All that glit­ters... York­shire’s new golden tri­an­gle

York­shire’s fa­mous golden tri­an­gle is fac­ing some stiff com­pe­ti­tion from an equally glit­ter­ing area. Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

YORK­SHIRE’S golden tri­an­gle be­tween north Leeds, Har­ro­gate and York is a well-known hotspot for those who as­pire to have it all.

It of­fers beau­ti­ful homes, good schools, ex­cel­lent trans­port links and the best shop­ping along with pretty coun­try­side. Lit­tle won­der that it is a haven for the af­flu­ent and boasts the best ad­dresses. The most ex­pen­sive streets in the county are here. Top­ping the list are Rut­land Drive in Har­ro­gate, where av­er­age prices are £1.1m, and Wig­ton Lane in north Leeds, where a house costs around £1 mil­lion.

But thanks to the up­graded A1M and the abil­ity to work at home via the in­ter­net, this per­fect piece of prop­erty ge­om­e­try has a ri­val.

Pri­vate client part­ner and prop­erty ex­pert at Lan­g­leys so­lic­i­tors in York, Giles Scott, says that a glit­ter­ing new tri­an­gle has emerged in the area north of York, be­tween the A19 and A64.

Its points are at Thirsk, York and Helm­s­ley, tak­ing in the Howar­dian hills and the mar­ket town of Eas­ing­wold.

Giles, who has lived in the area for the past 38 years, says: “Peo­ple work­ing in Leeds are re­al­is­ing that the area is ac­ces­si­ble and of­fers bet­ter value than places like Har­ro­gate. We are get­ting a lot of buy­ers from out­side York­shire too.

“The abil­ity to work at home has helped and schools are also a big pull. Peo­ple move to be close for Am­ple­forth, of course, but there are also good state schools in the area.

“The other trend I’ve seen is for multi-gen­er­a­tional liv­ing where par­ents and chil­dren will join to­gether to buy a large house up here.”

Tim Blenkin, of Blenkin and Co. in York, agrees though he ques­tions the ge­om­e­try.

“It seems ev­ery es­tate agent has his or her own golden tri­an­gle. Talk to the Har­ro­gate agents and they will point to the area just east of the Dales in­clud­ing Har­ro­gate, Ripon to the north and Wetherby to the south, with the A1 as the east­ern boundary.

“Over to the other side of the A1 is an area that is less well known and cer­tainly less ex­pen­sive. If you want post­codes, we are talk­ing YO60, YO61 and YO62. I would say that it is a golden trapez­ium, but that does not trip off the tongue quite as well as a tri­an­gle.

“It has Eas­ing­wold at the south west cor­ner, trav­el­ling up A19 to Thirsk, across to Pick­er­ing via Helm­s­ley, then travers­ing south to Mal­ton and down the A64 as far as Welburn and back via Sher­iff Hut­ton and Still­ing­ton to Eas­ing­wold.”

Tim, who lives in the trapez­ium, says it is 24 carat gold and reels off a list of what it has to of­fer:

“It has glo­ri­ous coun­try­side, the Howar­dian Hills; lovely es­tate vil­lages like Cox­wold, Hov­ing­ham and Ter­ring­ton; mar­ket towns in­clud­ing Mal­ton, Thirsk, Eas­ing­wold and Helm­s­ley; main­line rail con­nec­tions at Thirsk and Mal­ton; ex­cel­lent state schools at Ryedale and Eas­ing­wold, and for those so in­clined, a lead­ing pri­vate school at Am­ple­forth.

“Ac­cess to York is, at most, half an hour from any cor­ner of the patch.”

De­mand is high, de­spite a slug­gish prop­erty mar­ket, but choice is lim­ited. Homes here are cher­ished and the own­ers tend to stay put for a long time

Philip Proc­ter, of Ch­ester­ton Hum­berts in York, says that the area has al­ways been de­sir­able.

“It’s epi­cen­tre is Am­ple­forth and Hov­ing­ham and Am­ple­forth school is a big draw. Peo­ple think­ing of mov­ing here from the south think ‘where can I go?’ and re­mem­ber where they went to school.

“The Howar­dian Hills, so called as they are close to Cas­tle Howard, are very pop­u­lar and are a lot more ac­ces­si­ble than you think.

“You can drop down onto the A64 and travel into York and Leeds or you can go over via Thirsk and onto the A1.”

He re­minds us of an­other so­bri­quet coined in the 1980s. “The Howar­dian Hills was called the Cotswolds of the North and they are. The com­bi­na­tion of stone ar­chi­tec­ture and the coun­try­side is un­beat­able.”

OLD SCHOOL TIES: Am­ple­forth, with its fa­mous school, is one of the main at­trac­tions in the new Golden Tri­an­gle.

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