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A POPULAR CHOICE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE CLOSE TO LEEDS CENTRE
An inner city suburb which has proven to be very popular with students and professionals working in Leeds City Centre, Woodhouse carries great appeal to many prospective homeowners. Its proximity to the centre of Leeds as well as the university district help to make it a highly convenient place to live, while there’s a strong sense of community here.
Woodhouse is just over half a mile north of Leeds City Centre. The two universities and Hyde Park are to the west, with Chapeltown to the east and Headingley to the north. Bradford is nine miles west, York 24 miles north-east and Harrogate is nearly 16 miles north of Woodhouse.
If you want to live nearby to everything - shops, offices, hospitals, entertainment venues - then Woodhouse is as good a place to live as any outside the city centre. It has a great community vibe, with events put on for all the locals several times a year. In the area itself, there’s plenty of parks for kids to play in and a handful of schools to boot.
Woodhouse falls within the Inner North West policing area of Leeds, alongside the neighbouring suburbs of Headingley and Hyde Park. Crimes recorded in the area stood at 88 in November 2015, down from a peak of 110 in February 2015. Priorities for the area include tackling anti-social behaviour.
Woodhouse is nearest to Leeds Central Police Station on Westgate, which is around a mile away. There are a couple of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the area - The Wharfedale just off Meanwood Road and Aspect 14.
Woodhouse is mainly for younger couples with an eye on getting onto the property ladder for the first time. The typically low house prices form part of its appeal to those making their way in life. Families with young children may also find Woodhouse to their liking, not least because of the many schools on their doorstep.
Woodhouse’s properties are typically either traditional red-brick Victorian terraces, large Georgian-era terraces that line Woodhouse Lane near the two universities or concrete semis and flats surrounding Woodhouse Moor. There are, however, some recently-built student flats, many of which are made with pale-coloured bricks and have floor-to-ceiling windows.
Buying a property in Woodhouse has quite a few benefits. The low prices on offer when compared to neighbouring Headingley and Chapel Allerton are one such incentive. If you’re buying a property to let out, there’ll surely be huge demand from students at either of the two local universities, while being close to the city centre is sure to be to many buyers’ liking.
Woodhouse has three primary schools in the area - Blenheim, Little London and Quarry Mount. Leeds City Academy is the local secondary, with a handful of further education colleges with campuses nearby. Shops including a couple of convenience stores are on Woodhouse Lane and Woodhouse Street, with a couple of banks opposite the University of Leeds.
Woodhouse Health Centre on Cambridge Road is the local surgery; it’s open to local residents five days a week. Leeds General Infirmary is the nearest hospital, less than a mile south of the area. Buses serving Woodhouse are the 51, 52, 19/19A, 56, 1 and 6 services; most run along Woodhouse Lane and pass through the city centre.
Education, healthcare and hospitality are the biggest industries currently in Woodhouse. The University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University employ thousands of staff in teaching, administration and catering roles, while the NHS run the local health centre. Many small shops here hire locals on a part-time and full-time basis too.
Just south of the inner ring road, the city centre has it all - stunning riverside apartments, terrific public transport facilities, all the shops you could possibly need and an ever-growing list of bars and restaurants. Living here is ideal if you work here; who doesn’t want a short walk to the office?
Much like Woodhouse and Hyde Park, Chapeltown has a warm, welcoming feel, which is perfect for young families with an eye on moving here. It’s also handily placed on one of the main routes into and out of the centre of Leeds, plus it has its fair share of cafes and shops.
Another Leeds suburb that’s synonymous with students, Hyde Park happens to be a vibrant, family-friendly kind of place. Its iconic terraced housing provides plenty of value for money, while the schools and public transport links will surely appeal to working families looking for somewhere comfortable to live.