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Where is Brent?
Brent is a borough in north-west London. It borders Harrow to the north-west, Barnet to the north-east, Camden to the east, and the City of Westminster to the south-east. Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Ealing lie to the south. Brent’s districts include Kilburn, Willesden and Wembley, plus Harlesden, Stonebridge, Kingsbury and Queen’s Park.
Living in Brent
Partly characterised by 20th Century Metroland developments, Brent has secured its position on the map as the home of Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena. The area is also well known for the Kiln Theatre and the Welsh Harp reservoir.
Dubbed the ‘Canary Wharf of West London’, the Park Royal commercial estate employs around 35,000 people, boosting Brent’s local economy. There are some great educational opportunities in the area too; while the famously prestigious Harrow School lies just outside the borough, you’ll find a wide range of independents inside the boundary.
Located in a convenient central position, Wembley Park hosts high-end brands such as bespoke luxury clothing store House of Bilimoria at London Designer Outlet and world street food at BOXPARK. Other highlights here include famous bakery Bread Ahead, authentic Italian trattoria Pasta Remoli, bars and cafés and big high street names.
When you need a breath of fresh air, head over to Fryent Country Park, which is peppered with open fields and woods, paths and horse stables. Meanwhile, Gladstone Park offers formal gardens, a duck pond, play areas, and an art gallery and café. Besides this, it’s an easy journey up the A40 to Colne Valley Regional Park – perfect for a day out with the kids.
Brent is also a practical place to live – there are two hospitals within the boundaries, while the A406 cuts through the middle, linking directly to the A40/A41 and the M1. Travelling by train? Brent has 21 Underground stations to choose from – all served by the Metropolitan, Jubilee, Bakerloo or Piccadilly lines.
Brent property prices
According to a recent Zoopla analysis, the average price for property in Brent stood at £613,301 in January 2022. This is lower than the current London average, which stands at £700,325 (Zoopla: Jan 2022). Flats sold for an average of £427,499, with terraced houses going for £731,606. Meanwhile, semi-detached and detached homes achieved £688,637 and £899,252, respectively.
How does this compare with Brent’s rental market? According to daily recalculated figures provided by property search engine Home.co.uk, the average rent is around £2,298 PCM. However, if you take the median average into account, this figure drops to £1,575. One-bedroom homes cost about £1,358 PCM, scaling up to £7,637 for a five-bedroom rental.
New homes in Brent: Top 10 developments
So, which new homes in Brent do our residents rate highly – and why? Time to discover who impressed the reviewers enough to make it into our Top 10.
The Quarters Kilburn – our 2021 winner for location, facilities and management excellence awards – has also claimed the first spot in our Top 10. The development offers 82 self-contained studios, with Kilburn Park station only 5 minutes away. As a result, residents have access to Central London, with Euston only a 7-minute journey.
Our reviewers love Kilburn High Road’s range of shops, grocery stores, restaurants and transport links. Furthermore, residents benefit from parking, a concierge service, and a communal lounge. They also comment that tenants are kept informed of events and repairs in the building and that the staff bring parcels up from reception.
Read reviews and details of The Quarters Kilburn, NW6
In second place, Uncle Wembley comprises 239 one, two and three-bedroom pet-friendly apartments in Wembley. Residents here benefit from a private gym, wellness room and a roof terrace. The development is also just a 4-minute walk from Wembley Central station and various local amenities. The building benefits from a security system and a staffed reception to assist residents and collect parcels.
Read reviews and details of Uncle Wembley, HA9
The Rise is a collection of contemporary one, two and three-bedroom apartments located close to the revitalised waterside in Alperton, a convenient short walk from the Piccadilly line. Our residents rated The Rise into third place, describing it as ‘clean and tidy’, with ‘friendly staff’ and nice communal spaces.
You only need to walk for a few minutes to find Alperton station, Sainsbury’s, Indian stores and more, plus there’s a bus stop just in front of the building and free evening street parking.
Read reviews and details of The Rise, HA0
In fourth position, Williamson Heights comprises one, two, and three-bedroom Shared Ownership apartments. It offers an ideal investment for single professionals, young couples or families and comes with multiple communal areas for leisure, relaxation or work.
Two minutes away, Wembley Stadium station runs direct services to London Marylebone within 10 minutes – or head over to Wembley Park station to hop on the Metropolitan line. You’ll also find London Designer Outlet, BOXPARK food court, and the stadium and arena on your doorstep.
Read reviews and details of Williamson Heights, HA9
Parkside Place is a residential development midway on our list. Opposite the historic Barham Park in Wembley, it offers a wide range of contemporary one, two and three-bedroom apartments. It’s also only moments away from Sudbury & Harrow Road station and a scattering of parks and shops.
Read reviews and details of Parkside Place, HA0
Queen’s Park Place is a new-build development from London Newcastle and our sixth most popular development. Made up of 116 contemporary apartments and penthouses arranged around private courtyard gardens, it’s neighboured by Queen’s Park station, which offers Bakerloo line services into Paddington Station in less than 10 minutes.
The main entrance foyer in Alderside, staffed by a 24-hour concierge, has been described as ‘the jewel in the crown’ because of its impressive modern design and cosy communal seating area. There’s also parking and bike storage available in the secure underground car park. Residents enjoy visiting the weekly Sunday farmers’ market and the local park, which has tennis courts, gym areas, playgrounds, a mini golf course and a café.
Read reviews and details of Queens Park Place, NW6
Reviewed into seventh place, Montana & Dakota is a residential development from Build to Rent developer Quintain Living. There are 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 gym and a hireable cinema room.
In addition, there are two resident lounges with Sky HD TV, a pool table and free WiFi. Montana & Dakota is also close to Wembley Park Tube station and various shops, restaurants and bars. Residents say the interior is spacious and high-spec, and the friendly maintenance team respond quickly to any issues.
Read reviews and details of Montana & Dakota, Wembley Park, HA9
Find Wembley Park Gate by Barratt London in the Wembley Park district – and eighth place. It comprises 211 apartments, ranging from studio flats to one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. Included in the complex are over 70 shops, restaurants and cafés. There is also a range of offices. It is located a short walk from Wembley Park Underground station, which serves both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines.
Read reviews and details of Wembley Park Gate, HA9
Our penultimate development, Anthology Wembley Parade is in one of north-west London’s most international neighbourhoods. Situated beside Wealdstone Brook, it features a collection of spacious one, two and three-bedroom homes. Residents say the ‘building management are excellent and very friendly’. Additionally, Wembley Park station is only a 4-minute walk away and directly connects to Central London.
Read reviews and details of Wembley Parade, HA9
Finishing off the Top 10, Alameda is a residential development by the Build to Rent developer Quintain Living. It features a variety of studios and 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 and two BBQ areas with seating. Similarly, there are two resident lounges downstairs and a large work-from-home space with free WiFi. Alameda is also close to Wembley Park Underground station.
This is what one reviewer had to say: ‘We are obsessed with this development. The design is so chic. The staff in our building are so kind and friendly. The property is so well managed, and we just love how well we have been taken care of here.’
Read reviews and details of Alameda, Wembley Park, HA9
Now we’ve revealed the best players in the field, it’s time to investigate further. Just click through to our area guide to see all the reviews for the best new homes in Brent.
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