Microguide to Roundhay and Oakwood

With easy access to the city centre and local hot-spots, Roundhay and Oakwood are the places to be.

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Hessian in Oakwood – a small, cool and quirky independent café

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Banyan in Roundhay – a trendy place for light bites and cocktails

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Flying Pizza in Roundhay – the all-time favourite in North Leeds

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Roundhay Park in Roundhay – voted #4 favourite park in the UK

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Tropical World in Roundhay – Discover your inner-explorer at Tropical World

January round up of events

Secret Garden Secret Supper

HEART in Headingley is hosting a five course, Indian inspired vegetarian meal on the 29th January 7-10pm. Celebrating #meatfreemondays, The Secret Garden Secret Supper is a great way to meet new friends and tingle your taste buds with some new flavours. There will be a cocktail on arrival and a goody bag after the meal! You can grab a ticket now until the 24th January. (photo: Google)

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Farmers Markets

The North Leeds farmers markets are in full swing this January! If you’re looking for locally farmed lamb, pork and beef and of course some nobbly carrots, handmade jams and chutneys and pies prepared that very day, the farmers market is definitely worth a look. Headingley farmers market is held on the 2nd Saturday of every month (13th January) from 09:00 – 12:30 at Rose Garden on North Lane. Oakwood farmers market is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month (20th January) 09:30 – 12:30 around the Oakwood clock. Chapel Allerton farmers market is the last Sunday of every month (28th January) 09:00 – 13:00 at The Three Hulats Pub on Harrogate Road. (photo: Leeds.Gov)

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January deals

Throughout January, Arc in Headingley are offering 50% off food everyday, apart from Saturday’s. The Box on Otley Road are also offering 50% off food Sunday-Friday’s throughout the entire month. The Hungry Bear on Stonegate Road have 2-for-1 Set Menus, 2-for-1 cocktails all night Monday-Thursday and early bird specials Monday – Thursday or steak and wine for £15 on a Thursday! If you book at Kith & Kin in Chapel Allerton they’ll give you 50% off food throughout January, all day Sunday-Friday. Treat yourself at Veeno in Headingley with free wine at lunch Monday-Friday 12-4pm, if you buy a panino or salad. (photo: Google)

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Weekend Inspo

If a new year’s resolution is to keep an eye on the pennies this year, then some weekend walks in the fresh air around the grounds of North Leeds’ stately homes and gardens would be a great starting point! Temple Newsam, Lotherton Hall, Harewood House and Roundhay Park are all popular spots, but The Japanese Gardens at Horsforth Hall Park, Golden Acre Park Gardens and York Gate Garden are all hidden gems also worth a look at. (photo: Leeds-List)

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Morgans Christmas Party

As the end of the year approaches, what better way to kick off the celebrations than a Morgans Christmas party!?

Following on from the past 13 years, our Christmas party was held at Harvey Nichols fourth floor restaurant, with 100+ guests, including our full team and our long-standing clients to celebrate another great year at Morgans.

The Morgans team gathered slightly earlier this year to introduce a new end-of-year company awards scheme between the entire team. Categories included biggest smiler, perfect attendance, colleague of the year, team of the year and the director’s award – all with a bottle of champagne and a medal for the prize!

Once the awards were given out we enjoyed the company of our guests, the canapés and drinks provided by Harvey Nichols and a Christmas carol singalong.

 

December round up of events

The Christmas countdown has begun! North Leeds has a variety of Christmas inspired, festive events throughout December. Take a look at the list below of some of North Leeds’ favourite events this month…

Roundhay Magical Lantern Festival

The Magical Lantern Festival has returned to Roundhay Park this year and it’s bigger and better and more impressive than ever! It’s full of dual culture, vibrant colours, artistic sculptures, larger than life lanterns. This year features the likes of a food and drink area, Tipi bar, Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides and a merchandise marquee to provide you with a family friendly festival to get you ready for Christmas.

