Insights from HomeViews’ latest Location Ratings Report

Based on its latest Location Ratings Report, HomeViews reveals key resident insights from over 6,000 verified reviews.

The Point by Dandara, the highest rated residential building in Aberdeen from verified HomeViews reviews | BTR News
The Point by Dandara, the highest rated residential building in Aberdeen from verified HomeViews reviews.

HomeViews’ latest Location Ratings Report reveals the three highest-rated counties based on over 6,000 verified resident reviews from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023 (73%/4,570 are tenants and 65%/4,069 from Build to Rent). Aberdeenshire, Buckinghamshire and the West Midlands took the top spots, with Scotland also rated the best wider region this year.

The Themes tool – which is available to HomeViews Pro members – provides insights into the most used keywords in reviews by residents in any region, housing type, building and other categories.

The results revealed that the key themes for Aberdeenshire, Buckinghamshire and the West Midlands were ‘Shops’, ‘Transport’, ‘Walk’ and ‘Friendly’ – highlighting the importance of local amenities.

Build to Rent scheme The Point by Dandara is the highest rated residential building in Aberdeen and has proved itself to be a winner amongst its residents. Popular for its central location and nearby amenities, The Point received an overall 4.90 star rating based on 81 reviews.

“In 3 minutes outside the building you can find everything you need. Shopping, supermarkets, bars, restaurants and a beautiful square next to the building.”

Fabiola Almeida, Verified Resident on HomeViews, Mar 2023

Back in England, Islington has been favoured as the best London borough as it moves up four places into the number one spot, with a location rating of 4.55. Residing here is the Vantage Point Build to Rent development by Essential Living.

“You could find nearly every well-known English grocery store around this area, M&S (50ft), Aldi (150ft), Sainsbury’s (300ft), and Tesco (500ft).”

Puttipong S, Verified Resident on HomeViews, Jun 2023

The Vantage Point scheme has been the highest rated in London for several years, and this year it has yet again retained its place at the top. Known for its convenient location and the unforgettable views of the city it provides, the scheme received a 4.66 star rating based on 154 reviews.

More affordable London boroughs like Hillingdon, Barnet and Newham also moved into the list this year, with Newham boasting the largest number of operational Build to Rent homes of all London boroughs.

“Last year’s report summarised our data up until May 2022, while this study covers the period from July 2022 to June 2023. This allows us to see the kinds of locations residents are rating higher over the past year.

“The changes are considerable. Although Scotland retains its top slot as a wider area, many of the top-rated regions from last year’s study are nowhere to be seen this year. Meanwhile, more affordable rural counties and London boroughs have risen to take many of the top 10 spots.”

Rory Cramer, Co-founder and CEO, HomeViews