Essential Living

Number of Developments

4

Ratings

4.59 Rating

Rating (based on 396 reviews)

Excellent

69.44%

Very Good

26.01%

Average

2.78%

Disappointing

1.01%

Very Poor

0.76%

Essential Living is a Build to Rent property developer based in London. Its hallmarks are premium apartments in well-connected locations.

Essential Living developments

There are many Essential Living developments on HomeViews: Berkshire House in Maidenhead, Vantage Point in Archway, Islington, and Dressage Court in Bethnal Green. In addition, Union Wharf, Essential Living’s newest development is a collection of 249 apartments spread over two towers, set on the banks of peaceful Deptford Creek.

Essential Living reviews

The building is absolutely stunning. The apartments are tastefully done and very spacious. The resident team is always so helpful. The building organises many events throughout the year so that the residents feel lik they are a part of a community. Absolutely love living here!” – Nilofer R, verified resident at Dressage Court

Vantage Point is in such a good location above Archway tube. The place is always clean and tidy and it’s great to have the opportunity to meet new people. The residents team make living here so easy, they are always on hand to answer questions or help with any problems.” – Anabelle D, verified resident at Vantage Point

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Affordable, Luxury, Pet-friendly Location: What more?

Review Date Aug 2020

Union Wharf itself is really something special and is greatly appreciated by its residents. My partner and I had spent significant time looking for a place that ticked a lot of our boxes. The development is brand new, the furniture is sleek and the facilities offer some of the best resident facilities I would argue in London. Typically in new developments they will try to squeeze as many flats into the space as possible, but here the flats feel spacious and very well done. The facilities are one of the most attractive parts of the building, you have a communal chill out area on the 22nd floor is where you can read, socialise and play pool. There is a private room to host your own private parties and functions at a reasonable rate and gym.THE VIEW, the view from the rooftop you honestly would have to pay quite a lot of money to get access to these views in London.

Most importantly to us was finding somewhere that was pet friendly and welcoming. Our pooch has made many friends in the building (as have we) and it’s makes it quite special that having pets are welcomed (especially in the fabulous location of Greenwich). The concierge are really hard working and great people and always very friendly. I think you can tell that the employees really enjoy working here and often stop for a chat during the day.

If anyone is considering or looking to live somewhere that is pet friendly, luxury (but affordable), amazing location and access to the city, I would really recommend taking a look. Moving here has really made us fall in love with Greenwich and I don’t think we will be planning on moving for a very long time!

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The area of Union Wharf speaks for itself. You are a stones throw from Greenwich with the buzzing restaurants, bars and independent shops. You have access to one of the best parks in London, Greenwich park a 10 minute walk away and direct access to London Bridge and the city in 10 minutes.

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

I didn’t actually realise how great of a commute it was into the city. I definitely recommend walking To Greenwich station and getting the train to London Bridge. My commute in total takes me 20 minutes which is crazy good!

What is the best feature of your home:

The View.. we can see Canary Wharf, a wide view of the Thames and all of the city of London. We even watched the fireworks from our apartment on new year.

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Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management
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Thank you for all the 5 *’s, and for sharing these great photos with us. It’s wonderful to have feedback about all elements of life at Union Wharf ?

We’re home – The best place to live at the center of Greenwich!!

After 5 years of living in London, Union Wharf finally feels like home for me and my son!! My son was born here in London and I am originally from California so it was a dream to find UW and a building with all the amenities, easy access to everything and it is always super clean! We have amazing rooftops with stellar views which have BBQs, lounges where you can WFH or have some wine and cheese. There is a pool table in one building and large areas to hire out for private events. No one usually mentions it but there is also great selections of different books to read in the common areas – even cookbooks in the kitchen. I love the fact that Essential Living/Union Wharf thought of everything as they even have a guest apartment that can be rented out for people from out of town at a very reasonable price. I do not use the gym but they have that too along with classes and social events which makes the community come together and get to know the neighbours. They are a young development and there will always be teething issues along the way. Overall it is a great place to live as I feel safe and that they are always looking out for their renters best interests. They also LOVE pets!
Lastly- they have the best team at reception who help with EVERYTHING!! I can never thank them enough.
Thanks Essential Living, we love living here!!

