Dandara Living

Number of Developments

4

Ratings

4.87 Rating

Rating (based on 550 reviews)

Excellent

90.73%

Very Good

8.18%

Average

0.55%

Disappointing

0.36%

Very Poor

0.18%

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”. 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)

Dandara Living Developments

Leodis Square, sits in central Leeds and comprises of studio to 3-bed apartments. Residents here benefit from an onsite gym, a pet friendly policy, parking and community events. As well as this, the development is just 5 minutes from Leeds city’s business and retail districts.

Another Dandara Living development on HomeViews is Aston Place in central Birmingham and offers studio, 1 and 2-bed apartments. Residents benefit from a gym with fitness classes, resident events and car parking. As well as this, the development is just five minutes from Birmingham New Street Station and the business/retail districts.

Chapel Wharf in Manchester is right next to the famous Lowry hotel. The development comprises studio to 3-bedroom apartments and amenities including a residents lounge, 2-storey gym, fitness classes within a few minutes’ walk of Spinningfields and Deansgate.

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

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Highly, highly recommend – particularly for young couples like us.

My boyfriend and I moved into a 2 bed apartment at Chapel Wharf in late January, and it has undoubtedly exceeded expectations so far. Highly, highly recommend – particularly for young couples like us.

The overall design is sleek and modern, whilst still having that cosy element (e.g. carpets in living areas and bedrooms) which adds to the homely feel. Furniture and amenities are coordinated nicely. Super easy to clean. Insulation is really good, never cold and radiators really easy to use/control. Bathrooms in particular are stunning, and showers are nice and powerful. Plenty of storage space as well as wardrobes are large and there is ample room under the beds. The kitchen is also lovely, decent cupboard space and oven/hob great quality. The only critique we had was the size of the fridge freezer, but the management are so accommodating so we were able to request an additional portable fridge or freezer for the extra space (at no extra cost to us). Another thing I’d say is make sure you invest in an ergonomic chair if working from home, as the dining chairs are rather firm!

Facilities are excellent. Post and parcels are managed efficiently and securely, with an email notification system to let you know when your parcel has arrived. Friendly and capable maintenance team here too, no problem is ever too minor. Overall management is brilliant and questions are responded to in a timely manner. The management team also put on events for special occasions throughout the year (e.g. Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and Pancake Day recently), so it’s nice to live somewhere with that warm, community feel.

Honestly we couldn’t recommend Chapel Wharf highly enough. Unreal value for money too compared with others. Bring on the Manchester summer so we can take advantage of the huge balcony!

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

The area is ideal. Despite being technically classed as Salford, you can cross the river and be in the heart of Spinningfields (city centre) in less than a 10 minute walk. Absolutely loads of lovely restaurants/bars in that area. There’s a Tesco Express literally 3 minutes away which is super convenient. The Salford facing apartments (including ours) look on to the railway line and beyond, which is cool for an urban view. Whilst you can hear the trains and cars going by, it’s certainly not obtrusive as the apartments are well insulated. We feel very safe living here too.

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

I’d say the main thing is to consider which way you want the apartment to face. We are Salford facing (North West ish) which suits us, but just think about whether you want direct sun or not etc., and I know some apartments look out to other blocks so bear that in mind.

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

Other than the size of the fridge freezer, absolutely nothing. We couldn’t have asked for more.

5
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management
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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).

5
Facilities
3
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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Very good facilities including a gym, mail and parcel room.

Very good facilities including a gym, mail and parcel room. Studio apartment well laid out, with living space and bedroom separated by a wall. Kitchen comes with washer/dryer, fridge with small freezer shelf and plenty of storage. Management is fantastic at sorting any problems and always easily reached. Reception staff are welcoming but not as knowledgeable about the development as management and often have to get back to you with a response to queries after they have spoken to their senior staff. Overall a great property, with pet friendly floors available, all with large balconies overlooking the city.

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

Very good access to city, shops and transport. 5 minute walk to New Street Station, slightly less to a Sainsburys Local and slightly further to a Tesco Metro. All shops/restaurants in the city centre are easily accessible on foot and the canal is easily reached within 5 minutes walk in the direction away from New Street.

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

More information from the landlord about setting up bills would have been appreciated.

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

Perhaps having central heating as electric heaters drive up the electricity bills. Also having door locks that conform to British Standard as many contents insurance companies require this and these properties do not have them.

5
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
3
Value
5
Management
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Excellent development with transport links and access to shops, bars and restaurants

The development is wonderful – very modern but delightfully so. Flats are spacious and homey, with plenty of comfortable seating. We brought some of our own furniture with us – bookcases etc – and there’s plenty of space to fit these around the existing furniture. Balconies are spacious with good views over the city. Building and facilities management are excellent with queries replied to within good time and maintenance and cleaning done regularly. Parcels are particularly good – stored securely in a central location so they can be collected at any point. Wifi included with rent and bills are reasonably priced.

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

Good access to local amenities with a Tesco Express c.5 mins away and Morrisons and Aldi both ~20 mins walk. Close to city centre so excellent access to restaurants and transport, and most places are walkable. Also walking distance from Crown Point with more shops and restaurants.

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

Bills are very reasonably priced but switch suppliers upon moving to ensure maintaining the cheapest prices!

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

Not sure there is anything! Perhaps some balcony furniture included – being very nit picky!

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
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Management
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