Essential Living

Number of Developments

4

Ratings

4.58 Rating

Rating (based on 221 reviews)

Excellent

68.78%

Very Good

27.15%

Average

2.71%

Disappointing

0.00%

Very Poor

1.36%

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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Mixed experience. Great building but lacking in customer service.

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Design
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Location
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Value
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Management

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.

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Thank you for the review and for bringing this to our attention, this is really helpful 🙂

If you’re lucky enough to live here, you won’t be able to live anywhere else. Trust me.

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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.

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Location
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Value
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Management
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Thank you for the incredible five star review, and for sharing these photos with us. And for the special mention for our fantastic residents team!

Great facilities, great location and

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Management

The facilities here are definitely what drew us to this building.

The views from the roof terrace are breathtaking, we have an almost 360 view of the City, Canary Wharf and South East London along with having amazing amenities on the roof terrace itself – including indoor communal space which is kitted out with designer furniture, a pool table and fridge space. There is plenty of space outside to sit and have friends over. There are two BBQ stations – one with a full kitchen space and the other is attached to the dining room which can be rented for a small hourly charge.

There is also a small gym which is free of charge. Due to COVID this is limited to 4 people per hour but is bookable three times a week via an app – very easy!

There is also bike storage available so you don’t have to store your bike in the flat! This is pretty full but it looks like they have added additional racks to ensure you can lock your bike up safely.

The flats although typically small for London, feel spacious and are well designed with heaps of storage space. Additional storage is also available for a monthly charge.

The concierge desk are super friendly and trustworthy! They always go out of their way to help you out and are a friendly face when you walk through the front door.

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

Everything is in walking distance! We have direct transport links to Canary Wharf, Bank, St Pancras and London Bridge. There are a number of supermarkets (including Waitrose, Sainsburys and Tesco). Greenwich market is so lovely and there are also a good selection of pubs and restaurants in the town centre. We are also within walking distance to Greenwich Park and a little further afield is Blackheath which also has lots of shops and cafes!

There isn’t a lot that I dislike however I cycle to work in the City and there was supposed to be a cycleway installed which runs from right outside the building and up to Tower Bridge but the finish date has been pushed back (presumably due to COVID) so I would prefer it to be better located by a cycle route but this isn’t a dealbreaker as I just end up using the Greenwich foot tunnel and cycling on that cycleway instead.

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The only hitch that we had when moving in was that we were told that the height restriction for the underground car park was higher than it was so it was a bit awkward to get everything out of the van and in to the building with just two of us. If you ask at reception they do have a number of trolleys you can use to carry heavy items from the van to the lifts but I don’t think these were available when we moved in last year!

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

The building management team are always responsive to any queries we have, whether it’s an issue with the building wide internet, the underfloor heating or small handy work which needs to be done around the flat it has always been dealt with efficiently. They are contactable by email or alternatively you can pop downstairs during the daytime to ask any questions you might have.

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Facilities
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Design
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Location
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Value
5
Management
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We’re so happy you’re enjoying your time at Union Wharf 🙂

Union Wharf – what I was looking for after 10 years in London

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Facilities
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Design
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Location
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Value
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Management

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.

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Facilities
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Design
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Location
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Value
5
Management
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are glad you have found what you have been looking for in a London rental apartment!

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