About North Leeds
A collection of tight-knit communities, North Leeds has traditionally been one of the city’s most desirable areas to live in. From the rural atmosphere of Wigton Hill to the urban chic of Alwoodley, there’s a property to suit all kinds of buyers’ tastes and needs, while there’s plenty to keep you occupied on a lazy weekend or quiet night after the daily grind.
Where is North Leeds?
North Leeds is a large area of the city, lying some four miles north of Leeds City Centre. To the south, you’ll find Moortown, Far Headingley and Meanwood, while Roundhay is to the east. Harrogate is around 12 miles north and York is 23 miles north-east of here.
Why you should buy a property in North Leeds
If you value peace and quiet, want the countryside on your doorstep and all of life’s essentials within a short drive or bus ride, North Leeds is just the place to buy a property. It’s extremely well-connected by road, has a sizeable number of job opportunities and the housing here, from cozy flats to properties with five or more bedrooms, is immaculate.
Area safety and security
North Leeds is covered by the Outer North East policing area, which includes Alwoodley, Wigton Moor, Lawnswood and Moor Allerton. Out of a total of 305 crimes committed in Outer North East in November 2015, just 107 were in North Leeds itself. Crime rates over the two months up to November 2015 dropped by nearly a quarter, so all in all, it’s a very safe place to live.
Weetwood Police Station covers the entire area. It’s located just north of the outer ring road in Weetwood, en route to Adel. There are Neighbourhood Watch schemes in place in Grange Court, St Andrews Croft and King Lane.
Who is North Leeds for?
North Leeds is for any homebuyers who want somewhere that combines the serenity of rural living with all the convenience of being in one of the country’s biggest cities. Anyone approaching retirement age or looking to raise a family somewhere with large swathes of parkland will be right in their element, as will couples chasing the dream of living a quiet life.
Property architecture in North Leeds
New-build detached properties made with red bricks are ever-present in Alwoodley, with many resembling mansions. Some properties here are build like Tudor-era mansions, while elsewhere in North Leeds, you’ll come across a handful of high-rise flats of four to five storeys and some ex-council semis with red roofs and painted walls.
Benefits of buying in North Leeds
Should you decide to buy a property in North Leeds, you’ll be in a much sought-after area that will prove popular with renters and buyers alike. You’re close enough to major employers and amenities that you don’t have to drive for mile after mile, while you’re in one of the safest, cleanest and greenest parts of Leeds.
Amenities in North Leeds
North Leeds has six primary schools - Alwoodley, Allerton C of E, St Paul’s RC, Brodetsky, Highfield and Wigton Moor. Cardinal Heenan and Allerton High are the local secondaries. Shopping is in Moor Allerton, where there are two supermarkets. The nearest banks, however, are in Moortown and Roundhay.
Health centres in the area are Moorcroft Surgery in Alwoodley and Shadwell Medical Centre in Wigton Moor; both are run by the local NHS Trust. Buses here include the 7A to Alwoodley and 7S to Shadwell, while the 36 to Harrogate and Ripon stops on the A61 Harrogate Road.
Working in North Leeds
North Leeds’ most well-known job sectors are hospitality, healthcare, retail, leisure and education. The larger employers here include Leeds City Council, David Lloyd, Sainsbury’s, Homebase and The Grammar School at Leeds. The three golf clubs here provide a few jobs in hospitality.
Areas near North Leeds
A popular place to live with older couples and aspirational professionals, Moortown is a well-appointed suburb that has a lot going for it. Plenty of local jobs, an array of luxury properties and some outstanding local schools help to attract plenty of families here as well.
One of the greenest parts of Leeds, Roundhay has more to it than a park. The properties along Street Lane are among the best-looking in the entire city, while it offers plenty of jobs for homebuyers in specialist industries including law and finance. Plenty of shops, bars and delis only broaden Roundhay’s appeal.
A southern neighbour of Roundhay, Oakwood is one of the quieter parts of Leeds, which is handy for anyone looking to settle down somewhere that’s not too close to the buzz of the city centre. Retirement-ready apartments, modern red brick flats and older terraces on the edge of Roundhay Park are among the many property types to explore.