Leicester

Leicester is an increasingly popular option for property hunters seeking homes in the Midlands. House prices were enjoying a boom prior to the uncertainties of 2020 and are expected to bounce back thanks to the city’s strong economy. Historically connected to the textiles industry, retailers like Next, Asos and New Look have major sites in the city. Firms like KPMG, HSBC and British Gas also have offices there. Walker’s Crisps is also based in Leicester, operating the world’s largest crisp factory!

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Best places to live in Leicester

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

Leicester Abbey Monastery

Areas to consider

The centre of Leicester is undergoing significant redevelopment. Many new developments are providing high quality housing within easy reach of the amenities and transport options the centre provides.

The Wullcomb rental development by Way of Life was rated by residents as one of the top 3 BTR (Build to Rent) developments in the UK in 2020. This highly popular building took third place in the 2020 HomeViews BTR awards with an impressive overall score of 4.88 out of 5. However, new BTR developments are currently in construction in Leicester, and will seek to challenge The Wullcomb for its crown!

Outside central Leicester there are a number of very popular suburbs and commuter towns that attract large numbers of buyers and tenants. Syston is a commuter town 3 miles outside Leicester that offers suburban living with easy transport connections into the city and also to Nottingham, Lincoln and Loughborough.

Glenfield, Oadby and Braunstone are also very popular locations. These peripheral towns and villages offer excellent value, attractive properties and plenty of green spaces.

 

leicester motorway

Transport and amenities

It location right in the centre of England makes Leicester one of the UK’s best-connected cities. Leicester station provides swift rail services to Birmingham, Sheffield and further afield via CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains. Direct trains to London St Pancras take just over an hour to reach the capital.

By car, the M1 motorway provides extremely easy access to London to the south and Leeds and Sheffield in the north. The east and west of the country are also within easy reach via the M40, M6, A1, etc.

Leicester also offers good transport links to frequent flyers, with East Midlands Airport located within a 30-minute drive of the city. Direct flights connect to national and European destinations. Airlines such as Ryanair, TUI and Jet2.com operate from this convenient local hub.

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Reviews

History buffs like me will appreciate that cultural attractions are round the corner: Leicester Cathedral, the King Richard lll museum and the Jewry Wall.
– ZC, Verified Resident on HomeViews, The Wullcomb LE1

The Wullcomb is unlike anything else in Leicester. Located in the heart of the city centre, local amenities from one of the largest shopping centres (Highcross Shopping Centre) in the midlands at your doorstep, to fine dining and essential public transport, there’s nothing which can rival this level of luxury and quality.
– Arvinder Singh, Verified Resident on HomeViews, The Wullcomb LE1

Great location with very nice atmosphere and amazing people. Made so many new friends thanks to the wonderful people who actually live here as well. There is a lot of very nice bars around as the property is located in the cultural quarters. And there are many shops near by.
– Claudia Ruszkowska, Verified Resident on HomeViews, Queen Street Apartments LE1

 

Reviews in Leicester

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Fantastic Living for Working Professionals

Review Date Mar 2021

Fantastic location if you are a city lover! Admittedly there is quite a lot of traffic noise if you face onto the main road, however that is more than expected.
Really friendly and with you being central, everything is within walking distance.

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Great rooms, setting and layouts. Again, management and on-site facilities are brilliant. I would say one thing that could be better is the parking bays on the underground level, however they aren’t too bad!

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

Depending on your neighbours, you can sometimes hear a lot of movement from next door and above. Be aware that there are some students living in these flats thus the noise.

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

Potentially having an on-site gym in the additional space, or maybe more events (post covid)

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Manager Response

Hi Sasha
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review for us.
Your positive comments about the onsite team are very much appreciated. We try very hard to ensure our customers have a great experience – even in these challenging times!
In the city centre, we can get some slight noise from the road as busy times; but this is in just one part of the building, the majority of rooms are much quieter. We get very few noise complaints in a building with 297 apartments – but the concierge is there 24 hours a day if you ever need our assistance!
We agree that the location is great, easy to walk or catch a train – very well appointed.
We cannot wait to re-start our residents events program; we have a running club, yoga-brunch as well as various tasting sessions planned. We hope you will join us for one of these when the world opens up again!
From Karl, Louise & the team.

Good development

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Review Date Feb 2021

A great location with all the amenities that you would expect from a market town but with a village feel.

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Well thought out living space with variants in design for an overall look of the area, with different property styles to appeal to all tastes. Close to schools, shops, pubs and coffee shops with excellent transport links.
A great sales experience with swift and efficient management aftercare.

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Better garden design from the developers would have been appreciated.

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Light and airy with natural light utilise to its best through thoughtful window planning.

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Best place to live in the city centre – very stylish

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Review Date Feb 2021

Perfect location for all the best shopping and restaurants in Leicester. 5mins walk to everything you need. The back of the building offers a lovely view of All Saints Church and is very quiet, you wouldn’t even know you were in a city centre. Rally Park is minutes away on foot, and a nice stroll down the canal gets you to Abbey Park in less than 10mins. The Rally Park area is being redeveloped with accommodation and commercial buildings to give that riverside area of town a much needed boost! It will be great when complete. The new Lane7 complex in the old Grand Central railway terminal is next door so great for watch the game on he big screen, mini golf, bowling, pool etc. Good cycle routes available.

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Very stylishly designed, this building offers everything you need in your apartment from dishwasher to free WiFi, to satellite TV. there are little touches all around the building that make it feel a luxury place to live. All the shared living spaces are very impressive and have great décor. Esquires coffee which is accessible from the lobby is a great facility to have.

The management and concierge team are fantastic. Karl has been great for helping me move in initially, sorting out contracts and for assisting with any queries promptly and efficiently, and with Louise and Cristina nothing is ever too much trouble. Stef, Dan, Karl and Johan on the concierge team are always helpful, friendly and polite, and Steph is great to go for a run with, or even listen to your problems!

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

Make sure you lock your bike up well as bike theft is high in the city centre.

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

Noisy kids next door can be heard which isn’t great when working from home, but I think they are particularly noisy rather than there being the fault of the building quality.

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Thank you so much for your great review.
It is so lovely to hear that the team have met your needs while a resident at The Wullcomb – I will make sure I share you review with them. We try really hard to make a difference, so I am pleased to hear this.
The building & communal areas are a major talking point always & set us apart from the rest, I am glad you have pointed these out as we think they are very special – in particular the roof terrace!
The location is great, within reach of everything you could need from the City Centre but in a quiet position as well, The churchyard view is one of our favourites & particularly quiet.
Thank you for choosing to stay with us at The Wullcomb, you are very welcome to return if you need our services again – we are sorry to see you go!

Family development with all amenities to hand.

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Review Date Feb 2021

A high residential area with a good mix of old and new properties. A range of schools for different ages with excellent transport links, bus and train connections. A small friendly village with a good mix of shops for everyday needs. Pubs, restaurants and coffee shops to hand.
Open countryside with nice walks within a short distance.

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A good contrast in design of the properties, with a variation of size and living arrangements to cover a variety of individual household needs.
The overall development is of a good size, not over developed and in parts it could be said that a ‘Mews’ style has been adapted. The downside however, like most developments, is the lack of additional space and parking.
Overall the development, management, property management and particularly the sales team were excellent. All displayed professionalism, a willingness to please and deliver in all aspects.

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

I wish I’d known just how much the lack of car parking space would impact the overall area.

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

Response time to queries was good, with a quick turnaround.

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