If you’re looking to buy a new home in Yorkshire this year, it might be time to cast aside everything you thought you knew about the market and cast your net a little wider.
Releasing this year’s list of the best up-and-coming areas to invest in this year, the team at The Sunday Times dubbed Selby’s ongoing transformation as worthy enough to grace the list, hailing its array of independent shops, its town hall – which doubles as a theatre – and lively community.
The Sunday Times said: “Historic, down-to-earth and surprisingly convenient, Selby has miraculously remained under the radar while much of Yorkshire has been buckling under the weight of people looking for a place to lay down their laptops.
“This riverside town, dominated by its abbey, has direct trains to London (about two hours) and is within daily driving range of Leeds, York and Sheffield.
“It doesn’t yet have the all-round appeal of Ilkley, but few places can match that old spa town, which was chosen as this year’s overall best place to live.
“Homes are affordable, though. The average of £225,000 is little more than half of Ilkley’s figure of £425,000 and £100,000 less than nearby York — and the schools are good enough not to frighten off parents who might have preferred York were it not so overheated and overcrowded (especially during the stag and hen party season).”
In addition to Selby, research revealed Otley, Pudsey, Farsley and Sheffield as a whole as ones to watch, citing house prices and the number of new businesses opening in these areas as great reasons to invest.
Unsurprisingly to us Yorkshire lovers, no other regions featured for the North/North East – with Yorkshire’s towns and cities, in general, facing plenty of under-the-radar rejuvenation in recent years.