South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire is a county in the north of England, situated midway between the cities of Manchester and Leeds. It has an area of 1,653 square miles (4,295 km2) and a population of 1.1 million people. The region was heavily industrialised during the 18th century but contains some beautiful countryside too, giving it an excellent combination of urban and rural areas for prospective homebuyers.

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Best places to live in South Yorkshire

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Where is South Yorkshire?

A ceremonial and metropolitan county in England, South Yorkshire is bordered by the counties of West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It was created in 1974 following a split from its northern neighbour, West Yorkshire.

Areas in South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire is divided into 28 districts, each with its own distinct identity, that are gathered together into the four larger metropolitan boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Sheffield

Sheffield is the largest city in South Yorkshire with a population of over half a million and offers a wealth of amenities to its residents. Buyers looking at properties in Sheffield will find everything from apartments to large detached homes available. 

Renowned for its steel industry as well as being one of the greenest cities in Europe, thanks to its many parks and woodlands. The city centre is home to lively nightlife and an array of shops, while its outskirts boast some of the country’s most

Doncaster

Doncaster is the second-largest city in South Yorkshire and is home to Doncaster Racecourse, as well as a number of other attractions including museums and theatres. Homebuyers looking at Doncaster will find a range of properties available, from terraced houses to apartments and detached homes.

The University of Sheffield

Rotherham

Rotherham is the third-largest city in South Yorkshire and offers buyers a variety of housing options, including period properties, cottages and new-builds. Rotherham also boasts excellent transport links, making it an ideal base for commuters working in nearby cities such as Sheffield and Leeds.

Barnsley

Barnsley is South Yorkshire’s largest town and has a population of around 89,000. Prospective home buyers looking at Barnsley will find a wide range of property types available, from apartments to detached homes. The town also has a number of cultural attractions, including theatres and museums such as the Hepworth Gallery.

South Yorkshire Universities

South Yorkshire is home to a number of universities, including the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. These institutions offer a range of courses across a variety of subject areas, making South Yorkshire an ideal location for students looking to study in the UK.

The University of Sheffield – The University of Sheffield is a world-renowned institution, ranked in the top 100 universities globally. The university offers a wide range of courses across faculties such as arts and humanities, engineering, sciences, and social sciences.

Sheffield Hallam University – Sheffield Hallam University is the largest university in Sheffield, and the fourth largest in the UK. The university offers a range of courses across faculties such as business, law, health, and social sciences.

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Barnsley College – Barnsley College offers a wide range of technical, professional, commercial and academic courses to students from across South Yorkshire. The university also has campuses located throughout the region including at Doncaster, Rotherham and Wakefield.

Top schools in South Yorkshire

Prospective home buyers looking at primary or secondary education in South Yorkshire will find that the area has a number of top-performing state and independent schools. There are a number of excellent schools located throughout South Yorkshire, catering to pupils from nursery age through to the sixth form.

Some of the best-known schools in the area include Ecclesfield School and Silverdale School in Sheffield, the King James School in Barnsley and The Mount School in York. The majority of schools in South Yorkshire are state-funded, although there is a good selection of independent schools available.

Population of South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire is home to around two million people, making it one of the most populous regions in England. This makes it a great place to live if you’re looking for plenty of things to do and places to go.

 

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Worth its struggles.

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Review Date Aug 2022

The Queens Road area is an excellent location for off high street shopping, however there are very few bars and restaurants within a short walk (aside from the best brewery in Sheffield that is only a 10 minute walk, Triple Point). This development is in an ideal location given its easy access to the city centre by tram, bus and foot . The city noise pollution is very low, you don’t even feel like you live in a city, and you hear very little traffic/disruption.

There are a lot of the children from different households play together which shows great community spirit. However, these builds can get very hot during the summer requiring windows to be wide open, a lot of loud children can be very testing when you are working from home.

Neighbours, they’re a key part to the community but certain neighbours have a disrespect for the community and environment. From overflowing bins (resulting in rubbish being blown all over the development) to parking where they shouldn’t on the already narrow roads (especially on a hill when the ground is frozen over).

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Although this plot does not appear to be the biggest on the outside, there is a lot of space inside. In terms of construction, the buildings are well designed and well built, but not without issue. Property management, however, is not as good as the houses themselves. We’ve had a handful of issues since moving in, with both property management and contract management.

