Town that’s a pic­ture of pros­per­ity

Its up­mar­ket shops, trans­port links and at­trac­tive homes have helped pro­pel Har­ro­gate to the top of the prop­erty parade. Sharon Dale re­ports.

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EV­ERY pic­ture tells a story but the bur­geon­ing num­ber of mod­ern art gal­leries is help­ing to re­write the book on Har­ro­gate.

Artist Dan Syrett, who helped his part­ner Jane Bruce launch the Work­house Gallery ear­lier this month, says: “Over the past cou­ple of years we’ve had six new pri­vate gal­leries open­ing and just re­cently there have been three new restau­rants, which is re­mark­able in a re­ces­sion.

“There is proper money here and the peo­ple who have it are happy to in­vest in art rather than leav­ing it sit­ting in the bank. The num­ber of con­tem­po­rary gal­leries also re­flects the chang­ing pro­file of the town.”

The spa town’s rep­u­ta­tion as a blue rinse sort of place is be­ing put to rest by a younger, cashrich con­tin­gent that has made it into York­shire’s premier prop­erty hotspot, beat­ing close and il­lus­tri­ous ri­vals York, Ilk­ley and Wetherby.

While peo­ple are still keen to re­tire to Har­ro­gate, it is now be­ing tar­geted by fam­i­lies thanks to its schools, shops, fa­cil­i­ties and trans­port links. The most pop­u­lar homes are fam­ily-sized and cost be­tween £300,000 and £400,000, says Gemma Myring, of Myrings es­tate agents.

The start­ing price for prop­erty is around £85,000 for a onebed­room flat and £120,000 for a two-bed­room ter­raced house. The most ex­pen­sive home on sale at the mo­ment is Beech Lodge, on the Es­planade, which is £2.1m with Knight Frank.

De­sir­able ar­eas in­clude The Duchy, The Saints, the Leeds Road area and any­where in the catch­ment for Har­ro­gate Gram­mar school, a suc­cess­ful com­pre­hen­sive.

“Up-and-com­ing ar­eas in­clude

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Beadnall Co­p­ley, tel: 01423 503500, www.bead­nal­cop­ley.

Myrings, tel: 01423 566400, www.myringses­tateagents.com Kings Road, which of­fers great fam­ily houses and good value and Cold Bath Road, which has also been re­ju­ve­nated over the last few years,” says Gemma. Ju­lian Rich, of Har­ro­gate­based Garrington Homefind­ers, says many of his clients are down­siz­ers mov­ing into Har­ro­gate from the coun­try. They are keen on apart­ments that they can lock up and leave.

An­drew Beadnall, of Beadnall Co­p­ley es­tate agents, agrees that this is a strong trend and adds that the town at­tracts buy­ers from far and wide.

The ex­clu­sive Ful­with Mill Lane de­vel­op­ment by Zam­mitt, which gives buy­ers a chance to have a lux­ury home built to their own spec­i­fi­ca­tion, has brought in­ter­est from all over the coun­try. Prices start at £1.65m.

Knight Frank, tel: 01423 530088, www.knight­frank.co.uk

We have had en­quiries from all over the UK and this week alone we’ve had peo­ple com­ing from Es­sex and Cheshire,” says An­drew.

“Har­ro­gate has tremen­dous pull throughout York­shire and be­yond. Many peo­ple choose to live there due to its ex­cel­lent schools, its lux­ury shop­ping and fab­u­lous restau­rants. In ad­di­tion, it is a short drive from some of the most beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and there is great ac­cess into Leeds and the mo­tor­way net­work. It also has a rail­way sta­tion on the Lon­don line and Leeds/Brad­ford air­port is ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes drive away. There is an in­cred­i­ble qual­ity of life in the town and at the mo­ment Har­ro­gate re­ally is flavour of the month.”

As proof, he cites a semi on The Saints that sold for more than the ask­ing price within seven days.

Al­though prices fell at the end of 2008 and through 2009, they have only lost around 10 per cent of their value, com­pared to 20 per cent in other less de­sir­able ar­eas of the county. “Prices have not in­creased but they have stopped fall­ing and over the past four years, de­spite the ups and downs, we still haven’t sold any­thing where you could say ‘they gave it away’,” says An­drew.

The only prob­lem with liv­ing in Har­ro­gate is the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing “in­sti­tu­tion­alised”.

“We’ve got ev­ery­thing now, in­clud­ing great shops,” says Gemma Myring. “There was a time you might go shop­ping else­where but now there’s no need. In fact it’s easy to get stick in a bub­ble here and you have to re­mind your­self that there’s a big wide world out there.”

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