ESPC Mortgages Consultant shares his reasons for making Edinburgh his home.

Hello, my name is David Lauder and I’ve been a mortgage consultant at ESPC for over nine years. Here are my top recommendations for those looking to buy property in Edinburgh or, for anyone just planning a visit for the first time!

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Why Edinburgh?

Below David fills in the blanks on some of our questions to him. He offers advice, tips and local knowledge on why Edinburgh is a great place to live.

  • Best Area to live: I live in Corstorphine, a nice quiet area with good schooling nearby and also enough shops, bars, supermarkets and restaurants. I quite like that we’re situated near to Cramond which is close enough for nice quiet walks. It is nice that it has a small town feel within a city.
  • Best place to eat: For the best food visit 21 Princess Street It has a good location with a bar next door and lovely food with views over the city.
  • Favourite place for a pint: For a pint you have to try Murrayfield Hotel which is great for a quiet drink reasonably close by with a beer garden. Le Monde is nice for in town for a livelier night.
  • Shopping pick: My top shopping spot is Run and Become. This is a shop I like for my hobby as a runner. Everything from new trainers to special socks!
  • I still need to…spend more time seeing the Edinburgh festivals in coming years and more shows; this is difficult with a young family.
  • Why Edinburgh? Edinburgh is an ideal place to live because it has plenty to do and not too big a place to go where ever you want. You can do a variety of things from different types of sports bars to restaurants. There are a lot of soft play options for my kids and decent local leisure facilities. I love that there are nice walks reasonably close by also.
  • Top recommendations... My Edinburgh recommendations would be:
  1. Cramond for nice walks, biking, running. It is peaceful and relatively flat (compared to the rest of Edinburgh) with nice views.
  2. You also must try the Edinburgh Zoo, great day out for the family.
  3. I have to also say you should try a day up town at Princess Street on the weekends during the festival or Christmas time as it is worth paying visit; always plenty going on and there is a festive buzz all around the town at these times of the year.

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Talk to David

ESPC is all about real people. David is a professional but personable mortgage adviser who makes a great part of the ESPC Mortgage team. David offers independent financial advice and you can pop in to see him for a no obligation chat at our Edinburgh Showroom (George Street) or give him a call on 0131 620 8680.

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