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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