Morgans survey winner takes away £250 prize!

We believe it is important to keep up to date with market trends and to listen to the experiences of our those who choose to live in the city centre so that we can learn and pass this on to our clients who will be delivering the next generation of city living. As part of that process, we like to know what tenants want, need and expect of their rental properties in the city centre.

Over the past 8 months we have conducted a survey which asked our tenants, potential tenants and new tenants to give their opinions on their ideal rental properties. We discovered the most important priorities that renters have when looking for a new property, the ideal contract they’d sign up for, the amenities and facilities they’d like to see, how much they’d be prepared to pay for ‘extras’ and more. Keep an eye out on our social media pages where we will be posting the results…

All of the participants were entered into a £250 prize draw and Earlier this month we announced our survey winner, Maria, and our MD, Jonathan Morgan met with her to give her the prize. Maria is a Design Engineer who moved to Leeds at the start of 2017 for work after deciding to move out of the USA. We asked Maria what she enjoyed most about Leeds, “I love living in Leeds, I lived in Atlanta before and it’s not walkable at all, whereas Leeds definitely is! The people are very friendly and welcoming!”.  (photo: Morgans City Living)

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Our survey generated some compelling statistics and also one very happy winner – thank you to all those who took part and we look forward to sharing the results with you.

Suburbs to the City Centre

We are a nation traditionally obsessed with owning the space around us in the suburbs; our own garden, door step and driveway are as much a part of British life as a pint of milk and the local pub. Elsewhere in the civilised world, people aspire to live as close to the city as possible, to simplify their lives and wipe-out the commute. Whilst we hang on to the notion of sending our children off for the gentle walk to school through leafy avenues, the growing reality of parental choice for schooling means that the school run has become a bit of a rally dictated by yellow zig-zags and entire forecourts worth of shiny vehicles. (photos: Google)

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There is another way, however.

In Europe and further afield, housing, workplaces and schools exist side by side and residents, workers and school-children comfortably and easily share the many city centre public spaces, pocket parks and playgrounds which bring vitality and safety to the urban environment.

Most people’s routines in the UK look something like this; quick breakfast, sit in traffic for half an hour listening to inane radio, park, walk into the office, escape at lunchtime, head back to the office, more of the same, back to the car, even more time sitting in traffic before pulling up at home. (photo: Google)

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Imagine taking the traffic off both ends of the day, enjoying a bit of light exercise both ways to work and back and allowing work and home life to gently fuse together, punctuated by all that the city centre has to offer. No more dashing back into town for an event, no need to plan weeks ahead for the theatre, fresh produce on your doorstep at Leeds market and the ability to properly enjoy the city hubbub at your own pace. (photos: Google and Barnaby Aldrick)

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The city centre has tended to attract the under thirties and it is essential that we are able to continue to offer our economic engine room, the so-called key workers, easy access to a range of rented accommodation in the very heart of the city. Economic growth is closely linked to the availability of good housing stock and we must ensure that we do all we can to deliver.

Whilst city living has been seen as a stepping stone to suburban life, we are seeing significant change in this respect; the delivery of significant amenity in the city centre is encouraging people to stay for longer and ultimately, to return to the city once the suburban experience has lost its sheen. In more mature city centres such as Edinburgh, London and Oxford, people aspire to stay central for as long as possible because they want to enjoy the convenience and vibrancy which comes about as a consequence of the urban lifestyle. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)

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So, for new arrivals in the city, young families and so-called downsizers, for whom size actually isn’t everything, Leeds city centre gets more and more attractive. We have our first city centre school for twenty years and we are the only city outside London with a resident theatre, opera and ballet. (photo: Google)

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Win a Wellbeing School experience for two at Neom Organics this Christmas with Morgans!

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In the run up to Christmas, we are working with some of our favourite venues in Leeds to offer exclusive giveaways, just for you.  All you need to do is join the Morgans social communities to keep an eye on the prize.

For November’s competition, we’ve teamed up with Neom Organics in Victoria Gate which specialises in 100% natural fragrances in the form of oils, perfumes, candles, room sprays and bath and body products, offering true wellbeing benefits for the mind & body. (photo: Neom Organics)

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This luxury Christmas-inspired giveaway, worth £100, offers you and a loved one a trip to the store to experience a wellbeing school and a complete wellbeing product collection, tailored just for you. (photos: Neom Organics)

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To enter this exciting competition, simply like our Facebook page, share the post and comment and tag the person you’d most like to share this amazing treat with this Christmas, and we’ll pick the winner on Monday 20th November.

