Way of Life

Number of Developments

5

Ratings

4.63 Rating

Rating (based on 433 reviews)

Excellent

71.36%

Very Good

24.25%

Average

3.23%

Disappointing

0.69%

Very Poor

0.46%

Way of Life lays the foundations for renters to make a home. With ready-to-move-in, accommodation, no-fuss tenancy management and an in-house team there when you need them.

Way of Life see your home “as an extension of yourself. Where you rest, play, work and create relationships. But also where you find a sense of belonging. Not just getting to know the places and faces on your doorstep, but becoming part of that community too.”

Way of Life developments

The Lansdowne, The Wullcomb, Vida House, 5 Bedford Park, The Kell and The Gessner are all Way of Life developments currently listed on HomeViews. All are Build to Rent developments. This means that residents have access to a wide range of facilities and amenities on site. These may include a residents’ gym, a rooftop terrace, cycle storage, a concierge and security service, a cleaning service, a residents’ lounge, as well as on-site car parking. Apartments are available furnished or unfurnished.

Until November 2020, The Skyline 2 in Manchester was also part of the Way of Life portfolio, but has been subsequently sold on.

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Great experience for a first time tenant

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Review Date Oct 2019

Overall I am very happy with the experience The Lansdowne has provided in the first 6 weeks of us living in the property. The only issues holding it back from being 5 stars is the issues around us moving in to the property advertised as brand new when it in-fact wasn’t. This was more disappointing than anything as we would have been happy to go into apartment 208 (which was offered) knowing it was new. Instead we moved into an apartment that wasn’t cleaned to a high standard, had soap and hair residing in the bath/shower area and had a few marks such as damage to one of a cupboards which was documented on our moving day. The previous tenant still has not stopped her post being sent to our address either so we are still receiving post which we have to hand over to building management to deal with.
Other than that building management has been extremely helpful and has made themselves available at any request and me & my partner look forward to the rest of the tenancy watching the community build up. The communal areas are a great place to have family and friends and the onsite gym is very well maintained.

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

This is a prime location for anyone who works in the city. There are plenty of shopping locations as well as restaurants and bars in the surrounding area. There are travel links near-by which makes getting around the city/ in and out of the city very easy. Me and my partner also work very close by which allows for a very convenient work/social life balance.

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

Certain free to use facilities we were told about are not currently in use (such as the ice machine). We believe this is due to a small portion of the property currently being occupied but it was a slight disappointment to see it out of use during the summer.

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5
Design
5
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4
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5
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Hands down the best apartments in Leicester

The design of The Wullcomb is stunning. Priort to moving in, I had lived abroad for a decade and when I returned to Leicester I was quite gobsmacked that such a nice building existed here! Architecturally, it wouldn’t be out of place in downtown San Francisco. The place is kept spotlessly clean by the amazing cleaners that work daily and there is always a very welcoming and professional vibe about everything throughout the building. The Perch on the 5th floor is a fantastic asset, with a communal lounge, kitchen, tv room and the amazing roof terrace complete with a BBQ! I love the little touches like the books and board games the management leave in the various locations like The Perch, the post room and even the little nooks dotted around the various floors. This attention to detail is probably lost on a lot of people but I love it.

The stars of the show are the on-site management team. You will see this mentioned in pretty much every review of The Wullcomb and for good reason. They go above and beyond in every respect for the residents living here, to make sure we have everything we need to enjoy living here. They will help you with anything you need, from trollies to help you move in or out, clarifying any questions you might have, receiving your post/parcels any time of day and storing them safely ready for you to collect, dealing with any issues that arise inside your apartment, and most of all just being friendly faces you can chat to any time you pass the office. They are the heart and soul of The Wullcomb and I know that other neighbouring apartment buildings don’t have management teams that even come close to the guys here.

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The location is second to none. The Highcross is literally across the road, centre of town a 5 minute walk, the level of shops, services and amenities in the location is unbeatable. There are numerous big supermarkets within a 5 minute drive/bus journey, which is as much as you can ask for living in the city centre.

I have never witnessed any antisocial behaviour in the 4 months I have been living here. My apartment faces Vaughan Way, so there is understandably a level of traffic noise at certain times of day but the windows are incredibly good at keeping this noise to a minimum and even with the windows open you very quickly acclimatise to the background noise. It’s not an area full of pubs and bars and is surprisingly secluded for such a central location in that respect.

On-site parking is available at a reasonable price and there is a large communal bin room, both of which serve their purpose excellently.

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

There are no nasty surprises about the apartments in The Wullcomb but some small tips from my experience living here so far:

Buy a portable air conditioner for the summer months because with the temperatures reaching over 30 celsiuis it does get quite unbearably hot in the apartments and fans don’t quite cut it. We got a little air conditioning unit and it really took the edge off and made the bedrooms cool enough to sleep comfortably during july and august.

