Living in Edinburgh
The capital city of Scotland is a vibrant and inviting place to live and ESPC have a wide variety of properties for sale across Edinburgh. Below we've compiled a comprehensive guide to help you decide if living in Edinburgh is the correct decision for you.
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Edinburgh at a glance*
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One of the most popular places to live in Scotland, Edinburgh has everything you would expect from a capital city: exciting culture, beautiful architecture, unbeatable shopping (both high street and independent), highly-regarded universities, a plethora of restaurants, an exciting zoo, and a wide variety of housing styles.
If you ever want to escape the buzz of the city however, you're also never far from beautiful Scottish scenery. Edinburgh is nestled on the shores of the Firth of Forth and is surrounded by seven hills: Calton Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, the Braid Hills, Blackford Hill and Arthur’s Seat. You're also only a short drive (or train ride) away from the Scottish Borders and Fife is accessible via The Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge.
There is a variety of different architectural styles within Edinburgh. The New Town is home to the largest and best preserved example of Georgian town planning in the UK, whilst the Old Town is made of a medieval pattern of closes and wynds.
Throughout the suburbs, there is a mix of period properties and modern homes as well as a fast array of properties from 1930’s era bungalows to 1970’s housing developments in the suburbs.
Professionals are easily catered for with the array of flats available to buy, including traditional tenement styles with period features and low maintenance new build developments. Areas that would suit the young professional include Stockbridge, Broughton and Haymarket.
Students are easily catered for within close proximity to The University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, and Edinburgh Napier University as well as Edinburgh College. Areas that are popular with students include Marchmont and Polwarth.
Edinburgh is an especially popular with house hunters looking for high-end homes. The EH3, EH4, EH9 and EH10 postcodes are particularly popular and pull in areas such as Cammo, Dean Village, Morningside, Marchmont, New Town, Stockbridge, Merchiston, Newington, Fairmilehead and the West End.
When it comes to culture, Edinburgh is hard to beat. The city plays host to 12 different festivals throughout the year including:
- Edinburgh's Hogmanay
- Edinburgh International Science Festival
- Imaginate Festival
- Edinburgh International Film Festival
- Edinburgh Art Festival
- Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe
- Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
- Edinburgh International Festival
- Edinburgh International Book Festival
- Edinburgh Mela Festival
- International Storytelling Festival
There are also a number of art galleries and theatres open throughout the year. On top of this there are sites such as Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House to explore and many more tourist attractions. There are also a number of great open spaces to explore such as Arthur’s Seat and the Meadows.
There is a vibrant shopping district as well as exciting nightlife available offering a fantastic city to suit all needs.
Ultimately, your personal circumstances will be the main factor to determine whether now is the best time for you to sell your property. The Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh 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.
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 Edinburgh.
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).
You can find the latest houses and flats for sale in Edinburgh here.
ESPC advertises lots of homes for sale in Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh 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.
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Convinced that Edinburgh is for you but still haven't decided on which area? Click on each of our guides below to help narrow down your search!
- Edinburgh City Centre
- Edinburgh East
- Edinburgh North
- Edinburgh North West
- Edinburgh South
- Edinburgh South West
- Edinburgh West