West Lothian is home to some of Edinburgh's most popular and busiest commuter towns. Below we've compiled an introductory guide to help you decide if living in West Lothian is for you

West Lothian at a glance*

Average selling price
Median time to sell
36 days
Average % of Home Report achieved
Most popular property type
4 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 30/04/2024

What it is like to live in West Lothian

Situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow, West Lothian is well placed for ease of access to Scotland’s major cities. From stately homes to ancient ruins, with a great range of modern entertainment in-between, this county offers its residents and visitors a rich and varied menu of activities. Livingston, Bathgate and Broxburn are just a few of the popular communities that lie within the area. All three of these towns have their own train station for easy access into Edinburgh, as does Linlithgow, West Calder, Uphall, Kirknewton, and Armadale.  

Family fun is guaranteed in West Lothian with local venues such as the Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Five Sisters Zoo and the exciting Livingston Skate Park. Fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of the great walking routes that abound in the Bathgate and Pentland Hills.

Golfers are also spoiled for choice with 15 courses in West Lothian. While all the clubs bring their own unique twist to the game, Deer Park Golf & Country Club near Livingston is considered one of the most challenging golf courses in central Scotland. 

Great shopping is also easy to find in West Lothian. Livingston is home to both The Centre and the Livingston Designer Outlet, which are both popular with locals and visitors alike. 

Property types in West Lothian

West Lothian is home to a wide range of property types. There are houses with at least two bedrooms and a garden, perfect for families. There are also bungalows and cottages. While less common, you'll also find flats for sale in West Lothian

It's also not uncommon to see commercial property for sale in West Lothian either

Is now a good time to sell my home in West 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 West 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 West 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 are
  • Most popular property type – this can give you an idea of the types of properties that people are most frequently buying in this are

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 West 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 West 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 West Lothian

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

ESPC advertises lots of homes for sale in West 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 West 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.

How to find a solicitor in West Lothian

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

Simply type in West Lothian, or your local town or village, such as Bathgate or West Calder, and we’ll give you the contact details and all the information you need on the agent.


Where to live in West Lothian

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