What is it like to live in Dunfermline?
The largest town in Fife, Dunfermline is packed with heritage and history, and it’s increasingly popular with buyers setting up home.
Here are just a few reasons why…
Dunfermline has a fascinating history
Did you know that Dunfermline was a former Capital of Scotland? The reins were handed to Edinburgh in the 1400s, but the architecture of this fine town reveals its illustrious past. Dunfermline Abbey, dating from the 11th century, is particularly remarkable (it’s also the burial place of Robert the Bruce). The elegant Carnegie Library and Pittencrieff Park (pictured) add to the grandeur, while St Margaret’s Cave and the Neolithic Standing Stones are standout attractions.
Close links to Edinburgh
Just 15 miles from the Capital, it’s easy to see why commuters choose Dunfermline. There’s easy access to the M90 for the Queensferry Crossing, and driving into Edinburgh takes just 35 minutes. Public transport is good too, with a bus station and two railway stations that have regular links across the country.
Dunfermline is ideal for family living
Dunfermline has plenty of schools to choose from, making it a great place to bring up a family. There are 14 primary schools, and the choice of four high schools, including the historic Dunfermline High School, linking back to 1468. Fife College is also located in Dunfermline, with ties to 16 partner universities for degree studies.
Plenty for everyone to enjoy
Whatever your hobbies, Dunfermline is more than equipped to keep you and your family busy. Shop ‘til you drop at the Kingsgate Shopping Centre, or take in a show at the famous Alhambra Theatre.
Lovers of the great outdoors will find stunning walks and climbs a short distance away, including Loch Leven and the Fife Pilgrim Way trail.
Motor enthusiasts can enjoy a trip to Knockhill Racing Circuit, and Waterski and Wakeboard Scotland offers exciting water sports experiences.
Affordable house prices
Dunfermline has exploded in popularity recently, as buyers take advantage of a reduced commute, and the typically-lower property prices. According to our recent data, Dunfermline’s two-bed flats were the most affordable property type across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Borders, making it an ideal choice for first-time buyers.
The average property price in Dunfermline was £203,628 in October 2021, while three-bedroom houses cost an average of £200,828.
However, prices are rising as the area’s popularity grows; prices roses 15% year-on-year between June and August, and buyers paid an average of 105.1% of Home Report valuation. The area saw the highest volume of property sales anywhere in Fife, and the demand shows, with 33% of properties going to a closing date, and properties going under offer in a median time of just 11 days.
The moral of the story? You’ll need to act fast if you want to make Dunfermline your new home.
The property expert says…
Amanda Newby, from Dunfermline-based Stevenson Marshall, says: “Dunfermline is very popular with a wide range of buyers; with a variety of charming period properties, high-spec new builds and contemporary apartments to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Worth highlighting are the stunning Pittencrieff Park and impressive historic quarter, which features Dunfermline Abbey and Andrew Carnegie’s Birthplace. Add this to its proximity to Edinburgh, and it’s little wonder people are choosing to make Scotland’s ancient capital their home!”
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