Street art suburbia, Leeds

What are the odds? For some time my son has been trying to find an affordable property to buy in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. The search has proven fruitless so far but, determined to remain upbeat, he took us for a look round the neighbourhood. And what should I find but those self same electricity boxes I was smitten with in parts of the Algarve. We have tried to dissuade him. There are cheaper, less desirable places, but you can’t blame a lad for trying, can you? And I have to say, I liked it too!

Now, does anyone have a house to sell in the area? It’s worth a try, don’t you think? Happy weekend, all!

72 thoughts on “Street art suburbia, Leeds

  1. Happy new website home! How woodsy Leeds looks! I had no idea. Also, the artistic electric boxes are becoming a thing where I am as well. Towns get local artists to put their spin on the big blank metal hulks along the street. It’s fun to see what appears.

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    • Hi Atreyee πŸ€—πŸ’• Lovely to have you here. I’m just rounding up old friends, so far as I can. Leeds has lots of green space and the canalside is a nice escape too. Unfortunately it all comes at a price πŸ€”πŸ’•

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  2. Simply delightful way to brighten up the streets. Wow, a lot has happened since I was last around WP. Of course I’ve followed you here. πŸ™‚ I so understand the need for a change. I think we’ve been blogging here for the same amount of time. My changes are different, and subtle, for now. The people I’ve met here are what’s kept me going for so long. Wishing you a beautiful autumn, dear Jo.

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  3. Jo, Beautiful and colourful artwork on the boxes. We have a similar program with our utility boxes painted by professional artists. I hope your son finds an affordable property. I was looking for the button to Follow your new blog. I think it took my sign up. Have a great week!

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  4. Love the boxes, they are all so colourful especially the one on the centre right of the set of nine. good luck to your son, I hope he finds something suitable soon πŸ™‚

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  5. What a pretty area Jo and love the street art πŸ™‚ Chapel Allerton was just down the road from where I grew up (we lived in Moortown having moved there from Silsden when I was seven) so know it well. Unfortunately I’d imagine it is rather pricey now – good luck to your son! πŸ™‚

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  6. Those are fabulous. I had to look up Chapel Allerton on Google Maps to check where it was. The words Kirkstall and Burley leapt out at me, but it’s not really the same place. When I first met John, it turned out that my sister and her partner and his β€œRed Aunts” lived in back to backs two streets from each other off Kirkstall Rd. I wonder if they still have the back to backs?

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    • They do, and I have to make a confession here, Anabel. The two electric boxes with Kirkstall on them were taken on a different day near to Kirkstall Abbey. I’m not writing a post about that so I snuck them in here. Caught out! But Michael had family living in those same back to backs in Burley, and when James was at Uni in Leeds he lived there too. Sadly a lot of it isn’t well maintained now by the landlords and I don’t suppose it’ll survive indefinitely.

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  7. Well there aren’t many electricity boxes around here (in fact I am wondering where there is one?) but painting them does improve the look. Chapel Allerton looks like a prosperous area, maybe a bit too hip and popular hence the high prices. If I were them I’d be concentrating on looking for a good secondary school, it won’t be long before the youngster is moving up.

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  8. Looking for a house ourselves Jo but not in the Leeds area. Love those painted electric boxes, what a brilliant idea and a great way to brighten up the neighbourhood.

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  9. I’m sorry I can’t help with the house search but I love those electricity boxes! I saw similar in Sofia too. I wish this would catch on around our way, we have quite few dull ones on neighbouring streets.

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  10. I’ve come to the conclusion that you’ve seen more of Leeds than I have and I’ve lived here all my life.
    I love the street art, so cheery and it brightens up the drab.

    My son looked in Chapel Allerton when he was buying because it was close to the city centre and the school where he worked. In the end he settled on Horsforth which is much nearer to me and the rest of the family.

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    • James’ partner had a little rental in Horsforth when they got together but they moved to the centre for convenience and work. But then everything changed! They always meant to move out at some point but I’m afraid they’re trapped now because rental is going through the roof as well. We just keep hoping. It’s mostly about schools for the little lad for them.

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