James Backhouse Place is near West Bank Park (YO24 4NS), close to the centre of York with excellent transport links.
The small community has 25 two and three bedroom houses and flats with off street parking, available for rent and shared ownership. The City of York Council can nominate applicants from their housing lists for one out of every two vacancies.
A group of James Backhouse Place residents meet once a month at Heathers Nursery to improve the area with their estate improvement budget. In 2009 they provided skips for the removal of large and bulky items. They also organise family events. The estate has a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.