Moving to Leeds or York

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  • Hey there - this place is dead but thought I'd give this a shot.

    I've got a job in York (at the university, so a bit outside of the town centre) from September. So I need to move up that way. Thinking Leeds or York proper. Looking for advice, thoughts on neighborhoods (in either), and estate agents. That kind of stuff (and any additional advice anyone may have!). Thanks!

  • Don't know much about York living, but can give you some Leeds advice. Living-wise, definitely avoid Hyde Park (unless you love back-to-backs filled with students), and probably avoid Headingley for the same reasons. Chapel Allerton (north of Potternewton Lane) is the yuppie part of town, probably similar to Clapham/Balham in terms of the people who live there (and a lot different vibe than south of Potternewton Lane). Meanwood is a nice half-way house between Headingley and Chapel A - a lot cheaper to buy or rent there as well, and has some nice pubs/bars/shops (and a waitrose, if you're into that kind of thing), and a big park. If you're looking at buying a place, then expect to be offering £20k above asking price for a house in Chapel A, and probably around £10k above asking in Meanwood (the Victorian terraces are very sought-after in both these places, e.g. Pasture Grove or Greenwood Mount). I wouldn't live south of the river (unless it's one of the new build flats on the river bank)... Manning Stainton seem to be the largest estate agent around these parts, although can't comment on whether they're good or not.

    Cycling-wise, there are some nice routes to York along back lanes (although I've never tried these at rush hour), or the train from the centre is cheap-ish and quick. 20mins ride north of Leeds (to Otley) gets you to the edge of the dales and loads of great cycling around there. Good cycling clubs as well, like Alba Rosa and Valley Striders.

  • Thanks! Ended up getting a place in York. But still thinking about a move to Leeds depending on how things go. So still helpful - cheers!

  • Hi! I relocated to York from London myself a mere 4 weeks ago and am alive and well. You need to live in the Bishopthorpe Road area to avoid the tourists.....it has its own village like feel with some great coffee. Loads of bike gangs to choose from also.

  • I relocated to York from London myself a mere 4 weeks ago and am alive and well.

    Promising!

    You need to live in the Bishopthorpe Road area to avoid the tourists.....it has its own village like feel with some great coffee.

    We got a place in South Bank in fact, so I guess pretty much there.

    Loads of bike gangs to choose from also.

    Obviously the most important thing. Which is the slowest?

  • Brill! We must meet up on 'Bishy Road' then to compare notes.

    Ha! Well, I've joined York Rouleurs but their slow group ain't slow! I tend to get dropped just after halfway but they do wait for me at the top of the next hill and then have coffee together at the end. Am the only woman, hmm.

    Have been thinking of trying Clifton CC...they seem to do more socials

  • There seems to be a trend, we've relocated from London to York (Strensall) in the last week. Interesting about York Rouleurs being fast, they won't be for me then...

  • I’m also in the southbank area. There is a York Fixed Gear Facebook page and a ride every 2 weeks on a Monday, meeting at the Winning Post pub on bishy road. 7pm and leave at 7.30pm.

    https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13­5513706866&ref=content_filter

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