Broughton at glance*
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Broughton, always a popular area with house hunters in Edinburgh, lies on the edge of the New Town around one mile from the City Centre and borders Bellevue and Canonmills. Houses in Broughton are mainly traditional tenement flats but recent years have seen the emergence of a number of modern developments.
Outdoors Calton Hill provides superb views over the city. The Royal Botanic Gardens and Inverleith Park are within walking distance and the routes of a great many old railway lines provide pleasant walks and cycle paths.
Take a moment to see what local residents have to say about the area.
Andy Ma lives in Broughton and he tells us what he loves about the area:
I love this area. It's close to town with only a 10 minute walk up to St James Centre and all the shops and amenities. The walk itself is fab, as you walk up Broughton street with its boutique shops, fantastic bars and cafés. Now the tram is (finally) complete, it's very handy to jump on one to the airport for flights. The new apple shop is apparently opening up to the east end of town, and St James Centre is awaiting redevelopment. It is also very close to Stockbridge and Leith for a change of scenery along the Water of Leith.
Amy Walker, Senior Marketing Executive at ESPC, lives in the area and answered a few more questions on why she enjoys living here so much.
Favourite watering hole:
The Magnum on Albany Street is a really nice pub and also had a great restaurant.
Favourite place for eating and why:
There’s a lot to choose from but it has to be the Gardener’s Cottage which is just off London Road. It’s completely different from any other restaurant and offers fresh, tasty food at an affordable price.
An interesting fact about the area:
Its great claim to fame is that Edinburgh's first traffic lights were installed here in 1928.
What I love the most:
There are so many nice cafes, restaurants and shops on your door step, yet it’s really easy to get to other parts of town or Leith if you want to venture a little further. Also it’s great to have Holyrood Park within walking distance. It’s really pretty in the summer and quieter than some of the other parks in town – plenty of space to spread out and have a barbeque!
Favourite local business:
Villeneuve Wines is a great little shop if you would like to treat yourself to something a little more exciting that the usual supermarket offering!
Best kept secret:
Café Marlayne does some amazing cakes if you’re looking for a little afternoon treat!
How would you describe the style of properties in the area:
They are mainly traditional tenement flats but more recently a number of new developments which have been built on the outskirts of the district.
Describe the area in three words:
Eclectic, quirky, laid-back.
Is there anyone famous associated with the area: