A quiet and largely residential area in the northern part of Leeds, Moortown has long been a favourite place to live for people looking to settle down, possibly moving onto their second, third or even fourth home. It lies just south of the outer ring road and, as such, its connections to the rest of Leeds are excellent, which has helped to attract professionals here.
Where is Moortown?
Moortown is just over three miles north of Leeds City Centre. It’s just north of Chapel Allerton, east of Far Headingley and west of Roundhay. Harrogate is only 13 miles or so north, while York is 23 miles north-east of Moortown Corner. Bradford, meanwhile, is around 11 miles south-west.
Why you should buy a property in Moortown
Buying a property in Moortown is worth your while because you’re perfectly positioned between the hubbub of the city centre and the tranquillity of the countryside. You’re also owning something in the LS17 postcode, one of the most desirable in all of Yorkshire and happen to be within easy reach of some of Leeds’ most well-respected employers.
Area safety and security
Moortown is largely located within the Inner North East policing area, alongside Chapel Allerton, Roundhay and part of Meanwood. Crime here is pretty low - of the 505 incidents taking place in the wider area, just 41 took place in Moortown itself in November 2015, down from 45 the previous month. Parts of the area are in Outer North East.
Stainbeck Police Station is the nearest police presence, around a mile or so south of Moortown in Chapel Allerton. There is a Neighbourhood Watch scheme for the area, which is run out of Wyncliffe Gardens.
Who is Moortown for?
Moortown is for anyone who wants to be closer to the countryside than the city centre, particularly couples who have reached or are reaching retirement. Families will find Moortown to their liking too, particularly because of the green spaces and excellent local schools, while professionals in their 20’s and 30’s will like Moortown Corner’s selection of delis and cafes.
Property architecture in Moortown
North of the ring road, you’ll find a lot of ex-council semi-detached properties with pitched roofs and painted walls. Further south around Moortown Corner, a few rows of resplendent Georgian terraces are interspersed with detached properties built in the early-20th century. These houses have large gardens and driveways, while the former have dark roofs.
Benefits of buying in Moortown
Moortown’s properties are among the most valuable in Leeds, being at the southern end of the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ with York and Harrogate. If you’re a retiree, there are a number of homes available made specially for the over-55’s, while professionals buying a property on the Harrogate Road will be on one of the main routes into the city centre.
Amenities in Moortown
Moortown’s primary schools are Moortown Primary and Moor Allerton Hall Primary, with a few just round the corner in Moor Allerton. Allerton Grange and Allerton High School are the local secondaries. Shops including Marks and Spencer Simply Food are on Harrogate Road, with a few major high street banks there to boot. The local post office is located inside the Co-Op.
North Leeds Medical Practice is the local health centre, located on Harrogate Road. In terms of public transport, the 2, 7A and 7S all stop on Moortown Corner, with services for the former every 10 minutes during weekdays and Saturdays from 8am to 6pm.
- Moortown Primary School
- Moor Allerton Hall Primary School
- Allerton Grange School
- Allerton High School
- Marks and Spencer Simply Food - Moortown
- North Leeds Medical Practice
- West Yorkshire Metro
Working in Moortown
Moortown’s biggest industries are healthcare, retail, education, law and digital media. St Gemma’s Hospice is based here, while Leeds City Council hire staff at the various schools in the area. Search Laboratory are in nearby Moor Allerton, while there are a few small law firms employing solicitors and admin staff.
Areas near Moortown
From Lawnswood to Wigton Moor, this part of the city has lots of welcoming, well-kept suburbs that are ideal for leading a quiet, relaxed home life. Sprawling detached properties with vast gardens are the order of the day here, while country-style pubs and fine dining are a given in the many pubs and restaurants dotted throughout North Leeds.
Known for its impressive park, the properties in Roundhay are just as resplendent. From gorgeous terraces on Street Lane to penthouses overlooking the park’s lake, you’re sure to come across somewhere you’d love to spend the rest of your life living in.
A more hectic neighbour of Moortown, Chapel Allerton is renowned for its cultural scene, but its properties, ranging from clean and spacious new-builds to renovated period homes means that there’s something for every homebuyer. It’s well worth checking out if you’re after an upgrade on your first home.