Top schools, great shops and friendly people are the main reasons Ecclesall in Sheffield has been rated one of the best urban places to live in the country.
The Sunday Times has chosen the district as one of the best inner-city communities alongside the traditional city of York and Roundhay in Leeds.
The locations were selected for ‘combining the best of city life such as quality culture, great cafes, restaurants and shops, buzzing nightlife and entertainment, and access to good schools and transport.’
For business owners and residents in Ecclesall, the reasons for its popularity are numerous.
John Booler, aged 72, is a regular customer to the area’s independent shops.
He said: “There are excellent schools around here, probably some of the best. I think that’s probably the most important factor.
“The property prices are high here, so you will find that the more well-off people come here.
“The facilities are good, the bus services are good. And to get out into Derbyshire only takes five minutes.”
Andrea White, aged 46, owns The Silver Hill Larder in Ecclesall Road South. She says people in the area value local shopping.
“People living in this area like independent shops. They want good quality products,” she said.
She added: “We have a very good relationship with our customers, and in this row of shops people can get lots of good food - people are food aware here.
“A lot of people will come in in the morning to do their shopping before heading to the Peak District.”
Linda Tilson, 66, is manager of next-door bakery Roses and she agrees.
She said: “People are loyal to independents, there are a lot of businesses that have been here for years.
“That’s because people support them. People boycott the supermarkets here.
“People are individual but they also do like to socialise and help each other.”