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The Best Places to Live in Leeds and Bradford

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If you’re looking to move to Leeds or Bradford, but aren’t sure where are good places to live in the area, take a look at our handy guide to the best places to live in Leeds and Bradford below. We’ve listed some great areas for young professionals, families, students, and retirees, so there’s sure to be somewhere for everyone.

Valor Properties have a number of properties for rent and for sale across Leeds and Bradford. If you’re looking to move to the area, why not take a look once you’ve learned more about the best places to live across the region?

Is Leeds a Good Place to Live?

Leeds has a lot to offer working professionals, students, families, and retirees alike. For families, there are lots of green areas, parks, and good schools, while professionals will find an abundance of opportunities in sectors such as finance, digital marketing, and law. Meanwhile, there are plenty of small, quieter villages that would suit retirees well, yet are still close enough to the city for entertainment, travel, and shopping.

The 5 Best Places to Live in Leeds

There’s something for everyone in Leeds, but where is the best place to live in Leeds? Our list isn’t exhaustive, or ranked, but we’ve put together some of the best places to live in Leeds below, considering different needs and lifestyles.


Adel is one of the most sought after areas in North Leeds, popular with both families and commuters alike. Boasting several Good and Outstanding schools in the area, and excellent transport links, as well as good local amenities, pubs, and restaurants, Adel is the ideal suburb for those who are looking for a quieter life but still need to be close to the city.

Average house price: £346,402


Wetherby has been named one of the best places to live by the Sunday Times in recent years. The town is loved by both retirees and families for its small-town charm and strong independent nature.

Average house price: £423,667


Roundhay is one of the best places to live in Leeds for families, and is one of the most popular areas, boasting a 700 acre park, plenty of thriving pubs, bars, restaurants, and a number of shops along the high street. Roundhay is also a great spot for commuters, with Leeds city centre just a 5 minute drive away.

Average house price: £351,163

Leeds Waterfront/City Centre

Leeds Waterfront is very popular with young professionals, having everything you could possibly want within walking distance. The area hosts a number of modern waterfront apartments as well as trendy bars and restaurants, and small, independent shops.

Average house price: £189,492 (city centre apartments)


Headingley is one of the best places to live in Leeds if you’re a student. Only 1.5 miles from the city centre, and close by to universities, local bars, restaurants, and sporting venues, Headingley is an up and coming, ideal place to live in Leeds for students and young professionals.

Average house price: £301,755

Is Bradford a Good Place to Live?

Bradford is considered to be one of the safest cities in the country, and a recent YouGov poll ranked Bradford as the second most peaceful city. It is also one of the less expensive places to live in West Yorkshire, but is a commuter haven. Many young professionals working in Leeds and across the county choose to live in Bradford for a cheaper way of life that is still within access of great transport links, good schools, green areas, and a number of bars and restaurants.

The 5 Best Places to Live in Bradford

Bradford is a great place to live for young professionals who may be looking to buy their first house. It is also a perfect place to live for families, with a number of Ofsted Good schools, green spaces, and family-friendly towns nearby. Our list of best places to live in Bradford isn’t exhaustive, or ranked, but will help you to learn more about the area.

Shipley and Saltaire

44% of respondents to a recent Telegraph poll said that Shipley and nearby Word Heritage Site, Saltaire are the best places to live in Bradford. Boasting an outdoors market square, market hall, and a number of independent shops and cafes, as well as one of the best golf courses in West Yorkshire, Shipley is a great place to live if you like the small-town, old-world charm.

Average house price: £184,519


Queensbury is one of the highest villages in England, sitting at 1,100ft above sea level. For nature lovers, it’s an ideal place to live, with far reaching views, clean air, and a good quality of life. On a clear day, it is said that you can see the Yorkshire Three Peaks, York Minster, and the Humber Bridge (if you have a pair of binoculars). But, it’s perhaps not the best place to live in Bradford for the elderly or disabled as bad weather can be far more harsh than in neighbouring towns at a lower altitude.

Average house price: £181,155


Bingley is an old market town located on the River Aire, just 5 miles north of Bradford. It is surrounded by attractive countryside, and located not far from the Yorkshire Moors. The town boasts a number of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as good transport links into Bradford and Leeds, and has a number of good schools across the district.

Average house price: £261,094


Burley-in-Wharfedale is a popular, thriving area of Bradford, nestled between Ilkley and Otley. The town boasts a number of independent shops, and a strong sense of community, whilst also being a great place to live to commute to both Leeds and Bradford. It’s also a great place for families, with two Ofsted Outstanding schools, and a pro-active Parish Council that organises regular community events.

Average house price: £362,424


Menston is one of the most sought-after villages in the area for young professionals, families, and retirees alike. The town is considered to be a safe area, and has an excellent community spirit, and small-town atmosphere, but has good transport links to both Bradford and Leeds.

Average house price: £380,446

Estate and Lettings Agents in Leeds and Bradford

Valor Properties is an estate agent and lettings agent in Leeds, Bradford, and across West Yorkshire. We have a number of great properties for sale, and to let across Leeds and Bradford, suitable for students, young professionals., families, and retirees alike.

If you’re looking for a new home in Leeds or Bradford, take a look at our properties for let and for sale today.

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