Way of Life

Number of Developments

4

Ratings

4.39 Rating

Rating (based on 212 reviews)

Excellent

58.02%

Very Good

33.96%

Average

6.60%

Disappointing

0.47%

Very Poor

0.94%

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 developments around the UK, including sites in London, Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester.

Way of Life developments

The Lansdowne, The Wullcomb, Vida House and 5 Bedford Park 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.

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

Way of Life reviews

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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.

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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.

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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Manager Response

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.

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.

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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.

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Classy, friendly, well designed, a great place to live!

The Wullcomb is a very stylish building right in the centre of the best part of Leicester. There is real attention to detail about the interior design right from the Post Room to the Reception space and the beautiful shared living space which hosts a cinema room and a roof terrace with fire pit, BBQ and pizza oven. The finishing touches throughout the building really make it feel classy. All the staff who work here are friendly, helpful and care about making your living here the best experience it can be. It’s easy to raise any facilities issue via a web portal, to which the response is prompt and professional. Apartments are spacious and well designed and being in the centre of a busy city, surprisingly quiet!

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Leicester has good transport links with two bus stations in the city centre which can take you to surrounding beautiful rural areas such as Bradgate Park, and a train station where you can get to London in 1 hour. All the shops, bars, restaurants are situated close together and there is a real buzz about the place on a weekend. The cultural quarter offers a fabulous theatre and there are visitor attractions such as King Richard III and New Walk Museum.

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

Exact price of utilities, which isn’t really in the hand of the developer to be fair

What is the best feature of your home:

Everything is well designed at the Wullcomb, so it’s easy living in stylish surroundings

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5
Design
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Modern living, in a central location at a great price!!

The development for what it offers and what I pay per month is a great steal price.
It’s not the biggest development in the area, but it’s one of the recent / newest and has all the essentials finished to a quality contemporary modern living style. The communal areas have a good finish and are clean. Property has stair and lift access.

I’ve lived here more than 3 years and was the first to move into my new build flat. The facilities and security are excellent with integrated appliances, TV / cable points and security CCTV entry phone.

Storage is well covered.

If there is one thing that I struggle with however, it is heat / temperature issues on the upper floors in the building come the Summer time. The flats and corridors are not air conditioned and the restrainers on individual flats make it very uncomfortable on most 25’c+ days. Put it this way, you cannot leave any fruit, snacks or drinks out as they would be very warm. This could be helped by either improving air / vent circulation on corridors to help lower heat levels. Of course the luxury would be air conditioning installation per flat 🙂

On the flip side, I only need to put the central heating on for max 30mins and the entire flat is warm. Some days I don’t even needed due to the well insulated design of the large floor to ceiling windows.

The main hall / security systems are good and safe, and there is a security gated garbage disposable area.

One recommendation or request would be to get an onsite concierge / mail point so that parcels can be delivered without prior personal arrangements. That would be very helpful if at all possible.

Management are super friendly and very helpful whenever I need assistance. Very kindly received Xmas hampers in the past and the rent reviews are fair.

Overall, I’m very happy with the development.

Thanks,
Tenant

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5 Bedford Park is in a prime location in Croydon. Within walking distances there are West and East Croydon stations along with good bus and tram links. Amenities include a good Co-Op and a Tesco, and of course Croydon Town Centre. The community is pleasant and the Croydon markets are great quality and value.

There are some evidently dated stores still around in the Town Centre but the plan for development will hopefully go ahead soon.

Very happy with the location and community here.

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

Heat levels in the summer!

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

Window restrainer design to have wider opening
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Design
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Location
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A Wonderful Place to Live

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.

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Design
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