The traditionally busy spring period in the Scottish property market has been followed by even stronger growth in the first few weeks of summer, according to CKD Galbraith, an independent consultancy with offices across Scotland.
It has reported an increase in interest and property viewings across the country from local, national and international buyers, with particular focus on homes valued up to £500,000.
John Bound, a partner at CKD Galbraith, says: “We have witnessed an especially strong surge in activity across the country recently and believe this is due to a number of factors. Political uncertainty has eased and potential buyers and sellers have a renewed confidence in the property markets from the south of England to the north of Scotland. There has been increased activity right across Scotland, and in Edinburgh demand for high-end city centre property continues to rise.
“The Inverness office is experiencing some extremely positive movements. We were instructed on 26 new properties in the past three weeks and we are being invited to pitch for more on a daily basis. There have been over 50 viewings in a fortnight with prime property on the west coast continuing to do very well indeed.”
Woodcroft in Grange, Edinburgh (Queensberry Properties/Telereal Trillium)
The developers, in partnership with Michael Laird Architects and estate agents Rettie & Co, have launched a show home at this development in the Scottish capital’s exclusive Grange district. Woodcroft offers 24 three-storey, four-bedroom townhouses (ranging in size from 2,100 sq ft to 3,400 sq ft) and 57 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
Some 60% of the first release has been sold off-plan, and remaining properties are priced from £270,000 for a one-bedroom apartment to £755,000 for a four-bedroom townhouse. The show home is open Thursday to Monday, from 11.00am to 5.30pm.
Price: From £270,000
Find out more at www.woodcroftedinburgh.com ; 0131 220 4160
Hilltree Court in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire (McCarthy & Stone)
To celebrate winning a five-star customer satisfaction rating for a record tenth year in a Home Builders Federation survey, the specialist developer is offering a £10,000 discount on the nine remaining apartments at its Assisted Living development for over-65s, plus a £2,000 holiday voucher.
Buyers must reserve by 26 June 2015 and legally complete on or before 28 August 2015. Celebrity chef Nick Nairn will also be demonstrating healthy recipes at Hilltree Court, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm on Friday 26 June.
The show complex is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.30am to 5.00pm.
Price: From £179,950
Find out more at www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk ; 0141 633 0018
Glendevon Gate in Winchburgh, West Lothian (Miller Homes)
Glendevon Gate is part of a £1bn village regeneration of a village that holds a sought-after strategic position in central Scotland, under ten miles from the Edinburgh City bypass and perfectly placed for easy access to the M8, M9 and the old and new Forth road bridges. In fact, the new development will include a new station on the main line between Glasgow and the capital.
A variety of three- and four-bedroom houses are available, such as the linked three-bedroom ‘Irvine’ priced from £209,000 and the detached four-bedroom ‘Blair’ at £215,000.
The sales centre at the development is open Thursday to Monday, from 11.00am to 6.00pm.
Price: From £189,000
Find out at www.millerhomes.co.uk ; 0808 250 6353
Douglas Gardens in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire (Mactaggart & Mickel Homes)
Milngavie is one of the top five most popular areas to live in Scotland in a recent study, commissioned by Royal Mail and carried out by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR).
With just 20 four and five-bedroom detached homes neatly cradled in pretty woodland, Douglas Gardens is private, exclusive and offers luxurious living with its range of chic villas, with a range of house styles available,
The development provides residents with excellent connections to both Glasgow and Edinburgh and is nestled right on the fringe of the countryside, with striking views over the nearby hills , making it a great choice for city commuters.
Price: From £497,495
Find out more at www.macmic.co.uk ; 0141 956 6005
Garioch View in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire (Taylor Wimpey)
Garioch View, located off Oldmeldrum Road in the town of Inverurie, offers 88 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes. With a mix of excellent primary and secondary education, well-known high street stores, good-quality independent shops, restaurants, bars and a popular monthly farmers’ market in the town square.
The company is offering to pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) on selected new homes at the development and there is also the opportunity to use your existing home in a part exchange deal.
Karen Armstrong, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, says: “Our part-exchange scheme offers a stress-free way for buyers to achieve their dream of owning a new home if they have a home to sell because we buy their existing home from them.
The sales centre at Garioch view is open Thursday to Monday, from 11.00am to 5.30pm.
Price: From £220,000
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/gariochview ; 01467 530565
Just weeks after unveiling two show homes at this development, the housebuilder has already seen huge demand with 23 homes already sold.
Lorraine Paterson, sales and marketing director at Stewart Milne Homes, is far from surprised at the popularity of the development: “The picturesque backdrop of Calderwood and Almondell Country Park, complemented by the rustic inspired design really make our homes at Calderwood quite stunning. The rural location and easy commute to Edinburgh city centre are making the development an ideal choice for busy professionals and families alike.”
Calderwood comprises 31 homes, a collection of three-, four-, five- and six-bedroom homes. The design is a first for the award-winning housebuilder – completely unique and different to anything Stewart Milne Homes has ever created before. A mix of coloured Cedral-effect cladding and stonework lends a calm, rural feel to the development.
Price: From £259,000
Find out more at stewartmilnehomes.com ; 0845 076 6139
Gilbertfields View in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire (Dundas Estates)
Overlooking the Quarry Wood, the Gilbertfields View development occupies a site between Gilbertfield Road and Lightburn Road. Very close to Hamilton Road (A724), it offers convenient access onto the M74/M73 and M8 motorway network. It is also just a short journey away from the buzz of Glasgow city centre. The local train stations at Kirkhill, Cambuslang Main Street, and Newton offer regular services into Glasgow city centre.
The luxury development comprises 61 terraced, semi-detached and three-, four- and five-bedroom detached homes.
Price: From £196,995
Find out more at www.dundas.co.uk ; 0845 005 5007