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 Leeds is on the up. There’s so much to be proud of

 

Leeds is a city of three-quarters of a million people, making it the third-most populated in the UK. It’s the biggest centre outside of London for business and financial services, as well as having one of the country’s most diverse economies.

"I’ve moved from a smaller village where there’s not much to do, so it’s fantastic to live so much closer to the centre. I’d describe Leeds as a vibrant and busy city with something for everyone." - Kate, a resIDent on our Ambition development in Leeds
 
Leeds has made its name as a tourism hotspot, with enviable shopping facilities such as Trinity Leeds and a selection of free attractions including the Royal Armouries. In fact, a STEAM survey measuring the impact of tourism found Leeds welcomed 26.21 million visitors in 2015. 

New Homes In Leeds

There’s plenty to look forward to over the coming years. Leeds City Council estimates almost £5.8 billion of commercial property projects are currently underway, adding to the £4 billion completed over the past decade. 

The price of new builds in Leeds has been rising over recent years. Between 2014 and 2016, Rightmove data shows a 12% increase in average house prices, making the beating heart of Yorkshire an attractive place to invest.
 
The city proudly boasts a selection of new or regenerated suburbs where you’ll find plenty of homes for sale. Highlights include the cool and cosmopolitan Chapel Allerton, while Seacroft with its abundance of green space is undergoing something of a rebirth, and is a great option if you’re looking for a new build home.

"Leeds is on the up. There’s so much to be proud of - our brilliant award-winning businesses, our amazing young people and our strong communities who pull together.” Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West

Living in Leeds

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Things to do in Leeds
Leeds is a city full of culture and heritage.
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Art, culture and heritage

 

Leeds has applied to be the European Capital of Culture 2023 – and there’s plenty to see and do that makes the city worthy of the title – not least the multi-million pound regeneration of Quarry Hill into a cultural quarter.

Already home to the BBC’s Yorkshire headquarters, Leeds College of Music, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Northern Ballet, The West Yorkshire Playhouse is also located in Quarry Hill. There are plans to secure funding of £13.6 million to create a new studio space here and to upgrade both the Quarry and Courtyard Theatres.
 
Head along Eastgate towards The Headrow and you’ll find The Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House on New Briggate. It remains one of Leeds’ most culturally significant buildings, with Gothic and Victorian features, and has a year-round programme of events. It is home to the Howard Assembly Room, a beautifully restored, 300-capacity performance venue and rehearsal space for Opera North’s award-winning orchestra.
 

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The Royal Armouries at Leeds Dock, on the River Aire, is a short walk from the city centre and is free to enter. As the UK’s national museum of arms and armour, it has an impressive collection of more than 75,000 items with live jousting and re-enactments. It’s also a popular conference and events space. 

Leeds City Museum in Millennium Square is also free to enter. It hosts a range of exhibitions, talks and events, as well as Picture Library selection days where you can rent an original piece of artwork for your own home.  

Hyde Park Picture House on Brudenell Road is a cinema with a difference, 1.8 miles outside the city centre. It will give you a real taste of times gone by – not only is it the last surviving gas-lit cinema in the UK, it has original features like an outside ticket booth and decorative balcony, with big plans to improve the facilities and accessibility in the coming years. Catch one of the latest films or something more unusual.

If you’re looking for homes for sale that promise culture on your doorstep and room for all the family, Strata’s new housing developments of Kudos and Ambition in Leeds are the perfect choice.

Transport in Leeds
Whether you're travelling for work or pleasure, Leeds has excellent national and international transport links.
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A city with great connections 

Getting to other towns and cities throughout the UK is made easy by Leeds’ excellent road network and public transport links. The M1 runs close to the city and will transport you straight into the centre of Sheffield. The A1(M) is your main connection to Doncaster in the south and Darlington in the north.

