Burley is a highly populated area with a large number of flats and houses to buy here, the housing costs are relatively modest so a good place for the first time buyer. Ideally located as just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Leeds City centre and it is also the centre of significant new developments offering en-suite accommodation.
A stone’s throw from the buzz of Leeds City Centre, the suburb of Burley is in many ways typical of inner-city Leeds. Row upon row of terraced houses are punctuated by the odd new-build development, while its handy location along the A65 Kirkstall Road mean that access to other major parts of Leeds is a breeze, whether for work or play.
Where is Burley?
Burley is just to the north-west of Leeds City Centre, with Kirkstall to the west and Hyde Park and Woodhouse just north. It’s seven miles or so east of Bradford, 24 miles south-west of York and 15 miles south of Harrogate.
Why you should buy a property in Burley
Despite its proximity to the centre of Leeds, Burley’s properties are, in the main, inexpensive. A typical three-bedroom property in Burley is likely to set you back just shy of £140,000, which isn’t too bad for an area with so much going on.
For a homeowner, Burley has great road and rail links to the city centre and other areas including Kirkstall, so travel isn’t an issue. Also, the green spaces, including Burley Park, make it a safe, fun environment to bring up children in.
Area safety and security
Burley is in a pretty safe area of Leeds. Crime for the Inner North West policing area, in which Burley lies, went down from 920 in November 2014 to 862 in November 2015, with the lion’s share of incidents occurring along Burley Road.
Policing in Burley is coordinated from Weetwood Police Station. It’s just off the outer ring road, north of Far Headingley. There are, however, no Neighbourhood Watch schemes in place
Who is Burley for?
Burley is a good place to live for first-time buyers who want something modest in terms of size and budget in order to get onto the property ladder. Burley is also well-suited to anyone making their first move into property investment - there are a handful of homes here that may be in need of renovation and, if fixed, could yield regular income through being let.
Being well-served by schools and colleges, Burley is also a good place to live if you work in education or have children who are looking towards getting their ‘A’ Levels or degree-level qualifications.
Property architecture in Burley
A significant proportion of properties in Burley is made up of terraced houses built in the 19th and early 20th century. Most of them have two to three bedrooms and have at least a front garden.
Aside from those, there are a few flats concentrated along Burley Road as you get closer to the city centre. These are somewhat more modern in appearance and come with great views of Leeds’ cityscape to the east and the Kirkstall Valley to the west.
Benefits of buying in Burley
Compared to neighbouring areas including Kirkstall and Headingley, Burley’s properties typically won’t set you back as much. Burley’s proximity to central Leeds will surely appeal to professionals working there, while there are entertainment facilities including Cardigan Fields.
For parents, there are a couple of primary schools, as well as a further education campus of Leeds City College. Investors can, if they find a terraced property which has been left to rot, refurbish it and turn it into a suitable letting property without too much trouble - demand from potential tenants, particularly students, will be high in the late summer or early autumn.
Amenities in Burley
For education, Burley has two primary schools - Rosebank and St Matthias C of E. The nearest high school is Leeds City Academy in Woodhouse, while Leeds City College has a campus on Park Lane on the border with Woodhouse. Shops are concentrated on Burley Road, Kirkstall Road and Woodsley Road, including a post office and bank.
Public transport-wise, Burley Road and Kirkstall Road are where most of the major bus routes run, while Burley Park station provides half-hourly trains terminating at Leeds station. Burley Park Medical Centre is the local surgery, while Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) is less than a mile east of the area.
Working in Burley
Burley’s main employers include ITV, who own the Leeds Studios on Kirkstall Road, the Home Office and Leeds City Council. Sectors of note here are media, retail, leisure, education and manufacturing, with a handful of factories located along Kirkstall Road. There are many retail and leisure employers in Cardigan Fields.
Areas near Burley
One of the most sought-after areas by buyers, Kirkstall is a visually-stunning suburb of Leeds which has everything from Georgian-era terraces to down-at-heel high-rise flats, student accommodation and new-build detached properties. Property choice in Kirkstall is augmented by a wide range of shops, bars and employers.
Hugely popular amongst students and young professionals, if you’re after a buy-to-let property, Hyde Park is one of the go-to areas of Leeds. Its many rows of terraces are well-maintained and in an increasingly safe environment, while for anyone who likes to go out on an evening, there are many things to see and do.
This much-loved suburb is at the northern edge of the student district. For anyone interested in settling down somewhere fun and friendly, you could do much worse than buy a property here. Everything from retirement flats to large, four-bedroom semis line the streets, while it’s well-connected by bus and rail too.