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Why choose Edinburgh?

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is one of the worlds most stunning cities. With cultural, historic and beautiful architecture, it’s hard not to see why Edinburgh is such a popular place to live. In fact, Edinburgh is voted best place to live in the UK according to quality of life index. There is no shortage of cultural activities and tourist attractions in Edinburgh. It ranges from admiring the Georgian and Victorian architectures to visiting some of the “must-see” galleries and museums; it hosts one of the world’s largest arts festival – the Edinburgh Fringe and when it comes to celebrating New Year, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the one to attend. This Edinburgh area guide provides detailed information on some of the city's residential areas.

Property in Edinburgh

New Town

The New Town is a conservation area that is just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. It boasts some of the finest examples of 18th century architecture, as well as contemporary apartment developments. Many of the Georgian terraced houses found on the New Town’s attractive crescents and streets have been divided into upmarket flats, which are particularly popular with young professionals with money to spend. The area is home to a few local shops, which will provide general necessities, however there are also larger supermarkets and amenities a short drive away.

(Flat in Grindlay Street)

City Centre

The period properties found in Edinburgh’s City Centre are always highly desirable and perform incredibly well from an investment perspective. Conveniently located on key transport routes and in close proximity to the financial district, universities, bars, restaurants and iconic landmarks, it is the ideal location for those working in the city. If you enjoy the busy hustle and bustle of city life, one of Edinburgh’s city centre properties may be just what you’re after.

(Upper villa in Merchiston)

South of Edinburgh – Bruntsfield, Merchiston, Morningside and Marchmont

If you are looking to live just outside of the city, Bruntsfield, Merchiston, Morningside and Marchmont are all very popular residential areas in Edinburgh. These family-friendly districts offer a wide range of property, so whether you are looking for a detached period home, modern flat or Victorian terraced house, you will have plenty to choose from in these areas.

What’s great about Bruntsfield, Merchiston, Morningside and Marchmont is that they have excellent local facilities, as well as top rated nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools, making them ideal residential areas for families. Merchiston is also particularly popular with students, due to the location of the Napier University campus.

If leafy streets, grand architecture and period properties are for you, Bruntsfield will be high on your property search list, however neighbouring Morningside is steeped in history too. With stunning Victorian houses and flats, Morningside has bags full of personality and culture and is one of the most sought after residential locations in Edinburgh.

Professionals and students should also be keen to check out the Marchmont area of Edinburgh, which is home to stunning Victorian and Edwardian properties, many of which still have their original period features, respite being split into flats. The area also boasts a number of cafes and bars as well as excellent shopping facilities and transport facilities. Oh and The Meadows is on your doorstep – what more could you ask for?

(View of The Shore)

North of Edinburgh – Trinity, Newhaven and Leith

If you are looking to live North of Edinburgh City, Trinity, Newhaven and Leith will all make wonderful choices. Boasting a wide range of accommodation from traditional flats to large Victorian houses and modern developments, there is something to suit all tastes. As of recent times, the Port of Leith has become particularly popular with first-time buyers and is regarded as a ‘trendy’ area for young professionals. Many of the stylish waterfront flats were actually once old warehouses and industrial properties, making them particularly interesting

If you are looking for a new property in these areas, you won’t be short on choice, with numerous developments over the last few years including Bond 9 on Salamander Place, Silvermills Court on Bonnington Road, Ensigh Court on Mitchell Street, Hermitage Park on Lochend Road, The Artworks on Broughton Road – to name a few!

These areas all have fantastic local amenities and are just a short drive from the city centre. With excellent schooling and some of Edinburgh’s best leisure and dining facilities, any of these Northern suburbs would make an ideal location for families.

These are just some of the best property areas in Edinburgh but by no means are they the only places to consider. For more information about residential properties in Edinburgh, feel free to get in touch with one of the property experts here at McEwan Fraser Legal.