Bellevue, Moray Place, Herriot Row, Abercrombie Place
Combining traditional Georgian architecture with comfortable internal modernisation, Edinburgh’s not so new New Town is one of the more desirable areas to live in. Boasting characterful interiors, combined with cobbled streets, pillars and sandstone facades, New Town listed buildings are protected by strict building codes ensuring that Edinburgh conserves its 18th Century grandeur. The new town includes much of the city centre and borders Stockbridge. Restaurants and bars abound, giving you options ranging from trendy sleep easy bars to Michelin star restaurants. As property is always in high demand in this area it’s no surprise that they are never on the market for long!
Comely Bank, Dean Village
Surprisingly only a 10 to 15 minute walk from Edinburgh’s City Centre, Stockbridge has the perfect village atmosphere. Boasting local boutique stores, good schools, sociable bars and numerous restaurants, Stockbridge is a popular choice. If you want to escape the city buzz in search of peace, nature and the countryside vibe – Dean Village offers just that. The Water of Leith connects Dean Village and Inverleith. With the tree-covered walkway running below the Galleries of Modern Art you can stroll under the iconic Dean Bridge, passing the beautiful old mill buildings lying on the slopes of the river.
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Canonmills, Goldenacre, Newhaven
Neighbouring Leith, Trinity offers a bit of everything. This area comprises a vast array of architectural styles, with everything from the traditional fishing houses opposite Newhaven lighthouse & harbour, to modern flats and enormous mansions, making this residential area desirable to many types of buyers and tenants. If a sea view, respected schools, a park and good sports facilities are what you’re looking for then Trinity & Newhaven are for you. Situated between Goldenacre & Inverleith The Royal Botanic Gardens with a worldwide reputation, provide an excellent green and tranquil space. Just beyond, with the Water of Leith bordering it, lies Canonmills with its bustling café society.
Situated on the edge of Edinburgh’s New Town, Broughton is spoilt for choice when it comes to dining and shopping, with the locals favouring Broughton Street over the city centre for its less crowded restaurants and bars, This area is extremely sought after when it comes to property. Beside it, lies Bonnington which was once a thriving industrial area, with many former warehouses now converted into modernised properties along the Water of Leith. Many residents find Bonnington the perfect location, enjoying its close proximity to the Shore and Leith Walk.
Royal Mile, Cannongate, Ramsay Gardens, Grassmarket
With the cobbled streets leading onto the heart of Edinburgh, the City Centre is the perfect location. The Royal Mile is home to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival office, giving you instant access to the famous acts that visit the Fringe. With properties ranging from studio apartments over-looking the entrance to Edinburgh Castle, to traditional historic properties oozing with character, residents really do get what they pay for. The old town city centre is also the heart of Edinburgh University. If you’re looking for the perfect view then Ramsay Gardens offers just that, overlooking Edinburgh’s Princes Street shopping haven, the Gardens, as well as the Royal Scottish Academy Art Gallery.
Douglas Gardens, Palmerston Place, Grosvenor Crescent
Edinburgh’s West end is defined by the landmark red sandstone Caledonian Hotel and is home to a glorious network of Georgian streets. There are many stylish boutiques, a wide range of cocktail bars, traditional pubs and contemporary restaurants along with historic sports facilities & St Mary’s music school which all help to create a bohemian vibe. Not far away are a number of the city’s independent schools. The West end residents enjoy terrific transport links (trams, Haymarket station, buses) and some of the most picturesque views of the city, dominated by grand Georgian architecture and the spire of St John’s Church. Despite its central location a relaxed atmosphere prevails here.
Leith was originally the maritime centre of the city, dominated by shipping. The area has undergone significant regeneration over recent years and is now one of Edinburgh’s most popular areas to live in, retaining much of its original charm and earthly qualities. Leith’s Shore area is home to many galleries, bars and restaurants catering for a wide range of tastes. For eating and drinking there are Michelin star restaurants as well as gastro pubs and greasy-spoon cafes. For shopping there is Ocean Terminal housing many of the big name High Street stores. From the Foot of the Walk to Elm Row there are a wide range of quirky off-beat shops for more unusual gifts and delicacies. Leith boasts a rich creative culture and its residents enjoy a vibrant atmosphere with close transport links to the city centre.
Morningside, Bruntsfield, Marchmont
The Southside of Edinburgh, along with Bruntsfield and Morningside, were the city’s first real suburban areas. These areas are now home to the majority of Edinburgh’s student population and boast great schools, a vast array of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars. The Southside is also home to some of Edinburgh’s most popular cultural hubs for both music and theatre with venues such as Summerhall, The Queens Hall and the Kings Theatre, as well as the Filmhouse and Cameo for avid movie fans where a mixture of mainstream movies and art-house independent films are shown. The Southside hosts an abundance of green space with Edinburgh’s iconic Meadows and Holyrood Park enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.