The Magical Lantern Festival began on the 24th November and finishes in the middle of January at Roundhay Park. (photo: Magical Lantern Festival Yorkshire)

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Leeds Hidden Christmas Market 

Leeds Hidden Christmas Market is returning to Kirkstall Abbey between 14th – 21st December. This year’s theme takes on ‘Grimm’ with a Christmas twist. You can expect to see lots of sparkle, street food, shopping and not to mention live music, glitter prosecco and seasonal craft beers! Get your tickets via the following link: www.wegottickets.com/hidden-christmas-market and enjoy one of Leeds’ hidden wonders. (photo: Google)

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Victorian Christmas at Harewood

Harewood House will be opening its doors and stately grounds once again, for the first time in 5 years throughout the festive season. The country house will be welcoming Michael Howells, award winning Set Designer from ITV’s Victoria, as he sends you travelling back in time to witness the house in its full Victorian glory. Explore the rooms and kitchens full of beautiful Christmas decorations, whilst discovering how the Victorian’s established some of our favourite Christmas traditions including the Christmas Dinner! Visit http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/victorian-christmas-at-harewood/ for more information. (photo: Harewood House)

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500 years of Christmas at Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam is welcoming the return of its popular 500 year of Christmas weekend on the 9th and 10th December! You can expect Tudor Carol-oke, Christmassy crafts, a festive farm and much more… (photo: Google)

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P100 Annual Winter Ball

Last Friday, The Professional 100 Club hosted its Annual Themed Winter Ball at The Met Hotel on King Street. This year featured all things Disney; you name it, the ball had it –‘ Avatar’, ‘Ariel’, the characters from ‘Up’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘Elsa’, the original Disney princesses and of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse made an appearance.

The evening started off with a Prosecco drinks reception where we had the chance to mingle and meet people from the likes of Walker Morris, Addleshaw Goddard and Bond Dickinson (to name but a few). After the drinks reception, we had the task of finding our Disney themed table numbers – Morgans had a seat on both ‘Minnie Mouse’ and ‘Aladdin’, where we were able to continue our networking over a glass (or two) of wine! (photos: Morgans City Living)

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The prizes for ‘Best Dressed’ were awarded during the 3-course meal, with ‘Avatar’ taking away 1st place and the old man and the boy from ‘Up’, being awarded runners up. As first-timers at this annual event, we chose the ‘subtle hint of Disney’ option, but having seen the level of effort people had gone to on Friday, we will definitely ‘up the ante’ next year. (photo: Morgans City Living)

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P100 Club is a networking group for young professionals in Leeds, which host social events throughout the year to help develop networking skills and confidence amongst individuals in the city centre. Each year the club hosts 6 events, which are fully included in the membership fee, ranging from Annual Dinners to pizza making and wine tasting.

For more information on the Professional 100 Club, check out the website on the following link – www.p100club.co.uk

Morgans survey winner takes away £250 prize!

We believe it is important to keep up to date with market trends and to listen to the experiences of our those who choose to live in the city centre so that we can learn and pass this on to our clients who will be delivering the next generation of city living. As part of that process, we like to know what tenants want, need and expect of their rental properties in the city centre.

Over the past 8 months we have conducted a survey which asked our tenants, potential tenants and new tenants to give their opinions on their ideal rental properties. We discovered the most important priorities that renters have when looking for a new property, the ideal contract they’d sign up for, the amenities and facilities they’d like to see, how much they’d be prepared to pay for ‘extras’ and more. Keep an eye out on our social media pages where we will be posting the results…

All of the participants were entered into a £250 prize draw and Earlier this month we announced our survey winner, Maria, and our MD, Jonathan Morgan met with her to give her the prize. Maria is a Design Engineer who moved to Leeds at the start of 2017 for work after deciding to move out of the USA. We asked Maria what she enjoyed most about Leeds, “I love living in Leeds, I lived in Atlanta before and it’s not walkable at all, whereas Leeds definitely is! The people are very friendly and welcoming!”.  (photo: Morgans City Living)

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Our survey generated some compelling statistics and also one very happy winner – thank you to all those who took part and we look forward to sharing the results with you.

