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.

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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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Modern furniture, quiet an area, nice facilities.

Review Date Feb 2021

The area is quiet and peaceful both during the night and the day. However, the best part is how close it is to the park. The bad side is that it is far from the big shops.

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The apartment’s design is modern and minimal. The common spaces follow the same design patterns. It is a good quality for what you pay. In my opinion, the shower doesn’t fit the overall standards of the room but I guess you can live with that. Finally, what I don’t like is not having a desk in my room as I had to buy it and the small table that comes with the apartment is very small to work or eat more than a person.

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That the bathroom light is automatic and you can not turn it off.

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

The shower power and the table. Especially now that we work from home there is a need of having a desk or bigger table or more comfortable chairs.

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Leodis Square

Review Date Feb 2021

Perfect distance from city centre. Not too far of a walk but just far enough out for it to be quiet in the evenings.

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Perfect development on the edge of Leeds city centre. Walking distance from a number of bars and restaurants, and an easy commute for anyone working in the centre. Decent sized apartments with a host of appliances making life easier. Stylish room layout.

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

I wish there was more clarity on the WiFi set-up..

What is the best feature of your home:

Best feature is the stylish decor which comes with the flat.

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A good place to live in worth the price, however there a few Internal issues which require improvement.

Review Date Feb 2021

It’s close to the city centre and coffee shops. The compound makes tenants feel safe within the area.

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A lot has changed since we moved in the building. For example ( before covid) the charging of the shared facilities when booking, it just meant that if you wanted to spend a little time with your family people could just walk in as the prices where quite high hopefully this will change after lockdown. Communication requires improvement from the management team including the manager herself.
Building maintenance requires more staff as work is always delayed.

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That not all bills are included and that you do end up paying extra and sometimes it doesn’t make sense on how the extra charges appear.

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

Usually you get a response within a day however for the work to be carried out can take anything up to 2/3 months.

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Amazing property

Review Date Feb 2021

I like that it is gated which feels more secure and safe in the area. It’s only a short 15 minute walk from the city centre and shops. I think the walls could be thicker and maybe use a different WiFi provider as it has proved quite difficult when working from home.

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I think it has a lovely design and I like how it incorporated the old college building which makes it stand out amongst other modern builds which all look similar. It has good facilities such as a gym and lounge areas. I would prefer a washing machine in my flat but that’s only a very tiny thing and hasn’t caused a problem.

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This is my own fault but I wish I would have known about the different size flats available.

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

I think that any maintenance issues are treated fast which is really good as I have waited days before with previous landlords.

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