Casa by Moda acquires Leeds site for Casa, Abbey Court SFH BTR

Casa by Moda acquires a major site in Leeds to deliver Casa, Abbey Court, a single-family Build to Rent (SFH BTR) neighbourhood.

Casa by Moda's single-family Build to Rent development, Casa, Abbey Court | BTR News
Casa by Moda's single-family Build to Rent development, Casa, Abbey Court.

Casa by Moda – the single-family homes arm of developer and operator Moda Living – acquires a 2.4-hectare site in Leeds to deliver Casa, Abbey Court – its first single-family Build to Rent neighbourhood in the city.

Acquired from specialist sustainable housebuilder Artisan Real Estate, the site is located between Kirkstall and Headingley in one of the city’s most desirable suburbs. Casa, Abbey Court is located at Kirkstall Hill, a 15-minute drive from Leeds city centre and a two minute walk from Headingly Station. Leeds-based Artisan originally acquired the site in March 2021 and started development later that year. 

“The collaboration with Casa by Moda provides a significant opportunity to deliver much needed new homes for rent in one of Leeds’ most desirable suburbs for young professionals and families alike, offering fantastic connectivity to the city centre. 

“There is a growing demand for high-quality, family rental properties with easy access to city centres providing the perfect blend of town and country living, and Casa is a proven operational model designed specifically to meet the needs of today’s rental market.

“From our head office in Leeds, Artisan is developing an exciting pipeline of future homes-led regeneration projects across the region. Collaborative partnerships with successful rental platforms such as Casa will form the perfect development model to provide the mix of tenure that is required by today’s housing market.”

James Bulmer, Regional Director, Artisan Real Estate North

The new scheme will deliver 223 high-quality family rental homes – a mix of one, two and three-bedroom modern apartments to two, three and four-bedroom houses. This will be Casa by Moda’s first operational neighbourhood in Yorkshire.

Casa, Abbey Court will offer residents deposit-free, pet friendly living as part of an inclusive offer which places service, technology, wellbeing and sustainability at the forefront of the community. 

Casa by Moda will work with Artisan to complete the delivery of the new homes to the high standard expected by the Casa brand and its residents. This includes embedding Moda’s technology partner Utopi’s smart environmental sensors into the homes, enabling residents to monitor everything from room temperature to air quality and light pollution.

The single-family Build to Rent scheme will also feature air source heat pumps as part of Casa by Moda’s commitment to sustainable development and its journey to net zero. 

“We’re entering an exciting phase with the delivery of our first neighbourhoods, and as a business headquartered in Yorkshire, Casa, Abbey Court is special for us, as it marks our first neighbourhood that will open in our home region. 

“With demand for rental accommodation remaining high, our approach as a long-term owner and operator is to create not only high quality, sustainable homes, but new communities that go beyond bricks and mortar by actively supporting the wellbeing of our residents. 

“Casa, Abbey Court marks a step change in single-family rental in Leeds, not only in terms of quality but also being able to offer residents leases of up to three years, something unheard of in the traditional rental market. During the current periods of economic uncertainty, we believe it’s important to be able to provide our residents a security of tenancy that can only come from our long-term approach.

“Looking ahead we have ambitious plans for the future and are looking forward to collaborating with sustainable housebuilders like Artisan, as well as local authorities and landowners to deliver more new homes across the UK, as we progress towards our target of securing 5,000 new homes by 2025.”

Matt Townson, Director of Development and Projects, Casa by Moda