About St James

St James is a part of the Berkeley Group – one of the UK’s best-known property developers, operating across London, Birmingham and the South of England. The Berkeley Group is made up of a number of companies – along with St James, there’s Berkeley Homes, St Edward, St George, St Joseph and St William.

St James creates mixed-use developments across London – residential-led properties with a number of additional onsite facilities.

St James developments

St James properties listed on HomeViews include the popular Riverlight in SW11, Kew Bridge West – just a short drive from Heathrow Airport, and One SE8 – the Manhattan, a collection of stylish apartments in trendy Deptford.

There is a gym, concierge and on site parking. Beautiful apartments with the ‘wow’ factor. Good public transport links into central London, but also access to the lovely areas of Kew, Richmond and Chiswick. Modern apartments with stylish themes. Well worth a peek!” – Anonymous, verified resident of Kew Bridge West

St James reviews

Great location on the riverfront. Values holding up well. One of the best new developments in London. Distinctive, iconic architecture. Area is transforming with new shops and development, Waitrose opposite is superb. On site management improving all the time.” – Anonymous, verified resident of Riverlight

Read reviews of St James developments by clicking on the units in the list below. Do you live in a St James property? Leave a review here.

Number of Developments

19

Ratings

4.24 Rating

Rating (based on 164 reviews)

Excellent

32.32%

Very Good

59.76%

Average

7.93%

Disappointing

0.00%

Very Poor

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Queen Mary’s Place

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Facilities
4
Design
3
Location
4
Value
3
Management

I bought my flat 3 years ago and I am the third owner of the property. There has always been a great turnover of flats with lots of people moving in and there is always a very friendly atmosphere on the site. I had no issues when purchasing via an estate agent, there was just a period of registering with the management company and to register with the various facilities on site like the gym.

I chose Queen Mary’s Place as I have always lived in West London so I know the area well. I liked the fact that the flat was modern and very little work needed to be done to the flat. The apartment itself was already well insulated and the features were all working properly. For communal areas we have the gym, gardens and the underground garage, which I would say are all relatively well maintained. The site is also very safe with CCTV cameras and security. I was originally nervous about the proximity to the University, but they are always in contact with tenants about the events they put on like Fresher’s Week and their Summer Ball, and I have had no issues with any noise problems.

What I love most about my flat are the views. I fell in love with the view over to Roehampton house, which was the original basis of the development. Not every flat has this view however but all the properties on the site are quite spacious and very individual. Mine is definitely very modern and nice. It is always really warm inside, what makes it great for winter as I barely need the heating on. For the summer even if it gets a bit hot inside, the ventilation system is very good. I live by myself and I am fortunate to have a full en-suite bathroom.

For the interior design of the flat, I decided to pick up on the earthy tones of the nearby Richmond park by pairing wooden furniture with wooden flooring, alongside a couple of featured walls with grey wallpaper, which are a nice offset to the white walls. I have also chosen specific artwork to compliment the earthy tones of the flat. I haven’t done any additional work to the flat so I don’t know how the process works.

I know one or two of my neighbours on the site and we do have an informal Facebook group for residents. There was previously more of a sense of community when I first moved in as there was a mini bus service that would take you to the nearby station for work, but this service was cancelled as the bus was coming to the end of its life. This caused a lot of protest from residents as it did bring more of a sense of community within the development, as it meant it was an easy way to say hello and chat to your neighbours who were on a similar commute. There have been sporadic attempts to put on a summer picnic by the building management but this year it was cancelled.

I am never too sure to rely on the estate management and the estate manager as there have been a lot of turnovers in the past and they are not always helpful. As a management company, there are sometimes challenging to deal with. For example, we have a Key fob that allows entry into the development and mine ran out of battery. I wanted to get it replaced so I rang up the management company and they quoted me £50, which seemed quite expensive. I asked residents on our Facebook group and they said I would get better deal at Timpson’s which I eventually went for instead. It seems as if the management company are not there to get you the best deals and I have had similar issues previously with having to pay extra for parking permits when we already pay a service charge.

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It feels like Roehampton and Queen’s Mary Place exist in a bubble without the convenience of the transport and amenities in Central London. For every journey you always have to end taking a bus. There is a pub down the round and a couple of convenience stores nearby. Richmond Park is lovely and is also quite close, and is great for running and exercising.
Supermarkets are a bus ride away and Putney is also accessible, with more shops and things to do.

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The service charge is expensive. There are as well too many rules as for example you need a special request for having pets, no boxes for flowers are allowed in balconies, you cannot barbecue in certain areas, etc. Some people might find it quite restrictive, but personally it doesn’t bother me.

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4
Design
3
Location
4
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Modern development, good standard of living

4
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
4
Management

The exterior looks stunning. Different shapes/colours from what you normally see on the London skyline.

The Concierge are always polite and helpful, and do what they can to accommodate. There is a strict policy against AirBnb/short term letting.

Window cleaning is covered as part of the service charge. Leaseholders are charged on the basis but this is done quarterly, but this has in fact only been done twice or three times in two years. It is especially pertinent at this development which is surrounded by other developments and Battersea Power Station, so there is a lot of dust from the construction.

The managing agent are strict with the development aesthetic, and so consequently the only things that are allowed on balconies are ‘potted plants and good quality garden furniture’.

The ground floor of each building has a business – most notably a Sainsburys Local, Indian and Japanese restaurants, a pub and a coffee shop.

A large Waitrose is only a 5 minute walk away, Vauxhall station 10-15 minutes walk with direct buses outside the development. Once Battersea Power Station tube is finished in 2020, a northern line station will be a 5 minute walk away.

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

The development has a Sainsburys Local, pub, Japanese and Indian restaurants and a coffee shop.

There is a large Waitrose 5 minutes walk away.

Vauxhall tube station is 10-12 minutes away, and when Battersea Power Station tube completes in 2020, a northern line station will be a 5 minute walk away.

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The whole development is stuck with monopolised suppliers for heating and hot water and broadband.

For broadband, BT is the only well known provider available, even though you can get speeds up to 300MB.

Heating and hot water is monopolised by SSE, and the standing charges are quite extortionate.

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Design
4
Location
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4
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Great location, beginning to show its age

3
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
3
Value
2
Management

Good location, overlooking the dock and within 10 mins walk of Sloane Square and Victoria. Location now bettered by the development of Battersea Power Station within a 5 min walk (inclusive of new restaurants, shops etc). General environment good, well maintained etc. However, communal areas within buildings are beginning to feel dated and a few issues with repair of damage to these areas. Flats are also beginning to show their age – a number of residents have had issues with internal leaks between flats and faulty showers over the last few months. Decent gym facilities, free to owners but haven’t seen much investment over the years so equipment is fairly dated. Security and concierge service is very professional – particularly good lines of communication with concierge via regular email updates and support has been there when required.

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Nice interior design to this property.

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Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
4
Management

The property is good for pets and has bike storage which is really useful for me. There’s plenty of good primary and secondary schools to send children also. The bedrooms are nice and spacious and my 3 bed property specifically could cater to a few more people if people wanted to stay overnight. Parking is okay but could be better, it’s understandable because of the amount of flats in comparison to the space there is for possible parking but that could still be improved.

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

There’s not a lot of restaurants nearby or supermarkets, you’d need a car or to take transport to get there which isn’t ideal when doing large amounts of shopping.

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

Nothing, was well informed of everything before I had moved in

What is the best feature of your home:

The Toilets are really nice and spacious. Very good considering it’s a 3 bed property.

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