Top 10 Reasons To Buy a New Home in Glasgow

Posted 7 August 2019 by Keith Osborne

Homebuyer Show Scotland gives us ten reasons to buy a property in the eighth best city in the world…

WhatHouse? is sponsoring the Homebuyer Show Scotland at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 19 October and we caught up with event director Matt Colgan, to find out what he believes are the ten best reasons to buy a home in the city.

Reason 1: Glasgow has been crowned the eighth best city in the world for 2019.

Time Out recently awarded Glasgow the accolade in its roundup of the best cities in the world for 2019, with the Scottish city beating competition including Tokyo and Barcelona. The city was praised for its outstanding eating and clubbing scenes, as well as its dynamic music, and was also ranked number one in the world for both friendliness and affordability.

Reason 2: City living on the waterfront.

Set on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow offers the best of city living in a waterfront location. Thanks to the Clyde Waterfront regeneration project, which will see billions of pounds of public and private money invested along a 20km stretch of the river, there are plans in place to transform business, housing, tourism and the infrastructure of the area.

Reason 3: The only way is up for house prices.

Not only has Glasgow seen the highest levels of buyer activity across the UK, but the house prices in the city are the fastest growing in the UK – the average value in Glasgow jumped 5.1% in the year to April 2019.

Reason 4: Quality education.

The city is ideal for those seeking a high-quality education and is home to a range of excellent primary and secondary schools, including Jordanhill School, which recently celebrated its status as best state school in Scotland 2019, as well as three impressive and award-winning and top universities.

Reason 5: Well connected.

For travel around the city centre, the subway provides frequent journeys, with services running every five minutes during peak times. Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the south, with Glasgow Queen Street Station operating routes mainly to Edinburgh and the North. There are also a number of buses that operate over 100 routes across the city, and bike rental scheme ‘Nextbike Glasgow’. Glasgow Airport is also less than 10 miles from the city centre and provides domestic and international flights.

Reason 6: Affordability.

Glasgow is one of the best major cities in the UK for university graduates to live and work in, topping the list for pay prospects and giving graduates in the city more disposable income than anywhere else in the UK. The cost of living in Glasgow is also on average 10% cheaper than the rest of the UK. 

Reason 7: Commitment from developers.

Forward-thinking companies such as award-winning Urban Union are committed to improving housing in and around Glasgow through regeneration projects, building new homes and communities in well-connected urban areas. Urban Union’s Laurieston Living development, just outside of Glasgow City Centre, offers a range of stylish contemporary one-bedroom apartments. The company also has plans for its Pollokshaws Living development on the southern edge of Glasgow.

Reason 8: There’s something for everyone.

From sleek apartments in the city centre to spacious family homes on the outskirts of Glasgow, there is a property to suit everyone, whether you are looking for a brand new home or something slightly more traditional. Pacitti Jones, a full-service estate agency and well-respected law firm with over 30 years of experience, has a range of properties on its books, and is available to offer a helping hand with legal and conveyancing services.

Reason 9: A cultural powerhouse with award-winning shopping.

Glasgow has reinvented itself as a cultural hub, with plenty to see and do throughout the city. From lively sports and music events, to award-winning pubs and restaurants, with a range of museums, art galleries and a budding street art scene, Glasgow is firmly the place to be whatever your interests are. What’s more, the Silverburn Shopping Centre in the city has recently been named as the UK’s best shopping centre at the Revo Ace Awards. The 1.5million sq ft centre houses retailers such as M&S, Debenham, Zara, Kurt Geiger and H&M.

Reason 10: Delivering family homes.

For families looking to find a home in and around the city, housebuilders such as Mactaggart and Mickel are delivering a range of family-friendly properties. Whether you are looking for life in the suburbs of Glasgow, or cosy village life outside of the city, the housebuilder has a development to suit all needs. Mactaggart and Mickel will be launching its latest development Broom Grove in Whitecraigs, just 20 minutes outside of Glasgow, later this year.

Homebuyer Show Scotland’s inaugural event, which is free to attend, will take place in Glasgow on Saturday 19 October at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Homebuyers will be able to speak to a range of property experts, including Mactaggart and Mickel, Urban Union and Pacitti Jones, to find out how they can buy either their first or next home in the city.

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