The subject of some intensive urban regeneration over the past two decades, Leith has rapidly become one of Edinburgh’s property hotspots, thanks to an abundance of affordable property close to the city centre.

Here’s just a handful of reasons why this thriving neighbourhood is a great place to find your next property.

Leith shore

Properties in Leith are more affordable

Homes here are more affordable than those in the city centre, making it a popular choice for those who don’t want to be far from the buzz of the Capital. Leith is especially popular with first-time buyers, with a plentiful supply of one- and two-bedroom properties on the market.

As of December 2021, the average price for a one-bed flat is £163,734, while two-bed flats cost an average of £235,666.

Different styles to suit every taste

Leith is home to an array of architectural styles, including traditional tenements filled with character features, stylish warehouse conversions in former factories, quaint colony-style houses, larger historical homes, or, for those with more modern tastes, an array of cosmopolitan new-build apartments.

Great transport links

Until 1920, Leith was its own burgh, and has held onto its own personality even after becoming absorbed into Edinburgh. With its own distinct vibe, Leith is handily within walking distance to the city centre – the St James Quarter is just a 20-minute stroll from the Foot of the Walk. Leith boasts plentiful bus routes, and the extended tram line (due in 2023) will boost transport links even further.

Local shops and indie businesses

You don’t need to head into Edinburgh for a great shopping experience. Leith has its own shopping centre, Ocean Terminal, for high street favourites, but predominantly offers a mix of fantastic indie stores. Custom House at The Shore hosts regular pop-ups, while Leith Walk is filled with a mix of vibrant independent businesses to enjoy.

Bars and restaurants galore

Leith has a stellar reputation for food and drink, with plentiful bars and restaurants to tempt your tastebuds. The Pitt street food market is a dining destination, or for an elegant night out, head to The Kitchin, Martin Wishart or Borough. There’s also copious trendy dining spots to try, such as Bodega, Bundits and Twelve Triangles, and lively bars such as Nauticus, The Lioness of Leith and Roseleaf.

An area for everyone

Leith’s reputation is a lively one, but the best part is that there will be a pocket of this area that suits your needs perfectly. Prefer a spirited, always-on atmosphere? A home on Leith Walk or The Shore offers just that, with a 24-hour feel and plenty to keep you busy. For a more peaceful pocket to call home, the streets around Leith Links, Victoria Park and Ferry Road offer a great location that’s more tranquil, but within walking distance of all the fun.

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