Breathtaking landscape inspires great architecture, and this has never been more apparent than in Edinburgh. From palatial period townhouses in the New Town and Stockbridge, to detached Victorian villas in the prestigious residential areas of Barnton, Morningside, the Grange and Inverleith, and award-winning apartment developments, the capital’s property pickings are rich.
Quality and variety aside, buyers can also expect to pick up good value for their money. The average price of a home in Edinburgh currently stands at around £233,000 compared with over £500,000 for a flat in London according to various statistics.
Outside the city, residential options multiply with neighbouring areas of the Borders, Fife, and East Lothian being the most popular bases, offering magnificent coastline and rolling countryside.
Robert Louis Stevenson said: “Half a capital and half a country town, the whole city leads a double existence; it has long trances of the one and flashes of the other; like the king of the Black Isles, it is half alive and half a monumental marble.”
But it is the quality of life that draws people to the Scottish capital; the Office of National Statistics said that Edinburgh is the happiest city in the whole country. The findings of the national Well-Being study came at the same time as the city of Edinburgh’s own statistics were published in the Edinburgh by Numbers report, which for the first time included rainfall and well-being figures. This showed that 97 per cent of Edinburgh residents are happy living in the city.