Horsforth has expanded from a small agricultural village to a popular up and coming suburb of Leeds. Described as having a strong sense of community spirit with cobbled streets and small independent shops and boutiques, it is an idyllic setting for professionals, students and families alike.
Horsforth, situated in LS18, is blessed with plenty of open space, from the spacious Horsforth Hall Park between the main shops and the bustling Leeds Ring Road, to the canalside strolls along the Leeds-Liverpool towpath, to riverside walks by the nearby Aire.
Horsforth has a thriving local business community, much of it to be found in the industrial area skirting Low Road.
The shops among the usual banks and building societies are in many cases owner managed providing helpful and friendly service. These local boutiques give Horsforth its individuality with Horsforth Bears, Path & Peak, and Wood B as examples covering furniture, outdoor pursuits and soft toys. Yet there is still the convenience of clothes shops such as Oaks and X-Factor and the larger chains such a Morrisons to satisfy your every whim and fancy.
Local businesses can meet your daily needs from Cesys, Pilot Interactive and Bang online for computing issues through to Global Holidays, Leeds Co-op Travel, and French Life to assist in those every important holiday desires.
Sports items, clothing, beds and furniture are all catered for locally, along with bakers, greengrocers and a branch of Morrison's supermarket on Town Street.
There are a couple of delis, one which specialises in Spanish food.
There's a dizzying choice of pubs within a walk of each other across the town centre. Pick between the Sandbar, Grey Horse Inn, the Fleece, Town Street Tavern, The Old Ball, and the Queen's Arms and King's Arms, all within a totter of each other. The Woodside on Low Lane is among several pubs offering meals.
Fat Franco's on New Road Side is an Italian restaurant that's popular with locals as is Marinetti's on Town Street, while the Outside-In, also on Town Street, offers an intriguing menu based on American staples.
If you like Chinese or Indian there's a heck of a choice from the Last Viceroy and the Bengal Spice to Red China.
Horsforth has access to a wealth of sports clubs that will suit any taste from Horsforth Tennis Club to Horsforth Harriers, Horsforth Fairweather Football Club, FC Pitchers, Leeds Hockey Club, Crompark Cricket Club, and Otley & District Riding for the Disabled Association.
Trinity and All Saints College has just spent £3m refurbishing its sports centre, which is open to the public. Facilities include a gym, squash, volleyball and indoor football courts.
The nearest council-run centre is a couple of miles away at Kirkstall Road in Headingley and offers a pool, gym, squash, football and volleyball.
Horsforth Golf Club borders the runway at Leeds-Bradford airport so it may not prove the most peaceful spot to play a round.
The council-run Horsforth Hall Park has a wonderful sense of splendour; features include a cricket ground, bowling green, Japanese garden, skatepark and fantastic play space, particularly suitable for younger kids.
Horsforth Cricket Club - originated as Woodside National Cricket Club, which was believed to have developed from Woodside National School Leeds in 1847. The Club initially played on land adjacent to the Woodside Tavern on the Leeds Ring Road, but moved to its present ground, King George's Field in 1870.
The Church of St Margaret - built in 1883 and a tower added in the following century. It stands blackened on a hill visible for miles around.
Horsforth has more than its fair share of public houses with The Sandbar, Grey Horse Inn, The Bridge Inn, The Fleece, Town Street Tavern, The Old Ball, Old Kings Arms, and The Queen's Arms to name but a few that are within stumbling reach of one another. Good competition for the famous Otley Run.
Horsforth eateries are as varied and many as their public houses with choice ranging from the infamous Fat Franco's for a good Italian to Bengal Spice for those who prefer Indian food and anywhere in between. There are also bistros like the Outside In, unpretentious but reliable.
Travel back 150 years and Horsforth rated as England's largest village, very much independent from its bigger neighbours. By 1974, however, it couldn't keep pace with the irrepressible rise and expansion of Leeds, and it lost its village status to officially become part of the city (Leeds LS18).
Horsforth Village Museum - Horsforth was once described as the largest village in England and has somehow managed to retain some of its village like identity, character and sense of community. The Museum aims to reflect this heritage in its interesting exhibits which are drawn from all aspects of life in and around Horsforth and have a great nostalgia and educational value. The Museum, which opened to the public in July 1998, is situated at The Green in the heart of the old village.
There's pretty much every type and period of home within Leeds LS18. Much of Horsforth's housing dates from its 19th century heyday, though it has expanded steadily since to deliver a good blend of types and periods.
What's more, Horsforth's spot on a hill means many of its properties enjoy broad airy views of the surrounding green spaces.
As a rule of thumb, prices rise as you move north and the Cragg Hill district south of the Leeds Ring Road is a little pocket of affordability, as is the Troy district just south of Horsforth station.
Like many of its north Leeds neighbours, Horsforth is a popular settling place for families, and semi-detached two- and three-bedders make up almost half of what's available.
Flats are in short supply but first-time buyers may find that some of the terraced housing is cheap enough to fit their budgets. Renting is possible at all price brackets, though good quality property for long-term letting is scarce.
Trinity and All Saints College attracts 2500 students and some live locally, although there's no large-scale student 'quarter'. That may change soon, however, as the college's plans to double progress.
Property prices are sky high, expect to pay £125k or more for a One-bed Victorian back-to-back , better value are the ex-local authority three-bed semis at around £150k. If your budget stretches to £190,000, a 1960s mid-terrace town house with three bedrooms could be yours, or if you can spend £240,000, you could snap up a 1950s three-bed semi with drive and garage, situated in a cul-de-sac.
Further up the ladder, £469,000 buys a roomy four-bed 1930s house with sizeable garden set back from the main Rawdon Road. A whisker off £600,000 would be enough for an amazing nine-bedded Victorian villa in a quiet spot just off Town Street. Or jump another £150,000 and you're looking at a modern detached five-bed house set in large gardens off West End Lane, one of the area's most desirable addresses.
That's close to top money for the neighbourhood, although there are some even grander homes that will sell for over £1m, should they reach market anytime soon.
Horsforth is located on main First Leeds bus routes and is home to Horsforth train station so there is easy access to surrounding areas and Leeds city centre. For car drivers there is easy access to the M1, M621 and M62.
Road: Good road access courtesy of the proximity of the Leeds Ring Road (A6120).
Bus: There's a bus from Horsforth into Leeds City Centre every few minutes at peak times and the journey takes 40 minutes.
Buses stopping here are service numbers 9, 31, 32, 33, 50, 81, 82, 97,731 and 757.
Rail: Horsforth rail station is located at Cookridge's southern tip and offers regular services to Leeds, York, Knaresborough and Harrogate. Journey time to Leeds City Centre is around 15 minutes.
Air: Leeds-Bradford airport is just five miles from Horsforth.
This busy airport has many scheduled and charter flights to domestic and overseas destinations, and budget operator jet2.com is good for discounted fares.