Where to find quality of life and a dream commute
regarded to represent the city’s prime market. Better value can be found in the area just south of the park, where average prices are £301,340 compared with £381,450 in Calderstones Park, according to research by Hamptons International.
“The whole area is very established, very popular and has an exceptionally buoyant market,” adds Dixon. Allerton Road, which runs down one side of the park, is the main hub with bars, restaurants and shops. Buyers tend to be a cross-section of academics, families and young professionals. price of a house stands at £252,400, a rise of 17 per cent in the past two years. “It’s true to say that prices have skyrocketed recently,” says Walker.
Part of the reason for this change is down to the success of Meanwood Church of England primary school, which last year was named the second best-performing one in the country. “I know friends who haven’t even got families yet who are buying close to the school now to be in the catchment zone,” adds Walker.
Another barometer of change in the area came when Waitrose opened its Meanwood branch in 2010. At the time, it raised some eyebrows, but in its wake have come a string of new restaurants and bar openings including Alfred on Stonegate Road. Five miles north-west of Leeds city centre is Rodley. With an average house price of £169,650, it offers good value for money for first-time buyers. While it’s a little further from the action, it’s still a relatively quick 20-minute drive to the city centre for work.
The canal passes through the area, flanked by former mills and stone-built industrial buildings which have been demolished and replaced with modern apartments and houses. It is also home to the pretty Rodley Nature Reserve wetlands on the north bank of the river Aire. Montpelier was named one of England’s hippest neighbourhoods earlier this year thanks to its artistic vibe and quirky street art. The streets are lined with pastel-coloured terraces, vegan cafés and artisanal bakeries. Testament to its growing popularity, and despite the challenging market, average house prices have shown resilience, rising by 30 per cent in the past two years. For anyone who wants to trip out of