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Five great reasons to live in Leeds

Leeds is a thriving city Northern city, with plenty to offer those both old and young. From bustling club and pub districts to the diverse cultural attractions, whatever your interest there is likely to be a venue or area in Leeds where you can indulge it.

Here are just five great reasons to live in Leeds

1. One of England's most vibrant urban areas
Leeds city centre recently placed fifth in a ranking of England's most vibrant urban areas. With the £300m Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre and the £60m First Direct Area just some of the developments at its heart, it's not hard to see why it has come under Brits' radar.

2. Varied, high-end leisure opportunities
Anyone who is a fan of designer labels and enjoys eating haute cuisine will feel right at home in Leeds thanks to an outcropping of high-end shops and eateries in the city.

Restaurants backed by Jamie Oliver and Raymond Blanc have found a home in Leeds as have shops by well known fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith.

3. Investment potential
Leeds could be the perfect option for first-time buyers or those looking to expand their property portfolio. As well as property prices in Leeds coming in at an average of £121,826 – less than a third of average houses price in London (£396,646) – developments such as the HS2 rail link and Leed's potential bid to become the European Capital of Culture could all mean that buyers could get a great return on their investment.

4. Proximity to the Yorkshire countryside and London
Leeds is an ideal location for those who want to have the best of both country and city life. Those who want to escape the hustle and urban living can escape to the beauty and tranquillity of the North York Moors National Park in under an hour. On the other hand, those who are heading into London for either work or pleasure can also get there in just over two hours.

5. Welcoming communities
Northerners have often been perceived as a friendly bunch and past research has placed Yorkshire & the Humber, of which Leeds is a part, in top spot as the UK region with the most helpful locals.
What could be better than moving to a new community where you will be welcomed with open arms?

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