Essential Living

Number of Developments

4

Ratings

4.55 Rating

Rating (based on 224 reviews)

Excellent

68.30%

Very Good

27.23%

Average

2.68%

Disappointing

0.45%

Very Poor

1.34%

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!

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

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.

5
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 😊

Mixed experience. Great building but lacking in customer service.

The building is aesthetically lovely and the shared spaces are great for hosting events, working or hanging out. The flats themselves are good, though the water pressure is inconsistent between the various faucets and the washing machine/dryer combo leaves something to be desired. Overall, the building itself is as you’d hope.

Where VP lets you down is the customer service. There are a few members of the Residents’ Team that are stellar, helpful and they really know their stuff. However, there are also members of the Team who are rude and go out of their way to be unhelpful. As a whole, on the one hand, the Team tries to foster a community atmosphere when hosting events but, on the other, building-wide emails tend to be frustrated and unprofessional. Instead of taking building-wide issues to management and implementing a fix, they shut off facilities (i.e. trash chute) for all residents. Complaints often go unanswered and my guests have reported rudeness upon entering the building on more than one occasion. The customer service really lets the building down and makes you feel like it’s not a friendly place to come home to.

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

Convenient tube links, lots of nearby shops and amenities.

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

That amenities and services can be shut off for the whole building on a whim.

2
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
2
Value
2
Management
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If you’re lucky enough to live here, you won’t be able to live anywhere else. Trust me.

Where to begin… I cannot rate this place highly enough. Working in travel and events, I have been fortunate enough to visit a quite a few luxury hotels over the years and consider my standards quite high when it comes to hospitality. I have also lived in quite a few properties in London. Nothing compares to this.

The style. The amenities. The common areas. The private dining room which you can book for large gatherings (with 2x ovens, 2x fridges, all the kitchen equipment and utensils you can dream of). And I haven’t even gotten to the rooftop and its incredible panoramic views of the city. Again, I’ve visited quite a few rooftops, but nothing like this. You can see every single iconic building in London. Every single one. From Big Ben to the BT Tower to Canary Wharf and even London Bridge. Literally everything. No lie.

But what has impressed me most, are the staff. Angela, Ines, Astrid and the rest of the entire team will do anything to help you. They’re on hand practically 24/7 down at reception or at the push of your button on the intercom (which I never use, as I like going down to see them!). There is always someone on the front desk so the building is very secure. And you’ll never miss a package again! Anything breaks, it gets fixed within the day usually too. Incredible team.

It sounds a little cheesy but I really love this place and its special community beyond words. And I’m antisocial at the best of times! I honestly wake up every day feeling like I’ve won the lottery living here.

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

To have the best park in London (Greenwich Park with it’s incredible views of the city, not to mention the history of the Maritime Museum and Observatory) within walking distance of the Thames and Cutty Sark, is incredibly special in itself. But factor in the numerous street food markets and rich history of the area and you have the perfect spot in London. Only 10 mins on the train to London Bridge too! I will never live in another area.

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

Respect the property and the people who run it. If you’re fortunate enough to live here, treat it with respect. Most do, but some don’t.

What is the best feature of your home:

Underfloor heating / flooring. Video intercom. Size. En-suite with walk in shower. Style. Futuristic shower/bath buttons instead of taps. It’s a slick build.

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management
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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!!

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

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.

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
4
Management
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Union Wharf – what I was looking for after 10 years in London

Union Wharf has been my home for the last year, so I can talk to you about winter, summer, and lockdown! A good new built, keeps noise out, and has great temperature management (both winter heating and summer cooling). The apartments are spacious, with lots of storage and light. The kitchen and bathrooms are of the highest quality, and the appliances are also great. In terms of facilities, we have a small garage area, but sufficient bike storage, and the roof terrace. You need to see it to believe it. The residents lounge is beautiful, flooded with light and full of plush sofas to relax. The communal kitchen, that you can rent out for parties, overlooks Canary Wharf, and there is also a small gym, with the possibility of PTs and yoga lessons!
But I would say that the best part of the building has been the residents team. We were welcomed last year as the building opened by the warmest, most helpful and friendly team you could ever imagine. Although there have been some changes in the team since, the willingness, helpfulness and efficiency is very much still there. Do you have an ASOS craze? they will take care of those packages! Are you leaving for a week and you are worried your plant may die? Maybe a holiday at the reception desk is what you Calathea needs!
The neighbors, in my experience, have been great too. There is a very helpful Facebook group, another one for exchanging wonky chairs, and in general, a very good vibe. Even when we have complaints, we are nice!
I do not want to think of the day I’ll need to leave Union Wharf. I shall refuse.

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

There is a big part of me that wants to tell you Greenwich is not for you. But the only reason for that is that I would like to keep it for myself. With much better transport links than you think (Greenwich Station to London Bridge is 13min and you have direct trains to the City and Kings Cross), you can live in London while feeling in a little village. Monday to Friday all the quirky independent shops are half empty for residents to enjoy, and on the weekends the buzz of the markets and tourists (not so much this 2020) is either an attractive enticement or something nice to look at from your terrace. Greenwich has food, it has jazz bars, it has stand-up comedy, it has the best cheap sushi in the city, (no, I will not tell you which one it is, google it!), and it has the river. And you know, I could erase the whole review and just tell you…. It has the river…

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

If you are thinking of moving to Greenwich, think about ditching the tube. Trains work much better, and I know they sound scary, but they are not!

What is the best feature of your home:

The space and the light on the flats is second to none. They are extremely well thought out for living, and give you the sense of a lot of space (they are indeed big for London, but they feel even bigger). The quality of construction and finishes is also impressive.

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
3
Value
5
Management
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