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Armley is located between the M621 motorway and Kirkstall Road and is situated just under a mile away from the vibrant Leeds centre.
The location is a diamond of a commute to Leeds city centre, being just a 5-10 minute bus ride away which is why it is such a hot spot for student accommodation leeds, attracting so many eager home-hunting students looking for places to rent, as well as professionals wanting to be as near as possible to the buzzing heart of Leeds.
The town centre is rife with estate agents and Leeds letting agents listing properties in the area to satisfy the hungry renters and buyers market.
Because of its predominantly working class community and history, it has a reputation for being a little 'rough round the edges' but it is by all accounts a great place to live and very much true to itself in a way that other gentrified areas are not.
There's a real sense of community spirit, and if the workings of the tongue-in-cheek Armley Tourist Board is anything to go by, the community clearly has a sense of humour. Amusingly, for such an industrialised area, Armley is actually surprisingly green. Armley Park is a well kept area of grassland featuring lots of hills, grassland and a play park. Armley Moor is slap bang in the middle of town and is a wide and vast space for local residents to walk dogs and take their children.
Town Street, the hub of Armley, has good provisions to offer such as a large range of charity shops, cafes, takeaways, pubs, as well as well known shops such as Boots, Tesco, Somerfield, Wilkinsons and Superdrug. There is a nice choice of smaller outlets include takeaways, cafes, traditional pubs, bookies, charity and pound shops, newsagents, post office, pizza restaurant and a party shop.
There are plans to upgrade the Town Street Amenities with smarter food and drink establishments to please the students and younger residents, as well as a traffic congestion system, proposed recently by the council which would also be a big help to filter the traffic in Town Street.
Other features of Armley include the Armley Mills Leeds Industrial Museum, the Gott's Park Golf Club, several former cinemas and churches, most notable of the former churches is the old Methodist chapel which is now owned by Mike's Carpets, and is a familiar landmark in Armley right at the bottom of Stanningley Road.
Armley is also home to HM Prison Leeds. The prison was constructed in 1847, built from local stone, and constructed in a Victorian architectural style. Historically, the prison was a site of execution by hanging up until 1961.
The newly built Armley Leisure Centre, due to open in May 2010, has attracting quite a stir of local excitement.
There has been a little controversy due to the age and architectural worth of the old building which has been demolished, however the old building was old, ugly and very run down. The new leisure centre is a significant investment for the area, which boasts a 100-station gym, large swimming pool, and numerous sports courts.
The impressive new Gym has state of the art cardiovascular, weights and resistance machine areas and will be a very popular site for local residents. Armley Leisure centre can now boast two sports halls suitable for a range of activities such as badminton, tennis and football, as well as fitness rooms for a range of classes such as Boxercise, Circuit Training and Yoga.
A dedicated football centre will run and organise 5-a-side leagues, casual bookings or Striker 9, a popular skills award scheme for young people.
Armley Leisure Centre will include three separate swimming pools with a 25m pool, a Teaching pool and the introduction of a Hydrotherapy pool. The Armley Gym will run a varied swim timetable including swim sessions, lane swimming, aqua aerobics and fun sessions.
Leeds City Council offers some of the best sports facilities available within a city, at a fraction of the normal costs, and without joining fees or contracts. Bodyline memberships allow local residents full access to over 20 leisure centres across Leeds which includes 17 swimming pools and 12 bodyline gyms. For more information regarding Bodyline gyms and membership see the link Bodyline Membership.
Armley Park extends from Stanningley Road in Upper Armley down to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and comprises a vast space including a public golf course with full 18 holes, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and dense woodland. At the top end near Stanningley Road, facilities include Football pitches, Basketball courts and Tennis courts as well as a children's playground.
Armley is a diverse area, accommodating a unique mix of the young and old, as well as students and young professionals. The locals host a wide calendar full of local events.
Canal Road leads to the Armley Mills Leeds Industrial Museum, leading on to the nearby Cardigan Fields Entertainment Complex in Kirkstall Road which has a VUE Multi-screen 3D Cinema, as well as a Bowling Alley, and various Pubs and Restaurant such as McDonalds, Frankie and Benny's, Pizza Hut, pub & nightclub, Hollywood Bowl, and Virgin Active Health and Fitness Centre.
Armley expanded during the industrial revolution, due to the location of several Mills. It is still mainly a working class area of the city and retains a historical feel with lines of back to back red brick houses. The area still preserves many industrial businesses such as Tile outlets and printing businesses.
