THE neighbouring villages of Scarcroft and Thorner nestle at the heart of Yorkshire’s ‘golden triangle’ – the county’s most sought-after place to live.
In fact, the former is home to two of the most expensive streets in Yorkshire and the Humber - Ling Lane and Bracken Park.
Our analysis of a range of independent data has revealed that most of the sales in Scarcroft over the past year were detached properties. On average, these sold for £508,608. Semi-detached properties had an average sold price of £293,333 and flats averaged at £106,944.*
With an overall average price of £446,004, Scarcroft was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Bardsey (£463,613), but was more expensive than Thorner (£310,205) and Shadwell (£328,737).*
The majority of the sales in Thorner over the past year were also detached properties, commanding an average sales price of £396,408. Terraced properties had an average sold price of £285,710 and semi-detached properties averaged at £213,926.*
Thorner, with an overall average price of £310,205 was more expensive than nearby Scholes (£221,039), but was cheaper than Scarcroft (£446,004) and Shadwell (£328,737).*
The district remains one of the most sought-after places to live, retaining a strong community with a family-friendly, rural village feel that appeals to our buyers. This, combined with its unrivalled commuter links, tell us that it is one of the key reasons they are attracted to the area.
Despite their countryside feel, both villages boast easy access onto Leeds outer ring road and good access onto A64. Both are close to Wetherby, York and the A1M, and also benefit from good bus routes into Leeds and out to Harrogate and York.
Buyers typically range from young professionals who seek out rural living on the edge of Leeds to families looking to relocate to the citys most prestigious addresses.
Both villages have their own pubs and thriving cricket clubs, while Scarcroft also has its own golf club.
Thorner also features a primary school, shop and deli/café and Thorner Victory Hall, home of the famous comedy, beer and fireworks festivals, plus much, much more.
Talking of festivals, Thorner residents are also able to secure heavily-discounted tickets for the August Bank Holiday and star-studded Leeds Festival at nearby Bramham Park (£40 for the weekend). Acts this year include Carpool favourites Red Hot Chilli Peppers while among previous headliners are The Cure, Kasabian, Guns N Roses and Nirvana.
Among Scarcrofts places of interest are a watermill, built in 1810 to grind corn, and Toll Bar House. This was used between 1826 and 1876 when a toll system was in place between Wetherby and Leeds.
*Data sourced from Land Registry, last updated 29th April 2016.
Green-fingered villagers have enhanced the social and physical appearance of the area with the Scarcroft Blooms project, filling roads with flower beds, planters and hanging baskets in a sea of colour.