Many of these areas have their own distinct character and history, having not been incorporated into the City of Leeds metropolitan borough until 1974 as part of a reform of local government in England.
Each of these areas are within commuting distance of the city centre via car or public transport, meaning it is ideal for those working in the office or those wanting a day of city life.
Located to the east of Leeds is Garforth town. Once a small village recorded in the Domesday Book, the area began to expand into a town when coal mining was introduced by the wealthy Gascoigne family. Today it is one of the biggest towns in east Leeds and has plenty of amenities such as supermarkets, department stores, food outlets and pubs. Community wise, there are two local brass bands, a Scouts group established in 1908, Garforth & District Lions Club, several football teams, two cricket clubs, two rugby clubs and a golf club. Properties in Garforth had an overall average price of £241,033 over the last year to October 2021. The majority of sales in Garforth during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £219,385. Detached properties sold for an average of £337,515, with terraced properties fetching £184,589. Overall, sold prices in Garforth over the last year were 3 per cent down on the previous year.
Known across the country for The Chevin and its stunning views, Otley is one of the most sought-after places to live in West Yorkshire. The market town sits along the River Wharfe, to the north of the city, just within the Leeds metropolitan borough boundaries. It is believed the valley has been settled since the Bronze Age but the majority of its development dates from the Saxon period, while the Otley Bridge is a scheduled ancient monument that dates from 1228. Woollen mills were built during the Industrial Revolution and the Otley railway station opened in 1865 connecting goods and people to Leeds. The station has since closed. Now Otley is a fantastic place to live, with lots of cultural and sporting activities as well as close links into Leeds, Bradford and it is within driving distance of the Yorkshire Dales. Properties in Otley had an overall average price of £301,362 over the last year. Sold prices in Otley over the last year were 18 per cent up on the previous year and 21 per cent up on the 2016 peak
The market town of Wetherby sits in the middle of Leeds and York. Standing on the River Wharfe, the historic town remains part of the City of Leeds and has a town council. According to local historians, the town was founded when the Knights Templar were granted land and properties in Yorkshire, gaining permission to hold a weekly market in 1240. The Duke of Devonshire apparently sold the town to fund Chatsworth House in the 'Great Sale of Wetherby' in 1824. Wetherby remained more rural than other places like Leeds during the Victorian times as it did not rely as much on the textile industry however, the brewery and mill developed, factories were later built, as was Wetherby railway station. It was closed under the Beeching axe in 1964. Wetherby Bridge, which dates to the thirteenth century, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade II listed structure. In the present day, the town is very popular for house hunters with many families wanting to settle in the area due to the thriving community, good local sch
Kippax is a village to the east of Leeds, close to the smaller villages of Methley, Allerton Bywater and Great Preston. It dates back to the Saxon period, with Saxon herring-bone masonry can be seen in the local church. The advent of deeper mining and the discovery of coal seams in Allerton Bywater saw Kippax undergo a rapid expansion into a typical northern mining community in the 19th century. Kippax is today considered a commuter village because its close location near to the A1, M1 and M62 means people have easy access into Leeds, Castleford, Wakefield and York. The high street has a mix of independent butchers, grocers and newsagents and a small co-op store. It is close to the RSPB St Aidan's nature reserve and RSPB Fairburn Ings. Properties in Kippax had an overall average price of £194,562 over the last year. Overall, sold prices in Kippax over the last year were two per cent down on the previous year and seven per cent on the 2018 peak of £181,155.