30 Dec 2019

Winners of the HomeStar Cash Prize Competition Revealed!

HomeStar’s cash prize contest to celebrate the official launch of our new website has come to an end. Here we’ll be revealing the winners of HomeStar’s cash prize competition to find the best neighbourhood reviews.

Although there can only be three winners, we want to send a big thank you to everyone who submitted a rating and review of what it’s really like to live in their neighbourhood.

We’re grateful and inspired by the hundreds of reviews we received and the support you’ve given us in our mission to help everyone find a home and neighbourhood they’ll love with true, current, and relevant insights from people that know the area best – local residents!

Your submitted reviews covered nearly every aspect of what it’s like to live at different postcodes throughout the UK, spanning regions from Exeter to Glasgow and topics from broadband speeds to Deliveroo options!

And the winner of the £1,000 HomeStar cash prize is Karan from Islington!

“Noisy But Great Neighbourhood That’s Easy To Travel Anywhere”

EC1Y 2AN
Bunhill, Islington

What are the Pros of living in this neighbourhood?

The neighbourhood is extremely central, so it’s very easy to get to most places you need to go via tube or bus. – There are also a wide range of pubs/bars and restaurants to choose from for any night of the week. – No matter where you go there is also almost always a supermarket or off-licence pretty much a stone’s-throw away which makes it pretty easy to buy the essentials. – Area feels lively pretty much all the time.

What are the Cons of living in this neighbourhood?

The traffic can get pretty bad which not only makes travelling by car a pain but also the area is quite noisy pretty much all of the time. There’s also the problem of congestion charge which can become expensive if you live within the zone. While the area is always alive and busy, people are always in a rush and can be quite rude sometimes. While it’s easy to find large stores like supermarkets, most of them are expresses/locals, so finding more niche stores like butchers can be hard to do. There’s some sort of road works or construction going on all the time – when one finishes another just starts.

What Advice would you give to prospective residents?

While I enjoy living in the area, I would recommend against living here if you were a young family or had young kids as it can get pretty hectic and loud at times.

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The winner of the £750 HomeStar cash prize is Augustina from Enfield!

“Affordable and well-connected”

N9 7JJ
Lower Edmonton, Enfield

What are the Pros of living in this neighbourhood?

When I was moving here I had heard many bad reviews about this area but it has been the total opposite. I feel safe walking around my neighbourhood. I have a bus stop 1 minute walk swayback and the transport links are surprisingly good except when Tottenham is playing so keep an eye out. There is a park 2 minutes walk away and a convenience shop a stone’s throw away. There is an array of options for entertainment, food and shopping as there are two shopping centres 10-15 minutes walk from my house.

What are the Cons of living in this neighbourhood?

The roads are pretty small in my neighbourhood therefore getting out in the morning rush hour can be a bit of a pain. What you can do to avoid this is to walk 5 minutes to the main road where you get a bigger selection of buses.

What Advice would you give to prospective residents?

There are a lot of hidden bus stops where you can hail the bus, familiarise yourself with those. Also if you are going to Tottenham from here make sure there are no matches because your travel plans can be severely disrupted by that. Also if you are afraid of foxes then you might want to be indoors before it gets dark. The roads are quite narrow and the proximity of the park makes this area quite attractive for foxes.

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The winner of the £500 HomeStar cash prize is Ahmad from Ealing!

“Is this even London?”

UB6 9SQ
Greenford Broadway, Ealing

What are the Pros of living in this neighbourhood?

The residential area is fairly quiet most of the day and evening with the exception of very late evenings where you can hear fully grown drunk men chanting football club slogans. Happens a bit too often, seems systemic. We have a large park 5 mins away that recently fitted in streetlamps and I now feel 100% safer than before. The average age of residents around my area seems to be 40ish, a good perk as old people are never troublesome and they are kind enough to voluntarily clean the pavements. Recently, there was a corner store that opened and it’s very convenient for a late-night snack as most other stores are 15 min walk away!

What are the Cons of living in this neighbourhood?

Commuting – The closest tube station is Greenford, which is an awkward 20-minute walk or 15 minutes bus (two buses). Seems like we are stuck right in the middle between two stations. Both are a Central line but night tube does not cover this end of the Central line. Even the stores are far away, Greenford Broadway is 15 min walk and they don’t even have a decent cafe. It seems very run down. If you are looking for a decent shopping experience, you would have to commute all the way to Ealing Broadway which is a 30 min bus trip. Diversity – The area is not diverse enough. In the sense that there is a majority group (Polish). This means some of the stores nearby are all polish, often lacking the things I need.

Advice to prospective residents:

If you are 35+ years old, have a car, and family, this is for you. Otherwise, invest in a car, it’s a must.

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And while there could only be three winners, we wanted to share a few more of our favourite entries which have been uploaded to our test website. We hope these reviews will help you better understand what it’s really like to live at any postcode in the UK so that you can find a home and neighbourhood you’ll love!

We’d like to thank everyone that entered the competition and wish them the best of luck in our next competition in early 2020! In the meantime, we will be sending all competition entrants and those that registered for early access a link to our testing website in the next few days once it’s ready! If anyone else would like to register to receive early access you can do so at HomeStar.co.uk.

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