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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

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