When ‘West’ is best
Charming alternative to centre
WITH its leafy streets and quiet avenues, the West End of Aberdeen often feels like a world away from the bustling city centre. But its quiet character is deceptive, as this attractive part of town is just a short walk from the heart of Aberdeen. And its close proximity to amenities, parks and schools has long made it a popular place for families. With a wide range of independently-owned businesses, the area offers a charming alternative to citycentre shopping. If you are looking for a cosmopolitan place to shop, away from the usual big name chain stores, it’s ideal. Streets like Thistle Street, Rose Street, Great Western Road and Chattan Place offer a wealth of useful businesses – from fashion boutiques to beauty salons and traditional butchers. If you enjoy eating out, there are a number of restaurants and cafes in the area – not to mention popular clubs and bars along Queen’s Road and Albyn Place. And there are properties to suit everyone. You’ll find period homes with prestigious addresses in the West End – such as Rubislaw Den and Queen’s Road. Or for a more contemporary style of property, there are several new developments of flats and apartments built in a modern style. And for a compromise between the two, there are many traditional-built properties full of character, which have been fully modernised inside. Popular streets for living close to the town centre include Union Grove and St Swithin Street, which are also both close to the lovely public Rubislaw Gardens. And schools in the area include Albyn, St Joseph’s Primary, Ashley Road Primary, Harlaw Academy, St Margaret’s School for Girls and The Hamilton School.
RICH MIXTURE: Queen’s Road, above, Kepplestone, top right, and Rubislaw Terrace, right, are a short walk from the heart of the city.