Leigh Woods was established in the 19th century as a residential area with 12 main houses each with their own land and gardens. The aerial picture above was taken in June 2013 and shows the expansion of house and apartments within the Leigh Woods Triangle and BS8 post code.

Two of the main properties of interest are Burwalls House next to the Suspension Bridge and Brackenhill House and the old Botanic Gardens. The first was donated to the University of Bristol by the Wills family and is in the process on being sold. The latter has been sold to Devonshire Homes for residential property developments. However, as a part of the sale, there are still some aspects of the old Botanical Gardens remaining. Residents of Leigh Woods as well as members of the Botanic Garden Society can visit these gardens twice a year.