Way of Life

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hello@wayoflife.com 020 3019 8859
33 Wigmore Street London W1U 1QX

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Way of Life is a property management company based in London in the UK, founded in 2017. It aims to deliver a high-quality service, which exceeds the expectations of residents by “making the joys of Central Living a reality… without the compromise of space, style or service.” It has a number of Build to Rent developments situated around the UK, including in Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester.

Way of Life developments

The Lansdowne in Birmingham, The Wullcomb in Leicester and The Skyline 2 in Manchester are all Way of Life developments currently listed on HomeViews. All are Build to Rent developments, have a furnished or unfurnished option and residents have access to a wide range of facilities and amenities on site. These can include a residents’ gym, a leisure centre, cycle storage, a concierge and security service, a cleaning service, a residents’ lounge as well as an on-site car park.

Way of Life reviews

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Number of Developments

5
4.35 Rating

Rating (based on 51 reviews)

Excellent

49.02%

Very Good

43.14%

Average

5.88%

Disappointing

1.96%

Very Poor

0.00%

Developments

Way of Life reviews

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Indeed a way of life like no other

I was delighted to live at The Lansdowne. My stay started with a heartwarming welcome. The development is one of a kind in Birmingham, high standard of living, safety, modern and vibrant interior design, friendly staff and include exceptional amenities. The dazzling sense of community is the first thing you experience when you step into The Lansdowne, the theme runs throughout the development and especially in the cultural-mixer room. The development provides its residents and guests with incredible all-inclusive amenities. Overall, the way of life you are looking for is only found here.

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The area of the property is unmatched within proximity to all local amenities you need around where you live, a huge supermarket, various restaurants that would tingle your taste buds, beautiful gardens and many more.

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Manager Response

Hi Bassel,

Thanks so much for the amazing review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time here! We are so sorry to see you go, but hope you return if you’re back in Birmingham soon! Your fantastic feedback is super helpful and encouraging for us, thanks for taking the time to send this.

Many thanks,

Sam

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Exceptional

Verified Resident

Great clean facilities and top notch quality, great place to stay!

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Close to city centre

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How to use boiler

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Design
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Location
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Manager Response

Thanks for the great review, Jam! The team at Skyline is thrilled you’re so happy with your stay.

Best,

Skyline 2

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It must be good if i’m still here!

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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.

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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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Facilities
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Location
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Management
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Manager Response

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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Modern living

Verified Resident

Nice concierge , great staff and admin team very helpful, building modern

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Good: Close to town, lots of nearby restaurants, nice staff, good amneties

Bad: parking cost, gym needs bigger weights

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Na

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Thank you so much for your kind words, Gabriel. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us.

Best

Skyline

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