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Is Headingley A Good Place To Live?

While Leeds has a lot to offer, it is fair to say many people look for a suburban setting instead of city-center living. There are always places that look like “the next hottest place to live”, but for some time now, residents and property buyers have found great value and quality in Headingley.

If you are looking for a sophisticated area with numerous cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and trendy places to socialise, Headingley offers a lot. When you consider its location close to Leeds Becketts University, you shouldn’t be surprised by its cosmopolitan, and sometimes bohemian, feel.

Ultimately, if you are keen to make the most out of life, Headingley is an excellent place to live! This goes for students, young professionals, families, and even people looking to make the most of their golden years. In brief, Headingley has something for everyone. If this blog helps you make that decision to move or invest in property in Headingley, then feel free to get in touch with us at Dwell.

Here is a breakdown of common questions we get as Headingley Estate agents which can help influence buying or renting decisions.


House prices in Headlingley

According to Rightmove, as of March 2022, properties in Headingley had an overall average price of £255,628 over the past 12 months.
Compare the average price of property in Headingley with other local average prices:
  • Leeds city centre: £171,829
  • Leeds, West Yorkshire: £238,308
  • West Yorkshire: £222,064
As you’ll see, the average house price in Headingley is more expensive than this price for Leeds city centre, Leeds and West Yorkshire.

If you are looking for a suburban setting close to the heart of Leeds, and so many entertainment or travel options, Headingley has you covered.

Are there good schools in Headingley?

Parents are likely to be very pleased with the choice of education in Headingley. There are close to 20 primary schools in Headingley, with the majority achieving a “Good” or “Outstanding” report from Ofsted and are some of the best in Leeds.

There is also a substantial range of High Schools within easy reach, so families can settle in the area, knowing their child’s education is in hand and close at hand.

How many people live in Headingley?

According to Office for National Statistics (ONS), 32,459 people live in the Headingley & Ward Park district in Yorkshire and The Humber.

Does Headingley have good transport links?

Getting in, out or around Headingley is simple with public transport. Regular bus services will have you in the heart of Leeds in around 20 minutes.
Headingley Railway Station is around half a mile from the heart of Headingley, also serving the Kirkstall community and the student population at Beckett Park campus. As you would expect, there are plenty of trains to and from Leeds at peak times. The journey time between Headingley Railway Station and Leeds takes around 9 minutes.

Whether commuting, connecting a journey or travelling for fun, Headingley is a great base to reach Leeds and other areas.

You can socialise and shop in Headingley

Otley Road and North Lane are the places for shoppers and socialising. Whether you fancy a cappuccino, something a bit stronger, a snack or a substantial meal, you’ll find everything you need.

If your focus is on retail therapy, the Arndale Centre hosts brand names and everything you need for everyday life. There are also plenty of independent outlets, boutique stores and charity shops. You can shop whatever your budget or style until you drop.

There is plenty of open space in Headingley

Outdoor space is essential these days, and Headingley has a brilliant section of green spaces nearby. The city centre isn’t far away, but with Hyde Park, Meanwood Park and Beckett Park, you’ll feel in a world of your own.

Whether you choose to exercise, relax, socialise or walk the dog, the parks of Headingley help you feel at home and are really why Headingley is known as one of the best places to live.

Headingley is a sporting hub

If you love sport, you will feel right at home in Headingley.

The Headingley Stadium hosts the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the Leeds Rhinos rugby lead team, and the Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union side.

Before you know it, you’ll be spending a lot of your spare time in this one Headingley destination!

The stadium has been significantly redeveloped this century, and it is a fine modern stadium that is fit for all the family. Whether you are a committed fan or casual observer, this sporting venue is at the heart of many local people’s lives.

Is Headingley a safe place to live?

The general consensus from us at Dwell, online and on social media is that Headingley is a safe place to stay.

Is Headingley a suburb?

Yes, Headingley is a suburb of Leeds, located around two miles from the city centre. If you are making your way out of Leeds city centre, travel in a North-Western direction, using the A660 road.

How old is Headingley?

With Headingley appearing in the 1086 Domesday Book, this is a suburb with significant history. For most people, though, Headingley started its journey to the thriving area it is today in the 1800s.As Leeds flourished as an industrial powerhouse, the rich moved out. They did so to escape the dirt and noise of the city.

Headingley was a popular destination, and two critical transport services ensured the area would grow. The Headingley Railway Station opened in 1849, facilitating travel to and from the heart of Leeds. There was also the Leeds Tramway, which terminated at Far Headingley from 1875.

It is pleasing to see that Headingley is still in touch with the past. A casual stroll on any given day can see you look upon homes dating back to the 1830s boom era. While modern-day Headingley is forging a new direction and story for the area, it is good to know a strong connection remains with its past.

Get in touch with Headingley Estate Agents

We're an independent Estate & Letting Agents based in Leeds and Headingley. If you want advice or help when it comes to renting, investing or selling a property in Headingley then feel free to give us a call on 0113 246 4860.
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