Leeds Listed In Top Five Places To Live

It’s great to see Leeds city centre sitting in fifth place in a new league table showing the best places in the country to work, rest and play. 

Although those of us who live and work here already know what a great a place Leeds is, it’s fantastic that it’s now been made official in Experian’s ‘vibrancy list’.  Experian analysed 75 urban areas and looked at lots of factors including housing types, economic activity and the professional status of residents to determine where the UK’s young, affluent and vibrant populations are living.

The report highlighted the level of demand for leisure and entertainment in Leeds as well as the city’s low unemployment rate and high number of purpose-built apartments within the urban area of Leeds, which covers a 1km radius from the city centre.

However if Leeds is to maintain or even improve on its position in this table, we will need to significantly increase the number of apartments available in the city.  Morgans manages Leeds city centre’s largest portfolio of apartments and we’re currently experiencing our highest ever occupancy figures which stand at over 99%.

Leeds gained an unfair reputation as the ‘empty flats capital’ of the North in 2008 but as we predicted, as supply has dried up and demand has continued to grow, occupancy levels have risen and we are now urgently in need of the next generation of new schemes.

Currently there are only one or two new schemes in the pipeline for Leeds city centre over the next two years. What we need is more development in core locations that offers tenants something unique.

Rushbond’s recent success at Crispin Lofts in the city’s Northern Quarter is a prime example of the sort of scheme the city needs. They took a striking building, which had been derelict for over 10 years and we let all 80 apartments within a matter of months and we urgently need more build to rent schemes like this to meet tenant demand.

Leeds has really hit the headlines in 2013 for all the right reasons with the opening of the Leeds Arena and Trinity Quarter and it’s important that the residential property market keeps pace.

We don’t want to be in a position where a lack of available rental property becomes more than just a short term frustration.  Plus there’s a lot of competition, especially when you look at the top of the table and see another Northern city – it’s a place over the pennies that begins with an ‘M’!

All Apartments Let At Crispin Lofts Leeds

Its great news that after just 18 months of work restarting on the major refurbishment programme to create 82 stunning apartments in Leeds city centre, Crispin Lofts is now fully let making the development one of the city’s biggest success stories in recent years.

Standing on the corner of North Street and New York Road, the building had previously sat in a partially developed state for more than 10 years before Leeds based developer Rushbond acquired the building and created Leeds city centre’s biggest ever ‘built-to-rent’ scheme.

We were appointed to let and manage the development and were delighted with the pace that these homes have let. It’s a sign of the times in a market with little development activity and huge demand from tenants looking for high quality rental property.  When this is combined with a historic building in a great location and smart well-furnished interiors, Rushbond’s ‘built to let’ scheme ticks all the boxes.

The apartments and the culture of this super building are a very new offer – an authentic urban home, with a very high standard that will create a long term community. We were always confident that this development would strike a chord with tenants looking for a special place to call home and we already have a waiting list from people wanting to move in as and when apartments become available again.

Our client Jonathan Maud from Rushbond thinks that the building’s character and history, high ceilings, tall windows and exposed brickwork are ideally suited to authentic city apartment living which meant it offered lots of potential and was an ideal development for Rushbond to put its mark on and transform into something very special.

Many of the apartments are split level, with mezzanine decks, high ceilings and huge windows which flood the space with light.  Nearly every apartment is different to its neighbour and each one is furnished to an exceptional standard to create some very distinctive loft style apartments.  These range from studios through to stunning three bedroom triplex penthouses, covering more than 1,000 square feet, which are undoubtedly some of the best apartments in the North of England.

The building was built in 1915 as home to Henry Heaton’s Clothing Company and then HW Poole & Sons Boot and Shoe Manufacturers. Both were distinguished Leeds based businesses and major employers in the city – even today there are still lots of people in Leeds who worked there.

Crispin Lofts Is The Focal Point Of The Northern Quarter

Crispin Lofts is one of the city centre’s biggest success stories because just a year after work restarted on a major refurbishment programme to create 82 stunning apartments for the rentals market, the building is now almost fully occupied with just one penthouse remaining.

The pace that the homes have let is definitely a sign of the times in a market with little development activity and huge demand from tenants looking for high quality rental property.  When this is combined with a historic building in a great location and smart well-furnished interiors, developer Rushbond’s ‘build to let’ scheme ticks all the boxes.

Standing on the corner of North Street and New York Road, the building had previously sat in a partially developed state for more than 10 years but now work is finished it’s once again a proud landmark building for the city.

Morgans has acted as letting agents on the development and we were always confident that it would strike a chord with tenants looking for a special place to call home and we already have a waiting list from people wanting to move in as and when apartments come available.

The building is full of character and history after originally being built in 1915 as home to Henry Heaton’s Clothing Company and then occupied by HW Poole & Sons Boot and Shoe Manufacturers. Both were distinguished Leeds based businesses and major employers in the city – even today there’s still lots of people in Leeds who worked there.

Somewhat ironically, despite all its history, its traditional features, high ceilings, tall windows and exposed brickwork are ideally suited to modern apartment living.  These features have provided fantastic foundations and endless potential to create a unique selection of loft style apartments ranging from studios through to three bedroom triplexes.

