National estate agent Your Move’s latest statistics show the average price f a home in Scotland has passed the £170,000 mark for the first time since May.
The 0.6% rise last month, to £170,762, reflected a generally positive year for most of the nation, with 25 out of 32 local authorities seeing an annual increase to that point. The capital remains the highest-price place to buy a property, while Dundee saw the largest monthly rise in prices, surging 4.5%.
Christine Campbell, Your Move managing director in Scotland, says: “The Scottish housing market continues to show its resilience, despite facing a number of challenges in recent months.
“Tax changes earlier this year prompted many buyers to bring their house purchases forward, while the uncertainty surrounding Brexit could have shocked the market, but the overall picture remains very positive.”
Alan Penman, business development manager for Walker Fraser Steele, one of Scotland’s oldest ﬁrms of chartered surveyors and part of the LSL group of companies, adds: “While some areas face a speciﬁc set of challenges due to the ripple eﬀect caused by the troubles of the oil industry, it looks remarkably like business as usual in the rest of Scotland.
“Transaction levels and house prices are performing well across all other areas of the country, for both high and low value properties.”
Here are the WhatHouse? team’s current top picks of new homes for sale in Scotland:
Dovecot Mill in Haddington, East Lothian (David Wilson Homes)
Dovecot Mill is set just on the outskirts of the town of Haddington, close to the banks of the picturesque River Tyne, within easy commuting distance to Edinburgh. The development brings a range of four- and five-bedroom homes to the land around Dovecot Farm, bringing rural life within easy reach of the capital, with the A1 running near the town.
The housebuilder’s Part Exchange and Movemaker schemes are both available at this development to assist homebuyers with a property to sell.
The ‘Gleneagles’ show home and the marketing suite are open Thursday to Sunday, from 10.00am to 5.30pm, and on Monday from 12.00noon to 5.30pm.
Prices: From £309,995
Find out more about Dovecot Mill from David Wilson Homes
Kinglass Fields in Bo’ness, Stirling and Falkirk (Miller Homes)
The housebuilder has recently opened a brand new show home at this development in the historic town of Bo’ness, a location which offers great commuter links across the Central Belt to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The new show home is a four-bedroom ‘Hughes’ house type where the ground floor has a generous lounge with bay window, and a kitchen/dining room as its hub with French doors that open out to the rear garden. Lower floor accommodation is completed a utility room, downstairs WC and integral garage. Upstairs, the master and second bedrooms both feature an en suite bathroom and generous built-in wardrobes. There are two further bedrooms and a large family bathroom rounding off the property.
Buyers have a mix of three- and four-bedroom property types to choose from at this scheme, which is around 20 miles west of Edinburgh and 20 miles south-east of Stirling. The show home is open from Thursday to Monday, from 11.00am to 6.00pm.
Prices: From £164,995
Find out more about Kinglass Fields from Miller Homes
The Links at Dubford in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen (CALA Homes)
The final phase of this development of large family homes comprises a mix of four- and five-bedroom property types, set in the popular suburb, north of the River Don. With a hillside location and views towards the North Sea, this development offers a picturesque setting, with just ten properties now remaining for sale.
As its name suggests, this collection of homes is close to a number of coastal golf courses, from the Murcar through Royal Aberdeen to Kings. The A90 is close by for trips into the city centre or further afield.
Buyers will find an interior specification in all homes that one would expect from a multiple WhatHouse? Award-winning housebuilder.
Prices: From £439,000
Find out more about The Links at Dubford from CALA Homes
Castle Grove in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire (Mactaggart & Mickel Homes)
The latest phase of this development, Castle Grove North, was released within the last two weeks, this time bringing some new house types from the ‘Design Collection’ to homebuyers. Named after famous 20th-century Scottish architects, these four- and five-bedroom homes offer open-plan living with generous room sizes and a host of excellent specification details.
Newton Mearns boasts an excellent range of local independent stores, including The Avenue shopping centre and a Waitrose, alongside independent shops and cafés. This new development is also within the catchment area of some of East Renfrewshire’s top-performing schools, a boon to family house-hunters.
Just seven miles south-west of central Glasgow, the city is easily reached via the M77, with also leads south to Kilmarnock and Ayrshire.
Prices: From £429,995
Find out more at www.macmic.co.uk ; 0141 639 8199
Intaglio Apartments in Glasgow (McKernan Homes)
There are only 12 two-bedroom apartments development, which boasts a sought-after location on the border of two southern suburbs, Pollok and Shawlands, on the doorstep of a country park, the M77 and M8 and within easy reach of the city centre.
Details of specification and layout are due shortly, but the area’s breadth and depth of amenities, leisure facilities and transport connection s are bound to make this boutique development popular.
The company has been building homes since 1997, using high-quality fittings and fixture including designer kitchens and built-in wardrobes as standard.
Find out more at www www.mckernanhomes.co.uk ; 01236 720634
Castleton Apartments in Ellon, Aberdeenshire (Scotia Homes)
A bustling town 16 miles north of Aberdeen, developed after the construction of a bridge in the 18th century in the River Ythan, Ellon has some excellent amenities which include primary and secondary schools, healthcare facilities and libraries as well as shops, restaurants, cafés and an 18-hole golf course. In recent years, the town has become more famous as the home of the innovative Brewdog brewery.
Set over three floors, these two-bedroom apartments have had their prices slashed this autumn, by some £30,000, and are also available with the Help to Buy Scotland scheme.
Aberdeen is around half-an-hour away, Peterhead around 25 minutes by car. Castleton is a new community being built in the north-eastern corner of Ellon, with a mix of properties to attract a diverse neighbourhood of residents.
Prices: From £136,000
Find out more at scotia-homes.co.uk ; 0800 085 5455