Where to buy a house in Leeds
The fastest growing city in the United Kingdom, Leeds has a population in excess of three million and a £56 billion economy. With a diverse population of students, young professionals, families and mature professionals dotted around the various suburbs, the city continues to develop.
And, one question that we get asked a lot is, where is the best place to buy a house in Leeds?
Everyone who purchases a property will have specific wants and needs from an area; be that schools, shops, restaurants, transport links, and so on. Fortunately, our eclectic city has a mix of busy suburbs and quaint villages to suit all needs. Let’s take a look.
In the centre
The stylish Leeds Waterfront is one of the most popular areas in the city. As well as being ideal for walking to work in a morning and transport links around Leeds or elsewhere, it has everything else at your doorstep - shops, bars, restaurants. A coveted area with beautiful views over the river and buildings with character like the Engine House make this ideal for young professionals.
Regeneration of areas around the Northern Quarter and Victoria Gate mean that the popularity of apartments around there continues to grow. Not only is there the apartments of Crispin Lofts and Merchants House but this end of town continues to enjoy development as the city expands.
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Once referred to as the “Notting Hill of the north”, Chapel Allerton is a bustling suburb that now attracts families and professionals alike with its range of housing, shops and open spaces. Just a 5-10 minute walk to the centre, its easy to see the appeal and the wide range of bars and restaurants make it a lively place to live.
Roundhay is best known for the park, and that’s a great draw for all home buyers. Close to the centre, it has traditional houses on Old Park Road as well as some modern properties. Again, it has independent shops and bars to keep you entertained without venturing into the city.
One of our offices is in Oakwood and that is testament to the popularity of the suburb. Known for cheaper housing than the surrounding areas, it is a leafy part of the city with some top schools and just 10 minutes from the city centre. There’s also a strong community spirit - showcased by the restoration of the clock and the annual Oakwood Day.
A bit out the way
If you want to be out of the city but well connected then Horsforth has long been a firm favourite. Growing in popularity with young professionals, it has a train station with regular routes to Leeds (as well as Harrogate and York) and is thriving, with shops, amenities and nightlife.
Alongside Shadwell and Adel, Alwoodley is one of the pricier areas of Leeds that is popular with families. A tempting mix of being close to the outer ring road, great schools, Eccup Reservoir and large houses bumps up the price and makes it top of many lists for where to live in the city.
For a village feel, Rodley & Calverley are neighbours that are far enough from the city but close enough to shops and restaurants. The canal makes Rodley popular with cyclists and walkers and they’re both near Horsforth, for a busier area.
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