ila

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5

Ratings

4.73 Rating

Rating (based on 124 reviews)

Excellent

78.23%

Very Good

18.55%

Average

2.42%

Disappointing

0.81%

Very Poor

0.00%

Our vision, your adventure.

ila – I Live Around is a UK focused fully integrated real estate investor, developer and operator with a Build-to-Rent residential portfolio of over 3,500 homes. We celebrate all that’s great and good about City Centre living, offering flexible plans that grow with our residents (and their family).

Our ethos is creating vibrant and stylish communities that you’ll be proud to call home. Our apartments are thoughtfully designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

We’ve combined our personal experiences as renters with everything we wished for, to create effortless and ideal living situations for all. That’s why our neighbourhoods pair city lifestyles with homelike comfort – bustling with energy yet calm and pet-friendly.

ila takes local living and enriches it with community and culture. We’ll know you by your name, not your apartment number.

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We are building communities in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Salford and Sheffield.

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Lovely new building with a growing community within it

Hairpin House is, overall, a lovely place to live. We have been there for a year now and have just signed a lease for another 3 years! The flat itself is well designed and has excellent furnishings, and the ability to customise the flat (e.g. painting the walls or having maintenance hang pictures) makes so much difference when renting. The building also has communal spaces that are just beautiful and comfortable to be in – they allow residents to socialise with each other and we’ve made many friends while we’ve been here. The events that management put on are always fun and enhance the living experience so much. The rules around these extra amenities have changed over the last year which has caused some minor frustration – e.g. coffee machine going from free to paid, opening times being added to spaces that were previously 24/7 – but as a new building I expect these to be teething problems and have settled down a lot more recently, so I believe that any new residents could expect more consistency.

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

The area is well placed, being a 20 minute walk from New Street station and a 5 minute walk from Digbeth. Convenience store just one street away, and surrounded by several pubs within a few minutes walk. Being so close to Digbeth & the city centre also gives access to a range of bars and restaurants. Transport links are excellent – the number 50 bus stops right outside the building, Digbeth coach station is a 5 minute walk, and the city centre is in walking distance. Parking is limited in the area but there is a waiting list for parking spaces within the building itself. Our flat is located on the West side of the building and is generally very quiet as we do not face a road directly.

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

That most residents are very chatty and approachable – if someone is sitting in a communal space, try just chatting to them and you’ll be surprised at how sociable people tend to be!

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

There is an app for logging maintenance requests, and managers will regularly check if these requests have been fulfilled.

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Couldn’t be happier

The design is amazing. It far exceeded any of my expectations. More than anything though, the girls who work at reception really make you feel at home and do a fantastic job of keeping everyone happy. As far as facilities go, it would be nice to have an indoor gym like other apartment complexes similar to this often have, but this might be my only complaint. Everything else as far as having an app to manage payments and check when your packages arrived at reception, free coffee from a very cool machine powered by an iPad in the kitchen, co-working spaces etc, easily make up for it. It’s the little attention to detail that has really made me like living here for example, the umbrellas at the front door incase you happen to forget yours. They really do think about the residents.

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

Thanks to the windows in the apartment, most of the loud noise from the outdoors is muted whilst they’re closed. Local area is nice and quiet. Neighborhood is developing rapidly and so over time there should be more stuff to do.

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

Currently it’s very quiet as it’s a new development so I barely ever bump into other people. This will likely solve itself with time. There are 7/8 floors and only 82 residents in total at the time of writing. Pros to this are that you can use any facilities whenever you want but the main con is the lack of socialisation, though this isn’t the fault of the property managers, it’s simply a matter of time.

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

So far I haven’t had a single issue in regards to moving in. Any minor queries have been quickly resolved by the receptionists.

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Living at Sherbourne Place

This is a modern and attractive development adjacent to the Birmingham Canal Old line with waterfront views and easy access to the canal paths. Architecturally easy on the eyes, the building design keeps the heat out during the hotter months and the acoustics are good keeping things peaceful regardless of the close proximity to Broad Street.

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

This development is very well located and is just a short walk from all the bars, restaurants and entertainment facilities on offer in the Westside, Brindley Place and Edgebaston Village districts of the city. The transport links are excellent with Five Ways metro stop being a few minutes away and New Street Station accessible on foot. Parking facilities are excellent at the property.

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

This property has additional communial facilities.

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

The onsite management team are friendly and thoughtful and have always taken care of any issues I’ve had swiftly and with excellent efficiency. Big thanks to Kyron, Zoe and Charlotte who have been great at helping me feel at home here.

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Design
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Hairpin house is great!

The communal areas are beautiful, useful and filled with everything you could need.

The staff are incredibly helpful. They do everything over and above.

The design is modern, pretty and practical. I especially love the choices of furniture that come in my furnished apartment!

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

Hairpin house is a great place to live. There are frequent buses from right outside that can take you to the city centre, which is in walking distance also. There are nearby gyms, cafes, restaurants and bars. There aren’t large supermarkets near, but the buses mean you can get to them easily.

The traffic outside can be quite noisy when you have your windows open, but nothing outside the ordinary for such a central location.

There is plenty parking available, but it is expensive, at £100/month.

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

There is an amazing coffee machine in the ground floor front lounge, that you can use for free 🙂

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

I haven’t raised any major issues. I’ve asked them questions and they have been extremely helpful.

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