Wishing you luck!

November round up of events

Is it too early to start the count-down to Christmas? November is full of events to get you excited for Christmas and to celebrate the culture of Leeds. Take a look at the list below of some of Leeds most favourite annual events this November…

Leeds Christmas Light Switch On – 

Known as one of the best events in Leeds, the annual Leeds Christmas lights switch on is back this November and special guests from Leeds Rhinos will be hitting the switch this year! You can expect the event to be filled with live music, entertainment, funfair rides and attractions to make this fun-filled family event better than ever before. Leeds Rock Choir are performing as well as Leeds Contemporary Singers and Boogie Storm (one of Britains Got Talent favourites). 

Make sure you get involved: 9th November, 6:45pm, Victoria Gardens on the Headrow. (photo: Leeds-List)

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Leeds International Film Festival 

Coming to Leeds for a full 16 days is the Leeds International Film Festival. It is a celebration of world cinema, bringing old and new movies together. A ‘Meet the Makers’ industry programme is included which welcomes special guests and gives an insights into every part of working in the film industry including, acting, directing, costumes and set designs. 

LIFF begins 1st November – 16th November at various places including, Leeds Town Hall, Hyde Park Picture House, Vue at The Light and City Varieties. (photo: Leedsfilmcity Instagram)

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Christkindle Markt – German Christmas Market 

It’s the 15th anniversary of the German Christmas Market which will transform Leeds into a scenic festive village for 5 weeks. You can expect the likes of Bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, soups, goulash and more, and the event will be filled with new stalls and venues, live music, singalong games and face painting. There is a Ski Hutte Bar that will be filled with hand crafted decorations and a traditional Glockenspiel; creating a wonderful, festive ambiance. 

The German Christmas Market will run from 10th November – 17th November, Millennium Square.. (photo: Leeds.gov)

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Leeds Abbey Dash 2017 – Leeds Town Hall 

The Leeds 10K Abbey Dash returns this year to help raise money to continue to provide companionship and support to those who have no one to turn to. If you’re taking part in the run you will be involved in a group warm up and be able to listen to music and bands. You’ll receive a souvenir technical t-shirt and your finishing time will be sent straight to your phone. 

The Abbey Dash will begin at 9:30am, 5th November. (photo: Age UK)

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Magical Lantern Festival – 24th November 

The Magical Lantern Festival returns to Roundhay Park this year and its bigger and better and more impressive than ever! It’ll be full of dual culture, vibrant colours, artistic sculptures, larger than life lanterns. There will also be the likes of a food and drink area, Tipi bar, Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides and a merchandise marquee to provide you with a family friendly festival to get you ready for Christmas.  

The Magical Lantern Festival will begin 24th November till the middle of January at Roundhay Park. (photo: Magical Lantern Festival Yorkshire)

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Yorkshire Residential Property Awards 2017

On Thursday 12th October, Morgans were delighted to accept the Best Estate Agency award at this year’s Yorkshire Residential Property Awards, held in the prestigious Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham.

The awards are a celebration of Yorkshire’s residential property industry and were hosted by Welsh TV presenter Gethin Jones, formerly of Blue Peter, who went down a storm. The event also doubles as a fundraiser for children’s charity Variety, and this year it raised a staggering £97,000.

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The Best Estate Agency category recognises “the residential agency that has demonstrated an outstanding sales and/or lettings record supported by unrivalled service and market reach.” The panel of 9 judges were specifically looking for “proven market knowledge, innovation and customer service”, with specific successes highlighted and said of Morgans;

Morgans has been at the forefront of City Living in Leeds for over 20 years yet still manages to be relevant. The judges felt their approach based on face-to-face not database gave Morgans the edge over the other entries in this category as it gives their customers that back to basics sense of appreciation.

Jonathan was awarded the life-time achievement award at last years’ event and the best agency award this year is the icing on the cake.

Jonathan said; ‘‘it was a massive honour for me to pick up the award last year but this was about the entire team and Nigel and I were absolutely delighted to accept the award on behalf of everyone at Morgans. We pride ourselves on our approach and our work-ethic and we look forward with excitement to the next 20 years!!’’.

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Variety children’s charity raises money for disabled, disadvantaged and deserving children in Yorkshire, with the money raised from the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards funding this amazing cause. Our Managing Director, Jonathan introduced the Big Build appeal with a short video clip of Springwater School in Harrogate, which encouraged everyone to dig deep.

It was a fabulous evening for Morgans, for Variety and a true celebration of the residential property industry in the region. Congratulations to all those shortlisted and to all the winners.

