Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is an affluent and lively city, popular with businesses and tourists. The employment opportunities and wide choice of affordable housing makes it very attractive to new home buyers.
To meet the demand of this expanding and popular city, there are a range of new build residential developments that offer great choice for first-time home buyers and those wanting to move up the property ladder.
Living and buying property in Edinburgh
The City of Edinburgh extends to the villages and towns of Abbeyhill, Baberton, Balerno, Barnton Broughton, Bruntsfield, Caltongate, Charlotte Square, Colinton, Corstorphine, Craigmillar, Cramond, Currie, Dalmeny, Dalry, Davidson's Mains, Dean Village, Duddingston, Fountainbridge, Gilmerton, Gorgie, Grassmarket, Haymarket, Heriot-Watt University, Campus Holyrood, Inverleith, Juniper Green, Leith and Leith Walk, Liberton, Longstone, Lothian Road, Marchmont, Morningside, Muirhouse, Murrayfield, Musselburgh, New Town, Newhaven, Newington, Old Town Pilrig, Portobello, Restalrig, Roseburn, Saughton, Sighthill, Silverknowes, Slateford, South Queensferry, Southside, Stockbridge, Swanston, The Cowgate, The Grange, Tollcross, Trinity and West End.
Edinburgh is one of the main transport hubs in Scotland and is linked to London by the A1/M1 and the East Coast Main Line. The city is nestled between the Firth of Forth to the north and the Pentland Hills to the south.
People who live and move to Edinburgh enjoy the unique and rich cultural history that the city has to offer. Edinburgh is home to museums, castles, stately homes, and galleries. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, second place to London.
If you’re looking to buy your new home in Edinburgh, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are properties to suit most tastes and budgets. Many new developments offer modern, well-furnished apartments for young professional couples. In the centre of Edinburgh are large mansion-type properties with private gardens and 4-5 bedrooms. Or there is the choice to live in some of the small towns surrounding Edinburgh that provide commuters with fast links to the city centre.
Edinburgh is one of the best-connected cities in Scotland. These include Edinburgh International Airport, Waverly Station, and 3 major roads – the M8 connecting Edinburgh and Glasgow, the M9 which takes travellers to Fife and the North, and the A1 which is the main road to England.
Getting around the city and communing to neighbouring towns couldn’t be easier thanks to the extensive bus network. And recently, with the development of the Edinburgh tram system, it is easy to get from the city centre to Edinburgh Airport. This is the busiest airport in Scotland with regular flights both domestically and internationally.
Things to do
If you decide to buy a new home in Edinburgh, you will never be bored. Thanks to the many concert halls, exhibition centres, theatres, and festivals, there is always something to do, whatever time of year it is.
In August, the population of the city swells when people come from all over the for the Edinburgh International Festival. This annual festival is enjoyed by residents and tourists alike. It also incorporates the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
If you live in Edinburgh, you don’t have far to visit some of the best museums and galleries in the country. In fact, some have said that the old town on the Royal Mile is almost like an open-air museum! And if it’s classical music or the theatre that you love, then there is plenty to choose from in the city centre.
Every year, Edinburgh residents and tourists are treated to the Hogmanay (New Year) party. This consists of four days of processions, street parties, and concerts which culminate in a firework display from Edinburgh Castle.
Of course, shopping features heavily in Edinburgh and many large retail centres have opened up at various locations on the outskirts of the city. In the centre of town you can take a stroll down Princess Street to shop in the popular high-street stores, visit Rose Street for its small boutiques, or head to George Street for independent designer shops.
Employment in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has one of the strongest economies of any city in the UK and is classed as the most competitive large city in the UK. In fact, Edinburgh is synonymous with banking and finance services – being home to the Bank of Scotland and RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland). Compared to other cities in the UK, Edinburgh enjoys low levels of unemployment.
Some of the largest employers in the city are in the banking sector. However, because Edinburgh is a must-see destination for many tourists, there is always plenty of work available in the tourism sector.
Edinburgh is world-famous when it comes to education, and it continues to offer quality education for higher learning, secondary education and primary schools.
There are 4 universities in Edinburgh as well as many colleges. The Royal High School is one of the oldest schools in the world and, along with the 22 other secondary schools, offers education for secondary students. There are also independent fee-paying schools that provide education to Edinburgh residents.
We list a variety of new homes for sale in Edinburgh, suitable for all kinds of buyers, including families and young professionals. If you are looking for a new house or apartment in Edinburgh, browse through the listings above and contact us for any further information.