Mailbox. In 5 minutes by foot you can access bars, restaurants, shopping or the canals. It only takes 10 minutes to get to the Grand central and Bullring. It is very convenient even when you don’t want to go anywhere, because most of the restaurants deliver to your door. Building has lots of parking spaces and you can be on M6 in 10 min. Even when building is next to the main road you won’t get too much of a traffic noise.

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Great concierge service. Feeling 100% safe in the building

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

Customer service is FANTASTIC! Everyone is always smiling and ready to help you. They truly spoiled us here.

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Design
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Location
5
Value
5
Management
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Amazing place to live – minor issues – updated review after 8 months

The management team are so friendly and helpful. The facilities are amazing, especially with the new residents hub opening and the gym is inane! When we first moved in none of these facilities were available and I feel so lucky to live here. Design of the apartments is super nice and any issues we have had have been resolved fast. I can’t tell you enough how much I love living here and can’t recommend it enough if I tried. We added a dog to our family a few months ago and the staff were so happy and excited every time we take him out the run out of the residents hub to come see him and it is such a friendly/comfortable place to live.

We have one issue which has actually given me insane anxiety since moving in and to be honest it could get to the point that I may move out if in the long run I cannot deal with it even with how much I ADORE where I live. This is our fire alarm in our kitchen, it is awful. Our fire alarm is directly above the oven and is also a heat alarm which seems ridiculous considering it’s location, however, I am sure this probably building regulations or something. However, it is actually unbearable sometimes. We have cooked EGGS on our hob and it has set off ALL 3 of our firearms in our apartment, it set the kitchen one off and then the other two followed and there was no reason for them to go off as there is minimal steam (not smoke) and the extractor fan was on. I now am really reluctant to cook on my own in the apartment as I cannot reach the alarm to turn it off if it goes off as I cannot reach it without trying to climb on furniture. This seems like a daft complaint but I now don’t eat if I am alone because it makes me so anxious if I cook as you never know if/when the alarm will go off as when it has gone off when no smoke is present at all and there is no way of pre-empting it, it is just so temperamental. I don’t know if anyone else has had this issue but it is something that has really caused issues for us.

A few of my neighbours are also super loud intermittently and someone also occasionally smokes weed, there was a warning sent around about both of these not long ago and haven’t smelt/heard it since so fingers crossed it has gone now but we often had to close our balcony door and window which isn’t convenient when we have a dog. I think it is worth noting though that there are emails and updates about matters like this often and the management team are really on the ball and work hard to make chapel wharf the best place to live. I feel bad for putting a complaint on this review because I can’t stress how much it is generally a fantastic place to live.

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So close to the city centre, it is a few minute walk to bars, shops and pretty much everything you need.It opens up a lot of opportunities being so close to the centre with such ease. Also, if I am honest the positioning of the apartments kind of makes me feel like I am escaping from all of the hustle and bustle even though Spinningfields is literally a 3 min walk away. Transport is fab, bus stops are right on Chapel Street outside the buildings for access into Salford, the train station is super close too and then as soon as you hit Manchester you are spoilt for choice of trams, trains and buses to get where you need to go and everything runs regularly. If I am honest I can sometimes get a little bit aggravated when drunk people decide to come stumbling down the side of our apartment building and are noisy or sometimes the Lowry guests are super loud. However, if you are living in a city centre I think this is to be expected to some degree and our apartment is an end apartment close to the bridge so this probably doesn’t help as we are close to the people walking past. I think a bonus for us is how we can do the best people watching ever from our balcony, I will sit and have a coffee with my breakfast and 5 mins later Ronaldo or someone else will stroll past, it’s wild and very interesting. I think the hotel being close also reduces antisocial behaviour to some extent as it is a high end hotel and they have staff monitoring the car park etc constantly so any issues are resolved without you really having to do anything. Can sometimes be noisy when the football is on as the teams often stay at the hotel but I don’t mind this at all, it isn’t for long and I personally think it is quite fun to watch sometimes.

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

There was no way of knowing this but the sensitivity of the fire alarm in our kitchen, it makes it difficult to cook anything at all without pure stress about it going off.

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

We raised an issue with our door lock super late at night as it broke, the maintenance team were up the next night to sort it. This was reasonably slow for me as I couldn’t lock my door besides the chain, which was a god send on this night but at the same time there are a ton of apartments and it did happen at night time so I am sure they came as fast as they could. Once they came up it was fixed within minutes and both staff members were super lovely. We haven’t had to request anything else.

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Design
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Exemplary Design, Facilities, and Management Make this Place a Dream Home for working professionals and families

To share my positive review of the design, facilities, building management, and property management in this place. The design of the property is both aesthetically pleasing and functional, with attention to detail evident in every corner. The architecture is impressive, creating a visually appealing environment.

The facilities provided are exceptional, surpassing expectations. From state-of-the-art fitness center to beautifully landscaped gardens, every amenity is carefully designed to enhance the residents’ quality of life. The communal areas are well-maintained and offer a delightful space for relaxation and socialising.

The building management team deserves commendation for their professionalism and efficiency. They are responsive to residents’ needs and concerns, ensuring a safe and comfortable living environment. Maintenance issues are promptly addressed, and common areas are kept immaculate. The security measures in place give residents peace of mind.

Property management in this place is exemplary. The staff is friendly, approachable, and always ready to assist. The leasing and administrative processes are streamlined, making it easy to navigate. Regular communication and updates are provided, fostering a sense of community among residents.

Overall, the design, facilities, building management, and property management in this place are truly outstanding. The attention to detail, commitment to resident satisfaction, and dedication to maintaining a high standard of living make it a wonderful place to call home. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a well-designed, well-managed property with top-notch facilities.

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

Living in my local area has its ups and downs. On the positive side, there is a decent range of local shops, restaurants, and bars in walkable distance. The variety of options caters to different tastes and preferences. The quality of these establishments is generally good, with friendly staff and tasty food. Open spaces are abundant and well-maintained, providing opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation.

However, the convenience and availability of transport links can be a bit of a mixed bag. While there are bus and train services, they can be unreliable at times, leading to delays and inconvenience. Additionally, traffic congestion can be a problem during peak hours, making commuting a frustrating experience.

Living on my street has its advantages and disadvantages as well. Parking availability is often a challenge, especially during busy periods. Bin collections are generally timely and efficient, ensuring cleanliness in the area. Unfortunately, there have been occasional instances of anti-social behaviour, although it is not a pervasive issue. As for traffic noise, it can be noticeable, particularly during rush hours, which may disturb those seeking a quieter living environment.

In summary, my local area offers a diverse range of shops, restaurants, and open spaces, contributing to an enjoyable lifestyle. However, transportation can be unreliable, and traffic congestion is a concern. Living on my street has its positives, including efficient bin collections, but parking can be difficult, and occasional anti-social behaviour and traffic noise can be disruptive.

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Approx monthly bill amount of the additional bills like energy and water.

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

Prompt and Friendly Resolutions: Issues addressed within 2-3 days

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Facilities
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Design
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Location
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Value
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