The easy answer is “Why Not” Harrogate in North Yorkshire consistently scores well in desirable places to live.
Originally a major spa resort, today Harrogate is an important tourist, conference and commuter town. The town has many attractive buildings but it’s main beauty is down to it’s parkland and gardens. The two hundred acre Stray provides an open area skirting the south side of the town centre. Valley Gardens heads westward from the centre and is one of the finest civil parks. Further West, the RHS has a garden at Harlow Carr. Flower beds adorn the centre, reaching their finest in the Montpellier Quarter where Bettys famous tea rooms can be found. Throughout the town, the main thoroughfares are wide and lined with mature trees, it’s well maintained, clean with visible civic pride.
Living in Harrogate
The town has a population of around 75,000, it’s situated about 15 miles north of Leeds and 19 miles north-east of Bradford, making it highly desirable for wealthier commuters to these cities. Home prices in the town’s centre and to the south of it, are more in line with those around London, than other parts of Yorkshire. It’s highly popular with buyers from the south-east anxious to protect their investments.
There are frequent trains to Leeds and York from the central and suburban stations. At present there are no direct services to London but it’s one easy change in Leeds or York. Leeds Bradford Airport is about 12 miles south of the town. It is easily reached from the A1(M), the A59 passes just to the north.
Schools, private and local authority are well rated. The main shopping centre is spread over four streets, as well as the normal chains, there are plenty of specialist outlets. With a large exhibition and conference trade to support it, it’s well provided with restaurants for every taste and budget. Arts lovers are well catered for with galleries, a cinema and theatres.
Beautiful countryside can be found just outside. Travel a bit further and you can be in The Yorkshire Dales or The North York Moors National Parks. Close by are the attractive towns of Knaresborough, Pateley Bridge, Ilkley, Skipton and Wetherby. The cities of York and Ripon are not far. Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks are popular National Trust properties.