A quiet residential suburb of Leeds, tucked neatly in between the north and north-eastern areas, Gledhow is a welcoming place for homebuyers young and old, particularly for anyone who wants to live somewhere quiet and green without paying a fortune for their first property. Good connections to neighbouring Roundhay and Chapel Allerton add to the area’s lustre.
Where is Gledhow?
Gledhow is two miles north-east of Leeds City Centre. Roundhay and Oakwood are to the east, Moortown is to the north and Chapeltown and Chapel Allerton are to the west. York is 22 miles north-east, Bradford is roughly 11 miles west and Harrogate is 13 miles to the north.
Why you should buy a property in Gledhow
Gledhow is a good place to buy a property because it’s quiet, safe, welcoming and conveniently situated near some of north-east Leeds’ most popular commercial and tourism hotspots. It’s also home to some surprisingly low-cost houses, so for a first-time buyer, it’s an attractive place to look.
Area safety and security
Gledhow is within the Inner North East policing area, which also covers areas including Harehills, Oakwood and Roundhay. Of the 505 crimes recorded in the wider area in November 2015, just 33 took place in Gledhow itself, while the crime rate for Inner North East is down by around 7% compared to the previous month.
Stainbeck Police Station in Chapel Allerton is around 1.4 miles west of Gledhow and serves the wider Inner North East area for general enquiries and emergencies.
Who is Gledhow for?
Gledhow is primarily for first-time buyers with young children who want to take that first step on the property ladder. Plentiful green space in the Gledhow Valley and the local parks, coupled with decent local schools make it a family-friendly and wallet-friendly suburb.
Any retirees looking for somewhere peaceful to live could do much worse than live here - excellent bus links to other parts of Leeds and a handful of local shops make this the place to be to enjoy your golden years.
Property architecture in Gledhow
Gledhow has a mix of ex-council semis and council flats built in the mid-20th century, with a few 18th-century properties towards the Gledhow Valley. The semis come with front and back gardens, with some also equipped with a driveway or garage.
The older properties have lengthier driveways and a few interesting architectural flourishes that help to make them so valuable. Elsewhere, there are a few detached red-brick properties with terracotta roofs dating back to the early 20th century.
Benefits of buying in Gledhow
If you time it right, you could find yourself a bargain, particularly if you come across an ex-council property. If you manage to get one, you’re sure to get what you’d expect from a property of similar size with all the security of being in the heart of north Leeds suburbia.
Gledhow is popular with professionals and retirees, particularly those who work locally, so if you work in healthcare and are after a job here, Gledhow ticks all the boxes.
Amenities in Gledhow
Gledhow has one primary school - Gledhow Primary. The nearest secondary is Roundhay School, which caters for ages four to 18. Gledhow has a post office and a handful of other shops, including two convenience stores, but the nearest banks are to the east in Roundhay.
Chandos Medical Centre is the local surgery, serving the entire Gledhow area, while there’s also a local private hospital. Transport-wise, the 3/3A and 13/13A serve Gledhow, going to Leeds City Centre every 20 minutes or so at peak times.
Working in Gledhow
Gledhow’s main employers are in the healthcare, education and tourism sectors. Spire Healthcare are the biggest employer here, running a local private hospital, while Leeds City Council run the local schools. In nearby Roundhay, the council run Roundhay Park while there are a handful of small retailers and finance firms with premises there.
Areas near Gledhow
More than just home to a park of the same name, Roundhay is one of the most affluent areas of Leeds. Full to the brim with majestic properties including penthouses overlooking the park and townhouses lining the avenues, it’s perfect for anyone looking for the ideal home.
Another well-to-do Leeds suburb, Moortown’s homes range from the art-deco properties with their unique decor to spacious new-builds located in behind Moortown Corner. If you work anywhere in North Leeds, the commute to and from work will make it worth living here.
This near-neighbour of Roundhay has all of life’s conveniences on your doorstep, including banks and parking space. It also happens to house a range of employers in myriad industries and the properties here come with sizeable gardens; a place to look for families, basically!