Home to a long stretch of the Meanwood Valley Urban Trail, Meanwood is one of the jewels in north-west Leeds’ crown. Aside from housing one of the city’s most impressive green spaces, Meanwood has as wide a range of properties as anywhere in Leeds, including converted mills and new-build flats, while its centre has some of the city’s finest bars.
Where is Meanwood?
Meanwood is around two miles north of Leeds City Centre and has Headingley to the west, Chapel Allerton to the east and Chapeltown to the south-east. It’s 13 miles south of Harrogate, 23 miles south-west of York and 36 miles north-east of Manchester. Bradford is nine miles west south-west.
Why you should buy a property in Meanwood
For convenience, value for money and above all else, comfort, Meanwood has everything a homebuyer could ask for. You have all of life’s essentials - shops, restaurants, schools, health centres - within a few square miles and you don’t always have to venture elsewhere. The road network here is pretty easy to understand too, with many major routes taking you into and out of Leeds in a flash.
Area safety and security
Meanwood falls within two policing areas: Inner North West and Inner North East. Across both areas, 31 crimes were recorded in November 2015, while crime month-on-month in Inner North East fell by nearly 8%. In Inner North West, it fell by 12% over the course of a month.
The local police station, Stainbeck Police Station, is in neighbouring Chapel Allerton. Handily, it’s just a mile east of Meanwood’s centre on Stainbeck Lane. Meanwood has its own Neighbourhood Watch scheme, which is open to locals throughout the area.
Who is Meanwood for?
Meanwood is a fantastic place to live for families and middle-income professionals looking for a decent first or second home. Many people who live here work in the centre of Leeds and find the short commute a great incentive to base themselves in Meanwood. Some of the larger properties heading towards Moortown are perfect for middle-aged couples who want a little extra room for all their treasured possessions.
Property architecture in Meanwood
In the northern parts of Meanwood, there are some older buildings, including the former Meanwood Hall that have been converted into high-quality housing. Many of these properties contain period flourishes such as columns and porches that add a certain elegance.
Elsewhere, you’ll find understated semi-detached properties with terracotta roofs and whitewashed walls on the outskirts and, in the centre, a mix of Victorian terraces and new-build red brick detached properties.
Benefits of buying in Meanwood
Buying a property here will give you somewhere to live out the rest of your days in comfort and style. You’re in one of Leeds’ emerging areas and are close enough to the city centre that you don’t feel cut off in any way. You’re also near some outstanding green spaces and a few major employers in several key industries.
Amenities in Meanwood
Meanwood is well-served by schools. The main primary is Meanwood C of E, while Carr Manor Community School is the nearest secondary in neighbouring Moortown. Shops of note here include Waitrose, Aldi and QLM, although there are no local banks - the nearest are in Chapel Allerton and Headingley. Meanwood’s post office is on Green Road.
Meanwood Health Centre on Meanwood Road serves the whole area and is open five days a week. Chapel Allerton Hospital, meanwhile, is 1.5 miles east of the district centre. Buses serving Meanwood include the 51 and 52, which follow a similar route towards Leeds City Centre; they both run every 20 minutes at peak times.
Working in Meanwood
Meanwood’s most notable industries are retail, hospitality, healthcare and education. The NHS are a major employer here, as are retailers Waitrose and Aldi. Leeds City Council run the local schools, hiring teaching and admin staff.
Areas near Meanwood
Boasting a wealth of old and new properties, Chapel Allerton is hugely popular amongst high-earning professionals looking to live somewhere exciting and retirees intent on spending their golden years here. Situated along one of the major routes into Leeds, its array of flats and grand houses will surely intrigue the discerning homebuyer.
As leafy as a suburb can get, Moortown is a haven for many older couples and families who want to live the quiet life without giving up the convenience of living in a big city. Art-deco semis, spacious ex-council properties and two century-old terraced properties are what you can expect to find here.
On the edge of the countryside, North Leeds has all kinds of suburbs and estates that are suited to everyone from young families through to retirees after somewhere warm to spend their best years. Connected to the rest of the city by road, areas such as Alwoodley and Moor Allerton also have plenty of their own amenities, particularly old-style pubs and cafes.