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The bustling, buzzing hub of the city, Leeds City Centre is not just a place to work or spend a night out. It’s also a place worth living in too, boasting all the services you could possibly need within a few minutes’ walk of your flat or house. It’s particularly popular with professionals who fancy a short commute to work.
It’s right in the middle of Leeds, with Woodhouse and Chapeltown to the north, Burley to the west and Harehills and Burmantofts to the east. It’s around eight miles east of Bradford, 16 miles south of Harrogate and 24 miles south-west of York.
If convenience, luxury and amazing views are on your priority list, the majority of properties in Leeds City Centre tick all of these boxes. You’re near everything - work, shops, transport hubs, emergency services - while you’re also saving money on things like bus fares, parking tickets and fuel by having everything nearby.
Properties in this area tend to be very popular among younger people, particularly those who have an active nightlife. If you’re investing in a property here, it helps to market it to students and young professionals.
Leeds City Centre is within the City policing area and, as such, is protected almost every hour of every day. Incidents of crime are more likely to happen during the daytime and in the city’s bars and pubs than in homes, owing to the sizeable police presence. In November 2015, burglaries went down by a third year-on-year
Leeds Central Police Station is on Westgate, right next to the magistrate and crown courts. It is open to the public and can be contacted in case of emergencies.
This part of Leeds is mainly suited to professionals who work there, particularly those who are below the age of 50. Anyone who wants to be able to do the weekly shop or meet up with friends without much of a trek will love living in the city centre.
There are areas of the city centre which are suited to families - The Saxton development near Richmond Hill has family-friendly flats located near a park and a local school. However, most of the properties here have been built with single people or couples in mind.
The majority of properties in the city centre are penthouses and flats which form part of high-rise buildings. Many of them have balconies overlooking such things as the canals and River Aire, while the buildings are usually made with a red brick or white frontage.
There are some exceptions to this rule though - around the Blenheim area near Leeds Arena, you’ll find some large Georgian townhouses which sit in a quiet area, while similar properties with grand entrances can be found around Park Square.
Schools in the city centre are few and far between, but Blenheim Primary School and St Peter’s C of E Primary School do serve families here. As for high schools, Mount St Mary’s is the nearest in neighbouring Richmond Hill. Shops are plentiful, with Leeds Trinity, the Merrion Centre and Victoria Quarter among other shopping centres worth visiting.
Leeds General Infirmary is the city centre’s main hospital, with One Medicare being the local surgery inside The Light. As for transport, Leeds Station is just off City Square, while Leeds City Bus Station is on New York Street. There are two main post offices in the city centre too - one near Kirkgate Market and the other in St John’s Shopping Centre.
Employers from just about every industry going have a base in the city centre. The most notable sectors are finance, law, retail, entertainment, healthcare and technology. Major employers include First Direct, Asda, Yorkshire Bank and Leeds Beckett University, while there are several smaller law firms within the Park Square area.
An area popular with students and young people, Woodhouse is as good a place as any in Leeds for first-time buyers looking to live somewhere that’s convenient, quiet and safe. It also has many undervalued properties that could become great.
A thriving inner-city suburb, Burley has a lot to offer for first-time buyers, particularly those with families. Plenty of parks and shops on your doorstep, proximity to the city centre and surprisingly low prices compared to other areas make Burley an attractive proposition for buyers of all backgrounds.
One of the most close-knit communities in Leeds, Chapeltown is a family-friendly suburb with all of life’s essentials within a small space. Its modest yet spacious terraces are affordable and typically come with gardens and space for parking, so if you’re a first-time buyer, this is a good area to look in.