Shopping for the best property investment profits? Welcome to Leeds

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Leeds new build property that you should put in your shopping basket

There are many great reasons to invest in off-plan property in Leeds. You’ll find some of the UK’s best property investments here.

Leeds hosts a higher education population of more than 200,000. Its residents benefit from some of the best schools in the UK, and a high percentage of schools that are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Leeds is a city which is only two hours from London by train and just six hours from Paris. It is well-connected to the north, and the rest of England and Wales to the south. Businesses here benefit from a well-educated workforce of around 2 million. More than 7 million people are less than an hour’s drive from Leeds city centre.

The Leeds City Region secured a £1 billion Growth Deal with the central government in 2014. It provides the finance to deliver ambitious growth and the West Yorkshire Transport Fund. Additionally, more than £350 million of public and private investment will help to boost regeneration, growth and jobs. Billions more in investment have already been committed to Leeds.

So, a great place to go to work, raise a family, and for business investment. A place that is easy to travel to and from. But what about retail therapy, one of Britain’s favourite pastimes?

In this article, we examine why Leeds is considered a retail mecca. We look at the major shopping amenities in the city, and you’ll discover a fantastic Taylor Wimpey development, which promises incredible investment potential.

A pedestrianised paradise for shoppers

Leeds has been named as the best shopping destination in the UK by the ‘Rough Guide to Britain’. Its diverse retail offering includes more than 1,000 shops, ranging from quirky boutiques to high-end luxury brands, via the biggest and most popular high street names.

You’ll find the retail experience here transports you through beautiful arcades, custom-built malls, and listed buildings. It’s a shopping experience you are unlikely to have in any other UK city. Shopping malls here include:

·         Trinity – a treat for all retail junkies

Trinity Leeds is an iconic shopping mall. In the heart of the city, Trinity houses more than 120 shops on three floors. The shops are open seven days a week, most days until 8 pm. There are around 20 bars and restaurants on site for you to take a break or end your shopping day. Most are open until late into the night. Better yet, Trinity is a tax-free shopping centre. Non-EU citizens can have any tax refunded before they fly home.

·         Merrion Centre

A place favoured by shoppers who also want to dine. Merrion Centre houses some fantastic independent stores as well as household names, and it’s here that you’ll discover incredible eateries such as Bulgogi Grill, Smoke BBQ, and My Thai.

·         Victoria

Sophisticated and elegant, the Victoria Quarter and Victoria Gate is packed with designer brands. High-end designer stores include names such as Vivienne Westwood, L.K.Bennett, and Molton Brown. It’s here that you will also find most of the city’s jewellers.

·         The Leeds Corn Exchange

When you think of a corn exchange, you think of local traders. The Leeds Corn Exchange typifies this ideal. Under a domed roof, you’ll find a circle of local, independent stores, and an eclectic mix of products – as well as some delightful places to dine during your retail experience.

·         The Grand Arcade

Another mall packed with independents, this time mostly cafes and bars. A great place to eat or recharge with coffee, you’ll also venture upon some of Leeds’s finest independents, including Our Handmade Collective, The Bridal Emporium, and The Traditional Shaving Company.

·         White Rose

Just outside the city limits, White Rose is the largest shopping centre outside of Leeds city centre. Parking is free, and the mall houses all the usual high street brands. It’s here that you will also find the Disney Store and Build-a-Bear Workshop – a treat for the children.

A market that was the birthplace of Marks & Spencer

A leading city would not be complete without a leading market. Kirkgate Market is home to more than 600 stalls and is known as the birthplace of Marks & Spencer, one of the UK’s most iconic retail brands. Two-thirds of the stalls are indoors, making Kirkgate one of Europe’s largest covered markets.

You’ll always find fresh produce here, and on the first and third Sunday of every month, Briggate hosts the Farmers and Craft Market.

Welcome to Royds Lane Mount – a Taylor Wimpey development ideal for retail junkies

At Royds Lane Mount, Taylor Wimpey is creating a development with an eclectic mix of homes to suit virtually all tastes. From 2-bedroom apartments to 4-bedroom family homes, these properties in Wortley lie just minutes from Leeds city centre, and within a few minutes of White Rose.

There is a great choice of schools for those with young children, and nearby Western Flatts Cliff Park is ideal for relaxation, walking, cycling and jogging. Here you will also find a range of sports pitches, tennis courts, and children’s play areas. Elland Road, where Leeds United FC plays, is only a mile away.

For shoppers and those who enjoy an outdoor life, Royds Lane Mount is ideally situated.

For property investors and buyers of new build and off-plan Leeds, you also benefit from working with one of the country’s largest developers. Taylor Wimpey has 24 regional offices around the UK, with each run as a local home builder. It gives them an almost unrivalled experience of the local market.

Taylor Wimpey has won numerous awards for its homes and developments. These include being crowned the Large Housebuilder of the Year at the 2012 Housebuilder Awards and hundreds of Pride in the Job performance awards, including the Supreme Award in 2013. Its role of merit doesn’t stop here, however. Taylor Wimpey has also been recognised in the areas of:

  • Design and Quality;
  • Customer and Community;
  • Landscape; and
  • Regeneration for its work on brownfield developments.

Targeting the growing number of home buyers and tenants with a desire for proximity to retail could be your strategy to off-plan property investment success in Leeds. And what better developer is there than Taylor Wimpey for your new build investment?

Contact one of the Gladfish team today on +44 207 923 6100, and discover more about the amazing property investment opportunities in Leeds.

Live with passion,

Brett Alegre-Wood

About the Author

Brett has over 20 years experience in all facets of property, he owns various companies centred around property and is the driving force behind the education and training at Gladfish. His companies have sold over £850 million in UK and London property and he manages over 1200 properties through his estate agency chain. Today he shares his time between UK, Australia and Singapore. He is married to Arlene and together they have 4 kids.

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