Posts tagged ‘scotland’
Here’s a quick market overview of key stats and current average property values for Scotland.
- Edinburgh wealthiest housing market in Scotland with average property values of £227,926
- North Lanarkshire poorest market in Scotland with average house prices 34% below the national average
- Avg. property value in Scotland now stands at £159,890
Top 10 Wealthiest Housing Markets
|Rank||Market||Avg. home value|
|5||Perth & Kinross||£176,181|
|10||Argyll & Bute||£153,916|
Top 10 Poorest Housing Markets
|Rank||Market||Avg. home value|
For this week’s instalment of our blog series we turn our attention to the mighty land of Scotland. We’ve tracked down the oldest inhabited home (which is in fact the oldest in the series) and compared it to one of the newest from Barratt Homes.
OLDEST: Traquair House – built: 1107
Traquair House is almost a castle, it’s so crenelated but despite a 900-year-long history the place is in good nick. It officially dates from 1107, when Alexander I signed a royal charter within it walls, but historicans reckon it could be much older.
Picture Source: Traquair.co.uk
Taking a peek into this property is like stepping back into medieval times. Traditionally used as a hunting lodge for the Kings and Queens of Scotland, Traquair is now a unique piece of living history, having played host to many poignant British figures throughout its existence, including Mary Queen of Scots, whose bed can still be seen by visitors.
Traquair was very nearly destroyed in the 18th Century, but luckily for us survived to tell its tale.
Today it’s inhabited by the 21st Lady of Traquair, her husband, and their three children, and is likely to be worth millions. If it ever comes up for sale the brochure will be fat with descriptions of its rich history, endless rooms including a chapel and brewery.
NEWEST: Osprey Village – built: 2009
Fast forward nearly a millennia to modern day homebuilding in Scotland and you’ll find these new homes for sale in Osprey Village, Aberdeenshire.
Built in the prosperous town of Inverurie – which like Traquair has a history reaching back over 1,000 years – Osprey Village balances rural living with city life – the great Scottish city of Aberdeen just a 16 mile drive away.
The history of the area has been sympathetically considered in the design of the Osprey Village houses, whose exteriors are clad in locally sourced Darlstone, and sit in the rolling green hills of the Scottish countryside.
Built with families in mind, the new development in Inverurie offers a wide range of ‘Premier Collection’ three to four bedroom house styles.
More modest than Traquair House, yet infinitely more affordable, the properties come with a price tag of between £215,000 and £323,995.
For more details visit Barratt Homes.
With this year’s Edinburgh Festival almost in its closing stages, we decided to don our tartan bonnets and kilts, and hotfoot it north to Scotland’s capital city.
As well as hosting the world’s most famous arts festival and being home to the globe’s biggest Hogmanay party, Edinburgh always ranks highly on those Most Fabulous Places to Live lists on account of it being so unutterably cool.
With all that in mind, we’ve only picked properties that are in or close to the city centre, and therefore well placed to take advantage of everything that “Auld Reekie” has to offer.
So, in the words of one of the city’s illustrious former residents, Muriel Spark, here’s the crème de la crème of Edinburgh properties for a variety of budgets.
(Click on pics for full property details)
1. Blackhall, Edinburgh
2. Warriston, Edinburgh
3. New Town, Edinburgh
4. Edinburgh City Centre
5. Corstorphine, Edinburgh