"There are excellent bus routes into Leeds from Seacroft. I work in the city centre and my bus picks me up outside home and drops me right outside work."- Kate, a resdient on our Ambition development in Leeds

Leeds was home to the first commercial railway, so it comes as no surprise rail travel remains important to the city. It’s home to the third-busiest station in the UK outside London, with an estimated 29.7 million rail passengers last year according to the Office of Rail and Road. A train to London King’s Cross takes just over two hours, while other destinations include Manchester Piccadilly, Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street.

 

Alternative ways to get around


The city is on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with a free water taxi service between Granary Wharf and Leeds Dock every 20 minutes. It’s an unusual but fun way to travel!

Leeds Bradford International Airport is 8 miles north-west of the city centre. It’s easy to access if you live in the city and its suburbs, with plenty of houses for sale in Strata’s Kudos and Ambition developments within its reach. There’s a regular bus service to the departure terminal from outside the city’s train station. The journey takes around 35 minutes. 

Once you’re at the airport, there are flights to destinations including Budapest, Alicante and Gdansk. If you get chance to relax before your flight, grab a bite to eat at The Saltaire, located just after the airport’s Yorkshire Premier Lounge. They have a great breakfast menu.

With great road, rail and airport access, our new homes in Leeds are a great option for anyone seeking houses for sale in the West Yorkshire area. 
Shopping in Leeds
Leeds is well known for it's range of high street and designer shops; take a trip to Trinity and Victoria Gate.
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A shopper's paradise


Leeds has a compact city centre with a great selection of boutique and designer stores, high street brands and retailers, and many excellent independents. 

"Trinity is amazing for shopping and eating out, as is Victoria Gate. Leeds is defintely my favourite city!" - Kate, a resdient on our Ambition development in Leeds


There are four arcades, each with its own personality. There’s Queens Arcade on Briggate, the Grade II listed Grand Arcade on Merrion Street and the glass-roofed Thornton’s Arcade on Lands Lane. The Victoria Quarter is part of Victoria Leeds, with designers including Vivienne Westwood and the first Harvey Nichols outside London.

Victoria Leeds also includes the new Victoria Gate shopping centre, home to the city’s first John Lewis department store. It’s the place to go for boutique shops, as well as Anthropologie and Australian tea brand T2. Meanwhile Trinity Leeds is where you’ll find 120 big-name shops, including high street favourites Mango, Pandora and Topshop.

Local food and produce


For a range of independents (and a fine example of Victorian architecture) The Corn Exchange is a Grade I listed domed building on Call Lane. It’s a good stop for local fashion, gifts, records and jewellery, or to just sit and stare at the amazing ceiling. 

For fresh produce, fashion and hardware, there’s Kirkgate Market. Not only is it one of Europe’s biggest indoor markets, it was also named Britain’s Favourite Market at the 2017 Great British Market Awards for the second year running. It’s located in a Grade I listed building with the main entrance on Vicar Lane.

To top it off, there’s a farmers’ market on Briggate in the city centre, scheduled for the first and third Sunday of the month. All of this is just a short distance from our selection of new housing developments.

Out of town, Otley Farmers’ Market is popular and is held on the last Sunday of the month. If you’re there during the week, head to independent wine dealer Chez Vin, and grab yourself a treat from Bondgate Bakery. The half-hour drive to Otley takes you through some stunning countryside. 

"Definitely take a look at Victoria Leeds; it’s brought loads of new stores to the city, including John Lewis and Anthropologie. You’re also just around the corner from Headrow House, a great place for enjoying a cocktail once you’ve finished shopping!” - Rachel McManus, Leeds Metropolitan University graduate and a resident in Leeds for 8 years

From the designer boutiques of the high street to the hustle and bustle of a rural town market, all of your retail needs will be catered for within a stone’s throw of your new home in Leeds.
Food in Leeds
As well as shopping, Leeds is famous for its selection of independent bars, restaurants, cafés and nightclubs.
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A feast of food and drink 


As well as shopping, Leeds is famous for its selection of independent bars, restaurants, cafés and nightclubs. 

