Welcome to Harrogate
Renowned for its history, green spaces, cafes and healing spa waters, Harrogate offers an abundance of opportunities for those who are looking to live here and those who already do. Once dubbed the happiest place to live in Britain, we take a look at this picture-perfect Yorkshire gem and explain just why it should be top of your list.
A brief introduction
Nestled in North Yorkshire, Harrogate is often described as the jewel in Yorkshire’s crown. What began as a gentle spa town has now transformed into a vibrant commuter base thanks to its location near busy cities such as York and Leeds. Just 13 miles away from the Yorkshire Dales national park and home to a number of attractions, Harrogate is a popular destination for all ages, making it an ideal place to call home and an incredible investment opportunity.
Prices in Harrogate are at the more expensive end of the scale for the north of England – however, this is often associated with quality of life. This combined with multiple new developments and various plans for regeneration have increased the number of people looking to move into the area. Currently, the average house price for a property in Harrogate is £347,000 compared to the average house price in North Yorkshire, which is £231,000. While prices may be slightly higher than other Yorkshire towns, you can buy two or three houses in Harrogate for the price of one London house and get a better quality of life for your family. Local sales figures also show that between 30% and 35% of buyers are moving from London.
What to expect from Harrogate
Many people argue that Harrogate has the same refined feel as other spa towns such as Bath and Cheltenham, with Victorian and Edwardian architecture lining the streets. Nowadays Harrogate is as popular with tourists as it was in the 1800s, making it great for investors, businesses, and visitors. As well as a healthy economy, there’s also a number of good schools, bundles of history, great entertainment hotspots and delicious local restaurants.
Knowing where to start your property search can be daunting but after a wander along the streets of Harrogate, you’ll soon get a feel for it. Head along Park Parade and North Park Road for period properties. For new-build homes, search developments like Oakdale and for smaller semi-detached homes, try Sovereign Park. Starbeck, a suburb of Harrogate, is also gaining popularity as a result of itsstation and amenities.
Renowned for its spa waters, why not explore Harrogate’s history a little further at the Royal Pump Room Museum? Afterwards, wander through RHS Garden Harlow Carr, the ideal place to unwind after a busy day. This 58-acre garden provides a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of Harrogate’s popular streets. Valley Gardens is also another popular outdoor space and comprises 17 acres of park.
Things to do, see and eat
Harrogate really does have something for everyone. From fine dining hotspots to popular chain favourites, whatever your taste and budget you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. Plus, you can’t head to Harrogate without popping into the famous Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms. With a variety of shops, Harrogate offers a great shopping experience. Peruse high-street names, big designer brands, smaller independent labels and specialist food shops.
Conveniently located for a number of northern towns and cities, Harrogate has both a train and bus station. Leeds Bradford International Airport is also just 10 miles away for those looking to jet a little further afield. Leeds, York, Skipton, and Knaresborough can all easily be reached, making it an ideal choice for commuters.
5 reasons to live in Harrogate
It’s an easy commute to York and Leeds
Vibrant city feel with a pretty town image
There’s an excellent choice of shops
A range of restaurants for even the fussiest of mouths
Close by to jaw-dropping scenery