The beating heart of north-west Leeds’ sporting, educational and entertainment scenes, Headingley is a suburb that has it all. Umpteen shops, a selection of lively bars and old-style pubs and one of Leeds’ most prominent sporting venues are all here, making this the ideal place to live in for professional couples looking to settle down and have fun on their doorstep.
Where is Headingley?
Headingley is around 1.75 miles north-west of Leeds City Centre. It’s to the west of Chapel Allerton, south of Meanwood and Far Headingley and east of Kirkstall. Harrogate is nearly 15 miles north, while Bradford is close to 11 miles west south-west.
Why you should buy a property in Headingley
If you want all of life’s essentials within a few minutes’ walk of your front garden, then Headingley is for you. Properties here typically come with ample space for parking, front and back gardens and plenty of room inside for whatever you plan on doing in your new home.
By owning a property in Headingley, you’ll be in one of the most popular areas with homebuyers in Leeds. You’ll also be in a safe, secure area which has outstanding links by rail and road to the rest of the city, while there are many high-profile recruiters based here too.
Area safety and security
Headingley is in the middle of the Inner North West policing area, patrolled by West Yorkshire Police. Statistics for the wider area reveal that crime for November 2015 has gone down by 12% compared to the previous month. In Headingley itself, around one-seventh of the wider policing area’s crime takes place here, so it’s a pretty safe place to be.
The local police station is Weetwood Police Station. It sits just north of the roundabout between Adel and Far Headingley, being 1.5 miles away.
Who is Headingley for?
Headingley is for young to middle-aged professional couples and families with teenage children who want to live somewhere comfortable, well-connected and safe. Most of the properties here that aren’t for students are suitable for large families who want plenty of room for the kids to run around after school.
There are also a handful of properties worth looking at if you’re approaching retirement. The northern end of the area, towards St Chad’s Church, is a pocket of tranquillity which happens to be near all the shops without being too noisy.
Property architecture in Headingley
Along Cardigan Road, you’ll find some large terraces with sizeable gardens and high-pitched roofs. In the southern parts of Headingley on the border with Hyde Park and Burley, smaller red brick terraces built in the 19th century line the streets, while elsewhere, you’ll come across a plethora of semis and detached properties with painted walls and intricate brickwork.
Benefits of buying in Headingley
Headingley’s properties are more than likely to at least maintain their value. Being in an area located on one of the major routes into the city centre and having so many notable local landmarks nearby should see your property become more valuable over time.
Another benefit of buying here is that you’re close enough to the city centre that you won’t spend an age caught up in traffic if going that way. There’s also places to park here if you work locally.
Amenities in Headingley
Headingley’s shopping area, including a couple of supermarkets, is spread across Otley Road and North Lane. There are several major high street banks located on both streets too, while the post office is at the far end of the Arndale Centre. Local primary schools are Shire Oak C of E and Spring Bank; the nearest high school is Leeds City Academy in Woodhouse.
Holly Bank Surgery and Kirkstall Lane Medical Centre are the local surgeries, with Chapel Allerton Hospital around a mile and a half east of Headingley’s centre. There’s Headingley Train Station for half-hourly trains to Leeds and major bus routes are the 19/19A and 56 along Cardigan Road and the 1 and 6 every 10 minutes or so to Leeds and Holt Park.
- Spring Bank Primary School - Headingley
- Shire Oak C of E Primary School - Headingley
- Holly Bank Surgery
- Kirkstall Lane Medical Centre
- Headingley Train Station - live departure times
- West Yorkshire Metro
Working in Headingley
Headingley’s most prevalent job sectors are education, healthcare, retail, hospitality and sports. The biggest employers here include Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Rugby and the NHS. There are a handful of small creative firms producing digital media solutions here too, as well as a few law firms.
Areas near Headingley
A flourishing area of Leeds, Meanwood is well-suited to retirees, professionals and families alike who want somewhere quiet and friendly to spend their lives. A decent selection of properties, ranging from flats in converted mills to new-build semis overlooking the local valley, are all worth a look, no matter what property you’re after.
In the heart of the student district of Leeds, Hyde Park is also welcoming for professionals looking for their first proper home. The distinctive terraces look more spacious than they appear, while there’s plenty to see and do right on your doorstep, from fine dining to live music.
One of Leeds’ most visually stunning suburbs, Kirkstall is popular with families and older couples who want to settle down and move further up the property ladder. Vast detached properties overlooking the Abbey and quaint terraces towards Headingley and Burley leave plenty of choice for the discerning buyer.