Kingsford Group

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1

Ratings

4.44 Rating

Rating (based on 62 reviews)

Excellent

53.23%

Very Good

43.55%

Average

1.61%

Disappointing

1.61%

Very Poor

0.00%

Kingsford Group operates in commercial and residential real-estate, Kingsford Residence being their residential operations. Furthermore, Kingsford Group is currently based in Edinburgh.

Kingsford Residence

Kingsford Residence, is a Kingsford Group Development on HomeViews. This development is located on McDonald Road. Comprising of 74 luxury rental apartments, residents benefit from contemporary open plan living and modern fixtures. As well as this, there is a gym, club room, garden, co-working/dining space, and roof terrace with spectacular panoramic views across Edinburgh.

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Beautiful building, well-designed apartments, management a bit lax

The building is a converted school and has tonnes of charm and character. The building has been thoughtfully renovated with a very good eye to design and cohesion. The flats are nicely designed and have the same attention to detail, and the mezzanine/studio setup coupled with the large traditional windows is really an excellent design. The facilities are good (gym, common area, roof deck, garden) and well thought through in terms of design — we had limited use from much of these given the Covid lockdown, but that’s hardly the fault of the development. The building management was initially great, but standards have lowered an awful lot since we moved in — Covid was the original reason for much of the services being rolled back, but it seems to be more of an excuse than a genuine reason at this point. Generally we’ve been very happy with the flat itself and the building, but given the high rental cost and an assumption of commensurate facilities and management, less so with the overall value.

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Leith is one of the best parts of Edinburgh. Leith Walk and the Shore are both close by, so it was great for pubs etc. in the before-times. The development is next to St Mark’s Park which means you can be straight onto the North Edinburgh cycle paths, so it’s been great for walks and cycles during lockdown too. The development is right next to a school playground which has been a bit challenging noise-wise while working from home (once schools returned), but in fairness the management was very upfront about noise from the school being a ‘feature’ of living here.

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

The building is run on a single heating system, so it’s not possible to choose your supplier. Bills aren’t too bad (£70ish / month for heat and power) but I didn’t know I wouldn’t be able to shop around for a better deal.

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

Generally they’ve been quite responsive, they were excellent when we moved in, but have been less responsive/proactive as time has gone on.

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Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
3
Value
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Kingsford Residence – Great for access to city centre

Apartments are small but reasonably well designed. Storage is my only frustration. There’s a significant lack of cupboard and storage space, so I find myself storing boxes under the bed. Building is always clean and well maintained and the maintenance team always respond quickly. Gym is well equipped and clean, with everything you really need. Common spaces are always clean and quiet, and sometimes a nice change of scenery when working from home

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Excellent location for anyone who needs access to the city centre. 15-20 minute walk to Waverley, so very handy. Building is very quiet. I rarely hear the neighbours. Bins can occasionally get quite messy, especially towards the end of the collection week, but there are plenty of them. Traffic noise isn’t an issue for me. I occasionally hear kids at the school during their breaks, but this isn’t enough to bother or distract me from work.

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

As previously mentioned, storage, which is limited. I struggle to store all of my things as a single occupant, so I’d imagine it might be quite difficult for a couple.

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

Yes, I’ve reported a few issues around the washing machine and a broken window, and both were dealt with within a few days. Maintenance team always responds quickly to any queries or issues.

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Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
3
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5
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Great place to live

Flats are a bit small but you get used to it! The building facilities are in great condition – there is a gym, communal lounge, communal kitchen and a newly-kitted rooftop all of which are always clean and have a lot of equipment and space to hang out and even invite friends over. Management are fantastic and deal very quickly with issues, both if there are issues inside the apartments and with anything else that may crop up in the building (such as people stealing post!)

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Lots of supermarkets nearby (small Coop, Lidl and both a small and big Tesco within 10 min walk), very close to Leith Walk with all its shops, pubs and restaurants. Bus stops nearby and tram stop down the street. Quite a quiet residential street generally, apart from occasional traffic and the sound of children in the daytime as the building is next to a primary school.

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

The noise during weekdays from the primary school next door might be annoying to some people, but you do eventually get used to it.

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

They respond very quickly to issues raised over email or the maintenance portal – never had to wait longer than 24 hours.

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Design
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Location
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Recommended

The facilities provided are top-notch. From the well-equipped gym to the serene rooftop garden, there’s always something for everyone.

Building management is highly efficient. The security measures in place make me feel safe and secure at all times. Property management deserves praise for their professionalism and attentiveness.

They keep residents informed about any developments or events within the community, fostering a sense of belonging.

The overall cleanliness and upkeep of the common areas are commendable.

The maintenance staff is responsive but not that prompt.

Overall, the design, facilities, building management, and property management all contribute to making it an exceptional place to live.

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

Located at very quite area, next to the park and supermarket, which is convienent. Also close to the fire station which feel safe, but they like to turn on the siren right at the moment when the fire truck pass Kingsford as we located at the corner of the road, which always surprised you especially at night.

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

The roof terrace is great! Better check the noise level of your neighbours, some of them usually have loud music at night with strong bass, and bring people here to party and shout at midnight.

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

Very slow to fix the problems. I still have many open issues from last December but seems they’re busy or need to wait for order delivery forever. Not expect they will be resolved anymore.

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Facilities
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Design
5
Location
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Value
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