East Lothian is one of our most popular locations - and with its striking coastline, character-filled villages and easy access to Edinburgh it's not hard to see why. If you're thinking of moving to the area, we have all the information you need below to decide if it's the right fit for you. 

East Lothian at a glance*

Average selling price
Median time to sell
19 days
Average % of Home Report achieved
Most popular property type
3 bedroom house

To find out more about the local market, contact your local ESPC agent today. Find an agent

* Figures are based on properties marketed and sold through ESPC. Home Report valuations relate to properties where the Home Report was available on espc.com. Figures relate to the 3 month period ending on 30/09/2023

What is it like to live in East Lothian?

East Lothian hugs the coastline of the Forth of the Firth for 40 miles or so, before stretching gently inland. Its main towns are North Berwick, Musselburgh, Haddington and Dunbar - but there are also friendly villages such Longniddry, East Linton, and and Gullane making this Scottish district one of the most desirable places to own a property. 

Golf is popular in East Lothian, and golfers rave about the quality links courses in Gullane and North Berwick, while beach lovers and surfer sing praises about the sandy beaches. The area is also home to several museums and sites of historic interest, and you'll find plenty of attractions to keep the kids active, such as Dunbar Leisure Centre and North Berwick Lodge Gardens. 

You can also drive to Edinburgh with ease, but if you don't want to take the car, Musselburgh, Wallyford, Prestonpans, Londniddry, Drem, North Berwick and Dunbar all have their own train stations. 

East Lothian really does have it all, and if school catchment areas in East Lothian are important to you, you can search house and flats for sale by school catchment area here

Property types in East Lothian

East Lothian is perfect if you're looking for a classic or traditional home slathered with history. Click here to see houses for sale in East Lothian that are of Edwardian or Victorian design. If, however, modern is more your style then, click here to see modern houses and flats for sale in East Lothian

East Lothian is popular with house hunters looking for high-end homes, with there being numerous properties valued for over £500,000. Click here to see houses in East Lothian valued for over £500,000


Is now a good time to sell my home in East Lothian?

Ultimately, your personal circumstances will be the main factor to determine whether now is the best time for you to sell your property. The East Lothian property market has remained busy throughout recent months, with strong demand from prospective home buyers.

Useful data to pay attention to that will help you understand how the East Lothian market is performing includes:

  • Average selling price - this gives you a guide as to the amount that properties have been selling for recently
  • Median time to sell – this explains how quickly properties are going under offer in this area
  • Average % of Home Report achieved – this lets you know, on average, how much above or below the Home Report valuation properties are selling for in this area
  • Most popular property type – this can give you an idea of the types of properties that people are most frequently buying in this area

You can find details on these above, or if you would prefer you can contact a local ESPC solicitor agent. They are uniquely placed to help you navigate the local property market.

How to sell a property in East Lothian

The first step to selling your home is to get it valued; this will give you a good indication of how much it might sell for.

During the home valuation the ESPC solicitor estate agent will be able to talk you through all the steps to selling a home in East Lothian.

Once you’ve appointed your selling agent they will navigate you through the process including preparing your home for sale, organising a Home Report, taking professional photos, marketing your property, negotiating the offers made on your home and concluding the missives (the legal aspects of your sale).


How to buy a property in East Lothian

You can find the latest houses and flats for sale in East Lothian here.

ESPC advertises lots of homes for sale in East Lothian 72 hours before other property websites, meaning you can find houses and flats for sale here, before anyone else!

We can also send the latest East Lothian properties direct to your inbox, simply sign up to a My ESPC account, tell us your search criteria, your wants and needs and we’ll email you when homes are listed that match what you are looking for.

Once you’ve found your dream home, your ESPC solicitor agent can guide you through all the steps of buying a house or flat, such as putting in an offer and completing all the legal aspects of your purchase.


Find a solicitor in East Lothian

You can search our directory of local ESPC solicitor agents here.

Simply type in East Lothian, or your local town or village, such as North Berwick or Dunbar, and we’ll give you the contact details and all the information you need on the agent.

Where to live in East Lothian

Convinced that East Lothian is for you but still haven't decided on which particular town or village? Click on each of our guides below to help narrow down your search!