Chapel Allerton is one of my favourite Leeds’ suburbs. Maybe because I used to work nearby and it was the perfect place to visit on a Friday night for after work drinks or end of term meals. I love how it has a distinctive village feel as you wander round, browsing in the independent stores. My ideal place to live would be one where you can buy most, if not all, grocery goods from local shops and not have to visit a large supermarket, and you can certainly do this in Chapel Allerton (although there is an “up-market” Aldi and a Tesco should you need to visit).
I’m not the only person who has fallen in love with Chapel Allerton. Chappy A (as it is sometimes fondly known) was declared as one of the best places to live in the North (Sunday Times Best Place to Live Guide 2021). It’s an extremely desirable area for young professions and families to live and has a lovely community vibe thanks largely to CA Spaces, a community group run mostly by local mums who have been busy introducing street art, planting trees and creating pick your own veg plots. They have also made a mud kitchen for children in a patch of woodland.
Other activities in the area include walking through Gledhow Valley Woods, visiting Chapel Allerton Park, getting involved in racket sports at the Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, attending the local library (housed in a 1900s police and fire station) and attending arts events at 7 Arts, an independent community art space with a cafe and bar, hosting events such as film, dance, drama and comedy.
You can’t talk about Chapel Allerton without mentioning the world famous Leeds West Indian Carnival, the longest running West Indian carnival in Europe and held in Chapel Town, just a short walk away from Chapel Allerton. This is usually held over August Bank Holiday and features colourful floats, music, dancing, drinks and lots of delicious Caribbean food. The carnival will be an online event this year with some managed physical events.
Like all popular suburbs, house prices in Chapel Allerton have seen an increase recently whilst availability of houses has decreased. However, if you are lucky enough to buy property here, the average house price is £265,362. You can buy a five bedroom detached house from £430,000, a three bedroom semi could cost £260,000, and you can buy a one bedroom apartment from £165,000
For those with school aged children, there are quite a few very popular schools surrounding Chapel Allerton which include:
- Chapel Allerton Primary School- Ofsted rating Good
- St Matthew’s Church of England- Ofsted rating Good
- Manor Wood Primary School (formally Carr Manor PS)- Ofsted rating Outstanding
- Carr Manor Community School- Ofsted rating Good
As is the case with many Leeds schools, these may be over-subscribed with long waiting lists, therefore it is always advisable to speak to Local Authority School Admissions as soon as you know where you are going to live to apply for a place (a service I offer as part of the relocation package with Move to Yorkshire).
There are, of course, a number of private schools across Leeds if this is your preference.
All information correct at the time of publishing. June 2021.