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Bradford house buying guide

If you’re looking for houses for sale in Bradford but you’re struggling to find the right location, our house buying guide will help. To see what your buying budget could be and how you could boost your borrowing potential, create a free Tembo plan today — or try out our Mortgage Calculator.

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Where should I buy in Bradford?

What do the Bronte sisters, David Hockney, and Zayn Malik have in common? They’re all from the wonderful city of Bradford in West Yorkshire. Home to modern art galleries, breathtaking theatres and quite possibly the fanciest Waterstone’s in the UK, there’s more to Bradford than meets the eye. 

Whether you’ve got your heart set on a modern apartment in a listed building or a 3-bed detached house in a friendly village, you’re sure to find it in this Yorkshire hotspot. The hardest part can be choosing a location. That’s why we’ve created this guide!

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The town of Shipley lies four miles north of Bradford’s city centre. It’s a quaint town with traditional terraced houses as well as modern apartments.

For something really special, head to the village of Saltaire in the north of Shipley.  From the outside, these beautiful stone houses will make you feel as though you’ve travelled back in time to the 1800s. You’ll be glad to know that most of these properties have been well cared for and modernised, often while retaining period features such as fireplaces and floorboards.


Two train stations and a handful of bus services make it easy to get into the centre of Bradford and other Yorkshire cities. If you drive, you can reach the Yorkshire Dales in 30 minutes and the Peak District in 45. 

Local schools

If you're looking for primary schools, look no further than Saltaire Primary School and St Walburga's Catholic Primary School. For older children, consider Titus Salt and Beckfoot School.

Property price growth

Over the last year, property prices in Shipley were 11% up on the previous year.


If you can't guess from the name, Shipley has a long history of sheep rearing; Shipley comes from the Old English words scīp (sheep) and lēah (a clearing). The area was first settled in the late Bronze Age, and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. But Shipley really came into its own during the Industrial Revolution, when the established cottage industry of wool-making and nearby River Aire created the perfect stage for a booming textile industry.

Soon, industrial mills were built to cater to the demand, as well as houses for the new mill workers, over doubling the village's population within 30 years. Before, spinning yarn was undertaken in "loom shops" in workers' cottages - you can still see some examples of these in Saltaire.

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Data sourced from Zoopla and Rightmove property prices. Accurate as of 29/08/2023.