North Yorkshire

Five best places to live in North Yorksihire

Rolling hills, quaint villages and picture-perfect locations – North Yorkshire has so much rural charm to offer, while also boasting cultural highlights in cities like York and Harrogate. If you’re looking for your forever home in the enchanting green valleys of North Yorkshire, we can help. Discover our list of the five best places to live in North Yorkshire, and see if one of these charming locations could become the place you call home.  


Situated right on the edge of the Vale of York, Boroughbridge is a sweet market town, complete with a pretty cobbled town square and winding canals. Boroughbridge itself is famous for being halfway between London and Edinburgh, and the town is well-located for access to Harrogate and Leeds. With a bustling high street full of independent shops and cafes, Boroughbridge and its surrounding villages make an ideal place to live in North Yorkshire, and a good stepping stone for people moving out of the suburbs in search of greener pastures.


Often regarded as one of the most picturesque towns in North Yorkshire, Knaresborough is nestled at the foot of craggy cliffsides, and is well-known for the dramatic sight of the elevated viaduct crossing the River Nidd as it winds through the town. Knaresborough boasts a weekly market in the town marketplace, plus some fantastic restaurants and pubs. It’s also well-located, being just 30 minutes from York by train, making for an easy commute across the impressive viaduct on your journey back home.  


Dishforth offers a true village life experience, with beautiful views of green fields stretching into the distance. But this quaint village is deceptively well-connected, with the A1M on the doorstep meaning you’re never far from York, Leeds, or Harrogate. Minutes away from the convenience and beauty of Ripon, Dishforth offers a true country escape, making it an ideal home for our Esteem development. Explore countryside walks at the weekend, head into Ripon and relax with a coffee – Dishforth has so much to offer anyone looking for a forever home in a scenic North Yorkshire setting. 


A true North Yorkshire gem, the cathedral city of Ripon is a perfect combination of tradition and modernity. There’s plenty of heritage – from the central cathedral, one of the oldest in the country, to the 900-year-old tradition of a horn blown every evening at 9pm. But Ripon also offers plenty of modern culture, too, from a bustling high street full of cafes, independent shops and boutiques to convenient supermarkets and well-regarded restaurants. With Leeds, Harrogate and York all under an hour’s drive away, Ripon has plenty to offer anyone looking to enjoy both the benefits of the Yorkshire Dales and easy access to city culture.

Green ha,mmerton

Situated in a charming rural location, Green Hammerton offers a perfect place to live if you’re dreaming of a traditional village life. Though it’s a stone’s throw from York and Harrogate, located off the A59, Green Hammerton has retained a peaceful feel. The village has a strong sense of community and plenty of commodities for residents, including a village hall, shop, post office and pub, and it’s also home to our stunning Adore development. 

North Yorkshire is an area of breath-taking beauty, and these charming locations prove that you don’t have to say goodbye to city life, culture or commodities when you’re choosing a home. If you’d like to learn more about our Esteem and Adore developments, make an enquiry today or book a viewing at one of our showhomes, and maybe you’ll find your dream home right here in North Yorkshire.  

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