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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Average Location Score

Excellent

78%

Very Good

14%

Average

7%

Disappointing

1%

Very Poor

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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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Awful building

Review Date Jun 2022

Parking spaces are very limited. Tenants do not respect each other, organising loud parties in the middle of week.

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Very poor, disrespectful management, internet connection is a joke and it gets really hot when the Sun comes out. Unbearable temperatures during summer. Many flats got flooded because of poor quality of building. One time the whole parking was flooden because main pipe burst and we were left without water for 2 days.

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I wish i knew that I would get such poor experience for high end price and that it is very, very hot inside.

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

Around 20 tenants were kicked out because they raised too many issues. No one talks about it but we witnessed it and if you read your tenancy agreement carefully you will notice that they can do that.

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I really enjoyed my time staying at the Wullcomb and would 100% recommend it to anyone looking for a City Center apartment.

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Review Date Jun 2022

The property is located in a convenient location within the City Center, quite enough to feel like your not in the City but conveniently located across the road to the cinema, various restaurants and the shopping center. There’s free on-site visitor parking available on a first come first serve basis which majority of the time has been available for any visiting friends to park.

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The property has a lovely design and lots a space on the rooftop terrace and comfortable public areas to lounge and hang out with friends. The management company are all lovely and friendly and make you feel at home, the 24/7 concierge makes you feel safe at all hours and there’s never any worry about being at home to collect parcels etc as the concierge will kindly collect and store until your able to pick up. The only thing missing is a free on-site gym for tenants which would’ve been nice to have.

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The key cards for the main entrances are a bit of a pain, would’ve been more convenient if it was a fob which could be attached to your keys.

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

Online portal makes it easy and convenient to deal with any rent payments and they are fast at responding to any maintenance issues within the flats.

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the house complexes are beautiful

Review Date Jun 2022

The students in front of the building are a bit noisy but besides that it’s a great location, with city center just a walk away. It’s right next to a park too so it’s great if you enjoy taking walks. There’s a bus stop right by the end of the street so it’s overall easily acessable.

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The building is very modern and the house complexes are beautiful. The key fobs are easy to work with and the shared court-yard is an excellent place to stay in during warmer days. The entrance is very pretty and everyone is extremely nice and always in a good mood!

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It gets quite warm because of the big windows. I would advise buying a fan or something of the sort

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

Personally I haven’t had any issues raised, however, I know for a fact that if I did it would be easily fixed

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Perfect place to live

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Review Date Jun 2022

Very helpful staff. And a peace calm location to stay in.

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Perfect view. And good quality furniture. The garden space is also very beautiful. Always cleaned and no dogs allowed on grass area which is very beneficial because small kids can play freely without getting scared. Dog poo bags in the parking area which is a lot plus points

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Nothing. I was given all information before hand.

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

Had a immediate meeting and discussed points and resolved matter as soon as possible.

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