Semi-rural living in Yorkshire: Why compromise when you can have both city and countryside?

With Yorkshire villages and towns frequently named as the best places to live in the country, Yorkshire provides the best of both worlds, with gorgeous countryside and lively cities all within close proximity.

Barratt Development’s research found the countryside to be the factor that people are less likely to compromise on when looking for a new home. In light of Yorkshire being home to three National Parks and encompassing thousands of square miles of moors, valleys and hills, it is unsurprising that it is such a popular place to live.

However, this is by no means the only selling point of this friendly northern region. Local housebuilder, Barratt and David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East, has uncovered just some of the many appeals that make Yorkshire such a special place to call home.

Semi-rural living, with both city and countryside, and even the seaside!

Research revealed that for 42% of those looking to buy a new home, location is something that they simply will not negotiate on. By choosing to settle in Yorkshire, you absolutely do not have to!

Giving you easy access to vibrant cities such as York and Leeds, beautiful landscapes across the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, and even the seaside as the East Yorkshire coastline provides a stunning escape from daily life, with some of the very best fish and chips we might add, there really is everything that you could possibly want.

Strong commuter links, even to the capital

Despite living amongst beautiful landscapes and peace and quiet, commuters still don’t need to be worried about how they’re going to get to major towns and cities for work. Not only is there an abundance of professional hotspots in the region’s own cities and towns, but the public transport around these cities allows for easy access to London. And with today’s trend for hybrid and remote working, you most likely won’t even need to be making the journey every day either. 

It’s no secret that house prices in London are far higher than the rest of the country. However, as hybrid and remote working become a permanent part of modern day life, there really is no longer such a need for professionals to be based in the capital. According to Rightmove, the average house price in London sits at a whopping £720,669. Meanwhile in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the average house price is less than a third of this, at £209,713.

When this average house price is compared to other locations in the UK within a two hour train journey of the capital, with the likes of Bristol with an average price of £404,992 and Milton Keynes with an average house price of £549,858. It makes Yorkshire seem more tempting than ever before.

Outstanding choices of schools and universities

For house buyers with children, moving somewhere close to fantastic educational opportunities is usually high up on their list of priorities. Luckily, if considering moving to Yorkshire, this won’t be a concern. Throughout the region there are a host of outstanding educational options, including 2,173 comprehensive schools, 6 grammar schools and 48 specialist schools.

And, for families with slightly older children, there are plenty of brilliant Russell Group universities too if they are looking to further their education, with the University of York, a top 10 ranked university in the UK for research quality, University of Leeds and University of Sheffield, all calling Yorkshire home. Meaning that even once they have moved out to university, they can still pop home for a family dinner, or should we say tea?

A fantastic quality of life

Yorkshire is commonly referred to in the news as one of the best places to live in terms of quality of life, and we can’t say we’re surprised. The Yorkshire folk know the true meaning of a work-life balance and the surrounding serene landscapes also help to make life simply that bit less stressful.

Taking enjoyment out of life through the little things such as good hearty food and cosy home environments, the people of Yorkshire have their very own ways of looking after their wellbeing. Be it a humble cup of tea as they walk through the door after work, as a third of the region drink more than 3 cups of tea every day, treating themselves to a mid-week roast, or popping by one of many award-winning fish and chip shops in the region. Yorkshire simply knows how to do life right!

Paul Hogan, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East adds, “Yorkshire is a fantastic place to live, whether you are a young couple looking to buy your first property, or a family looking for your forever home, this is an area you ought to consider. In addition to bustling areas such as York and Hull and beautiful coastal towns such as Whitby and Bridlington, it is close to an abundance of stunning countryside. The semi-rural area really does provide the best of all worlds.”

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