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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Top Rated Developments in Leeds

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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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Friendly, vibrant community

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2020

Good proximity to the city centre, while being slightly off the main road which minimises noise. However, the immediate neighbourhood between the main road and the building (200m distance), depending on the time of night can feel unsafe. Good community and neighbourhood security in place for the building. As with any apartment close to the centre, the service charge and ground rent is expensive, but less so that other central developments.

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Beautiful building, excellent apartment layouts maximising space. Having lived in the apartments nearby in other buildings, I’ve found no storage space and a wasteful, illogical design is the norm. Saxton is the opposite, floor to ceiling windows optimise light, the kitchen/lounge layouts are space-saving with sturdy materials used and modern features, The bedrooms are also of a decent size, and it costs very little (surprisingly, considering the size of the windows) to heat the apartment. The allotments are also lovely to stroll through,

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

The arrangements of paying the RMG for the service charges – we get sent letters (not emails, in 2020) and if missed e.g. because you’re abroad, you get a hefty late pay fine.

What is the best feature of your home:

The windows, the layout and the quality of the apartment. It was kept in very good condition by the previous owners – I have never moved in to an apartment without having to clean/paint/fix anything before. Proximity to the centre, secure parking.

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Saxton – Good all round

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Review Date Nov 2020

Great area, super central, we have however had a speight of criminal activity recently, I.e parcels getting stolen

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Development is great, the garden is a very popular facility and was widely used this summer, especially with lockdown. I do think RMG as a facility management company needs to be looked at though. The flats are relatively small, but the monthly cost far out weighs any of these small negatives. Gym is good but that hasn’t been open a lot this year due to COVID.

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What is the best feature of your home:

Location and price. We also do have really lovely views.

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Awesome apartments :)

Review Date Nov 2020

The area is very quiet and just on the outskirts of the city centre. The city centre is a 10 min walk away. We just need s local shop for maybe a GP/Dentist to service the area.

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Saxton is wonderful, the floor to ceiling windows are amazing and the natural light in the apartments is really good. The flats are warm and energy bills are quite low. The internet is really fast and the location is amazing. We have a huge garden and allotments that are really good. The location Is really close to the city centre.

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I just wish I knew how bad the property maintenance company are. They often are very slow to repair faults and solve maintenance issues.

What is the best feature of your home:

The floor to ceiling windows and natural light is so good. I love the building.

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Saxton is a good place to live.

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2020

I really love living at Saxton. The area is very close the the city centre. Shops and bars are really close by and the garden is really spacious. It’s been so good having the garden during lockdown. The building is in a great position in an ever expanding city,

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The building is really modern, the garden is very spacious and most of the facilities are great. There is an onsite gym and a concierge who is very helpful. The only negative feedback is for the property management company. Sometimes, issues take a long time to be resolved and there are some issues with the main gates and lift.

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

I wish that I knew the ground rent before I moved it. I was quite alarmed to see the costs by letter for the ground rent.

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

There are a few issues that need too be resolved. The lift is broken and there are several other snagging issues across the site. For the most part, the building is great.

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