Way of Life

Number of Developments

5

Ratings

4.40 Rating

Rating (based on 253 reviews)

Excellent

58.10%

Very Good

33.99%

Average

6.32%

Disappointing

0.79%

Very Poor

0.79%

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, The Skyline 2, 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.

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Good location and value

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Location
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Management

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.

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Hi,

Thank you for your kind words. We are really happy that you are enjoying your time within Vida House and are happy with our service.

As always, if you need anything answering please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.

Regards

James

It must be good if i’m still here!

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Location
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Value
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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.

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

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.

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Design
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Location
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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

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

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Facilities
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Design
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Location
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Value
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Management

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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Good afternoon,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review and also for your kind words.
We are taking the ventilation throughout the building very seriously and will be in touch with all residents with our plans in due course.

Best,
Bedford Park Team

Great experience for a first time tenant

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Facilities
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Design
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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.

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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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.

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