In this section you’ll find an overview of the areas surrounding areas the Leeds City region, along with advice on housing.
Bingley and Shipley are towns located in the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford, in West Yorkshire. Both towns are close to the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, a Victorian industrial town with beautiful scenery and a collection of works by the famous artist David Hockney. Both Bingley and Shipley are only a 20-25 minute train journey to Leeds city centre.
Bingley is a lively market town with the attractive Leeds Liverpool Canal running through its centre. It is also home to the annual indie / rock festival ‘Leeds Live’ which is set in the beautiful grounds of Myrtle Park. Shipley lies in the Aire Valley and has many green areas, such as Northcliffe Park and woods, and Baildon Moor, which offers great views across the valley. Shipley Glen is also worth noting as a local place of beauty.
In both Shipley and Bingley you’ll find Victorian terraced homes and good sized semi-detached or detached family homes.
In Bingley the average price of a flat is approximately £145,000, a semi-detached approximately £191,000 and a detached house approximately £356,000. Similarly in Shipley the average price of a flat is approximately £130,000, a semi-detached approximately £167,000 and a detached house approximately £305,000 (Zoopla 2016).
Harrogate is a historic, attractive and elegant area based in North Yorkshire. It is surrounded by Nidderdale, an area of outstanding beauty, yet it’s only a 40 minute train journey to Leeds city centre.
Harrogate often appears on the list for the best places to live in the UK. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the UK and a reputation for friendly neighbours. It is not only a conference, food, shopping, spa, and tourist town, but also a floral town. Expect exquisite gardens, beautiful parks and handsome tree-lined streets along with ‘The Stray’, a protected 200 acre area of open grassland.
You’ll find luxury apartments, good-sized family homes, converted barns and beautifully listed buildings with land. The Stray, West Park, Cold Bath Road and Royal Crescent are popular areas.
The average price of a flat is approximately £244,000, a semi-detached approximately £290,000 and a detached house approximately £523,000 (Zoopla 2016).
Horsforth is an attractive thriving suburb within the City of Leeds metropolitan borough. Its rolling hills and majestic views epitomises everything about Yorkshire, yet it’s only a 15 minute train journey to Leeds city centre.
Characterised by its sandstone buildings Horsforth has well regarded schools, excellent sporting clubs, good restaurants and pubs along with all the shops and amenities you need. The area also has its own culture sphere, with its annual Walk of Art in the summer producing some usual exhibits, and its park featuring a Japanese Garden and live cultural entertainment.
Horsforth offers a whole range of housing possibilities, from townhouses to character stone built buildings and homes with land.
The average price of a flat is approximately £161,000, a semi-detached approximately £248,000 and a detached house approximately £415,000 (Zoopla 2016).
Ilkley is a peaceful and relaxing town in the Wharfe Valley. It is surrounded by the picturesque countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, yet it’s only a 30 minute train journey to Leeds city centre.
Ilkley is famous for its moor which is the perfect place for walking, hiking and pony trekking, and the famous Cow and Calf rocks are ideal for rock climbing. The shopping, spas, dining and Lido, one of only 127 remaining in England, are also highly recommended.
Ilkley is the place to find stately Victorian stone build houses, good-sized family homes, and lovely terraces. Wharfe in Middleton, Ben Rhydding, Kings Road, Grove Road and Wells Road are popular areas.
The average price of a flat is approximately £226,000, a semi-detached approximately £322,000 and a detached house approximately £545,000 (Zoopla 2016).
Otley is a picturesque market town on the boundary between North and West Yorkshire. It is situated in the beautiful countryside of Lower Wharfedale, yet it’s only a 20 minute train journey to Leeds city centre.
Otley is a quaint market town with street markets, farmers’ markets, a wide range of specialist shops, and award winning bakeries and butchers. The charming streets have featured on UK TV in programmes, such as Emmerdale and Heartbeat; the town’s Bellman who walks around calling out news and events further adds to their allure. Otley has a close knit community feel and is host to a number of festivals and carnivals throughout the year.
Otley is the place to find a lovely Victorian stone built houses. Manor Street, Boroughgate and Cross Green are popular areas.
The average price of a flat is approximately £172,000, a semi-detached approximately £230,000 and a detached house approximately £429,000 (Zoopla 2016).
Skipton is a bustling market town with idyllic countryside tranquillity. Referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ Skipton is close to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, yet it’s only a 40 minute train journey to Leeds city centre.
Skipton has fantastic transport links, great schools and low crime rates. It has a wide array of outdoor activities on offer, from walking, cycling to fishing and horse riding. Despite the usual national chain cinemas, restaurants and retail areas it retain its small-town, country, community spirit thanks to the local businesses, markets, traditional pubs and quaint areas.
Skipton has many attractive terraced houses along with attractive barn conversions and large detached homes. Gargrave, Grassington, Raikes Road and Otley Road are popular areas.
The average price of a flat is approximately £187,000, a semi-detached approximately £241,000 and a detached house approximately £435,000 (Zoopla 2016).
The walled city of York, based in North Yorkshire, is steeped in history and is famed for its medieval architecture and surrounding countryside, yet it’s only a 20 minute train journey to Leeds city centre.
York is famous for its fantastic medieval Cathedral, commonly known as York Minster, it’s one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. It’s also famous for its maze of beautiful cobble streets and narrow alleyways (including the ‘Shambles’) which are lined with cafés, boutiques and traditional pubs. York Racecourse is a popular destination, hosting festivals and race days throughout the year. In the summer months, it hosts the flagship 4 day Ebor Festival, one of the UK’s oldest and most famous horse races, which is combined with fashion and fun.
York offers a whole range of housing possibilities, from modern apartments to beautiful Georgian townhouses and country mansions. Property is available in both urban areas such as Clementhorpe, Fulford, Knavesmire and Tadcaster Road, and in more rural areas such as Wilberfoss, Elvington, Askham Bryan and Nether Poppleton.
The average price of a flat is approximately £214,000, and the average for a terraced house is £254,817. The overall average price for property in York is £301,931. (Zoopla 2019)