Looking for a quieter, calmer version of London living? You’ll find it in the northwestern part of the capital. We take a look at the 10 best places to live in North West London and discover that there are more than a few surprises in store. Affluent, inviting and packed with opportunities for quasi-village living, North West London’s areas are still surprisingly diverse.
Let’s review the main areas of North West London before diving into our top-rated developments. These are the best places to live in this part of the capital, as voted by HomeViews reviewers.
Living in North West LondonThe North West of London has undergone a lot of change in recent years, with more on the way as London’s outer zones become increasingly desirable. Although prices dipped slightly in 2020, the upward trend returned in 2021-2022 and it’s still an expensive part of London in 2023.
According to Zoopla, the average price for property in North West London was £1,033,837 in late March 2023. With prices going up, young professional renters are arriving in increasing numbers.
A big part of the attraction of North West London is its blend of rural and city living. Many areas feature beautiful green spaces and village lifestyles, combined with the benefits of excellent access to central London.
10 best new homes developments in North West LondonOur rankings below list the 10 highest-rated developments in North West London. These scores are determined purely by verified residents on HomeViews, i.e.: the people who actually live there.
Residents provide independent reviews on every aspect of living in their new home. Review categories include facilities, design, location, value and management. Take a look to find your perfect North West London home.
Taking top spot in our best places to live in North West London is The Quarters Kilburn. This HomeViews award-winning rental only development in the heart of Kilburn has 82 self-contained studios. Little Venice, Abbey Road, Regent’s Park and Lord’s Cricket Ground are all nearby, while the development is just five minutes from Kilburn Park station, giving residents access to central London with Euston only a 7-minute journey away. The Quarters offers a secure, comfortable managed environment and residents love its winning combination of excellent build quality, management team and location.
Read reviews and details of The Quarters Kilburn, NW6
Number two on our list is Bradstowe House, located right in the heart of Harrow. It offers a range of high-quality houses along with one and two-bedroom apartments. Rental-only penthouses are available, offering outstanding city views. Residents at Bradstowe House also have access to an on-site gym, lounge and 24hr concierge services.
Read reviews and details of Bradstowe House, HA1
Brand new in 2022 and straight in at number 3, Madison is a Build to Rent development in Wembley, close to Wembley Stadium. Quintain Living’s eighth development contains 381 rental homes. Madison is sophisticated and exudes ‘Mad men’ cool. Its interiors combine a range of mid-century modern and contemporary design influences and it overlooks and opens out onto the leafy Union Park. Living here is so much more than just your apartment.
Read reviews and details of Madison, Wembley Park, HA9
Taking the fourth spot on our list is Alameda, another Build to Rent development by Quintain Living. It features a variety of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments with furniture co-designed with John Lewis & Partners and kitchens co-designed by Samsung. In addition, residents can enjoy a roof garden featuring a 5m cinema screen as well as 2 BBQ’s with seating. Similarly, there are 2 resident lounges downstairs and a large work from home area with free Wifi. Meanwhile, Alameda is close to Wembley Park tube station.
Read reviews and details of Alameda, Wembley Park, HA9
Also in Wembley Park, and also by Quintain Living, Landsby features a relaxed, scandi-led interior design, with 295 studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. John Lewis & Partners co-designed the furniture whilst Samsung co-designed the kitchens. In addition, there are a range of facilities on site including 2 roof terraces and 2 podium gardens, one with a children’s play area. Likewise, residents can enjoy a communal kitchen with a private dining room as well as a residents lounge. Wembley Park station is also in close proximity for Jubilee and Metropolitan line connections into Central London.
Read reviews and details of Landsby, Wembley Park, HA9
In 6, it’s fair to say that Quintain Living is dominating this list. The Robinson is perfect for those looking for something different. Bold and alternative, its interiors are inspired by British popular culture and have an eclectic style – contemporary, mid-century, art deco and retro kitsch. It’s arranged across three blocks making up 458 homes from studio to four bedroom apartments. Furthermore, The Robinson’s design considers sharers, with some of the four bedroom apartments fitted with four separate bathrooms.
Read reviews and details of The Robinson, Wembley Park, HA9
In fourth place, Colindale Gardens is a mixed-use development in the heart of North West London. It features a large range of studio, one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and duplexes. Additionally, there are a range of three and four-bedroom townhouses alongside cafes, restaurants, retail facilities, a residents-only gym and a concierge service. Colindale Underground station is the nearest transport link, with connections to the Northern line. Help to Buy is also available at Colindale Gardens.
Read reviews and details of Colindale Gardens, NW9
In 8th, Montana & Dakota has 140 apartments on site, with a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments available. Residents have access to a range of facilities including a residents gym and a hireable cinema room. In addition, there are two resident lounges with Sky HD TV, a pool table and free Wifi. Meanwhile, Montana & Dakota is close to Wembley Park tube station and there are a variety of shops, restaurants and bars nearby.
Read reviews and details of Montana & Dakota, Wembley Park, HA9
Canada Gardens is another top-rated development by Quintain Living located in Wembley Park. It offers a range of studio, one, two, three and four-bed apartments. In addition, residents are free to use facilities including a play park, BBQs and dining areas.
Read reviews and details of Canada Gardens, Wembley Park, HA9
For our final spot, Alto features 120 modern apartments in the centre of Wembley Park. There are a range of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments available. In addition, residents can enjoy a variety of facilities across the site. These include a residents gym, sky terrace, a residents kitchen, resident lounge as well as work from home pods. Wembley Park tube station is also a short walk away with good connections to Central London via the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines.
Read reviews and details of Alto, Wembley Park, HA9
North West London areasHampstead, Belsize Park and St John’s Wood make up the most prominent ‘village living’ areas of North West London. Between them, they offer up some of the best parkland and leafy suburbs in the city, particularly Hampstead Heath. St John’s Wood is also where Lord’s Cricket Ground – the sport’s spiritual home – is located.
While country walks and cricket matches have plenty of appeal, there’s excitement here too. The bustling shopping centres and quirky vintage markets of Camden are just the beginning. Camden is as colourful as anywhere in London, and enjoys its well-deserved status as an icon of multicultural coolness.
There are also more affordable property prospects in Colindale, which is undergoing a major makeover through urban regeneration programmes. Like Camden, Colindale enjoys an extremely diverse and exciting food and shopping scene, as well as outstanding transport links.
For more information on what makes North West London attractive for buyers and renters, explore our full area guide. It features a full list of the best places to live in North West London according to verified resident reviews.
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