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5 New Developments That Might Just Tempt You Out of Leeds

· Ali Turner · Living

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Lord knows we love Leeds, so much that it’s practically an obsession, but these new build developments are so good they could almost tempt us to leave. Village getaways and countryside locations, always with the city within easy reach, they’re a tempting proposition. Especially once you get a glimpse of those ‘ I can imagine myself living here’ layouts and designs!

A vibrant community just 10 minutes from Wakefield

Want to move out of the city without leaving it altogether? Newton is the perfect choice. It’s just 10 minutes from Wakefield and 20 minutes from Leeds, so you can have the best of both worlds. You’ll find schools, supermarkets and retail parks within easy reach, not to mention a generously sized park, complete with a playground for the kids. Craving the countryside? Both the Dales and the Peaks are less than an hour away.

Newton Grange is a Taylor Wimpey development. Their homes come in every shape and size – from The Coltham, which sits four bedrooms above a kitchen, lounge and integrated garage, to The Braxton, which dedicates an entire floor to the master bedroom and en-suite. These are contemporary homes, designed for modern living, so expect neutral colours, smart storage and premium fixtures and fittings throughout. Oh, and let’s not forget the gardens – there’s oodles of outdoor space in every instance.

Newton Grange, Leeds Road, Newton Hill, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2HU. Prices range from £259,995 to £284,995.

Village life just 15 minutes from Huddersfield

Honley is the perfect place to settle down. It has all the charm of a bustling village, with cobbled streets, ancient wells and the glorious Yorkshire countryside right on your doorstep. The village pub will welcome you in as a local and you’ll find everything you need within a 10-minute drive. But that’s not even the best bit, because idyllic village life is just 15 minutes from Huddersfield and 50 minutes from Leeds.

Scotgate Ridge is one of the latest developments from David Wilson Homes. Wide avenues give way to new build homes with private parking and gardens. And the homes themselves? They’re wonderfully spacious. Think three and four-bed houses built in a modern design. Open-plan living areas bring everyone together, while separate lounges and studies create space to work and play. You can choose from a range of layouts to suit your lifestyle, be it three beds across three floors or four across two.

Scotgate Ridge, Honley, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 6RE. Prices range from £306,995 to £519.995.

Suburban bliss just 15 minutes from Bradford

Thackley is a lovely little slice of suburbia. You’ll find it wedged between Shipley and Idle, where everything from supermarkets to pubs, restaurants and tea rooms await. Around here, downtime is often dedicated to days out in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, but if you want the bright lights of the city, Bradford is just 15 minutes away and Leeds is 30 minutes away.

Cote Farm is Thackley’s newest development. It comes from Persimmon Homes and promises a mix of three, four and five-bedroom homes, so you can find the right fit for your family and your budget. Modern open-plan kitchen-diners open up onto private gardens where you can barbecue in the summer, while upstairs, spacious bedrooms are paired with en-suite and family bathrooms to make your morning routine run smoothly. Parking is a given but some homes also have single or integral garages.

Cote Farm, Leeds Road, Thackley, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD10 8DZ. Prices range from £224,950 to £369,950.

Sweet tranquility just 20 minutes from York

If you’re craving the peace and tranquility of village life, Green Hammerton is the place to go. There’s a school, pub and village hall right on your doorstep, and it’s smack in the middle of the countryside, with easy access to the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, as well as attractions like RHS Harlow Carr and Fountains Abbey. Plus, York is 20 minutes away, Harrogate is 30 minutes away and Leeds is 40 minutes away.

A new development from Strata Homes, Adore brings together 62 modern homes. Cologne, a wide-front two-storey build with a Scandi design, is the perfect choice. Downstairs, the open-plan kitchen diner curves around the building and opens out onto the garden. There’s a separate lounge, where you can relax of an evening before you head up to one of the four bedrooms, two of which have en-suite bathrooms. And the best bit? Everything can be personalised, from the kitchen worktops to the bathroom tiles.

Adore, New Lane, Green Hammerton, North Yorkshire, YO26 8BL. Prices start from £560,000.

Countryside living just 6 minutes from Castleford

To one side, there’s nothing but rolling countryside, to the other, all the wonders of Castleford – that’s the beauty of Glasshoughton. Castleford High Street, which is just one mile away, will tempt you out with its smorgasbord of pubs, restaurants and shops. Got kids? Adventure activity centre Xscape will keep you busy all weekend long. Further afield, RSPB Fairburn Ings, Pontefract Park and Diggerland await, while Leeds is just 25 minutes by car.

Avant has created a sprawling neighbourhood of two, three and four-bed homes. They all have open-plan kitchens, off-street parking and bifold doors that open out onto private gardens. Upstairs, your spacious lounge looks out over the garden and bedrooms are spread across two floors, but that’s where the similarities end. Depending on which layout you choose, you could have a vast master or a trio of bedrooms on the top floor. As for the design, expect high ceilings, big windows and loads of storage.

Elliott Place, Glasshoughton, Wakefield, WF10 5HX. Prices range from £226,995 to £378,995.