Landlord Location Guide: Clifton

When you’re a landlord, it can be tough to find the perfect rental property. That’s why we at Quantum are putting together a new series of location guides.

Drawing on our experience as letting agents in the York area, each guide focuses on a different region and what it has to offer your tenants.

In this guide we’ll be focussing on the local amenities in Clifton, a York suburb about 10 minutes from the city centre.

Clifton Background

People have been active in the Clifton area for hundreds of years; there is evidence of streets dating back to the second century CE. For many years Clifton was a simple rural village, whose main trade was dairy farming. In the 1800s a large chunk of the village was sold by the Earl de Grey, which was followed by a spate of house building in the area.

Today’s Clifton is a mile from York city centre, and has plenty to offer any future residents. 

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Clifton Green – Creative Commons 2.0 share- Tim Green

The mix of terraced houses, semi and detached, as well as tranquil cottages makes Clifton a popular suburb of York.

With the River Ouse on its western edge, the highly popular Clifton Green park and a range of essential amenities including one of York’s most popular shopping destinations, Clifton Moor Shopping Park, it’s excellent for anyone looking for a charming York suburb that offers a comfortable commute.

Average Property Prices

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maximise your budget

2 bed apartments to rent in this area: £755 pcm

Expect rent to be between £550 and £1,000 pcm. 

2 bed apartments to buy in this area:  £183,103 

Expect buying prices to be between £157,000 and £235,000. 

Houses to rent in this area: £722 pcm

(2 bed terraced house) Expect rent to be between £450 and £1,000 pcm. 

Houses to buy in this area: £210,400 

(2 bed terraced house) Expect buying prices to be between £98,000 and £270,000. 

Please note these are averages taken from the time of writing this guide. To get the latest information, call our team on 01904 631 631 today.


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school’s in

There are several schools that fall within Clifton’s catchment area.

Clifton Green Primary School is located near Crombie Avenue, and has 78 nursery places across both the morning and afternoon. There are also spaces available in Years 1, 2, 5 and 6 at the moment. The school as a whole values family, community, and diversity, with the aim of raising aspirations, enriching childhood and teaching with passion.

Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School offers a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including a newly-designed building, IT facilities, dance studio and garden area. It prioritises respect, self-belief, teamwork and responsibility, and aims to turn all its children into confident, hardworking students. It’s located on Eastholme Drive.

Vale of York Academy is a secondary school for students from years 7–11 on Rawcliffe Drive. Outside of a diverse curriculum, it offers several extracurricular activities including art, drama, music and a variety of sports. 

St Peter’s School was founded in 627 CE, making it one of the oldest schools in the world. A private school for students aged 3–18, it offers a varied curriculum and a comprehensive boarding experience. Its academic departments include Classics, Economics, Government & Politics and Modern Foreign Languages.

Bootham Junior School on Rawcliffe Lane is an Independent School for children aged 3-18. It was founded in 1823 and offers a Quaker Education that values the Society of Friends that supports children to live adventurous lives that also serve in creating a better world. 

Burton Green Primary School is part of the Hope Learning Trust. Located off Burton Stone Lane, the school can accommodate children aged 2–10. It covers the national curriculum, while also developing core skills such as teamwork, respect and self-belief.

Local Amenities

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cakes galore in clifton


You can find a range of shops and services on Burton Stone Lane, including a butcher’s shop, bakery, barbers and several eateries. At the end of the road is St Luke’s Parish Church, which offers weekly services, events for parents and toddlers and other activities. When you need a supermarket, the nearest one is Aldi on Water Lane. You can also find several smaller outlets around Clifton such as Heron FoodsSpar, Sainsbury’s Local, McColl’s and Londis.

Places to eat

When you want a pint, there are several pubs to choose from. The Dormouse is built on the site of the old Clifton hospital and offers, food, drink, family dining and a vegan menu. Another option is the Harvester on Stirling Road, which offers grills, salads and a takeaway option.

The green in Clifton is a popular place to gather not only for its shops, but also its charming cafés.

Bella’s Kitchen on 94 Clifton is known as a cosy and casual café that’s good for kids and offers fresh food.

Cakes D’licious on 61 Clifton is known for it’s great atmosphere and fab cakes. It’s a vintage tea room, so any fans of the 50s or tasty crumpets, should go and discover this little café gem of Clifton for themselves.

There’s also Clifton Catering on 76 Clifton which caters for all taste buds and is very popular with vegetarians. It’s known as having delicious sandwiches at good prices with some reviewers saying it even has the best sandwiches in York. Only one way for tenants to find out for themselves if the rumour is true, who fancies a sandwich?

The shopping park and handy postage

The Vue cinema on Stirling Road shows all the latest releases, it’s very close to the Clifton Moor Shopping Park, which is known as being one of York’s best shopping destinations. It’s home to a variety of retail shops and popular brands like DFS and JYSK.

There’s a handy post office inside Heron Foods on Burton Stone Lane, which is open until 8pm. That’s very handy for anyone needing to post something outside the 9-5 job. 

As Rawcliffe is adjacent to Clifton the Eastholme Drive Post Office is equally handy for anyone living in Clifton. 


Sports fans can head over to Bootham Crescent, football stadium and home ground of York City FC.

The stadium boasts a regular schedule of football matches, facilities for disabled fans, and additional parking at York Teaching Hospital. A voucher must be displayed in the car.

If your tenants prefer to play sports rather than watch them, head over to York Sports Club; it offers several different sports including rugby, tennis, cricket and squash.

Your GPs

New tenants often ask about where the local GPs are. The York Medical Group looks after several areas of York and for Clifton the group has a practice on 32 Clifton and on Water Lane. While the Priory Medical Group on Water Lane covers residents in both Clifton and Rawcliffe. 

Transport Links

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getting out and about

Clifton offers several different bus services:

The 2 service runs from Water End to the railway station every 10 minutes during the day, and every 30 minutes in the evening. The 29 service also stops at Water End, but is much less frequent, and doesn’t run at all on Sundays.

If you’re on or near Brompton Road you can catch the 19 bus to the station every 30 minutes.

If you need to travel further afield by bus the 29 service runs from Clifton Green to Easingwold, passing through Rawcliffe, Shipton and Helperby. Times for this service fluctuate throughout the day. The 30/30x services are also available if you’re near Clifton Green, and run every 40 minutes, terminating in Thirsk.

From York railway station, you can catch direct trains to many major cities including York, Manchester and Edinburgh. You can use the First Group website to plan bus and train journeys in the York area.

Upcoming Projects

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future building projects

York can look forward to several major developments over the next few years. The nearest to Clifton is the Nestlé South site on Haxby Road; it’s due to be redeveloped for a mix of commercial and residential uses. However, there is still plenty of work to be done before this project is complete.

If your tenants plan on travelling to York regularly, the upgrades to York’s outer ring road may be of interest. This is a long-term project to improve seven roundabouts on the edge of York. Once complete, these improvements will reduce congestion and journey times, and draw traffic away from the city centre.

As you can see, Clifton has a lot to offer potential residents. And Quantum is a letting agents in the York area with the skills you need to find the perfect property.

Our team of professionals will help you with every part of the buying process, and you can call us directly to discuss your requirements.

Once you’ve bought your property, our managed letting service makes things as simple as possible. We’ll collect rent, inspect properties, discuss any maintenance issues from tenants, and resolve any post-tenancy issues as quickly as possible.

Browse our current selection of properties here, or call us on 01904 631631 today.

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