Most of the apartments are split level, with mezzanine decks, high ceilings and huge windows which flood the space with light.  Nearly every apartment is different to its neighbour and each one is furnished to an exceptional standard to create some very distinctive homes.

To see people living in Crispin Lofts in such a short amount of time is absolutely fantastic, especially when you consider this time two years ago it was little more than a shell.  There’s a major shortage of rental properties available in Leeds city centre and hardly any brand new apartments that are finished to such a high standard.

The remaining penthouse is one of just three stunning triplex penthouse apartments and is a completely unique city centre home.  It’s furnished to an exceptional standard and offers well over a thousand square feet of prime living space, three double en-suite bedrooms and three roof terraces that all offer spectacular views over the city.  It’s generating plenty of interest and it’s undoubtedly one of the most desirable apartments in the North of England.

The development’s success is undoubtedly down to offering distinctive and markedly different homes in which to live; combined with a great location and a strong sense of local community, typified by the fantastic array of shops, bars, eating places and local businesses that support the city’s Northern Quarter.

Triplex Apartments Released To Let In Leeds City Centre

Three stunning triplex penthouse apartments at Leeds’ only built to rent scheme have been released for let and are immediately attracting interest from potential tenants looking for a completely unique city centre home.

The penthouses located at Crispin Lofts have two or three bedrooms and are amongst the final homes available in the scheme which has seen nearly 80 apartments let within months of them hitting the market.

Rushbond Group has transformed the landmark building which sat in a partly developed state, in the city’s Northern Quarter on the corner of North Street and New York Road, for more than a decade.  The three penthouses offer stunning accommodation spread across three floors.

Each apartment offers well over a thousand square feet of prime living space with spectacular views of the city. Each penthouse is different to its neighbour and has been furnished to an exceptional standard to create some of the most distinctive apartments in the North of England.

The grade 2 listed building was originally built in 1915 and was home to Henry Heaton’s Clothing Company and then HW Poole & Sons Boot and Shoe Manufacturers. Both were distinguished Leeds based businesses and major employers in the city.

The majority of the apartments were let as soon as they were released with young professionals desperate to rent somewhere so central and with real character and personality.

Prices for the penthouse apartments at Crispin Lofts, which also includes a resident’s gym and on-site concierge, start at £1400 pcm.  To arrange your viewing at Crispin Lofts, contact Morgans on 0113 398 0098.

Loft style apartments at Crispin House

Just got back from our first visit to peek at the brand new loft style apartments at Crispin House.

Met the project team and the developer and saw a fantastic near finished split level one bed. The spec is great- flooring, exposed brickwork, very high ceilings, sleek, low profile kitchens, loads of storage space, big windows- just what we need in a market starved of new buildings.

Residents in the building will enjoy optional secure basement parking, a concierge and the use of a residents gym!

First completions in April 12- exclusive to Morgans city centre rentals – call 0113 3980098 to join the priority list.

Crispin Lofts- new apartments to rent in Leeds City Centre

AS CRISPIN LOFTS becomes the biggest ever build-to-rent scheme in Leeds, the developer rejuvenating the Landmark building on the corner of North Street and New York Road is predicting more schemes will be built exclusively for the rentals market in the future. Leeds based Rushbond Group has committed to building 82 apartments solely for the rentals market as part of a long-term strategy that comes hot on the heels of research that has revealed more people could be renting than buying property in 15 years time.

Morgans appointed to market Crispin Lofts

Morgans has been appointed by Rushbond Group to let and manage Crispin Lofts which is a brand new scheme of apartments being developed exclusively for the rentals market.

The grade 2 listed building, located in the city’s Northern Quarter on the corner of North Street and New York Road, is currently being converted into 82 apartments complete with a residents gym and a retail unit.  Work will complete next summer.

Crispin Lofts is probably the only residential development that will complete in Leeds city centre in the next couple of years, so we’re naturally delighted to be appointed as letting agents.  We already manage Leeds city centre’s largest quality rentals portfolio and this latest win will underpin our position at the forefront of the city rentals market.

Crispin Lofts promises to be a great place to live.  It’s bursting withcharacter and this is probably the first genuine factory loft scheme Leeds has seen – the apartments are mainly split level, with mezzanine decks, high ceilings and huge windows which flood the space with light. There is a dramatic shortage of quality apartments to rent across the city and nowhere more so than in the centre so we expect very strong demand when Crispin Lofts is released.

The building was originally called Heaton House when it was built in 1915 for Henry Heaton’s Clothing Company before it became home to HW Poole & Sons Boot and Shoe Manufacturers in 1979.

Speaking of the decision to appoint Morgans, Jonathan Maud, managing director of Rushbond, said: “Morgans has a proven track record in successfully letting and managing developments on this scale and we already have a long and successful relationship with them, as they have been looking after a large part of our residential portfolio for a number of years.  As market leaders in city living in Leeds, their dynamic and committed approach made them the obvious partner to work with on Crispin Lofts.”