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My son and I love living at Union Wharf. We have been here for a year and have everything we need. There is a large Waitrose across the street and the local Tesco and Sainsbury’s Express all less than five minutes away (walking!). Even our GP/local pharmacy is across the way along with our private Dentist- who are both excellent! If you like Costa or more local places for a cuppa there are two next door.
We enjoy having Greenwich Market nearby with the Museums and Cutty Sark to visit. We use the foot tunnel too and headover to Mudchute Farm quite often as you can get there within 25 minutes or less (again -by walking!!). Greenwich Park is also amazing but this is known. The location is just great. Great transport links and lastly if you need a nursery for your child there are a few to choose from with all good or Outstanding Ofsted ratings.

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

I was aware but did not pay enough attention to contract as we live next to a Quary which operates 24/7 so it can be quite loud at times.

What is the best feature of your home:

My favourite feature is the regular sized washing machine and tumble dryer.

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Design
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Location
5
Value
4
Management
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A really wonderful place to live

Vantage Point is a beautiful building with excellent facilities. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into making sure that it is not only designed to look modern and welcoming, but also has a lot of very useful and practical elements.

Everything within the apartments themselves is high quality, from the kitchen with it’s fantastic use of utilising space to little touches here and there that make you realise how much thought has gone into the development.

The really great thing about Vantage Point is that there is so much to enjoy outside of your apartment too, with two beautiful community balconies, a library/office space, a lounge area, dinning room with fully fitted kitchen, gym and games room.

Location wise, you are practically on top of Archway tube station and there is an abundance of supermarkets, coffee shops and restaurants on your door step.

The residence team also make Vantage Point a great place to live. They are on reception 24/7 and are always there to greet you, take parcels and help with anything you need. They are a friendly bunch and having them there really helps you feel secure in the building.

Overall, I can’t fault this place!

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Great choice of supermarkets, coffee shops and restaurants. Pick a direction and you’ll no doubt find a little hidden gem. Practically on top of Archway tube station (Northern Line) and within walking distance to Upper Holloway (London Overground). Plenty of bus stops nearby too, as well as a number of Zip Cars if you need to rent a car.

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

Quite a few dogs here. I think it’s great, but if you have a serious dog problem, phobia or something it may bother you. However, they are not allowed in communal areas so you will only pass them in the lifts and at reception.

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Location
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Value
5
Management
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The whole experience has been fantastic

I needed a short rental (around 6 months) in Maidenhead, To reduce my commute after a period of recovery from a difficult period of ill health. I opted for `Berkshire House and Essential Living, and the whole experience has been fantastic. The building itself is excellent, with well-appointed apartments and a great communal area on the top floor, and it ideally situated in the centre of town. However what made everything special is the staff – although my rental was only short term, I was made to feel part of the family, and nothing was too much trouble for Andy, Monika and Oxanna.

A great experience, and restored my faith in the benefits of renting.

Thank you, Essential Living

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
5
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The staff really make this Vantage Point a home.

We’ve enjoyed our time living in Vantage Point. We feel the design of the building internally is beautiful, including the amenity spaces, however at times appliances and finishes are somewhat faulty and some corners have been cut.

The facilities in the Vantage Point are a huge selling point which adds to the value of the building exponentially. The car park is a nice addition, however the upkeep of the car park is not satisfactory, often times littered and/or flooded.

Onto the real star of the show…the staff. They are beyond helpful, attentive, kind and generally just good people. They make living at Vantage Point feel like home. The staff here have become more than just building staff and have become a part of our home, and to us that means job well done. We could not appreciate their attentiveness more. Any issue that arises, they immediately work to solve it and they do so happily. They make our life easier and we’re forever grateful for that. The review would be a 5 star if asked only about the staff.

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

Brooke and Jamie

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

That the fridge was so small. It was not shown on viewing.

5
Facilities
3
Design
4
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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