When ‘West’ is best

Charm­ing al­ter­na­tive to cen­tre

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING -

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.

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