Best Places to Live in York

If you’re thinking of moving to York, where are the best places to live?

A city of astonishing culture and historical preservation, York is one of the most prestigious and admired postcodes in the region. Renowned for its medieval heritage, preservation of exquisite architecture and cobbled streets; York is the dream location to call home. Whether you picture yourself in a Georgian townhouse within the city walls or a traditional Yorkshire cottage by the River Ouse, York has a story and a place that anyone could call home. 

If you are looking to move to York, then  take a look at our top five places to call home - in no particular order!


A historic market town on the doorstep to the Yorkshire Wolds, Pocklington has an ever growing popularity with those looking to live in York. A 30 minute drive from the city centre itself, Pocklington is a great option for commuters looking for a more rural lifestyle. There is plenty to see and do in Pocklington including country walks, historical landmarks and traditional markets. Burnby Hall Gardens is  just one of the great nature spots for a moment of peace in addition to The Wolds Way and The Minster Way. The town has a great choice of bars, pubs and eateries including a selection of high end wine bars and restaurants. 

Homes in Pocklington are a mix of traditional Victorian terrace housing and newer semi / detached homes. The average house price is around £212,000.


Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, Bootham is a great option for those looking to live in the beating heart of York. Confined within the city walls, Bootham has a strong heritage, standing just outside one of the ancient gateways through the city walls. Bootham has a popular primary school, a local tavern and a number of local and mainstream shops as well as easy access to the River Ouse. Bootham is a great option for those looking for direct access to the city. 

House types range from Grade 2 listed Georgian townhouses to Victorian terraces with an average house price of around £310,000. 


Fondly referred to as the ‘Notting Hill’ of Yorkshire, Clementhorpe is one of the most up and coming areas to live in York. Voted as one of the ‘Hippest Places to Live’ in The Times 2013, Clementhorpe has a growing popularity with young professionals and locals. A small community just a short five minutes from the centre of the city, the suburb is a haven from the hurried pace of the city. Spectacular views of the River Ouse, a collection of local shops, cafes and pubs, proximity and a great sense of community have contributed to the popularity of Clementhorpe.


A short 3 miles from the City, Bishopthorpe offers residents traditional Yorkshire living with a strong heritage and sense of community. There are a number of local businesses in the area such as delicacy, producer of award-winning pies, cheese, meats, cordials and preserves. Home to Bishopthorpe Palace, the residence of the Archbishops of York for the past 750 years; Bishopthorpe has a long history of notable residents. North of the village is the renowned grade 1 listed Middlethorpe Spa, one of the finest spas in Yorkshire and there are also a number of local pubs in the area.  

Bishopthorpe is a great option for those looking to live out the city without sacrificing any of the history, charm and convenience. Average house prices come in at £287,000. 


Fulford is a leafy village on the outskirts of the City of York. Formally in the district of Selby, Fulford bridges the gap between York and Selby, meaning residents can enjoy conveniences of both cities. Shoppers will be spoilt for choice with a number of local shops including café’s, convenience stores and pubs as well as been a short ride away from The Designer Outlet.  Just 2 miles from the city centre, it's a short bus ride for residents working in the city. There is also easy access to the A19 for commuters working further afield.

Average house prices come in at around £243,000. 

Publish date: 15/11/2018

Publisher: New Home Finder