The living room and bedroom(s) have a socket with connectors for a tv aerial, satellite and DAB radio. I’m not a fan of Sky and I prefer the free to air tv options. I found that the signal on some channels using the aerial connection was a bit patchy and Freeview didn’t work too well. So if you’re looking for a free to air option I would recommend a Freesat box or even better an Enigma 2 based box like the Octagon SF8008, as these will pick up all FTA satellite channels and the satellite signal at The Wullcomb is perfect.

There is a waiting list for a space in the on-site car park, so while you wait for your space there is a public car park in the street behind The Wullcomb (Cumberland Street) that costs £4 per 24 hours, which is very reasonable for the city centre. There is also the John Lewis car park next to it but that’s considerably pricier.

In relation to utilities, fast fibre broadband is provided in all apartments at no extra cost at The Wullcomb. You do have to pay for electricity, water and council tax, so make sure you register for all three in advance of moving in.

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

We haven’t encountered any maintenance issues yet but I know from all of our dealings with the management team so far on other issues that any such issues would be dealt with efficiently and professionally.

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5
Design
5
Location
5
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5
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The building’s upkeep is fantastic

I’ve been living here now for almost 1.5y and I feel this is a very comfortable place to stay. The building’s upkeep is fantastic, the flats in a good, renovated state, mostly well equipped, though I believe some better than others. You can hang pictures on walls 🙂 Building management are fantastic, extremely helpful, responsive and proactive, and the people living here are friendly and quiet and a spare items exchange is sometimes happening in the corridor. I feel safe here, the entrance is locked, all areas are well lit and clean, CCTV is in operation, I am happy to have neighbors accept my parcels. There is a little garden behind the building which is quiet and looks nice. The area nearby has everything I need and it’s not far from the city centre. There is car parking, but you have to pay extra. There is bike storage. There is no dedicated concierge. You have no meters in your flat so readings are obtained from building management. Overall recommended!

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It’s a quiet, nice area in the immediate proximity to the building. A well stocked Lidl grocery shop is no further than a 5 minute walk, other services are on the main street ca. 10 mins away. Bus to/from the Underground station has a stop right outside the building and is perfectly conveniet. There is a good selection of food places nearby, including delivery options. The overall location is good with ca. 30 min to the city centre.

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

Everything is taken care of here, very well managed. Trains are a bit loud. Doors are a bit thin so you can sometimes hear what happens in the corridor. It gets hot in summer since the building is well insulated and the windows open only partially, so no drafts. Parcels can be delivered to your door.

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

Very responsive, friendly and helpful, fantastic people, can’t imagine anything better really.

3
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5
Design
4
Location
4
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5
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Every space within the Wullcomb has been considered

The building design is very thought out, with systems in place to allow every day for the tenants to live their lives without any problems. Every space within the Wullcomb has been considered, with various different rooms and seating areas, you will never not have somewhere to sit! The flats are extremely spacious and have a big kitchen, fridge freezer, washing machine and even dishwasher. The building is managed by great people, Karl and Louise are always willing to help and always willing to ask whatever questions we have, as well as the fantastic concierge teams, maintenance teams and other staff that are on hand to assist (Stefan, Daniel, Cristina etc).

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

The Wullcomb is in a great area next to the town, with lots of different genres of shops available to you, as well the retail units downstairs being available to visitors and tenants.

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

I wish I had known that I could’ve moved into the building earlier!

What is the best feature of your home:

The best feature or the home really is the space available and the comfort ability which is provided as it really has a homely feel.

5
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5
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5
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Good location and value

I’ve lived here for almost three years and rented in London for twenty. Having lived in different areas and different kinds of buildings, I can honestly say this development is the best I’ve lived in in its price range. It is purpose built and functional with decent quality, minimalistic decor and fixtures.
Flats are in the process of being updated with new kitchens and bathrooms. The renovated flats are top notch but those that haven’t yet been upgraded are a bit tired looking. The communal areas need a facelift which we’re told is imminent and one downside is the lack of outside space unless you are on the top floor with a balcony. Although overall, the flats are much nicer than those I’ve lived in that are converted in older buildings.
One landlord owns the entire building and the building and flats within are managed by their own agency. I have found the staff friendly and helpful, and quick to respond when I’ve had a maintenance issue. We all received a handwritten Christmas card with a branded tote and very nice posh chocolates at Christmas from the property management team which I thought was a lovely touch.

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

Surrey Quays is good value for a fairly central London location. Excellent transport links mean easy and quick access to most of London whether travelling for work or pleasure. Beautiful and historic Rotherhithe and Greenwich are close by. Funky Bermondsey with fantastic food outlets, craft beer and artisan shops is minutes away. Nearby Deptford is also seeing a renaissance with independent producers and retailers. Surrey Quays itself is a little run down but there is a redevelopment master plan under way.

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

Stratford and the huge Westfield is much closer than you think. Go and enjoy the shops, restaurants and entertainment.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I’m in one of the flats that have not yet been updated so I’d love one of the newer kitchens.

4
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4
Design
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Location
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Value
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