Top 5 places to live in Leeds

Leodis Square – best place to live in Leeds on HomeViews

Leeds ranks among northern England’s hidden gems. A lively cultural scene, strong economy and beautiful scenery nearby make it a popular choice for students, property buyers and renters. So, where are the best places to live in this thriving West Yorkshire city? We take a look at the highest-rated new homes in Leeds based on HomeViews resident reviews.

Top 5 new builds to live in Leeds

Below are the five highest-rated new homes developments in Leeds. These ratings are based on reviews by verified residents, giving you a unique guide to some of the very best places to live in Leeds.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance – as on our area guide pages.

1. Headingley Park, LS6

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4.90 (34 reviews) 4.90 (34 reviews)
Area guide to Leeds
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Jumping right to the top of the list at the latest update, Headlingley Park is Leed’s number one new build development. This rental-only scheme in the popular Headingley suburb of the city, within easy reach of the city centre but with its own very distinctive sense of community. The development offers studions, one and two-bedroom apartment, fully furnished and with access to a range of on-site amenities, all set within a leafy parkland location.

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2. New York Square, LS2

Moda Living
4.80 (142 reviews) 4.80 (142 reviews)
Area guide to Leeds
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In second place, welcome to Moda, New York Square. It’s a collection of 515 pet-friendly apartments, designed to form an exciting next-generation neighbourhood in Leeds’ cultural district.

Enjoy being part of a community rich with amenities, from co-working and meeting spaces to a media room, private dining and a roof terraces with panoramic views of Leeds City Centre and beyond. New York Square provides exclusive partnerships to bring you the very best the city has to offer.

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3. Mustard Wharf at Tower Works, LS1

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4.81 (171 reviews) 4.81 (171 reviews)
Area guide to Leeds
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Third on our list of Leeds’ best developments is Mustard Wharf, a brand-new development set on the banks of the Leeds – Liverpool canal in the exciting new Holbeck Urban Village. The development consists of 247 rental apartments, all furnished, with an option of one, two or three bedrooms. All apartments feature Juliet balconies, spacious living areas and top of the range Samsung appliances. In addition, there are plenty of amenities on-site, including a residents’ lounge, private dining, co-working spaces, superfast broadband, 24-hour front-of-house team, two roofs terrace/gardens, gym, and regular social events. It’s also just a few minutes’ walk from Leeds train station. Clearly, it cuts the mustard!

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4. The Junction, LS12

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4.70 (117 reviews) 4.70 (117 reviews)
Area guide to Leeds
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Taking fourth place in Leeds is The Junction, a collection of 665 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The stylish Build to Rent residential and retail scheme will also include parking and cycle storage. In addition, residents benefit from co-working and meeting spaces as well as private dining and landscaped gardens.

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5. Leodis Square, LS11

Dandara Living
4.72 (167 reviews) 4.72 (167 reviews)
Area guide to Leeds
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Leodis Square by Dandara Living is an outstanding rental-only development located in central Leeds. Offering studio to three-bed apartments, residents benefit from the development’s gym, a pet-friendly policy and a wide range of community events. As an added bonus, the development is just five-minutes from Leeds’ popular business and retail districts.

Leodis Square takes fifth place in Leeds. Residents routinely praise its location, the quality of facilities and its excellent building management team.

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Best areas to live in Leeds, UK

Property hunters have plenty of options when it comes to popular areas in Leeds. Horsforth comes out at the top of many lists of the best areas to live. Properties in this attractive suburb are well above the average price for the city. However, residents enjoy the benefits of suburban life with an easy commute to the centre. Not to mention Harrogate or York.

Other neighbourhoods deemed to be desirable include Headingley, Chapel Allerton and Roundhay. Recent regeneration has also made Leeds Waterfront a highly desirable location.

Leeds Waterfront has become a popular Leeds area for property hunters

Cost of living in Leeds

Currently, the average property price for Leeds is £254,781 (March 2024) according to Rightmove. Most sales in Leeds over the past 12 months were semi-detached properties, at an average price of £254,101.

The median monthly rent in Leeds is £1,200, according to Home.co.uk (March 2024). One bedroom apartments average slightly less, at just £849 PCM. Other living costs tend to be cheaper in Northern England than in the south, and both travel and eating out in Leeds cost well below the national average.

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What is Leeds famous for?

The high-end shopping destination Victoria Quarter

Leeds, like many northern cities, is a sporting mecca. The city has beloved teams across a variety of sports, including Leeds United, the city’s largest football team.

Meanwhile, Headingley is the historic home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos rugby league team. Headingley’s cricket ground also plays host to regular test match cricket.

Leeds is also a hub for Yorkshire shoppers. There are a large number of retail outlets and shopping centres in and around the city, including the high-end Victoria Quarter.

For history nuts, Leeds also has the singular attraction of the Royal Armouries Museum. This purpose-built complex was completed in 2005 to house weaponry and armour from Britain’s history, dating as far back as the Middle Ages.


To find more highly-rated new homes developments click through to our area guides below. All rankings are based on verified resident ratings to give you the very best options for new homes in the area.

Leeds

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 Read more about Leeds

West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire is a county in the north of England. It borders Greater Manchester to the south, Lancashire to the west and the East Riding of Yorkshire to the east. Made up of seven districts, Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford, Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield Hallam and York, it Read more about West Yorkshire
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