ESPC has revealed the homes for sale that were the most popular on during October 2023.

The ten homes were located across East Central Scotland, mostly in Edinburgh but with some appearing in Midlothian, East Lothian, and West Fife. Prices were also diverse, stretching from a budget-friendly £105,000 to a significant £775,000, showing the range of buyers currently in the market for a new home.

One thing the buyers have in common, however, is the desire to find an idyllic family home; all the properties making the top ten this month were family houses, with no flats or traditionally first-time buyer-friendly properties making the mix.

Of these houses, four of the properties could be considered as major renovation opportunities, showing how much appetite buyers currently have for this kind of project. With prices rising and affordability more of a concern than ever, perhaps buyers are more open to a renovation project to create their dream family home from scratch.

The market moved at a brisk pace during October, with eight of the ten properties already under offer, and all five of the top ten having been snapped up, showing how active the market remains even as we head into the winter months.

Paul Hilton, CEO of ESPC, said: “It’s another fantastic selection of properties that have been the most popular with househunters on ESPC this month, and we’re seeing some very interesting trends arising from their activities. The desire for family homes shows how many second-steppers and experienced buyers we have currently in the market, while the prevalence of so many properties requiring renovations, some of which are not insignificant, is a clear indication that we have many buyers who are open to alternative means to secure their ideal family home, even if that means undertaking a substantial project to do so.

“It’s been a very quick market this month, with most of the most popular properties under offer; many of them were listed during October so they have sold incredibly quickly, showing how fast buyers are willing to act to secure a quality property with plenty of potential.”

Let’s take a closer look at the ten most popular properties on this month…


1. A charming, B-listed Victorian cottage by the sea in Joppa

This charming, quirky property in popular Joppa offers longevity and flexibility as a family home, plus the prime opportunity to put your own stamp on the property, to create your dream home. With an array of characterful features and in a highly-coveted location, it’s unsurprising this fabulous property made the top of our list.

Property details

29 Joppa Road, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 2HA

Selling agent: Watermans

Price: Offers over £440,000

Status: Under offer

2. A glossy, modern family home in Midlothian

In its second month in the top ten, this glossy four-bed detached property in the popular Midlothian town of Loanhead takes the second spot. Presented in turnkey condition, with tasteful, contemporary interiors throughout, this is a stylish and spacious family home that many househunters were very interested in, so much so that it's now under offer.

Property details

12 Ashgrove Gardens, Loanhead, EH20 9GA

Selling agent: McDougall McQueen

Price: Offers over £485,000

Status: Under offer

3. A spectacular four-bed seconds from Portobello beach

A property of this kind, in this location, is very rarely available, so it’s no wonder that it made the top three on our list – and that it’s already under offer! Tucked away on a discreet lane, just seconds from Portobello beach, this fantastically chic four-bedroom detached house is a truly unique property with many fabulous features – from that vaulted ceiling to a sauna!

Property details

1 Regent Street Lane, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 2AL

Selling agent: Coulters

Price: Offers over £775,000

Status: Under offer

4. A classic, characterful terraced home moments from Portobello prom

Another property minutes from Portobello promenade, this handsome terraced villa in Joppa takes the fourth spot on our list, and it’s easy to see why. Boasting period details throughout, with generous proportions and an immaculate finish, this is an idyllic family home that many of our househunters would love to live in. As the second property on this month's top five on this street, it's fair to say that Joppa is surely the most in-demand area of Edinburgh this month!

Property details

66 Joppa Road, Joppa, Edinburgh, EH15 2ET

Selling agent: MHD Property

Price: Offers over £600,000

Status: Under offer

5. A super-chic four-bed family home in gorgeous Gullane

Another coastal gem, this time by the beach in Gullane, this gorgeous four-bedroom cottage is deceptively spacious, with a quaint frontage belying the super-modern and chic interior finish, including a showhome-worthy kitchen.

Property details

Sycamore Cottage, 29A Hamilton Road, Gullane, EH31 2HP

Selling agent: McDougall McQueen

Price: Offers over £590,000

Status: Under offer

6. A deceptively spacious house in South Queensferry

Packed with potential and in a fantastic location in the charming South Queensferry, with beautiful views of the Forth Road Bridges, this well-presented three-bed would make a fantastic family home. Offered at a fixed price, this is sure to appeal to many family buyers.

Property details

46 Dundas Avenue, South Queensferry, EH30 9QA

Selling agent: Deans Properties

Price: Fixed price £255,000

Status: Available

7. A rare renovation opportunity in popular Brunstane

Located in popular Brunstane, minutes from the direct train line into Edinburgh, this three-bed property has sparked the imagination of many an ESPC house hunter! In need of some major renovations, the property is suitable only for cash buyers currently – but that hasn’t stopped it from making our most-viewed list, and it’s already been snapped up by someone eager to get their ‘Grand Design’ in action.

Property details

14 Brunstane Crescent, Edinburgh EH15 2NX

Selling agent: DM Property

Price: Offers over £105,000

Status: Under offer

8. An exciting chance to transform a property in Dunfermline into a dream family home

ESPC househunters have clearly caught the renovation bug, with this Dunfermline property that’s packed with potential to create a wonderful, five-bedroom family home. Again, this property has already been whisked off the market by a buyer keen to get cracking with their dream home overhaul!

Property details

Cosy Glen, Forest Road, Townhill, Dunfermline, KY12 0ES

Selling agent: James Thomson & Son

Price: Offers over £150,000

Status: Under offer

9. An immaculate five-bed family home in Fairmilehead

Located in popular Fairmilehead, this generous five-bed detached property is sleek and chic, with a contemporary finish and a setting inside a picturesque modern development. With abundant flexible space for the whole family, it’s no surprise that buyers have been so interested in this particular home.

Property details

63 Auchingane, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh, EH10 7HU

Selling agent: Urquharts Property

Price: Fixed price £485,000

Status: Available

10. A majestic six-bedroom detached villa in Newtongrange

A property type that’s rarely available, this majestic six-bedroom villa in Newtongrange offers a wonderful opportunity to create something truly special. In need of upgrades and modernization throughout, this property has fantastic bones and period features throughout, offering abundant potential to craft a stunning dream home.

Property details

17 Galadale, Newtongrange, Dalkeith, EH22 4RQ

Selling agent: Coulters

Price: Offers over £450,000

Status: Under offer


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