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New City Centre Development Is A Real Pearl

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Work to transform a landmark Grade II listed former office building in Leeds city centre into 26, one and two bedroom apartments is nearing completion following a significant investment by private developer Khalsmith.

Built in 1911, Pearl Chambers on The Headrow has four storeys and plenty of historic and characterful detailing throughout the building.  It used to be known as the Pearl Assurance Building and has a statue of the life insurance company’s President and Founder, Patrick James Foley high up on the building.  The work is due to complete in the next couple of weeks, with a selection of apartments available for sale now.

It’s one of those buildings in Leeds everyone knows. In a really central location and steeped in history, it’s perfect for residential use. The developer has worked really hard to retain as many of the character features as possible, restoring the original windows, retaining the ceiling heights and the original surround which means that all of the apartments have their own individual feel.

Inside the specification is to a very high standard, and combined with the building’s excellent location close to the railway station and all the city centre’s main leisure and retail offerings, this development has plenty of appeal and especially because very individual schemes in the heart of the city centre are few and far between these days..

A number of apartments have already sold off plan, and there are currently a handful of two bedroom homes available ranging in price from £210,000 to £350,000.

Khalsmith has previously converted other buildings in Leeds city centre into successful residential schemes including 42 Park Place which proved really popular with investors and owner-occupiers.

For further information call our sales team on 0113 398 0099.

City Centre Vs North Leeds

Leeds is a thriving and passionate city which is rich in culture and heritage. The city is a prosperous and fast-paced commercial centre with a diverse range of employment opportunities across many sectors, yet it also boasts an enviable choice of bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres. It is the only city outside London with resident opera and ballet companies in Opera North and Northern Ballet and is also home to the new City Museum, The Royal Armouries, The Grand Theatre, BBC Yorkshire and the City Varieties. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)

 

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How to describe Leeds?

This is normally where you’d hear words like vibrant, dynamic and fast-paced. But no superlatives or adjectives can really do Leeds justice. By day, the city is a leading European business centre, with thriving financial, legal and media industries. For shopping, the dome of the Corn Exchange covers quirky, independent stores, the Victoria Quarter’s elegant arcades are lined with designer boutiques and the towering Edwardian facade of Kirkgate Market is home to the largest undercover market in the country. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)

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By night, Leeds comes alive with restaurants, including two Michelin-starred, and cafes and bars catering to every taste. There are many nightclubs that play everything from mainstream tunes to the most underground sounds. Opera North, Northern Ballet and the West Yorkshire Playhouse ensures ‘culture vultures’ are looked after when the international festivals are in town. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)

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A wave of new apartment developments in Leeds city centre have coincided with a number of new accolades for the city, as well as several restaurant and bar openings, leading to a surge of people choosing to live in the city centre. It’s home to a host of high quality converted buildings, including Pearl Chambers, Crispin Lofts, Park Place, 53 The Calls and East Point. Leeds also has a host of new bars and restaurants opening every month, some owned by well-known local restaurateurs and others by established global giants such as D&D – look out for Issho, East 59th, Mowgli Street Food and The Potting Shed, amongst others.  Recent growth in the Northern cities is outstripping that in London and the south-east and it is essential that we are able to provide enough accommodation of the right quality, in order to meet demand. (photo: Morgans City Living)

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Leeds city centre is a place that never stands still, but do you ever stop and wonder what this continuous cycle of development and investment means for its suburbs?

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Although many of the towns that surround Leeds are relatively immune to what goes on in the city, one suburb looks set to follow the city centre’s successes. Headingley is adapting, growing and changing due to the student population moving southwards, allowing Headingley to redevelop the amenities residents currently enjoy. Independent restaurants, cafes and bars have moved to the area, including White’s Deli, The Cat’s Pyjamas, Red’s True BBQ and Sebby’s Deli. As a result, Headingley, which has often been second-choice for many young professionals behind Chapel Allerton, is fast re-emerging as a popular place for first time renters who want a slightly quieter life than the city centre can offer. (photo: The Cats Pyjamas)

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Many places in North Leeds have become a place for young professionals to go when they’re ready to move out of the city and settle down, including Horsforth and Chapel Allerton. Both places have for a long time been some of the most popular places to live in the city. Both have an array of independent cafes and shops including Kith & Kin, El Bareto and Further North. There are a variety of housing in Chapel A and extremely close connections to get in and out of the city centre quickly, or to other towns including York and Harrogate. Horsforth is also a thriving suburb with great schools and bustling nightlife.(photo: Google)

