Top 5 places to live in Leeds

Leeds is one of northern England’s hidden gems. A lively cultural scene, strong economy and beautiful scenery nearby make it a popular choice for students, property buyers and renters. So where are the best places to live in this thriving West Yorkshire city? We take a look at the highest-rated new homes in Leeds based on HomeViews resident reviews. We also take a closer look at the city itself and its surrounding areas to discover where you should move to if you’re considering making Leeds your home.

Best areas to live in Leeds, UK

Property hunters have plenty of options when it comes to popular areas in Leeds. Horsforth comes out at the top of many lists of the best areas to live. Properties in this attractive suburb are well above the average price for the city but residents enjoy the benefits of suburban life with an easy commute into the centre, as well as to Harrogate or York.

Other neighbourhoods deemed to be desirable include Headingley, Chapel Allerton and Roundhay. Recent regeneration has also made Leeds Waterfront a highly desirable location.

Leeds Waterfront has become a popular Leeds area for property hunters

Cost of living in Leeds

Currently, the average property price for Leeds is £228,148 (June 2021). Most sales here are semi-detached properties, while on average flats go for £159,340. Other living costs tend to be cheaper in Northern England than in the south, and both travel and eating out in Leeds cost well below the national average.

What is Leeds famous for?

Bookmakers William Hill is based in Leeds, along with the supermarket giant Asda. Leeds United is the city’s largest football team, while Headingley is the location of historic cricket and rugby grounds.

Leeds is also a hub for Yorkshire shoppers. There are a large number of retail outlets and shopping centres in and around the city, including the high-end Victoria Quarter.

For history nuts, Leeds also has the singular attraction of the Royal Armouries Museum. This purpose-built complex was completed in 2005 to house weaponry and armour from Britain’s history, dating as far back as the Middle Ages.

The high-end shopping destination Victoria Quarter

Top 5 best places to live in Leeds

Below are the five highest-rated new homes developments in Leeds. These ratings are based on reviews by verified residents, giving you a unique guide to some of the very best places to live in Leeds.

Top of our list of Leeds’ best developments is Mustard Wharf, a brand-new development set on the banks of the Leeds – Liverpool canal in the exciting new Holbeck Urban Village. The development consists of 247 rental apartments, all furnished, with an option of 1,2 or 3 bedrooms. All apartments feature Juliet balconies, spacious living areas and top of the range Samsung appliances. In addition, there are plenty of amenities on-site, including a residents’ lounge, private dining, co-working spaces, superfast broadband, 24-hour front of house team, two roofs terrace/gardens, gym, and regular social events. It’s also just a few minutes’ walk from Leeds train station.

Read reviews and details of Mustard Wharf, LS1

4.69 (76 reviews)
4.69 (76 reviews)

Leodis Square by Dandara Living is an outstanding rental-only development located in central Leeds. Comprising studio to 3-bed apartments, residents benefit from the development’s gym, a pet-friendly policy and a wide range of community events. As an added bonus, the development is just 5 minutes from Leeds’ popular business and retail districts.

Leodis Square took seventh place in the 2020 HomeViews BTR Awards. Residents routinely praise its location, the quality of facilities and its excellent building management team.

Read reviews and details of Leodis Square, LS11

The CQ, The Court and The Gardens, developed by Aberdeen Standard, sits in Leeds. The development  provides 263  modern studio flats to rent in close to central Leeds. The CQ offers a range of studio sizes  provide a range of choice. In addition, residents benefit from facilities such as a state-of-the-art gym, laundry facilities and […] Read reviews and details of The CQ, The Court and The Gardens, LS3

4.24 (19 reviews)
4.24 (19 reviews)

Saxton, by Urban Splash, sits in Leeds City Centre. Comprising of 410 apartments in 2 newly regenerated 1960’s council blocks, this development is a short walk from the Victoria centre and Call Lane. As well as this, residents here benefit from communal gardens, residents’ allotments and city views. Read reviews and details of Saxton, LS9

4.08 (23 reviews)
4.08 (23 reviews)

Waterside Aparments is located in Leeds City Centre, very close to the Victoria Quarter (known for its vast range of shopping amenities) and the Corn Exchange – a Grade 1 listed building known for its aesthetic and alternative cafés and independent businesses. Residents have access to balconies, a concierge and private parking. Read reviews and details of Waterside Apartments, LS12

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