Armley has a rich history, first mentioned in the Doomsday book back in 1086 and only recorded 8 villagers. Since that time, Armley grew from strength to strength, and the Mills, a huge part of the growth and success of the area still stands as testament of the influence of the industrialisation of the Area.
The Armley Mills Industrial Museum was built in 1788 and was the world's largest woollen mill. It was without doubt an important provider to the economy of Leeds during the 18th century, providing mass employment for the residents of Armley. Many of the buildings still standing today were built in the 1800s, including many of the churches, schools, shops and houses.
Let-Leeds is an online Leeds letting agency, offering a diverse range of accommodation and houses to rent in Armley for young professionals, families and those on Leeds DSS Housing Benefit, a well as Student accommodation Leeds.
The property Rental and Sales Market in Armley is unquestionably cheaper than surrounding areas, attracting a new surge of young professionals, a growing student population and many first time buyers keen to get on the housing ladder.
Armley has a great mix of housing, ranging from typical back-to-back terraces to the council-built flats following a bid to clear the slums that once stood. There are also a few new housing estates built since the 1960's, and large mills currently being turned into modern apartments such as the Old School Lofts development and the New Ben Bailey Homes development offering great private rental accommodation for Students and Professionals. The area also consists of a large supply of council houses.
As is the case with most Leeds suburbs, you're never far from a row of red brick terraces in a variety of styles, sizes and quality. Complementing this is a range of semi-detached and detached properties, with smaller houses closer to the centre, and larger properties at the top end of Upper Armley.
The most popular and coveted clusters of Armley contains converted duplex flats, purpose-built older-style flats, and modern swanky apartments which are beginning to appear in and around Armley. These are Armley Letting agents' most sought-after terrace properties in the area, as they can command a premium due to their situation close to Armley Park.
Upper Armley consists of large semis and detached properties as well as the local favourite, the Travellers' Rest pub. A recent Barratt development, Swallow View, consists of 1, 2, 4 and 5 bed houses and apartments, and close by is another popular development, Old School Lofts, located, as the name suggests, in a former school. Local Letting Agents Armley are currently letting 1 and 2 bed apartments at between £400 and £500 per calendar month making Armley and Ideal property investment area in Leeds.
Armley is a greatly up and coming area, not often known as the best bit of Leeds, however with the affordable Leeds property prices and realistic rental market, it is often a favoured area for those wishing to hop onto the property ladder. The people of Armley LS12 are very neighbourly, good hearted and humorous, with one street in Armley recently voted as the friendliest street in Britain by 56% of the voters of a Radio 5 Live poll at the end of 2006.
Armley has a high proportion of properties to rent, with a good mix of Leeds letting agents and Leeds estate agents along Armley Town Street. Flats and houses to rent Armley, can bring about great savings in comparison to those to let in Leeds City Centre. Armley has attracted students searching for Leeds student accommodation, as Armley offers a wide mix of housing, attractive to those wishing to rent Leeds accommodation without the heavy prices of Leeds City Centre.
Armley is going through a major redevelopment and is seen as a property Investment hotspot for those wishing to invest in Leeds property. For further information, you may wish to call us for a chat or speak to local Leeds letting agents or Estate Agents.
The upper Armley area is favoured by some and local Armley Letting Agents can show this area can command a considerable increase in rental for flats and houses to let in this area. The majority of Leeds Letting agents consider Armley highly as a useful rental market.
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Armley is situated next to the major routes into Leeds City Centre making the City easily accessible by car. The M621 and Kirkstall Road (A65) as well as the Stanningley By-pass and Bramley Ring Road are all close by offering instant access to neighbouring areas and straight onto the M1 if required. Armley is also favoured for its off-road parking, available free throughout the Town Street areas.
Road: Armley Gyratory, at the southern tip of Armley bordering the City Centre, is a major intersection linking the A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road, the M621 which links the M1 and M62, as well as the A647 towards Bradford and B6145 through Wortley and Pudsey.
Town Street also offers lots of bus stops with excellent access into Leeds centre and other areas such as Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield.
Bus: The major bus routes include the 16, 40 and 40A bus services which links Armley with Leeds city centre, Bramley, Pudsey, Harehills, Seacroft and Gipton. Plenty of buses run regularly between Leeds and Armley every 5 to 10 minutes.
Rail: Although Armley has no railway stations, the line from Leeds to Bradford Interchange and Halifax still passes through it. To catch a train the nearest railway stations are Bramley to the west, and Leeds City Station.