With its city centre set within historic castle walls, and the River Ouse running through it, it is no wonder that this North of England location is a much sought-after location.
Its popularity has helped to push prices up by 25 per cent since the beginning of the credit crisis a decade ago – more than double the rate of the wider area.
The lure of the cathedral city’s old-fashioned charm, bustling shops and restaurants and thriving university means the average home costs £237,517, according to exclusive research for MailOnline by estate agents Hamptons International.
York city includes the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster The historic city of York is known for its narrow cobbled streets and historic buildings
That means York is a considerably pricier option than the typical home in the wider area of Yorkshire and the Humber at £168,527.
Properties in the area have risen 12.3 per cent during the past 10 years, compared to York’s 25 per cent gain.
However, the city remains a cheaper option than many places around the UK, with Hamptons saying that its national average house price stands at £286,438, up 34 per cent over that same decade.
Prices in York range from typically around £383,400 for a detached house and an average of £241,000 for a semi-detached home, to £235,000 for a terrace and £178,000 for a flat.
We take a closer look at what this city has to offer with the help of Hamptons and see what those who live there get for their money.
The city centre is full of shops and restaurants and is surrounded by historic castle walls
What’s it like to live in York?
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, where the rivers Ouse and Foss merge.
The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and grew into a major wool trading centre during the Middle Ages.
More recently, its economy was dominated by chocolate makers and the railway industry, although today it focuses on services, such as health and the University of York.
The historic heart of the city is largely traffic-free, making it quiet and clean to walk around.
In addition to the shopping available in this area, there is also a mix of housing with older homes and new apartments available.
Jonathan Corless, from the local branch of Hamptons International, said: ‘York is upbeat city with a mix of housing for students, families, tourists and professionals.
‘It is a pretty place, which you have to go through the city walls to enter. It is also charming with plenty of history.’
The city includes the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, which is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.
The historic heart of the city is largely traffic-free, making it quiet and clean to walk around
Where is the most expensive road to live in York?
The most expensive road in York is St George’s Place, which is south west of the city centre.
The average cost of a property in the road is £661,250, according to Hamptons International.
Where is the most affordable road to live in York?
The cheapest road in York is Del Pyke, which is north of the city centre.
The area if full of apartment blocks and the average cost of a property is £114,150.
It means there is almost a £550,000 price difference between the most expensive road in the city and the most affordable one.
What’s it like to rent in York?
Renting in the city typically costs £824 a month, compared to £946 for the UK average, according to Hamptons International.
The majority of rentals – at 78 per cent – go for the asking price , while 3 per cent are agreed above and 19 per cent below.
What types of homes are currently for sale in the city and the surrounding area?
1. Two-bedroom property for £250,000
This terrace property is set within the city’s castle walls and has been extended so that it now includes a modern bathroom on the second floor.
There is a courtyard at the rear of the property and a modern kitchen with integrated appliances. The sale is being handled by Bridgfords estate agents.
The historic city has some residential buildings, including this two-bedroom terrace
2. Four-bedroom flat for £999,950
This penthouse forms part of a large building on the River Ouse called the Bonding Warehouse.
There is a spacious galleried landing and four bedrooms – and the property is being sold via Bridgfords.
The four-bedroom penthouse is part of a building on the River Ouse in York
3. Three-bedroom semi-detached house for £255,000
Just outside of the city centre walls is this three-bedroom family home, which is on the market via estate agents Yopa.
It comes with french doors in the kitchen that open out onto the garden at the rear of the property.
Move outside of the city’s castle walls and you’ll get more for your money, with this three-bedroom house on the market for £250,000