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!