Why Yorkshire is the best place to live
21 Mar 2022
According to a Daily Telegraph lifestyle article it’s all because of our unspoilt rural landscapes and picture-postcard market towns but Yorkshire offers more and apparently everyone wants a piece of it.
From tranquil coastlines to city lights, our county - known as God’s own country - has something for everyone and includes these Yorkshire property hotspots all served by our Beadnall Copley offices.
The Magical Market Town
The thriving market town and its surrounding chocolate-box villages, is a location of choice for a host of sports starts including former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa, who until very recently could be found most days at the local Costa Coffee on Market Place or walking to the Leeds United Training Ground in nearby Thorp Arch. Standing on the River Wharfe, it’s one arm of the famous Golden Triangle of Yorkshire’s sought-after places to live. As well as its natural beauty, Wetherby has an abundance of boutique shops and easy motorway access means that Leeds, York and Harrogate are all within 20 minutes.
The town’s house prices averaged at £433,518, up to 10 per cent on the previous year, according to Rightmove. However you’ll need substantially more to live in nearby Linton, one of Yorkshire’s most exclusive villages where a home on Linton Lane averages £1,791,000.
The Family-Friendly Gem
A Cathedral City in the borough of Harrogate, Ripon is acting as a magnet for movers as the 2022 home-buying season gathers pace across Yorkshire. If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s just how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings. With working from home now common, many buyers are thinking hard about where they really want to live – and Ripon is proving a popular choice.
It’s magical recipe? There’s plenty to do in its delightful town centre, which is virtually devoid of high-street chains and the area is further famed for the nearby World Heritage Site, Fountains Abbey and annual Ripon International Festival encompassing all of the arts, from poetry reading to orchestral performances. And for those with children, the renowned Ripon Grammar School has been voted the top performing state school in the North for a very impressive 9 years running.
For the commuter, Ripon is also only five minutes from the A1 offering ease of access to Leeds (50 minutes), York (45 minutes) and Harrogate (30 minutes). Nearest rail services can be found in Thirsk, Knaresborough or Harrogate.
Roundhay and the North Leeds suburbs
Leeds’s smartest suburbs have seen a huge surge in interest from prospective buyers with Roundhay being a particular favourite. Incomers are drawn in by the stunning Victoria architecture and the tranquil charm of Roundhay Park, one of the biggest urban parks in Europe. It’s a really friendly area and ideal for families as the schools are great – Roundhay School for 11-18 year olds is rated as Outstanding - and there are lovely little cafes and some very smart restaurants such as San Carlo Flying Pizza where you can people watch over your Pinot Grigio and – if it’s your thing – admire the array of supercars parking at the door.
Excellent transport links (two hours and 15 minutes to London by rail), plus employment opportunities, are also acting as a major draw for those moving to Yorkshire’s biggest city with Channel 4 having relocated to Leeds and the Bank of England’s northern hub there too.
Pictured: North Road, Ripon - on the market with Beadnall Copley at £749,500 - An incredibly attractive and most imposing Victorian period town house occupying an advantageous end of row position at the very heart of this popular, well served Cathedral City with the region’s motorway network in striking distance. Call our Ripon team on 01765 698100 for more information.