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

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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.

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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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Definitely recommend!

Review Date Sep 2022

Leodis Square is in a great location as it is only a 10min walk to the city centre yet also right next to the m621. noise is minimal given the location and there is plenty of access to shops/restaurants etc as it is so close to Leeds city centre.

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I lived in Daniels House for just over a year and struggle to fault it, great value for money, location is right next to the motorways yet only a 10min walk from the city centre. The actual building itself is clean, the flats are spacious and the building has a lovely bar/pub and a gym attached to it. I always found the staff really helpful whether it be needing to print something off, helping to find a missing parcel or dealing with complaints. Definitely recommend!

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

parking can be difficult, have a guaranteed secure spot nearby before you move in.

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

staff gave fast and appropriate responses to any issues.

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The Place to Live in Leeds

Review Date Sep 2022

Leodis Square is very central whilst offering reasonable prices. The apartments are approximately a 10 minute walk from Leeds City Centre train station, less than 10 minute walk to Crown Point Shopping centre. There is secure on-site underground parking available for an additional cost. There are plenty of industrial bins, including recycling bins that are emptied regularly and are never overflowing. The noise levels are what you should expect for an apartment located in City Centre but the apartments themselves are built to reduce the noise levels and there is very little disturbance when in the apartment itself. There is a new cafe/bar recently opened on-site, that has quiz nights, bingo nights, etc.

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The apartments are very modern, clean and spacious with either a patio space or a balcony. There is also a courtyard with plants and greenery that is well-kept and maintained. There is an on-site gym which includes a lot of equipment and has a small studio space. There is a cinema/club room with a functioning kitchen space that we are able to book for free to host friends and family for dinner, parties or movie nights. There is a residents space that is open 24/7 as a space to work/relax. There is a locked parcel room where all deliveries are kept, you receive a code that grants you access to the room to collect the parcels.

The Customer Service team are available 24/7 to support and answer any queries. Whenever I have needed to email the team, I have always received a prompt informative response. Julia Anderson, who works in the customer service team, always goes above and beyond to assist in any way she possibly can, always giving a warm friendly welcome upon arrival into the Residents Hub, and her knowledge of the services Dandara can provide are second to none. She is always willing to support in any way she possibly can.

There are monthly events for residents to attend such as book club, breakfast club, and events to celebrate special occasions such as Easter, The Queens Jubilee. A member of the team, Simon, recently organised an event to celebrate Leeds Pride, there was a Drag Queen DJing with food and beverages for the residents, this event had a really good turnout. This level of customer service makes the apartment complex feel much more like we are a community.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I had known about the property development sooner, as I was previously paying a similar price for an outdated apartment with poor customer service from the letting agents.

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

All issues I’ve raised so far have been responded to in a timely professional manner, and there is always someone to speak to at the front desk if any problems required an immediate response.

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Thank you!!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2022

The location is ideal, local to everything including bars, restaurants, cinemas, the town centre and the train station. The only downfall is the anti social teens who spend the evenings making noise, smoking and skating up and down, but I know there’s nothing that can be done by Moda about that.

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I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to the staff, I’ve recently had a baby, something I hadn’t discussed with them however upon noticing I was no longer pregnant and seeing me with my son, my partner and I received a card congratulating us on his birth. It was completely unexpected and something that made us genuinely happy. So again, thank you to whoever sent us this!

I would also like to add that whilst I haven’t yet attended one, the events that are put on seem really good. I love that there are so many and that I can keep up to date with these via the app. I look forward to getting around to actually take part in some of the things put on and hope they continue.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I’m not sure to be entirely honest, I haven’t had any problems.

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

I haven’t raised any issues yet however know how to do this.

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Manager Response

Aw you’re more than welcome. We cant wait to meet your little one properly.

Thanks for the lovely review. We’re working closely with the college & Playhouse to make the area less attractive to the skateboarders & hopefully now the works outside the Playhouse have started it will put them off a little.

Nice Location, Facilities and Management but the Apartments Themselves are Underwhelming

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2022

It’s not far from town, and the nearby bars, pubs and cafes are pretty good. There aren’t many shops nearby so you mostly have to make do with a small Tesco unless you’re willing to walk longer than 15-20 minutes or drive.

It is very close to some of the dodgier areas and there have been one or two minor incidents but generally it feels secure here. With more of the previously dilapidated buildings being developed in the area and more people moving in it certainly feels more secure than it used to.

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The design isn’t great, the interiors are pretty much exactly the same as all the other similar developments. There is very little storage space and you quickly find yourself getting cluttered up. The apartments don’t feel great in design. There were some particularly daft decisions such as including cream coloured carpets for a pet friendly development.
There are some minor issues like the finish on some of the bathrooms is poor, the kitchen is a bit squashed on some of the 2 bed apartments and the towel hooks on the doors are practically useless.

Now for the positives: the customer service/management team do bring the quality back up, providing professional but friendly service, making sure they help you to the best of their abilities and regularly throwing thoughtful social events.
The communal facilities are also nice, the courtyard garden is nice to enjoy in the sun, the flowerbeds are pretty and add a nice splash of colour, the gym doesn’t have everything you might want but for a price included on site gym is adequate, and the shared space is a nice warmly decorated welcoming place to hang out.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

There aren’t any significant ones other than the storage capacity is a bit deceptive, especially with the standard furniture.

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

They seem to be quite fast with critical issues but for non-critical requests they can be very inconsistent.

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