The best areas to buy a house in Leeds where prices will go up according to Manning Stainton estate agents

A popular Leeds estate agent has revealed which areas it considers 'ones to watch'.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 6:00 am
Kirkstall has been named as an area to watch by local estate agent Manning Stainton.

It comes after Farsley was voted an "up-and-coming creative neighbourhood" in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021 guide for the North and Northeast.

Horsforth was also praised as a "city suburb with a proper country feel", while Chapel Allerton made the top ten list, alongside winner Ilkley, and was praised for its independent high street and community groups.

Back in March, Pudsey was crowned as a UK property hotspot after ranking joint fourth with Keighley in a top ten list compiled by Rightmove, after it saw property prices soar by 11 per cent across the last year.

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Kirkstall Abbey is in the heart of Kirkstall.

Local estate agents called it a "bit of a Leeds hotspot" and said they expect demand in the area to rise.

Mark Manning, is the managing director of Manning Stainton estate agents, which has been selling homes in Leeds, Wetherby and Wakefield for more than 30 years.

He shared his expertise and revealed the areas that he thinks are places to watch.

Mark said: "Fifteen years ago we were talking about Meanwood being one to watch, and since then the price boom in that area has been out of this world, so I like to think we know what we're talking about.

CGI image of the new Aire Park development at The Tetley. Image provdided by Vastint UK.

"We have been saying for a while that Kirkstall is an area to keep an eye on.

"I think Kirkstall has a lot to give.

"I like where it is location wise, it has good housing stock and there's a lot of good things going on.

"I think it will become more popular because of the Kirkstall Forge development and the money that will bring into the area.

"There are also some notable new housing developments going on.

"Alongside this, it has plenty of nice, old character properties and is near to Horsforth, which is a really popular suburb, so it will benefit from that."

Mark also said he expects to see areas in east Leeds rise in popularity, due to the development of the East Leeds Ring Road belt.

He said: "The development of the orbital road will take the traffic away from some of the areas in east Leeds, and I think with the new housing developments in the area, it could become quite sought after.

"With The Springs retail park and the Thorpe Park business estate, I think it could become a really interesting place to live.

"There's really great villages like Colton and out towards Swillington, and places like Outlton, Rothwell, Woodlesford which are really popular but people don't often think of them.

"They are also really accessible and close to the motorway."

Long-term Mark and his team are keeping a close eye on the South Bank development in the city centre.

Mark said: "There's also a real outside chance that as all the money gets piled into the regeneration of the Leeds South Bank belt, there will be a ripple effect out into nearby areas like Holbeck.

"At the moment, these areas are pretty warehouse and business heavy, but we'll be interested to see whether some parts get redeveloped into housing/

"That's something to look at long-term but it's definitely a potential for the future."

The Leeds South Bank regeneration is a series of developments south of the River Aire, which will double the size of Leeds city centre, expanding out into Holbeck and Hunslet.

This includes new housing developments such as The Ironworks in the Holbeck Urban Village, redevelopment of the former Tetley Brewing site into Aire Park, 1,000 new homes at Tower Works and flats on the Springwell Gardens site in Whitehall Road.

At the heart of the development, is a brand new skyscraper which will be forty stores high and 142 metres tall, taking over the mantel of tallest building in Leeds from Bridgewater Place.