Best areas to live in Bradford
Bradford may have lived in the shadow of its neighbour, Leeds, but it’s home to lots of nice suburbs and villages, with housing that’s much more affordable. Whatever your budget and requirements are, there are lots of great places to live in Bradford.
Situated 3.5 miles north of Bradford, the city centre is easily reachable by train, with trains taking less than 10 minutes. Shipley’s positioning by the River Aire means there are lots of pretty nearby walks; and there are several shops, takeaways and restaurants right on its doorstop, making it an extremely convenient place to live. To buy a home here, expect to pay approximately £177,571.
One train stop away from Shipley, Saltaire is a 15-minute drive away from Bradford. There’s lots of green space nearby, with Roberts Park on your doorstep, and Ilkley Moor just 20 minutes away. House prices are slightly more expensive here, at £218,693 on average, which is perhaps no surprise when you consider it’s a UNESCO world heritage site, and regularly cited as one of the best places to live in the north.
Located partway between Bradford and Leeds, asking prices for properties in Apperley Bridge have increased by 29.5% over the last five years, with average values standing at £266,921. The pretty canal walks and quaint pubs are a huge draw to the area, as is its proximity to Leeds Bradford airport (it’s less than 5 miles away), for when you want to jet off on an overseas adventure.
If you’d prefer to be further away from the city centre, then Bingley, located 5.5 miles north west of Bradford, could be the perfect place for you. Popular with commuters due to the train station, you can reach Bradford in 15 minutes, and Leeds in 25 minutes. On average, properties in Bingley sell for £235,826, and you’ll find a mixture of charming stone houses, and mills converted into modern apartments.
5 miles south of Bradford city centre, Birkenshaw’s proximity to the M62 means it’s easy to reach the likes of Leeds, Huddersfield, and Manchester. The average cost of a home here stands at £227,218, and the area is home to several shops, restaurants and takeaways. It’s a particularly popular place with families, as Birkenshaw C of E Primary School has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.