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The Secret Apartment Buildings You Never Knew Were There

· Ali Turner · Living

Go apartment hunting off the beaten track.

Park Square Residence

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Tucked away in corners and hidden in plain sight, these are the apartment buildings you need to know about…

It’s impossible to miss Candle House and Bridgewater Place, but they’re not the only apartment buildings in Leeds. In fact, if you delve a little deeper into the city’s maze of streets, you’ll find a surprising array of apartment buildings that you never even knew were there. From Grade II listed buildings that blend old and new to luxury pads designed for modern city living, why not try one of these for size?

18 East Parade

An intimate apartment building on one of the city’s main thoroughfares, 18 East Parade is a real hidden gem. There are just five apartments inside and they’re all subtly different. Big, expansive windows let you look out over the city, statement sloping ceilings add character and spacious rooms let you put your own stamp on the place.

These luxury one bedroom apartments have open-plan living spaces, so you can chat while you cook and watch TV without the pan boiling over. They’re decked out in minimalist style with neutral tones, oodles of storage and a smart TV. Even better, wifi and water bills are included in the price, so that’s one less expense to worry about.

Number 5 South Parade

South Parade may be right in the heart of the city, but when it comes to flats, it’s often forgotten. Neighbour to San Carlo and Sukhothai, with the whole city on your doorstep, the location couldn’t be better. And inside, 34 luxury studio apartments await.

They’re bright and spacious with all the mod cons. The kitchen is kitted out with a fridge-freezer, a washer-dryer, an oven and a microwave, while the living space boasts a smart TV. Hidden storage is key to the clean, minimalist look they’ve created here, so you can find a place for everything, and if you’re really lucky, you might even be able to bag your own private balcony.

41 St Paul’s Street

Hidden in the maze of streets in the business district, you’d be forgiven for missing these apartments on St Paul’s Street, but seek them out and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Tucked away behind its unassuming exterior are 13 studio and 3 one-bedroom apartments, and they all have their own individual character.

Downstairs, the vast windows create a bright airy place to live, while upstairs, the statement skylights let you look out on the night’s sky – you might even get a view of Leeds Town Hall. You’ll have all the mod cons, set-up and ready to go, with stylish furniture, so you need only make it your own.

Fairbairn Residences

Out of the way, but perfectly placed for students, Fairbairn Residences is a unique Grade II listed apartment building with loads of old school character. Original features sit side-by-side with crisp white walls and modern furnishings, creating the perfect balance between old and new.

There are 25 studio, one and two bedroom apartments inside, but no two are the same. Some boast traditional wooden wall panels, others have beautiful sloping ceilings and unusual floor plans, but whichever you choose, you’ll get the latest mod cons with high-spec appliances, high-speed wifi and a flat screen TV.

Park Square Residence

Amidst the offices of Park Square lies one of the most covetable apartment buildings in Leeds. Park Square Residence is a beautiful Georgian building with 63 luxury apartments hidden within. They have a range of studio, one and two-bed flats, each furnished to an impressive standard. Expect bright white walls, muted colours and contemporary furniture in spacious rooms flooded with natural light.

But that just scratches the surface. All of the apartments at Park Square Residence come with a full concierge service and free high-speed wifi – you can even get onsite parking, although there’s little need for a car when you’re just minutes from the train station. And the secret weapon? A private roof terrace where you can enjoy summer get-togethers and alfresco dining.

Crown Residence

Tucked away off the beaten track at the top end of Great George Street, Crown Residence is a secret worth hunting out. Here, amongst the independent shops and cafes, you’ll find an apartment building with 37 high-end flats, all filled with character – we’re talking statement windows, quirky design features and metro wall tiles. You’ve got options here – they have studio, one and two-bed flats with sleek modern interiors across the board.

Every apartment comes kitted out with contemporary furnishings and high-spec appliances, including an oven, a microwave, a fridge-freezer and a washer-dryer – you’ll even have your own smart TV to catch up on the latest box sets. And high-speed wifi is included as standard, so you’ll feel right at home from the get-go.

Oasis Residence

A secret student apartment building that’s a million miles from the usual halls, Oasis Residence offers luxury living without losing that essential community vibe. It’s tucked away down a side street, just off Millennium Square, with the revelry of the city centre just minutes away, but you’ll still be close enough to uni to roll out of bed late.

The apartments themselves are self-contained and they come with the latest mod cons. You’ll have your own kitchen, complete with an oven, washer-dryer, microwave and fridge-freezer, but you’ll also have access to a multitude of shared spaces. There’s a cosy lounge with sofas and a huge wall-mounted TV or you can while away the hours on their state-of-the-art gaming stations. Just next door is the cinema, which is like your own mini Everyman, or you can head to the gym to work out on treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes and free weights. Some of the apartments have balconies overlooking the city and they all come with gas, water, electricity and wifi included in the price.