Suburbs to the City Centre

We are a nation traditionally obsessed with owning the space around us in the suburbs; our own garden, door step and driveway are as much a part of British life as a pint of milk and the local pub. Elsewhere in the civilised world, people aspire to live as close to the city as possible, to simplify their lives and wipe-out the commute. Whilst we hang on to the notion of sending our children off for the gentle walk to school through leafy avenues, the growing reality of parental choice for schooling means that the school run has become a bit of a rally dictated by yellow zig-zags and entire forecourts worth of shiny vehicles. (photos: Google)

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There is another way, however.

In Europe and further afield, housing, workplaces and schools exist side by side and residents, workers and school-children comfortably and easily share the many city centre public spaces, pocket parks and playgrounds which bring vitality and safety to the urban environment.

Most people’s routines in the UK look something like this; quick breakfast, sit in traffic for half an hour listening to inane radio, park, walk into the office, escape at lunchtime, head back to the office, more of the same, back to the car, even more time sitting in traffic before pulling up at home. (photo: Google)

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Imagine taking the traffic off both ends of the day, enjoying a bit of light exercise both ways to work and back and allowing work and home life to gently fuse together, punctuated by all that the city centre has to offer. No more dashing back into town for an event, no need to plan weeks ahead for the theatre, fresh produce on your doorstep at Leeds market and the ability to properly enjoy the city hubbub at your own pace. (photos: Google and Barnaby Aldrick)

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The city centre has tended to attract the under thirties and it is essential that we are able to continue to offer our economic engine room, the so-called key workers, easy access to a range of rented accommodation in the very heart of the city. Economic growth is closely linked to the availability of good housing stock and we must ensure that we do all we can to deliver.

Whilst city living has been seen as a stepping stone to suburban life, we are seeing significant change in this respect; the delivery of significant amenity in the city centre is encouraging people to stay for longer and ultimately, to return to the city once the suburban experience has lost its sheen. In more mature city centres such as Edinburgh, London and Oxford, people aspire to stay central for as long as possible because they want to enjoy the convenience and vibrancy which comes about as a consequence of the urban lifestyle. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)

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So, for new arrivals in the city, young families and so-called downsizers, for whom size actually isn’t everything, Leeds city centre gets more and more attractive. We have our first city centre school for twenty years and we are the only city outside London with a resident theatre, opera and ballet. (photo: Google)

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Win a Wellbeing School experience for two at Neom Organics this Christmas with Morgans!

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In the run up to Christmas, we are working with some of our favourite venues in Leeds to offer exclusive giveaways, just for you.  All you need to do is join the Morgans social communities to keep an eye on the prize.

For November’s competition, we’ve teamed up with Neom Organics in Victoria Gate which specialises in 100% natural fragrances in the form of oils, perfumes, candles, room sprays and bath and body products, offering true wellbeing benefits for the mind & body. (photo: Neom Organics)

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This luxury Christmas-inspired giveaway, worth £100, offers you and a loved one a trip to the store to experience a wellbeing school and a complete wellbeing product collection, tailored just for you. (photos: Neom Organics)

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To enter this exciting competition, simply like our Facebook page, share the post and comment and tag the person you’d most like to share this amazing treat with this Christmas, and we’ll pick the winner on Monday 20th November.

Wishing you luck!

Yorkshire Residential Property Awards 2017

On Thursday 12th October, Morgans were delighted to accept the Best Estate Agency award at this year’s Yorkshire Residential Property Awards, held in the prestigious Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham.

The awards are a celebration of Yorkshire’s residential property industry and were hosted by Welsh TV presenter Gethin Jones, formerly of Blue Peter, who went down a storm. The event also doubles as a fundraiser for children’s charity Variety, and this year it raised a staggering £97,000.

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The Best Estate Agency category recognises “the residential agency that has demonstrated an outstanding sales and/or lettings record supported by unrivalled service and market reach.” The panel of 9 judges were specifically looking for “proven market knowledge, innovation and customer service”, with specific successes highlighted and said of Morgans;
Morgans has been at the forefront of City Living in Leeds for over 20 years yet still manages to be relevant. The judges felt their approach based on face-to-face not database gave Morgans the edge over the other entries in this category as it gives their customers that back to basics sense of appreciation.

Jonathan was awarded the life-time achievement award at last years’ event and the best agency award this year is the icing on the cake.

