Period rental apartments standout in Headingley
The first phase of 16 high quality new apartments, which are set within two Edwardian Villas in the heart of Headingley, are being released for rent, with Morgans this month.
Grove Villas consists of two semi-detached properties on Cardigan Road, close to Headingley Stadium. They were previously used as day care facilities and offices by Leeds City Council, who sold them to a private investor in 2016.
Set within Headingley’s Conservation Area and on the site of the former entrance to the 19th Century Leeds Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Grove Villas have now been transformed into 16 luxurious and individual homes, all with high quality interiors and the very latest kitchen and bathroom styles.
Sarah Roberts from Morgans North Leeds Rentals, has been instructed to let and manage the portfolio of properties. He says: “This part of Headingley has a fascinating history. The fact that there was once a zoo and a bear pit is hard to believe, but it was typical of the Victorian excesses at the time.”
“The gardens were created for the middle-class home owners of the grand newly built houses, and the zoo was meant to attract workers from the City’s mills. However, disagreements about Sunday opening times – the only day off for many of the working-class at the time – meant that the zoo was only open for eight years before closing in 1848. The land was sold to a business man as building plots, but many of the exotic plants and trees from that era remain and it will be a very interesting place to live.
“The apartments are filled with natural light and their location, close to the railway station, Headingley Stadium and all the area’s bars, shops and restaurants, means that they will appeal to a wide range of discerning tenants. Set in landscaped grounds, the development combines period elegance with modern interiors, which will make Grove Villas one of Headingley’s most sought after addresses for discerning renters.”