Way of Life

Number of Developments

5

Ratings

4.42 Rating

Rating (based on 69 reviews)

Excellent

56.52%

Very Good

36.23%

Average

4.35%

Disappointing

1.45%

Very Poor

1.45%

Way of Life is a property management company based in London, UK, founded in 2017. It aims to deliver a high-quality service that exceeds the expectations of residents by “making the joys of Central Living a reality… without the compromise of space, style or service.”

There are a number of Way of Life Build to Rent developments around the UK, including sites in Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester.

Way of Life developments

The Lansdowne, The Wullcomb and The Skyline 2 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 leisure centre, 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.

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Great experience for a first time tenant

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Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
Management

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.

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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.

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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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Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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Hi Josh,

Thank you very much for your honest feedback. We are sorry the clean was not to standard, we have raised this with the cleaning team. The areas you have highlighted in the property will be recorded on the inventory, Rest assured, we are always committed to listening and improving. We hope to have you both as our residents for a long time and help us drive our community forward.

Great experience + excellent security system

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
5
Value
5
Management

When I was searching for an apartment in Birmingham security was my first priority I have found a lot of building with only half day concierge and a password entrance but when I found The Lansdowne 24hours concierge and with a biometric entrance I know I will choose it as a student security is so important to me. Every room you want to enter you use your finger print which is the best. It’s a new building with amazing staff and great location just opposite to the building you can find a huge supermarket. The apartment it self it’s spacious with high quality furniture + fully equipped kitchen, love the choice of colour and the design so simple and clean. The Lansdowne provides you:
1- free Wifi
2- free residents gym
3- a meeting room with cinema screen
And a perfect lounge to welcome guests.
Really recommend the Lansdowne if your looking for apartment in Birmingham.

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What I like:
•Next to Morrisons supermarket, salons, Costa cafe and Starbucks just across the street!😍
•Bus station next to the main building entrance
• near the University of Birmingham

Dislike:
• a little bit far from Aston University “ my university”

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Nothing sam explained for me everything in my viewing

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
5
Value
5
Management
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Hi Mariam,

Thanks so much for your huge review! Security is super important to us so I’m glad you appreciate our hard work. (Great picture too!)

A Wonderful Place to Live

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management

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).

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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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Design
5
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Thank you very much for the 5 star review Tayla!
A lot of thought has gone into the design, layout & furnishings of the communal areas so it is very heartening to hear that you appreciate these areas so much.
Your comments on the team members are very kind, thank you.

It must be good if i’m still here!

4
Facilities
3
Design
3
Location
3
Value
4
Management

I have lived in Skyline for over 9 years now, and the reason for that is partially down to the size of the rooms, the location of the building and the fact that I have too much stuff to move now.

The onsite amenities are a happy extra, though most new complexes are looking to offer something similar these days, and can’t really appeal to the wider market without at least a gym.

The apartment layouts work well (mine does at least) and the storage I have available is key for the amount stuff I’ve collated over the years. However; if you were hoping on getting parking allocated with the price, think again. Better to get a bicycle if you are going to remain in the city for a length of time as the parking costs are not cheap.

I have seen the design of the building change somewhat over the years and have can say that things have improved since the last takeover, with the onsite staff, aiming to please where they can and refreshing tired/dated communal areas to appeal with the new competing market. They also invested a considerable amount in making the outside cladding of the building safe and replacing glass bricked areas with an actual window to the world. Living in the building whilst it was being completed, was an experience I’d have rather missed.

And if they want to make the building feel like a community; (apart from the gym and pool, there are no real social spaces for interaction) they would need to consider how this could be done without interrupting the day to day running required. However, with town on your doorstep, its not a huge inconvenience.

The concierge are and always have been second to none!! Terrific team that make you feel like you are at home. They go the extra mile and quite possibly a HUGE factor to why I have never left yet.

However; there is still work to be done to improve the apartments. The internal storage heaters are rubbish and not cost effective, and a lot of the heat appears to get lost through the windows and balcony doors. The soundproofing internally is somewhat to be desired, and at times can add to comedy genius, but feeling like the windows are open when they are closed (noise) isn’t funny at all. The building in general (communal spaces / storage / carbon footprint)could also do with a rethink if they are still to stay in the game.

So I guess the question is, can I see myself staying here…for now…yes! If Moda’s apartment bedrooms and living area sizes were better and more cost effective, I would switched after I attended a viewing. The lifestyle they are offering is impressive. The apartments let them down slightly in my perception. Depends on what you value more.

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The location is superb!! Just a short walk from Victoria Station and the Northern Quarter and about a 20 min walk to Piccadilly. It really does have it all for placement. As we are ‘not’ smack bang in the middle of town, you don’t get the higher banded Council Tax either. But I suppose that could all change with the building work that has been occurring of late.

With the introduction of newer apartment blocks in the area such as Moda, this has prompted the convenience of even closer shops (Co-Op Local over the road) and new bars attached to hotels. There is also the added value to know that once it has all been completed, it will be a nice, safe, well lit area.

The downside to all of this regeneration in the current sense, is that you do feel like you are living in a worksite. Also; the back of the building is in desperate need of this to be completed as it doesn’t look appealing to more timid individuals on a dark night.

The design of the 2 buildings is also something to be desired in relation to sound. On a late night, a whisper downstairs (if your apartment is situated in the central area) can sound like a full blown shout-fest. So when there is a group who have congregated just outside the entrance, you can be tempted to lose your s**t if you have to get up early for work etc… And this can occur on a regular basis as it is a well known pick-up location for Uber and you can usually flag a black cab with ease before it hits the centre of town.

I assume this is nothing compared to if you resided in the town centre but does solidify my argument for better sound proofing on the windows and doors.

If you do have a car…you are perfectly placed to be able to escape on the main feeder roads (Oldham / Rochdale) out of the city straight to the motorway.

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

1. The heaters – they are rubbish and you only feel the heat if you are stood over the top of them. They take a lifetime to heat a room and by then, you will have killed yourself with a HUGE electricity bill.

2. The temperature – I moved in in the summer and whilst the weather was reasonable, it wasn’t too hot. However in subsequent years I have realised that the apartment is like a greenhouse in the summer and an icebox in the winter. This is down to poor insulating windows, doors and other components.

3. Gym Timing Flexibility – I always hoped that there was a more flexible option once you were a resident to utilise the gym. When you work really early and late, you can’t always take advantage of them. If they were 24 hours, it would be better.

4. Gym Lockdown – There should be different options to enter the gym area other than biometrics (iPhone etc…) my hands / fingers don’t always register and then you can waste time trying to contact concierge to let you in, and they could be on break.

5. AirBnB – Though a great source of income to the building, the introduction has meant that we are sometimes faced with weekend parties of people who do not respect the fact that people live in the building full time.

4
Facilities
3
Design
3
Location
3
Value
4
Management
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Thank you so much for your kind words, Sian.
We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. It is lovely to hear you are enjoying the apartment and all local amenities.
We have noted your comments and we would love to hear more about your experience, so that we can use your valuable feedback to deliver an even better experience next time. Please do get in touch with us with any suggestions you have on skyline2@wayoflife.com.

Best

Harinder

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