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Want to live in Bradford? Don't bother - go to Leeds instead!!
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Advantages: Indian restaurants, cheap house prices
Disadvantages: Crime rates, scruffy!
Bradford is one of those places that unless you had the misfortune of being born here, you wouldn't choose to move here unless you were mentally inbalanced or very misinformed!
I (as you may have guessed) was born here, and after my parents decided to move me to a more affluent area in Leeds to go to high school, I had escaped. That is until I decided to move back! lol. When I decided to buy my first house when I was 20, I couldn't afford Leeds so moved back! I'm giving it a hard time here, it's not all bad, but Leeds is definately better.
For example, the nightlife in Bradford is absolutely pants - unles syou favour sticky floors, and lots of fights. The bars in Bradford also don't open mid week as in most civilised towns and cities over the UK.
Restaurants in Bradford are pretty hit and miss. If you like a good curry, come to Bradford but otherwise there is the usual Nando's, Frankie and Bennies, etc, etc but nothing unusual or exciting.
Bradford is home to Bradford Bulls and Bradford City and I'm absolutely rubbish with sport but think the rugby is more of a success than the football!
With regards to living here, the costs are pretty cheap, with the average 3 bed home costing around £140 k in one of the nicer areas. The further you get away from the centre the nicer it gets. I live in an area called Queensbury which has some beautiful views looking over the rest of the city, and is also next to a lovely village called Mountain!
Schools are pretty average here, with pass rates pretty average. Some schools are a lot worse than others.
Bradford is home to Bronte county, where the Bronte sisters were born in Thornton. We also have Haworth, and Ilkley which are both classed as Bradford although people that live there generally don't like people knowing that! Salts Mill and Saltaire are also here, which is a perfectly preserved Victorian village which is protected by the World Heritage Site.
Give or take a few museums, lots of immigrants, indian restaurants, and a controversy of a beautiful run down building in the centre (which the council bizarely want to knock down), and you've got Bradford. High crime rates and low property prices - A nice place to live? You decide!!
Summary: 2 stars (and thats only because the Brontes were born here!)