Top 5 Places to Live in Wakefield

Wakefield is fast becoming one of the most upcoming places to live in Yorkshire. Steeped in local history, the city is the perfect blend of old and new and when life goes back to normal, Wakefield has some excellent amenities on offer. Whether you’re looking for a day of retail therapy, a delve into history or night in the cities bars and restaurants, Wakefield has it all.

With so much to offer, it’s a surprise that Wakefield still remains one of the most affordable places to buy a home in Yorkshire. With average house prices starting from around £150,000 according to Right Move, Wakefield is around 20% cheaper than the surrounding cities, meaning you get more value for your money! For those who are new to the city and wondering where to set up your home, we’ve chosen our top 5 places to live in Wakefield.

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1. Walton

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Average House Price (2021) £245,398

Walton is a top contender on the list when referring to the best places to live in Wakefield. Walton hosts a range of local amenities and has one of the best community spirits in Wakefield. With many local events that usually take place throughout the year, it’s a great place to feel part of village life whilst still being close to the city.  Walton Colliery Nature Park is a great addition to the area with lakes, woodland and wildlife to admire, it’s a wonderful walking trail to have on your doorstep. Waltons efficient transport links: buses, trains and taxis are contributing factors that give Walton the edge.

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2. Stanley

wakefield canal with bridge in the background and boats on the water

Average House Price (2021) £176,674

To the north-east of Wakefield city centre you’ll find the popular village of Stanley. Despite being on the doorstep to the city centre, Stanley creates its own buzz. With an array of local pubs, restaurants and shops, Stanley has become one of the top places to live for young professionals and families. A selection of nearby schools, successful sports clubs and its fantastic location, means Stanley ranks high on any top location list!

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3. Sandal

Sandal castle remain on green grass and city in the backdrop

Average House Price (2021) £254,738

Sandal may be a quaint village, but it has a lot to offer in terms of natural terrain, houses and location. Situated on the outskirts of Wakefield, Sandal Castle boasts stunning scenery steeped in history to enjoy, which can be followed by a stop at one of Sandals most loved pubs ‘The Castle’. Sandal has a village feel, with local shops and restaurants in close proximity. Sandal is also home to a primary school and is within driving distance to the local high schools, making the village perfect for family life.

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4. Kirkhamgate

Kirkhamgate farland walk with a wired fencing, with houses in the backdrop

Average House Price (2021) £324,092

Kirkhamgate is a rural village in Wakefield and offers the perfect opportunity to wind down outside of the city. Surrounded by farmland and acres of greenery, it creates a tranquil living for its residents. It is also a popular spot for families as Outwood primary school is within close proximity to the village, and there are a range of local high schools in surrounding areas. With some stunning properties on offer in the location at great value, its no wonder that Kirkhamgate ranks in our top 5 places to live!

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5. Wrenthorpe

Wrenthorpe park pink cherry blossom trees

Average House Price (2021) £242,149

Famously known by the locals for its pottery background, Wrenthorpe is also a great place for sport. Wrenthorpe cricket club’s senior team compete in the Central Yorkshire Cricket League, which creates a great spirit amongst the community. Wrenthorpe Park also hosts lots of great activities, including tennis courts, a bowling green, football pitch and childrens playground. With local amenities close by and 2 schools on offer, Wrenthorpe would make an excellent place to live in Wakefield!

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If you’re looking to make Wakefield your new home there are plenty of fantastic places to live within its suburbs, towns and villages. If you would like more information on Wakefield, then please click here to view our Wakefield Area Guide.

*Average house prices are calculated by Rightmove based on January 2021 results and may be subject to change*

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