As Britain enters a double dip depression for the first time since the 1970s, Scottish property prices are reported to be rising amid increased home sales, particularly at the high end of the market. According to the latest figures released by Registers of Scotland (RoS), Glasgow City recorded the highest quarterly sales volume with 1,570 residential house sales, an increase of 7.7% on the previous year.
Edinburgh recorded sales of over £312 million for the three months ending March 2012, an increase of 17.4% over the previous quarter. The total market value of residential sales in the whole of Scotland increased by more than ten percent compared with the corresponding quarter ending March 2011; interestingly, the market value of detached houses topped that increase in value by an additional 3%.
So why should homes in Scotland be prospering while property sales across much of the UK, London excepted, stagnate? The answer could partly lie in the quality of life available north of the border. The education system in Scotland is widely acknowledged as being of the highest quality. A more relaxed environment along with such beautiful scenery combine to make a much sought after lifestyle.
There are some glorious properties to be had in the highlands and throughout Scotland. Glasgow and the Scots’ capital, Edinburgh, also have much to offer. Both cities provide the major opportunities for work and education, so we will examine each in turn.
Glasgow has enjoyed a major rebuilding of its architecture and its image over the past thirty years. The former grim tenement flats have been sandblasted on the outside and gutted on the inside to be transformed into desirable private housing. Glasgow has been awarded such prestigious titles as: the European City of Culture (1990); City of Architecture and Design (1999) and European Capital of Sport (2003).
Glasgow has some exceptional properties to fit every pocket. There are a number of homes in the villages that line the M77 that are up for sale seeking buyers with in excess of £1 million to invest. Nearer to the city centre there many quality homes in the £300,000 plus band that offer far more than their counterparts in the major cities of England.
Edinburgh is steeped in history with such visitors’ attractions as the Castle, the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh also hosts the longest running international arts festival in the world; as well as being home to some of the finest museums and galleries in Europe.
There are some sumptuous properties throughout the Edinburgh area that will cost around two million pounds. As with Glasgow, looking at the £300,000 plus market, you will get far more house for your money than anywhere in the English capital.
The internet has made it much easier to research homes in Scotland; particularly, if you are thinking of relocating from elsewhere in the UK. It is possible to view properties from the comfort of your own home before choosing a few desirable houses to shortlist for a potential visit.
Sites such as s1.homes Glasgow and s1.homes Edinburgh offer a selection of properties, including several photographs and a map facility that includes street view. You can even shortlist the properties through a button on the screen in addition to printing the details of the property on to paper.
So in conclusion, if you are looking to leave the hurly burly of London or other major English cities behind for a less stressful way of living, you could do worse than explore the fantastic range of value-for-money properties that both Glasgow and Edinburgh have to offer. The eclectic mix of history, culture and spectacular landscapes just a moderate drive away puts forward a convincing argument for moving to Bonny Scotland.