SIGNS OF BEING UP-AND-COMING
If upmarket supermarkets like Waitrose, Booths and Sainsbury’s move into an area, they have seen its potential.
New coffee shops, delis, bars, restaurants, upmarket hairdressers.
Developers. If they start building in an area, it means they have a lot of confidence in it.
Skips and scaffolds indicate that money is moving in and refurbishing.
Improving schools. Families will flock to live in the catchment area of a good school. Allerton, which is now very fashionable.”
He says that having the potential to be up-and-coming in Leeds entails being north of the city centre, having good access, good schools and a mix of characterful, interesting properties.
Kevin Hollinrake, of York-based property group Hunters, agrees. His home town of Easingwold has been up and coming for a while now. “It’s always been a nice place to live, but now we’ve got a great little tea shop, Tea Hee, and a couple of delis; it’s little signs like that you can look out for,” says Kevin.
“If residential developers are interested in an area, then that is also significant.”
For the future, Mark Manning is putting his money on Headingley, which he says is set to change in the next few years. “It has always been popular and quite expensive, but there has been an issue about too many students. That is changing as students opt to live in purposebuilt accommodation closer to the university. I think a lot of the houses let to students will be recycled back into family homes. The social mix will change and I can see it becoming very desirable, a bit like Didsbury in Manchester.”
Kevin Hollinrake predicts that certain market towns will undergo a renaissance. “We’ve seen it with Easingwold, Helmsley, Yarm and Kirkby Lonsdale, and I can see the same thing happening with Thirsk, Ripon and Otley.”