Best areas to live in Wakefield
Whether you’re after vibrant city centre living or a more rural setting not too far removed from the hustle and bustle of a cultural city, Wakefield can offer everything you need at an affordable price. The heart of Wakefield city centre boasts a wealth of independent restaurants, bars, and shops, and convenient road and rail networks link Wakefield to larger cities, natural hiking spots and historical landmarks.
An 11-minute drive from Wakefield city centre, Walton is a charming village brimming with period properties, quaint pubs, and natural beauty. The Walton Colliery Nature Park and the Lupton Pond really make Walton a picturesque place to live, while the Waterton Park Hotel and the village’s sprawling golf course, a tennis club and other sports grounds ensure there is always entertainment. The average price of properties in Walton is £259,692.
Located to the North of Wakefield, the district of Outwood is perfect for commuters, with the A650 connecting it to the M1 for easy access to South Leeds and Bradford and a train station providing services to Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster, and Wakefield. A pretty district with bags of historical character, the average price of properties in Outwood is £190,820.
With plenty of pubs, shops, takeaway restaurants and a community centre, the village of Stanley is packed with amenities, and it offers scenic walking routes along the River Calder. The nearby A642 also makes the village popular with commuters, who have hassle-free access to Leeds via the M62, but only pay £173,047 on average for properties in the area.
Located between Wakefield and Leeds on the A61, Lofthouse is not only a beautiful village with charming shops, pubs, schools and churches, but it is ideal for commuters working in Leeds and Bradford, which are only 6.9 and 19.5 miles away respectively. With average property prices in Lofthouse of £196,912, this village offers proximity to neighbouring cities without city centre property prices.
One of the most affordable suburbs of Wakefield, Alverthorpe is only a five-minute drive west of the city, yet its average property prices sit at an impressive £159,528. Infant and primary schools in Alverthorpe make it an ideal location for families with children, while nearby meadowland and a 52-acre Local Nature Reserve will keep walkers and nature-lovers busy.