Around the train station you’ll find Tapped Leeds on Boar Lane with 27 different craft beers – many of which are brewed on site – and beer dough stone-baked pizzas. Bibis Italianissimo is on Sovereign Street, a family-owned restaurant that’s been open for 40 years with an impressive food and cocktail menu. The 1920s-style dining room will transport you back to the Great Gatsby era. 

From Sovereign Street, make your way to Granary Wharf, a lively part of town that’s home to Livin’ Italy, an Italian restaurant and wine bar, and Fazenda, a Brazilian dining experience and paradise for meat eaters. 
You can catch one of the best views of Leeds from the Sky Lounge at Granary Wharf. It’s located on the 13th floor of the DoubleTree Hilton. Enjoy a drink on the balcony when the sun goes down – warm blankets are provided! 
The Calls is one of Leeds’ trendiest areas. It’s packed with bars and restaurants, including Ambiente Tapas and Brasserie Forty 4, both of which have great views over the River Aire. Head up Call Lane towards the city centre and take a look at the quirky Art’s Café Bar and Restaurant. Local artists can display their work on the walls and because it’s quite small, the service is generally excellent. 

At the top of Vicar Lane, close to the Grand Arcade, you’ll find Zaap, a Thai street food experience in the heart of Leeds. Park yourself in a tuk tuk while you’re served tasty and authentic dishes. The Pad Thai gets good reviews, or for something out of the ordinary, the Guay Tiew Phed Toon (rice noodles with stewed duck in broth) is popular with regulars. 

Trinity Leeds has a good selection of places to eat and drink, including Trinity Kitchen where the selection of street food vans change every six weeks. It’s home to The Alchemist and The Botanist, both famous for their unorthodox cocktails. There’s also an Everyman Cinema. 

Friends of Ham is my favourite place in the world! It serves great beer and wine, as well as cured meats and cheeses – what’s not to love?” - Jamie Richards, Leeds resident for 3 years

Whether you’re something of a foodie or prefer to keep it simple, opting for a new house in Leeds promises a world-class dining scene right on your doorstep.
Local Area in Leeds
Head beyond Leeds city centre and you’ll see some of the country’s best scenery and attractions.
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Out and about


Head beyond Leeds city centre and you’ll see some of the country’s best scenery and attractions.

If it’s a clear day, enjoy a hike along the Cow and Calf Rocks, located high on Ilkley Moor, 18 miles north-west of Leeds. When you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with views of Ilkley and other parts of West Yorkshire. Once you reach the bottom, reward yourself with a stop at The Cow and Calf on Hangingstone Road – book ahead to avoid disappointment as it tends to get busy with fellow walkers.

Our new builds in Leeds are ideally located for easy access to surrounding towns and villages, which include the likes of Victorian spa town Harrogate and the village of Harewood, with its grand stately home and surrounding estate.

Even closer to home and 4.9 miles outside Leeds is Temple Newsam. The 500-year-old estate was the birthplace of Lord Darnley, the notorious husband of Mary, Queen of Scots’. Explore the gardens designed by Capability Brown, or take the younger members of your family to pet the animals at Home Farm. 

One annual attraction to put in your diary is The Leeds Carnival. It’s the oldest Caribbean carnival in Europe - celebrating 50 years this year - and is held on the last Monday in August. The colourful parade of dancers, music and street artists starts and finishes in Potternewton, north-east Leeds, and heads along Roundhay Road 

“There are so many great walks you can do in and around Leeds. One of my favourites is a stroll along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, heading out towards Bradford. I’d recommend going as far as Apperley Bridge and catching the train back to Leeds city centre.” - Elaine Peters, Senior Operator at BBC Yorkshire and a resident in Leeds for 6 years

From its vibrant centre, through its green and pleasant suburbs and far beyond, there’s plenty to enjoy in walking or driving distance from your new build in Leeds. 

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Our New Homes in Leeds

Ambition
3 - 4 Bedroom homes
Asket Drive, Leeds, LS14 1HX
£234,995
Rosas
FOUR BEDROOM SEMI DETACHED
Asket Drive, Leeds, LS14 1HX
£234,995