Jonathan said; ‘‘it was a massive honour for me to pick up the award last year but this was about the entire team and Nigel and I were absolutely delighted to accept the award on behalf of everyone at Morgans. We pride ourselves on our approach and our work-ethic and we look forward with excitement to the next 20 years!!’’.

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Variety children’s charity raises money for disabled, disadvantaged and deserving children in Yorkshire, with the money raised from the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards funding this amazing cause. Our Managing Director, Jonathan introduced the Big Build appeal with a short video clip of Springwater School in Harrogate, which encouraged everyone to dig deep.

It was a fabulous evening for Morgans, for Variety and a true celebration of the residential property industry in the region. Congratulations to all those shortlisted and to all the winners.

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City Centre Vs North Leeds

Leeds is a thriving and passionate city which is rich in culture and heritage. The city it is a prosperous and fast paced commercial centre with a diverse range of employment opportunities across many sectors, yet it also boasts an enviable choice of bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres. It is the only city outside London with a resident opera and ballet companies in Opera North and Northern Ballet and is also home to the new City Museum, The Royal Armouries, The Grand Theatre, BBC Yorkshire and the City Varieties. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)

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How to describe Leeds?

This is normally where you’d hear words like vibrant, dynamic and fast-paced. But no superlatives or adjectives can really do Leeds justice. By day, the city is a leading European business centre, with thriving financial, legal and media industries. For shopping, the dome of the Corn Exchange covers quirky, independent stores, the Victoria Quarters elegant arcades are lined with designer boutiques and the towering Edwardian facade of Kirkgate Market is home to the largest undercover market in the country. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)

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By night, Leeds comes alive with restaurants, including two Michelin-starred, and cafes bars catering to every taste. There are many nightclubs that play everything from mainstream tunes to the most underground sounds. And Opera North, Northern Ballet and the West Yorkshire Playhouse ensures ‘culture vultures’ are looked after when the international festivals are in town. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)

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A wave of new apartment developments in Leeds city centre have coincided with a number of new accolades for the city, as well as several restaurant and bar openings, leading to a surge of people choosing to live in the city centre. It’s home to a host of high quality converted buildings, including Pearl Chambers, Crispin Lofts, Park Place, 53 The Calls and East Point. Leeds also has a host of new bars and restaurants opening every month, some owned by well-known local restaurateurs and others by established global giants such as D&D – look out for Issho, East 59th, Mowgli Street Food and The Potting Shed, amongst others.  Recent growth in the Northern cities is outstripping that in London and the south-east and it is essential that we are able to provide enough accommodation of the right quality, in order to meet demand. (photo: Morgans City Living)

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Leeds city centre is a place that never stands still but do you ever stop and wonder what this continuous cycle of development and investment means for its suburbs?

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Although many of the towns that surround Leeds are relatively immune to what goes on in the city, one suburb looks set to follow the city centre’s successes. Headingley is adapting, growing and changing due to the student population moving southwards, allowing Headingley to redevelop the amenities residents currently enjoy. Independent restaurants, cafes and bars have moved to the area, including White’s Deli, The Cat’s Pyjamas, Red’s True BBQ and Sebby’s Deli. As a result, Headingley, which has often been second-choice for many young professionals behind Chapel Allerton, is fast re-emerging as a popular place for first time renters who want a slightly quieter life than the city centre can offer. (photo: The Cats Pyjamas)

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Many places in North Leeds have become a place for young professionals to go when they’re ready to move out of the city and settle down, including Horsforth and Chapel Allerton. Both places have for a long time been some of the most popular places to live in the city. Both have an array of independent cafes and shops including Kith & Kin, El Bareto and Further North. There are a variety of housing in Chapel A and extremely close connections to get in and out of the city centre quickly, or to other towns including York and Harrogate. Horsforth is also a thriving suburb with great schools and bustling nightlife. (photo: Google)

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But don’t just take our word for it! Leeds boasts a trophy cabinet crammed full of awards, including the Best Place in Britain to live, Britain’s best city for business, the UK’s best city for nightlife and not to forget the bid to become the Capital of Culture in 2023. (photo: Leeds_2023)

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