Posted on Sunday, March 4, 2018
From exquisite Victorian town houses to stunning apartments overlooking The Stray, Harrogate is certainly an attractive place to call home.
Here are 5 pros when it comes to town centre living in this most desirable of areas.
1. Choice of properties
Whether you are looking to rent or buy, the type of properties available will not disappoint. If you like period buildings, you are in for a real treat; Harrogate town centre has a wide choice of charming Victorian and Edwardian apartments and homes, which are full of character and original features, including high ceilings and large open rooms. Many town centre apartments have been tastefully modernised to a very high standard providing bright and airy accommodation. There are plenty of ‘doer uppers’ to be found for those looking for a challenge or investment opportunity.
2. The Stray
The 200 acres of ancient grassland which wraps round the main ‘old town’ makes town centre living in Harrogate very pleasant. It really is the best of all worlds to be based a step away from this scenic, open space but close to all the amenities a town has to offer. Everyone knows Spring has sprung in Harrogate when the carpet of crocuses appears on The Stray followed by the daffodils and cherry blossom. But The Stray doesn’t just contribute to great town centre living because it’s picturesque. It’s widely used by people of all ages for exercising and walking. Fitness classes and regular events such as Harrogate parkrun, outdoor games and local football matches take place on this pretty community space throughout the year.
3. On your doorstep
With everything within easy reach and walking distance in Harrogate’s thriving town centre, you really will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding things to do. All within a stone’s throw are concerts at The Royal Hall, plays & comedy at Harrogate Theatre, film at Everyman Cinema and world-class exhibitions at Harrogate Convention Centre. Popular events in the literary calendar include the award-winning Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, now in its 15th year. For relaxation, The Valley Gardens, is a lovely place to explore with its children’s play area, pitch & put, crazy golf and boating lake. The elegant Montpellier Quarter is home to over 50 exclusive independent shops, health & beauty salons, cafes, bars and award-winning restaurants.
4. Eating out
Harrogate boasts an eclectic mix of independent restaurants and cafes along with familiar high street names. Indies like Baltzersens and Hoxton North cafes are very popular with locals and we mustn’t forget the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms. Places such as Restaurant 92 with its modern menu of European dishes and FISK with its bold, modern flavours are top spots for diners too.
5. Transport links
Town centre living isn’t complete without good transport links. Harrogate train station is within easy reach so getting to major cities such as Leeds, York and even London for work or a weekend shopping expedition is straightforward.
So, this Victoria Spa Town is connected, picturesque, vibrant with lots to do and has a wide choice of charming properties right at its heart. Town centre living doesn’t get much better than this.