Leeds suburb named home hotspot

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AN estate agency which has helped thousands of people move to Horsforth since it first opened its doors there almost 20 years ago has welcomed the community’s debut in the list of England’s best places to live.

Linley & Simpson, which specialises in both residential sales and lettings from its branch at Station Road, said Horsforth’s debut in the Sunday Times guide came as demand for properties in the suburb was hitting an all-time high.

And it predicted that now one of the country’s best kept secrets was out, the national publicity would trigger a further surge in interest.

This week has already witnessed a spike in enquiries, particularly from outside the region, after the list of property hotspots put Horsforth very firmly on the map.

“Horsforth has always been a sought-after place to live – that’s why we launched our first office here – but its popularity has grown year-on-year at an unprecedented rate and faster than many other areas,” said branch manager David Mear.

“Those people who also put down their own roots here – and that includes many of our staff – are taken at first sight with what it has to offer and tend to stay in their properties for much longer than the national average.

“It is a magnet particularly for families, thanks to the unrivalled schools – such as Featherbank and Newlaithes, where Ed Miliband spent his early years - that serve the community, as well as the ever-improving Trinity and All Saints’ College.”

Other attractions of Horsforth singled out by Linley & Simpson staff include parks, fine eateries, award-winning pubs and bars, sandwich shops, cultural richness and, good travel and transport links.

l For more on new homes in Horsforth, turn to page 11.