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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.”

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