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But don’t just take our word for it! Leeds boasts a trophy cabinet crammed full of awards, including the Best Place in Britain to live, Britain’s best city for business, the UK’s best city for nightlife and not to forget the bid to become the Capital of Culture in 2023. (photo:Leeds_2023)

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Park Square Cyclo-thon

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Despite a heavy down pour of rain throughout the morning, our Morgans team of four (Laura, James, Spencer and Reece), took on The Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic Park Square Cyclo-thon on Friday 29th September, alongside a few other Leeds’ businesses to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The challenge comprised of a 10 minute cycle on static bikes by all members of the team (under a gazebo – they were pleased to find!) whilst their competitors raced alongside them in another tent – in a Tour de Yorkshire inspired setup with classic cars, hay bales and model sheep.

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To those sat reading this thinking ‘10 minutes? Easy…’ – wrong! The Morgans team cycled flat out on their preferred resistance levels to try and beat the previous teams’ overall distance. Not quite Tour de France speeds; but determination, perseverance and competitiveness all helped drive the team to keep going until the very last second!

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Nevertheless, once the stopwatch finished, a sigh of relief and group cheers were celebrated as they were told they had managed 15.9 miles between the four of them!

A momentous effort from all who took part and a brilliant set up from The Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic in support of Macmillan, who despite the weather, stood and cheered for each of the cyclist’s during the Cyclo-thon challenge.

We’re thinking Morgans cycling suits for next year…

 

What to expect this October…

We can’t believe it’s October already, where has 2017 gone? We thought we’d better give you a quick round up of events going on in Leeds throughout October; from theatre and music events, new openings, festivals, to news from your favourite restaurants and bars and major events going on in the heart of the city…..

The reopening of Leeds Art Gallery

Finally the wait is over and Leeds Art Gallery will be reopening on the 13th October.  It has been temporarily closed due to essential works being carried out to repair the original roof of the Victorian building. There are many exhibitions planned in aid of the reopening, including work by Joseph Beuys, Martine Syms and Alison Wilding RA. A significant programme will also be presented highlighting a unique collection of the key successes the gallery has showcased over the last 130 years. (Picture: Time Out Leeds)

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First Direct Arena

As always, there are many acts taking place throughout the year at the First Direct Arena, including Little Mix, one of the world’s most favourite girl bands, are bringing their Glory Days Tour to the Leeds First Direct Arena on the 14th October. Shout Out To My Ex, Power and Black Magic (to name a few) will be performed by the band, giving you a night full of entertainment, fun and live music. For more information on tickets head to www.eventim.co.uk. (Picture: Design, Build, Network)

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The Cocktail Experience

Aspire are bringing back The Cocktail Experience towards the end of October (20th), giving you the chance to taste your favourite cocktails from your favourite bars, all under one roof! The Alchemist, Angelica, Jakes Bar, Tattu, Red Door are all part of the event, plus many more!  (Picture: Bar Magazine)

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Oktoberfest

After a successful launch last year, OktoberFest will be returning to Leeds for two weekends in October. Located at the South Bank Depot, you can be sure to look forward to authentic beer, fantastic cuisine and music! Who’s looking forward to first-rate German beers, schnitzels and an Oompah band? To book a place head to www.oktoberfestleeds.com   (Picture: Visit Leeds)

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Light Night Leeds

And not to forget, Light Night. The night where the whole city lights up, the creative talent amongst our city emerges and the people of Leeds come together to celebrate arts and light through dance, music and street performances. The city will be split up into 10 different zones, which will be full of events and exhibitions giving everyone easy access to the event. (5th and 6th October)     (Picture: University of Leeds)

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Win a dining experience for two at Blackhouse with Morgans!

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In the run up to Christmas, Morgans will be running monthly competitions with top Leeds’ venues, for one lucky entrant to be in with a chance of winning a special giveaway exclusively put together by us, for you.  All you need to do is join our social communities to keep an eye on the prize.

For October’s competition, we’ve teamed up with Blackhouse The Grill on the Square on East Parade, to giveaway an award-winning Blackhouse Steak Experience; including:

– a chef’s selection on mini starters

– three favourite cuts from the Blackhouse Steak School

– an assortment of desserts

– a perfectly paired bottle of wine, all with a background of live music.

 

 

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To enter this exciting competition, simply like our Facebook page and comment and tag the person you’d most like to dine with at Blackhouse. Easy!

We don’t like to delay at Morgans so this competition will be running for just two weeks between 2nd October – 16th October.

Good luck!