Top 10 streets in Leeds to raise a family are revealed

Horsforth is one of the Leeds suburbs that made the top 10.
Horsforth is one of the Leeds suburbs that made the top 10.
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THE BEST streets in Leeds to raise a family have been revealed.

Wike Ridge Lane in Shadwell made it to the top of the list, according to a report from Property Detective.

The north Leeds suburb narrowly beat Garforth to the top, with Aberford, Chapel Allerton, Headingley and Horsforth all making the top 10.

The report was based on a range of factors including the quality and availability of schools, nurseries and childcare providers, crime rates, population density and green spaces.

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Property detective founder Barry Bridges said: “It’s interesting that for Leeds and the surrounding communities there are a wealth of areas where crime is markedly lower than the national average, but for families crime is only one part of the picture.

“Our research tells us that Leeds and the surrounding area offers a strong community presence, quick access to the countryside and green spaces and plenty of family amenities.

“This provides an even fuller picture of what is important for families, but it does pay to check your street as things can vary one road to the next.”

He added: “People want different things from their neighbourhood but family friendliness is supremely important.

“Even if you don’t have children, the future resaleability of your property might be affected if the neighbourhood as a whole attracts parents or parents-to-be.”

Check out the full top 10 below or visit propertydetective.com/family and enter your own postcode to see how your area scores on the index.

1. Wike Ridge Lane, Shadwell. LS17 8AT

A long, quiet lane surrounded by plenty of green spaces with a wide range of great schools and nurseries nearby.

2. Brierlands Fold, Garforth. LS25 2NU

This former mining town has an immaculate, tree-lined lane that is well-catered for families with plenty of key amenities and a pretty park nearby.

3. Castley Lane, Castley, near Otley. LS21 2PY

Just a short drive from Leeds city centre, this lane surrounded by farmland is located in a tight-knit community that has plenty of other parents and activities creating a support network for young families.

4. Cattle Lane, Aberford. LS25 3EP

Running alongside a beautiful countryside; this historic village offers great schools, nurseries and mum’s networks.


5. Mansion Gate Drive, Chapel Allerton. LS7 4DN

With great nurseries close by, a range of play facilities and very low crime, it’s no wonder this suburban drive scores well.

6. Gledhow Wood Grove, Gledhow. LS8 1NR

A popular area for parents, this neighbourhood grove is a short walk to local amenities including the parks, hospital, and a primary school.

7. Green Road, Meanwood. LS6 4LE

This serene road runs alongside a scenic park, and is a low crime area with good schools and nurseries nearby.

8. Dam Lane, Saxton. LS24 9QF

This wooded lane in a quaint village offers a range of childcare options along with a variety of family amenities and shops.

9. Kepstorn Road, Headingley. LS16 5HL

A lovely country road with low crime rates and a good range of play facilities for families nearby.

10 . Clarence Road, Horsforth. LS18 4JZ

This pretty road is a great spot for families who want to benefit from good schools and family facilities.