Leeds

Leeds is a vibrant and modern city with a reputation for its distinctive culture, vibrant nightlife as well as shops, music and celebrated restaurants. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Leeds. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Leeds.

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Best places to live in Leeds

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Leeds high street

Leeds Culture

Leeds is the unofficial capital of Yorkshire and easily reached by road rail or air. Visitors and tourists flock to Leeds for the culture, history, buzzing atmosphere. Or as a gateway to walking in the Yorkshire moors. Experian named Leeds as one of the top five cities in the UK for ‘vibrancy’. This could be due to the large student population; visiting for the eclectic music scene, first class shopping, numerous theatres, as well as major international sporting events.

Whilst 750,000 people live in Leeds a further 100,000 commute into Leeds for business and work every day. As a popular tourist destination thousands more visit and make the most of Leeds fantastic shops, restaurants and range of attractions on a daily basis.

Leeds from above

The City Centre

Leeds City centre is a popular place to live. It has recently received large investment by Leeds property investors and developers, taking advantage of newly built or converted penthouse apartments with views of the River Aire.

The fact that Harvey Nichols opened their first out-of-London store in Leeds is a testament to the spending power of the residents. With over 1000 stores Leeds takes shopping seriously and deserves its ‘Knightsbridge of the North’ reputation.

The Victoria Quarter, a stunning Grade II listed building, that houses some of the major high end brands and stores. The Corn Exchange sits nearby, a beautifully converted building that houses unique or independent boutiques. This stunning domed structure is an iconic image often associated with Leeds. Only a few steps away you will discover the Kirkgate Market, a huge open air market which is the largest in the country. With over 800 specialist traders you can find almost every food in the world!

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The best rated places to live in Leeds

Leeds has a reputation as one of the hippest cities in the UK. The city centre overflows with quirky cafés, stores and bars and everything is easily accessible on foot. From the train station you can walk within 5 minutes to The Victoria Quarter, The Corn Exchange and Kirkgate Market. Near the station you will find a number of developments including Waterside Apartments and Whitehall Quarter. Both of which are rated as great places to rent in Leeds.

“Handy for walking to work. Very accessible, but bit close to main road.” – Alex, Verified Resident of Waterside Apartments

Headingley and Hyde Park are north of the city centre and easily accessible. There is a large student population in this area as it is conveniently located between the city centre and greener areas beyond the city limits. With the younger population has come an injection of craft beer bars and shops catering to vegans/ vegetarians as well as some of the coolest bars in the city.

Holbeck Urban Village is one of the up-and-coming locations in Leeds. Dubbed the home of the creative and media businesses operating out of the city. With the increase of businesses moving into the area there are new residents discovering the area and staying beyond the 9-5.

Not far from Headingley is the suburb of Chapel Allerton. Filled with independent shops, cafés and bars it is one of the nicest areas of Leeds. More up-market than its neighbouring areas, Chapel Allerton has been referred to as the Notting Hill of the North. Just inside the ring road, between Chapel Allerton and Headingley is Meanwood. With a village-like atmosphere with many parks it offers a greener lifestyle on the outskirts of the city.

You can find out more about living in the Leeds by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in Leeds. Moreover, If there’s a Leeds property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

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Modern quiet flats right outside the city centre

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Review Date Feb 2024

Great location right outside of the city center to avoid traffic, but able to walk across the street and have all the amenities of the city centre.

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Moda has a nice modern, design of facilities and utilities. The apartments do well to minimize noise, I rarely heard any of my neighbors. The staff was always very friendly and professional with me. The management was always very responsive and professional to any issues I had.

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Honestly, nothing comes up that I wish I had known before. This place was exactly as advertised online and during the tour which was great.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes. I had only 1 minor maintenance issue and they were very prompt and professional with their response.

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10/10 on all aspects

Review Date Feb 2024

Amazing location; close to town and other main areas of Leeds. Easy access to moda , convenient living

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Great management. Reception team are awesome especially shari- always got a smile on her face. Great building design and nice to have a local Sainsbury’s makes shopping and having food super easy and convenient. Thanks to the team for always being on hand for any issues

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Kept getting fined in the car park and the parking for 3 vehicles is quite expensive

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Great no issues at all all is fantastic and not encountered any issues

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Amazing place to live

Review Date Feb 2024

Good is the building is amazing
Bad is the organisation
Also some of the tenants could treat the building with more respect

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The only place the development falls down on is the behind the scenes team I find a bit frustrating but the reception staff and amazing so helpful in every way I think my is needed to make sure the residents treat each other and the building with respect

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There could be a much slicker moving in process things like communication around replies and everything been ready on time

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Yes they have been very responsive to my questions and needs

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Lovely community – the Junction

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Review Date Feb 2024

Living in our area offers a vibrant mix of local shops, restaurants, and bars, each presenting a unique flavor and quality that cater to a wide range of preferences. The open spaces are well-maintained, offering serene spots for relaxation and recreation, crucial in urban settings. Our street embodies a friendly community vibe, with ample parking and regular bin collections. Meanwhile, this flat has recently launched a sustainable travel programme, which has been very effective in advancing tenant happiness and green travel

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Great in every way, and it would be nice if the bridge downstairs could be occupied by some businesses.

Our development stands out for its modern design and thoughtful layout, promoting a sense of community while ensuring privacy. The facilities, including fitness activities, communal gardens, and a residents’ lounge(public area), are top-notch, fostering a comfortable and convenient lifestyle. Building management is proactive and responsive, addressing concerns swiftly and maintaining the property to high standards. Property management excels in communication, keeping residents informed and engaged. However, there are opportunities to enhance the sustainability practices and integrate more green technologies, aligning with contemporary environmental expectations. Overall, the development provides a harmonious balance of luxury, comfort, and community spirit, making it a delightful place to live.

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Before moving in, I wish I had known more about the nuances of the building’s sound insulation. While the development boasts modern amenities and a vibrant community, the acoustic privacy between units can sometimes be less than ideal. Understanding the extent to which sound travels from neighboring apartments and communal areas would have better prepared me for adapting my living space to ensure a quieter, more serene home environment

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Reply quickly, and make changes quickly; we love the lovely staff.

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