Leafy suburb a sought-after location with something for everyone.
Southerners delight in telling us it’s grim up north, but anyone who has set foot in Leeds in recent years will have been swiftly disabused of that notion.
Closest primary school: West End Primary School
Distance: 900m, 8 min drive
Ofsted rating: Good
Closest secondary school: Horsforth School
Distance: 1.3km, 10 min drive
Family rating: 67% (Good)
According to Property Detective, this area is an ideal place to settle and raise a family, with a score of 67 out of a possible 100 on family friendliness.
Over a decade and a half of redevelopment has transformed the Leeds into a buzzing metropolis that’s not only a great place to work but also a great place to live, with a plethora of hip bars and restaurants, designer shopping arcades, stunning parks and art galleries and museums of national importance.
For home-hunters looking for a stunning location close enough to the city to make commuting a relatively pain-free experience, Horsforth provides the best of both worlds.
This leafy residential suburb was recently picked out as one of nine Yorkshire locations in the Sunday Times Best Place to Live guide — and for good reason.
“It’s an area that’s got something for everybody, with the overriding factor being that Leeds city centre is very commutable,” says Andrew Hardisty, director of local estate agent Hardisty And Co. “There are two train stations that service Horsforth, giving access to Leeds centre in less than half and hour.
“The schooling, which is some of the best in Leeds, draws a lot of families in. Both the secondary and primary schools are highly-regarded. What comes with that is a desire for older people to get in for grand-parenting duties — so there’s a real hunger and desire for all styles of properties.”
Hardisty continues: “The area is well serviced with amenities as well. There are three different town centres — Town Street, New Road Side and Station Road — which all have good amenities: banks, shops, bars and restaurants. And then you’re straight down the A65 into Leeds, and yet just minutes out into the countryside where you can go and get some of the walks.
“You can get to Bradford and Harrogate centres reasonably easily as well, so it’s just a highly sought-after place to live. “We have one-bedroom apartments coming at around the £100,000 mark, and then we have houses circa £1 million. There’s a full range and there really is something in there for everyone.