Issued by: The Sunday Times
Issue date: Friday 12 April 2019

Ten locations in the North and Northeast have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times. In addition, the guide has named York as the Best Place to Live in The North and Northeast.

The accolade comes ahead of the full reveal of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, including the overall winner, which is published on Sunday, April 14. The supplement assesses a wide range of factors, from employment, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops, in order to compile the definitive top locations to live.

The methodology uses robust statistics, including exclusive, up to date house prices provided by Habito and TwentyCi, but also the knowledge of The Sunday Times’s expert panel. The judges combine the hard data with their own on-the-ground experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where everyone can thrive.

York, which was the overall winner of last year’s Sunday Times Best Places to Live list hasn’t quiet repeated its triumph though it is still named as Best Place to Live in the North and Northeast. The city is praised for its artful blend of old and new, with gigabit broadband speeds and up-to-date food and shopping options, as well as a convenient family atmosphere.

Tynemouth, which topped the region last year, keeps its place on the list, thanks to its buzzing town centre and classy take on beach life. Leeds City Centre - new home of Channel 4 - makes its first appearance on the list. With rapidly improving culture, shopping and nightlife, it’s the region’s best spot for city living. It’s joined by two neighbouring newcomers - the super-creative Unesco World Heritage site of Saltaire, and the affluent commuter village of Boston Spa. The historic market town of Beverley keeps its place, and if city living isn’t your thing, remote Allendale, a friendly former mining village 34 miles of Newcastle could be more your cup of tea.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain covers the following regions: North and Northeast, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Southeast, Wales, Southwest, East, London, Scotland and the Northwest. It also reveals the overall best place to live in the UK.

The Sunday Times’s unique understanding of the housing market and in-depth property coverage helps readers find a place to call home, whether they are hip young professionals, growing families or discerning downsizers.

Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor said, "Finding our very own best place to live now feels more important than ever, for our wellbeing and wealth, happiness and health. Wherever you are on the property ladder The Sunday Times has championed 101 locations across the UK, and crowned one lucky winner, that we think is a great place to make a home.

"This year we were looking for community spirit along with convenience and culture. There is so much going on around the country, and so many great places that the choice was a hard one."

Daniel Hegarty, Founder and CEO at Habito, the online mortgage broker said: “The Sunday Times Best Places to Live really is essential reading for anyone looking to buy, move or renovate their home in the UK.

“We know there are many reasons, beyond house prices, why people live where they live in the North-East. But, regardless of location, getting a mortgage can be the most hellish part of buying. Habito exists to make mortgages easier - whether that’s for a buy-to-let in Leeds, a family home in Tynemouth or an extension in Boston Spa.”

For longer entries, more on air quality, broadband, transport links, comprehensive listings of good schools and lifelong learning opportunities, local voices and property prices you can go online at Until April 15, readers can subscribe to digital access for £1 per-month for 3 months.

Readers can also join in the conversation online by sharing their favourite places and why they love them, using the hashtag #STbestplaces.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live: The North & Northeast




Top of the range

York, North Yorkshire


(£645 pcm)


(£825 pcm)


(£995 pcm)

Allendale, Northumberland




(£570 pcm)


(£745 pcm)

Beverley, East Yorkshire


(£505 pcm)


(£660 pcm)


(£895 pcm)

Boston Spa, West Yorkshire


(£655 pcm)


(£1,050 pcm)


(£1,270 pcm)

Driffield, East Yorkshire


(£410 pcm)


(£575 pcm)


(£770 pcm)

Leeds: city centre


(£805 pcm)


(£630 pcm)


(£2,120 pcm)

Newcastle: Ouseburn


(£935 pcm)


(£1,275 pcm)



Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire


(£700 pcm)


(£890 pcm)


(£1,070 pcm)

Saltaire, West Yorkshire


(£475 pcm)


(£725 pcm)


(£950 pcm)

Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear


(£705 pcm)


(£795 pcm)



NB: the above list is not in order of ranking. All average house prices and rental costs have been compiled by Habito/TwentyCi



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For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Lucy Figiel
020 7046 6080
07792 239 812

The expert judging panel comprises of contributors and writers with local expertise and the following Sunday Times editorial team who are available for interview:

  • Helen Davies, Editor of The Sunday Times Home section and Best Places to Live 
  • Eleanor Mills, Sunday Times Editorial director, and editor of The Sunday Times Magazine 
  • Tim Palmer, key Best Places to Live judge and writer 

About Habito:

For many, the process of getting a mortgage is hellish; hellishly complicated, hellishly costly and hellishly outdated. At Habito, we’re changing that. We believe people shouldn’t have to go through hell to get a mortgage. Since Habito’s launch in 2016, we have made it our mission to fundamentally change the way people finance their homes. Whether buying for the first time, remortgaging, moving house or buying as an investment, we have developed an award-winning service that puts our customers back in the driving seat, giving them greater control over their finances. We deliver industry-leading expert advice in real time, cutting edge AI-driven technology that gives them access to the best possible deals from the whole of the mortgage market, plain English conversations and absolutely no fees whatsoever.

About TwentyCi:

TwentyCi is a life event data company that provides intelligence into the events in consumer lives which act as purchase triggers, such as moving home, having a baby, buying a car or retiring.

In the case of homemover data specifically, data is collected from the public domain and commercially available sources and includes the following high-level categories:  Valuations; Property Searches; Property Listings from Portals, CMS Systems and direct from Estate Agents; Legal Searches; Surveys; Chain Data; Referencing and Title Data.