Shared Ownership in Leeds
Why you should buy a shared ownership property in Leeds
There’s no stopping this northern powerhouse. A wave of regeneration has been sweeping the city over the past decade and its entrepreneurial spirit is gaining momentum with each new opening. You want artisan coffee? Leeds has a thriving café culture with spot-on brunch joints and excellent coffee. Fancy a pint? You’re in luck: the city has an extraordinary brewing heritage and there are plenty of epic microbreweries and craft beer bars to pull up a pew. Looking for a hip waterside hangout? Mosey on over to Granary Wharf – where the Leeds and Liverpool Canal ends – and wander along the towpath to nosey at passing barges. Looking to splurge some cash? Pop into the revamped Corn Exchange with its indie shops and boutiques and gawk at the art nouveau shop fronts of the upmarket Arcades. And when you just want to cosy up by a toasty fire with a knockout roast dinner – think billowing Yorkshires, rich gravy, crispy potatoes, and all the sides – Leeds knows how to pull out all the stops.
When you want to swap the city thrum for countryside dreaming, Leeds is surrounded with serene sweeps of land and interesting days out – from the Rodley Nature Reserve with its thriving wildlife, to the lakes, woodland and gardens of Roundhay Park, and 900-year-old Kirkstall Abbey – a former Cistercian monastery where kids can run wild or cycle around its ramparts. Oh, and if you fancy a weekend away, Leeds has fantastic links to gems including the Dales, York, Harrogate and Manchester, as well as the international Leeds Bradford Airport and a direct rail link to Manchester Airport.
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You don’t need us to tell you that Leeds is a cracker of a city to invest in. The good news is that as long as you don’t earn more than £80,000, a property bought via the shared ownership scheme could quite easily be yours. You don’t need a huge deposit or to cripple yourself with a massive mortgage. Shared ownership makes stepping onto the property ladder a whole lot smoother for wannabe homeowners. If you’re seeking a city slicker apartment with a central location, two-bedroom flats are available just five minutes’ walk from the train station.
Finished to a high spec, they’re functional with a contemporary design and owners will have access to a resident’s gym, cinema and lounge. Mixing style and substance in the suburb of Seacroft, a new development of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes are ideal first home material, whether you’re a young professional, a couple or a family. Finally, head south to Wakefield, and a portfolio of homes of varying sizes have sprung up to suit all manner of homeowners with a neutral colour pallette, smart kitchens and pristine gardens.