About Edinburgh West End
West End at glance*
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Just minutes from the renowned shopping establishments on Edinburgh's George Street and Princes Street, the West End enjoys all the benefits of City Centre living without the hustle and bustle. The choice of Georgian and Victorian houses in the West End is stunning, including classic townhouses, charming mews properties and magnificent flats.
Alan Fraser, founder and head of ESPC Member Firm Investment Property Agency, tells us more about the West End and why he loves this area.
A little about Alan
I have lived in Edinburgh all my life, apart from a short spell working in London for GlaxoSmithKline upon completing my degree in Quantity Surveying. Over the last 20 years I have advised on over 6,000 property sales and purchases in Edinburgh – guess I live and breathe property!
When not working I enjoy running and have completed a few half marathons and triathlons in recent years.
An interesting fact about the area
The West End Conservation Area forms part of the UNESCO Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Edinburgh has the highest concentration of listed buildings anywhere in the UK. In total there are over 1,600 listed buildings in the World Heritage Site, of which 656 are category A Listed.
What I love the most
The classical grandeur of the Victorian Crescents and the ‘secret’ gardens that lie between.
Best kept secret
Rutland Square dates back to 1819 and is the only ‘New Town’ square south of Princes Street.
How would you describe the style of properties in the area
The area is characterised by a mixture of Georgian and Victorian properties ranging from 1 bedroom flats to terraced townhouses over 5 levels.
Describe the area in 3-words
Traditional, chic, eclectic.
Favourite watering hole
Berts Bar on William Street. Great traditional bar with real ales.
Favourite place for eating and why
L’escargot Blanc on Queensferry Street. The vintage posters combined with Edith Piaff , delicious food and fine wines – all the things a Francophile needs.
Favourite local business
Run and Become on Queensferry Street. Always have a plentiful choice of size 6 trainers!
Something about the leisure activities/facilities in the area
Are there any famous local landmarks
St Mary’s Cathedral is Scotland’s largest cathedral and its spires dominate the West End skyline.
A little about Investment Property Agency
We are a Solicitor Estate Agency who specialise in the sale and purchase of investment, buy to let and prime property. We understand that selling or buying property is one of the most important decisions that you will make - our core value is to ensure that you get the maximum financial return on what is likely to be your most valuable asset.
Located close to Haymarket mainline station, the area also enjoys an excellent local bus service. For motorists, there is direct access, via the A8 westwards through Corstorphine, to all major motorway networks, Edinburgh Business Park, the Gyle shopping centre, Edinburgh International Airport and the Forth Road Bridge.