While the grass itself is terrible (due to the low budget install and horrific drainage), the garden is the best feature. Having moved from a flat it’s perfect.

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Honestly, it would be that the rented properties are worth the struggle. Dealing with Simple Life at times is very testing, but you are going to be hard pushed to find a better rented development that has as much to offer and is as close to the City Centre as East Hill Gardens.

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Management are very bi-polar in our experience of them handling our relationship. Somethings would be completed within days (quicker than you’d expect) and others would take months or even over a year. At times it would appear the more it affected Simple Life themselves or when they needed something form you, the quicker the issue would be resolved. However, the same could not be said when you need something form them.

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Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to leave Simple Life and East Hill Gardens development a review. The detail you have provided is extremely helpful and we really appreciate your insights. We’re delighted to hear that you love your property, the location and that overall you would recommend us as your landlord.

We can see that there appears to be some areas for improvement and your feedback will be shared with the team so that these items can be looked in to.

A pleasant development to live in

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Review Date Aug 2022

The area does have a small supermarket and several shops on the main drag through the village. Its does have a good bus link to Doncaster and Rotherham with a mainline train station about 15 minutes away. You can be in the capital within 1 hour 40 minutes and Edinburgh in 3 hours. Being situated in the middle of a good road network with the A1 to the right and the M1/M62 to the left of you. A major shopping retail outlet Meadowhall at Sheffield within 20 minutes drive away and for those of you who love Ikea right opposite Meadowhall. I probably wouldn’t go out in Edlington as its full of working mens clubs and the bottom of the village can be scary at night with anti social behaviour. For me I would go to York or Doncaster. Very little anti social behaviour apart for the odd kids who come into the development from the village. Plenty of parking with your own drive. I would say the development is a multi culture. Very quiet neighbourhood.

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I can’t fault the properties although their is a variance in garden sizes throughout the development. Most have some sort of sloop on them which can be a pain. The energy ratings and warmth of the properties in the winter is excellent and are very easy to run, you won’t need the heating on long. The biggest thing that lets the sight down is the maintenance contractor for the front gardens and the area around the small park. They’re very sporadic in turning up and the effort put into making the fronts look nice is minimal. For example all the owners contribute to a pot to keep the estate look nice (Simple Life pays ours), the area around the park has damaged fencing and grass that doesn’t get cut. Shame as this would be a nice community area. As for Simple Life in requesting problems are excellent through their portal, but directly contact the asset manager has been heard as they seem to change them on a regular basis and aren’t the quickest at replying back to you. The My Simple Life app needs to be maintained more regularly, for example my tenancy agreement and gas inspection has been renewed and still showing from 2 years ago.

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I would have like another tennant to act as a minder just to help me with the little things I didnt know. Like local ammnieties, bin days etc

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There quick to respond through issues in a timely manner.

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Hello,

Thank you for your great reviews of Yew Gardens – we’re really pleased to read that you’re very happy.

Thank you for your feedback on the grounds maintenance – this will be fed back in to the team to check up on for you. In regards to the app – everything pulling through should be the most recent documents. If you could get in touch with your Asset Manager, or via the app, so we can identify you and look in to this for you, it would be much appreciated. All your feedback is very useful to us.

Very good property

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Review Date Aug 2022

Very quiet and peaceful area. Supermarkets and schools nearby.

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Urgent problems were solved very quickly after contacting property management. Very friendly staff from simple life so far, pleased. The house has a pleasant modern design, with storage and a amazing backyard. Additionally, if you are looking for a place to rent and you have a furry friend you can relax because the properties are pet friendly!

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The parking space at back is not accessible through the backyard’ unfortunately.

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I have used the platform to report problems and works perfectly. Quick response directly from developers and engineer with availability to visit the property.

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Hi Monica,

Thank you for your wonderful review of Yew Gardens and for your recommendation of Simple Life as your landlord.

Quiet beautiful place

Review Date Aug 2022

The building is of good quality.
The area is very lovely and peaceful.
There is immediate connection to tram stop as well as supermarkets.
There is not connection with bus points , the nearest one about 5 minutes walk

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The development is very nice. Building are of good quality and it is perfect and have nice garden . Diverse choices. I live in three floors and three rooms.

I have a private parking and there is a visitor parking in the area and it is clean and quiet

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The best telecom company in the region

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The building management responded quickly and professionally, and their treatment was accurate

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We really appreciate your comments Hamad – thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and for being a part of the Simple Life community.