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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Best private renting I’ve experienced!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2021

Good aspects of location
– Stones throw from the centre, canal side bars and transport links

Bad aspects
– Hard to name many besides the nearby construction works which are due to complete very soon

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My partner and I have lived at Leodis Square for just over a year (one bed, ground floor, pet friendly apartment) before buying our first home, and we couldn’t have asked for anywhere better to rent in the centre.

As someone who has rented privately in Leeds centre for over 5 years – the quality, value for money and services levels at Leodis square are a league above anything I’ve experienced. From allowing pets to providing freedom to decorate – you can really make your apartment a home which is a stark contrast to most developments.

Staff are accommodating and friendly in dealing with any issues you may have – would 100% recommend to anyone looking to base themselves in the centre without compromising on homely living!

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

Wish I had known the wifi was included as I ended up paying for a contract which I had to cancel (it was disclosed in all fairness)

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Ground floor patio’s not as spacious as the balconies however the benefits of a private entrance are very good!

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Lovely apartment in a great location ocat

Review Date Jul 2021

Shops, bars and restaurants all within a few minutes walk. Train station also close making things easy. My company is moving next month & my office commute will be 10 minutes so very happy about that.

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Design is excellent & I am very happy with my apartment, especially the balcony which means I can sit outside with my laptop & work or have a nice glass of wine in the evening. The reception team are all friendly and very helpful…emailing me when parcels arrive for me etc.

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Very secure in a great location. Apartment well designed.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

A swimming pool and spa would just top things off…maybe a diving board too 🤣🤣 I am kidding 🤣

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Manager Response

Hi Stevie,

Thank you for your review! I’m so happy that you love living in Mustard Wharf! its such an amazing place to make your home and the community of lovely residents is only growing!

OMG, your suggestions of a swimming pool, spa and diving board, are all fantastic ideas! you never know, the next phase may just surprise you!!

Thank again and if you ever need anything just let us know.

regards
Johnathan

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Review Date Jul 2021

Being located right in the center of Leeds, a few minutes walk from the train station, is incredibly helpful. It’s also really close to pubs, bars, and shops, without being overly noisy.

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The development is great. All the staff have been incredibly helpful in getting us all set up, and always being super friendly – even making a huge fuss of a our dog too. The communal spaces, whilst we haven’t taken complete advantage of, are great knowing that they are right there for us. The building is also really quiet too – never have issues hearing other tenants. However, whilst the concrete is incredibly helpful for that, and stylistically we like it, it does make phone signal quite difficult at times, in parts of the flat. Having said that, Wifi is not a problem and so really it hasn’t been an issue for us. There is still construction going on a development next to this one, as well as some on this property, however it has not caused us any issues at all, and we really love the space we have. We saw some flats, but not one with a terrace, and went in blind on that, and were pleasantly surprised at just how large the terrace was.

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It’s an incredibly dog friendly area. Both Mustard Wharf, and Granary Wharf on the other side of the canal have big dog presences, and it’s such a good community for it.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Phone signal could do with an improvement, but otherwise all great.

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Hello!

Thank you for your review and your kind words!

I’m so glad that you love living in Mustard Wharf, we are so happy you made that decision!!

If ever you need anything please let us know!

Kind regards
Johnathan

Urban Chic Apartment complex with friendly residential team

Review Date Jul 2021

Extremely close to supermarkets, train station and chemist/pharmacy amenities.
Great proximity to canal side bars and pubs (with beer gardens) without impact of noise.
Current building work ongoing so a noticeable volume of work from early morning ongoing though should be short term.
Street parking unavailable in nearby streets. Parking facilities at cost available £8/day.

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Urban industrial vs chic city apartment, good use of space.
Work in progress given current development ongoing but huge potential.
Excellent residential team, extremely friendly and approachable and efficient.

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Nil of note

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

Extremely well, good communication and solutions provided efficiently

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Hi, good afternoon!

Thank you for your review, I’m so glad that you’re loving living in Mustard Wharf and that you’re seeing all the benefits.

Thank you for your seeing the potential too, I know that we have some construction works on going but hopefully its not noisy and interfering in your day to day., when we’re complete, Mustard Wharf will be THE place to live in Leeds and I’m so glad you’ve already made the decision to make us your home!

If you ever need anything please let me know

Kind regard
Johnathan

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