Living in Headingley
One of the most vibrant suburbs of Leeds, Headingley feels like a town in itself, with so many businesses, shops and bars within its boundaries. It’s close enough to the centre of Leeds to be convenient for many a professional, while it’s far away enough for you to avoid the rush-hour traffic and to enjoy a little peace and quiet.
Why professionals choose Headingley
Headingley has plenty going for it. It has a wide range of properties, from large townhouses to modern flats. It has superb transport links, being one of the main ports of call for buses and home to its own train station. There is also a significant number of employers in the area in industries such as technology and sport.
Where is Headingley?
Headingley is just over 1.5 miles north-west of Leeds City Centre. It’s just to the east of Beckett Park, south of Meanwood, north of Hyde Park and west of Chapel Allerton. In relation to major towns and cities, Headingley is seven miles east north-east of Bradford, 14 miles south of Harrogate, 24 miles south-west of York and 36 miles north-east of Manchester.
Restaurants and cafes around Headingley
Mainly concentrated along Otley Road and North Lane, Headingley has dozens of places to either grab an after-work pint, relaxed cappuccino or sandwich during your lunch hour. For a quick bite, Whites Deli is worth a second look, as is Mint Cafe on North Lane; the latter serves popular vegetarian buffets and also happens to be a vintage clothes shop!
For something a little more traditional, Bretts is a famous chippy which is open for lunch and on evenings. Meanwhile, for something more upscale, there is a branch of Pizza Express and Arcadia, a recently-renovated bar which serves old-fashioned pub grub as well as world cuisine.
Best industries for professionals in Headingley
Headingley is one of the best places in Leeds for finding a job. In this part of the city, the best and most prominent industries are education, law, digital marketing, sports, banking and hospitality.
Among the major employers in Headingley are Brass and Intermarketing Agency - two digital marketing agencies - Leeds Beckett University and Handelsbanken. Headingley benefits from having a few employment agencies too, with jobs advertised in and around the area by them.
Amenities in Headingley
Most of the shops in Headingley are located on Otley Road and North Lane; the former is home to the Arndale Centre, a parade of chain shops including Sainsbury’s, Wilkinson’s and Superdrug. Independent shops such as boutique We Love Pixie and the Martin House charity shop are worth visiting for buying something special.
Headingley has branches of most major banks in its centre, including HSBC, Barclays, Yorkshire Bank and Halifax. The nearest health centre is Holly Bank Surgery, which is around five minutes walk away from the Otley Road shops, while Weetwood Police Station is less than 1.5 miles north of the area.
Professional Housing in Headingley
Headingley has as wide a range of housing as you can possibly imagine. Along the major roads, including Cardigan Road, you’ll find beautiful, spacious townhouses, whereas towards Beckett Park, understated semi-detached properties line the streets. Just off Kirkstall Lane, reasonably-priced and well-maintained terraces are worth another look.
Transport in Headingley
For public transport, Headingley is perhaps the best-served area of Leeds, owing to lying on Otley Road, one of the main routes out of and into the city. Otley Road is served by the 1, 6, 28, 29, 97 and X84. North Lane and Cardigan Road are served by the 19/19A and 56, as well as the 38.
Headingley’s train station is around half a mile west of the main shopping area and, at peak times, has trains running every half hour to Leeds station. Each journey to Leeds takes around 11 minutes.
For car parking, there is a multi-storey round the back of the Arndale Centre, as well as a small parking site opposite on Otley Road. The former is your best bet if you want a guaranteed space while working.
Popular areas near Headingley
Horsforth is a great place to live for any professional who wants an active nightlife after the daily grind. It has row upon row of splendid terraces and all the essentials - shops, cafes, a post office and a health centre.
One of the greenest parts of Leeds, Beckett Park is as quiet a place as you could possibly live in, which is handy if you just want to get your head down and have a night in after a difficult day at work.
Just up the road from Headingley itself, Far Headingley is famous for its pubs and restaurants. It also has a wonderful village-style feel that is a world away from the hubbub you might encounter further south.