Best places to live in Leeds

A few months ago we had a discussion about housing. As people who are approaching thirty and thinking about settling down probably tend to do. It got me thinking about how much perception affects your thinking. For example Hugh said he was looking at West Leeds because that has the nicest areas, whereas I would sheer clear of West Leeds because I think the nicest areas are in North and East Leeds.

The Sunday Times is a big North Leeds fan apparently. They named Chapel Allerton and Otley as two of the best places to live. Leeds List suggested Horsforth, Calverley and Ilkley as the places to be, while avoiding Headingley, Beeston and Seacroft.

Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to lay out where I think are the most desirable places to live and compare it to what everyone else thinks. So do post your thoughts. I’ve tried to stop where it becomes it’s own place (Wakefield, Bradford, Ikley, etc) but there is very subjective also so there is no clear cut off point. There is a similar problem with want counts as an area in its own right.

North Leeds
Desirable Chapel Allerton, Moortown, Shadwell, Alwoodly, Adel, Roundhay
Indifferent Headingley, Meanwood, Oakwood
Undesirable Chapeltown, Woodhouse, Little London

East Leeds
Desirable Colton, Temple Newham, Garforth, Swillington, Kippax
Indifferent Halton, Cross Gates
Undesirable Harehills, Seacroft, Whinmoor

South Leeds
Desirable Morley
Indifferent Batley
Undesirable Holbeck, Hunslet, Beeston, Middleton, Belle Isle

West Leeds
Desirable Horsforth
Indifferent Pudsey
Undesirable Kirkstall, Burley, Bramley

I’m not convinced Morley actually is a desirable place to live, but I didn’t know what else to put in that box.

As I said in the introduction, a lot of this depends on perception. Thus, I think a lot of you will feel differently. This also explains why you should not be offended when I have described your neck-of-the-woods as undesirable. I am sure it is full of lovely people.

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