Leeds is awash with amazing apartment buildings, but you may not even know that these ones exist…
The likes of Bridgewater Place and West Point are all instantly recognisable but there are some lesser known apartment buildings in Leeds city centre that you might want to consider. From recently refurbished office buildings turned into luxury apartments to old school conversions packed with character, your new city centre pad could be hiding in plain sight.
Tucked away right in Leeds city centre, Vassalli House is seconds away from Briggate but you’d do well to know it was there. On Central Road, above the likes of Mrs Atha’s and Pop Boutique, you’ll find 24 stunning apartments, from studios to two bedroom duplexes, all in a Victorian, Grade II listed building. Big or small, the flats ooze character thanks to exposed brickwork, original windows and traditional fireplaces. If you’re looking for something as central as possible, look no further.
Once a bustling hotel, City Central has become an enviously old school apartment building in amongst a sea of new build offices and flats in Leeds’ business and financial district. Built in 1869 as the Wellesley Hotel, it’s merely two minutes away from Leeds train station and packs in everything from one bedroom studios to duplex penthouses, while holding onto features like high ceilings and cosy, corner balconies. You probably walk past it, without realising it’s an apartment building, but once you do, you might just want to call it home.
Just a stone’s throw from Leeds General Infirmary on Great George Street, Crown Residence is a former office building with a distinct brick frontage, that has been transformed for 21st century use in the heart of the city. It has studio, one and two bedroom properties, while the flats are blessed with all the mod cons, such as wifi, parking, HDTVs, gym access and a concierge service – city living at its best, and you wouldn’t even know it.
21-22 Park Row
As one of the busiest streets in Leeds, you may be surprised to find out that Park Row is also home to an extensive number of flats. Formerly a bank premises, 21-22 Park Row been transformed into apartments, including a number of modern one, two and three bedroom properties as well as an impressive penthouse. It doesn’t get much more central than Park Row, which makes these hot property – oh, and Gaucho is in the basement, so that’s dinner sorted.
The Dye Works
Right on the edge of the city centre, The Dye Works are a group of former industrial buildings that have been given a modern makeover for swish city living. They’re a little out of the way, just across the River Aire by Royal Armouries, so you might not realise they’re there, but these luxury apartments are certainly worth the extra walk into town. Nondescript from the outside, but packed with character within, expect exposed brickwork and steel beams.
30 York Place
Another Grade II listed building that’s snuck away in the financial district of Leeds, you’d be forgiven for walking right past without giving 30 York Place a second look. It’s squeezed in between a slew of big, sprawling offices, but take a second, and you’ll see a beautifully grand building that hides 13 equally impressive flats. Each of them has its own unique features, whether it’s a mezzanine bedroom, original sash windows, iron columns or timber beams, and as flats go, they’re really rather homely.
Park Square Residence
Park Square is the heart of Leeds’ financial and business district, but now it’s also home to one of the coolest apartment buildings in the city centre. The former headquarters of the Yorkshire Water Authority, built in 1938, have been renovated into a set of sleek, modern apartments with traditional art deco characteristics, in keeping with the building’s history. It’s a unique place to live, or at least it will be – they’re putting the finishing touches on it right now, so you could be one of the first to live there.