Leeds is fast becoming one of the most significant economic powerhouses in the UK. With the scheduled arrival of Channel 4 on the horizon and the countless showstopping events that take place here each year, it's easy to understand why more and more people are looking to Leeds to set up their home.
We've been Estate Agents in Leeds for over 20 years, and in that time, we've seen our wonderful city continue to grow, with development taking place in many of the surrounding suburbs. For those who're new to Leeds and are wondering where you should set up your home, we've put together a handy list of 15 of the best places to live in Leeds.
Average House Price (2019) - £287,485
Horsforth ranks highly on any list when referring to the best places to live in Leeds and quite rightly so! Between Horsforth Townstreet and New road Side, there is a host of bars, restaurants, supermarkets and a range of both independent and chain businesses. Horsforth Hall Park is a great addition to the community with a playground, bandstand, cricket pitch and a bowling green, whilst the range of local sports clubs gives a real sense of community in the area. Horsforth efficient transport links including buses, trains and nearby airport are what helps keep Horsforth at the top!
2. Chapel Allerton
Average House Price (2019) £239,891
Despite being just a short drive from Leeds city centre, Chapel Allerton creates its own buzz. With a range of bars, restaurants and events, Chapel Allerton has become the top spot for young professionals and families. Labelled the ‘Notting Hill of the North’ regular live music events, art and monthly markets push Chapel Allerton to the top of any location guide list!
Average House Price (2019)- £474,339
Despite being a little further afield, 9 miles north of the city centre, Bramhope is still one of the most sought after locations in Leeds. Recognised as one of the pricier postcodes in Leeds, Bramhope has a population of just over 3500. With Golden Acre Park on its doorstep and the local Memorial Hall home to tennis courts, a Bowling Green and badminton courts, there is plenty to do in and around Bramhope. The Fox and the Hound pub dating back to 1728 has earned its stripes as the locals' pub of choice!
Average House Price (2019) - £295,896
Famous for its 700-acre park which attracts locals, visitors and events throughout the year, the suburb of Roundhay certainly has a lot to offer. Despite the city centre just a 5-minute drive away, Roundhay benefits from a host of independent amenities. Street Lane is a popular spot for locals who want to avoid the city centre but want to treat themselves to some retail therapy. Transport links to the city are second to none with a bus as often as every 10 minutes.
Average House Price (2019) - £222,073
The vibrant suburb of Headingley is a well-known hit with students! Yet Headingley is becoming increasingly popular for a wider demographic, mostly down to its huge array of local amenities, rivalling those of the city centre! The 1.5-mile commute to the city and easy transport links to York and further afield from the local train station only add to Headingley's appeal!
Average House Price (2019) - £237,087
With 17 pubs in Otley alone - need we say more? The historic market town of Otley is a local hot spot. You won’t be short of things to do or see in Otley; with farmers markets still thriving and the Dales on your doorstep, its sense of community is what makes Otley so prevalent. However don’t be fooled by Otley's traditional tendencies, the town is also home to many trendy new bars and cafés adding to the town’s attraction!
Average House Price (2019) - £220,407
You may have heard of the ‘up and coming’ area of Meanwood over recent years - with all the talk, Meanwood has certainly lived up to its expectations. With its choice of local primary schools and easy access to the city, Meanwood has quite rightly become a popular spot for young professionals and families, earning its spot on the top list. Alongside its convenient location; Meanwood has a range of bars, restaurants and supermarkets - whether you prefer an Aldi or Waitrose, Meanwood has you covered!
Average House Price (2019) - £281,851
Bordering Roundhay and Moortown is the suburban area of Alwoodley. Alwoodley could be described as a peaceful neighbourhood with greenery stealing most of the landscape. If golf is your thing Alwoodley is definitely for you. With house prices higher than the average it’s clear to see why with many stunning properties and equally as stunning gardens.
Average House Price (2019) - £202,877
The small town of Farsley in Pudsey situated 6 miles from Leeds city centre and 4 miles from Bradford, its a prime spot for commuters! Over recent years, Farsley has become increasingly popular with young professionals, due to its affordable house prices and a good rental market. Farsley Townstreet has an array of pubs and restaurants, whilst nearby Pudsey has larger supermarkets including Asda and Marks and Spencer’s. Farsley also has multiple gyms, beauty salons and other independent businesses guaranteeing its spot on the top locations list.
Average House Price (2019) - £271,014
Calverley might be small but it has a lot to offer in terms of houses, location and desirability. Situated just outside of Horsforth, Calverley's surroundings are nothing short of beautiful with acres of greenery to enjoy followed by a stop at one of Calverleys much loved local pubs. Calverley has a village feel yet its location ensures all amenities are within close proximity. Calverley is also home to a primary school and is just a short distance from neighbouring high schools!
Average House Price (2019) - £270,796
North of the city you’ll find Moortown. Just a stone’s throw away from Roundhay and Alwoodley, Moortown corner offers a convenient array of banks, cafes and supermarkets including the old favourite Mark and Spencers.
With an increasing number of companies choosing to step away from the city centre and set up on the outskirts, in areas such as Moortown, it has become a widely held area with professionals.
Average House Price (2019) - £182,882
Situated within an equal distance of both Leeds and Bradford, Pudsey is an old market town with a lot to offer. Pudsey is home to 3 high schools and many sought after primary schools making it a hit with families. The vast amount of parks and recreational areas add to Pudseys appeal! There is a real sense of community in Pudsey with public events held regularly- we hear the Pudsey carnival is a must!
Average House Price (2019) -£289,487
Conveniently located around the A65, Guiseley has easy connections to Leeds, Bradford and the Dales. With Nunroyd Park on its doorstep, Guiseley is a popular destination for those who enjoy the outdoors. With a range of great schools in the area, it’s easy to see why families are drawn to Guiseley. Its long list of local amenities adds to its favourable qualities; whilst Guiseley AFC’s large local following highlights the sense of community in the area.
Average House Price (2019) - £325,299
Adel is the perfect location to wind down outside of the city. Just four miles north of Leeds city centre the residential area of Adel is home to a magnitude of green space and independent businesses, creating a rural vibe. Within close proximity to Horsforth, Headingley and Meanwood, Adel is a prime location for families, young professionals anyone in-between.
Average House Price (2019) - £242,704
Adjacent to Roundhay Park, the iconic Oakwood clock is the central spot in Oakwood’s landscape. Situated between Roundhay and Harehills, house prices are significantly cheaper than its neighbour Roundhay. Oakwood has a selection of local bars, restaurants and supermarkets whilst Leeds city centre is quite literally on its doorstep edging Oakwood onto the top list!
* Average house prices are calculated based on April 2019 and are subject to change*