As simple as A, B . . . G
THE VOICE OF PROPERTY BEVERLEY BROWN
New legislation came into force on January 9 which requires all properties being advertised for sale or rent to display their energyperformance certificate (ePC) band rating (supplied as part of the home report).
ePCs reveal how energy efficient a property is and give it a rating accordingly, ranging from A (excellent) down to G.
For sellers (who commission the home report prior to putting a property on the market), the ePC also states what the rating could be if improvements were made – and usefully suggest cost-effective measures which, if implemented, would give the property an improved rating. For potential buyers, having an up-front energy rating gives a good indication as to a property’s running costs.
BAnk oF SCotlAnd’S recent unveiling of the most expensive streets in Scotland was fairly predictable in that edinburgh’s dick Place came top for the second year running, with an average house price of £1,686,000. this was followed by Rubislaw den South in Aberdeen with an average price of £1,455,000.
Glasgow’s most expensive streets are on the south side of the city, namely Park drive in thorntonhall (average price £923,000, although one five-bedroom house was recently on the market at offers over £1,600,000) and Burnside Road in Giffnock (£903,000). outwith major cities, the most expensive homes are on Mar Hall Avenue in Bishopton (average £929,000) and Belleisle drive in Ayr, where the average price is £823,000.
But averages can be misleading and for
Knowing a property’s energy-efficiency rating just got easier, while an historic church and an Arts and Crafts villa enter the market
those who aspire to a gilt-edged address, there are opportunities to buy one for a lot less. In Ayr, Corum is marketing a des res on Belleisle drive at offers over £300,000. For that you get the best address in town and a sizable four-bedroom villa with two public rooms and landscaped gardens of around a third of an acre.
Slater Hogg & Howison’s Clarkston office has an impressive period bungalow on Burnside Road in Giffnock, which features four bedrooms (master with en suite), 20ft bespoke solid maple kitchen, three public rooms, a wrap-round sun lounge, breakfast room and a four-piece bathroom.
It also has a host of additional features, ranging from hardwood flooring and feature fireplaces to electronic entrance gates, monobloc driveway and detached double garage. It’s on the market at offers over £675,000.
while there are no properties currently for sale on Park drive in the upmarket village of thorntonhall, but less than 200 yards away, Slater Hogg has a onebedroom luxury garden apartment with private terrace for sale at a fixed price of £225,000 in Ravenscourt.
Its refurbished interior includes a bespoke kitchen, refitted bathroom with spa bath and separate shower, and oiled walnut flooring. Ravenscourt is set in beautiful garden grounds and includes a private residents’ leisure complex with a swimming pool, showers and gym.
Little piece of heaven
Anyone looking for a property investment project or holiday home might want to consider a 19th-century property in the Highlands village of Invergarry. the former South laggan Church is a historic gem, believed to have been built by a clan chief at a time when the village population was boosted by an influx of workers on the Caledonian Canal.
the mature woodland setting allows spectacular views on all sides, while the building retains most of its original features, including pews and pulpit. It also has a porch, vestry and church hall.
Highland Council’s planning department has indicated in writing it will support a planning application for converting the church building to residential use and extending the building on the west side. the only downside is that while the building has mains electricity, there is no water supply or drainage. Bell Ingram’s oban office is seeking offers over £90,000.
Style as standard
the south side of Glasgow, Savills is selling a house on Roddinghead Road in whitecraigs – a much-coveted address where no two houses are the same.
Glendevon is a villa built in the true ethos of the Arts and Crafts period in terms of quality workmanship, materials and attention to detail.
the property features include doubleheight hallway with exposed ceiling beams, white oak staircase and minstrel gallery, four public rooms, a bespoke dining kitchen, study, gym, and four ensuite bedrooms.
the site includes two driveways, one leading to an integral garage. offers over £1.25 million are invited.
Busy time at Clyde
FRoM the end of this month, Clyde Property’s nine branches will be open seven days a week, 363 days a year and phone lines will be open from 8.30am to 8pm every night. the company is also revamping its website (www.clydeproperty.co.uk) to make it one of the most advanced in the country. It will be easy to navigate and will have comprehensive guides for letting services and a market trends page, which will be updated monthly for each branch that will reveal information on sales, and timescales for both sales and letting.
ARTS & CRAFTS: Glendevon in Whitecraigs
is on the market for offers over £1. 5 million
DES RES: Burnside Road in Giffnock is home to the second most-expensive houses in Glasgow.
HISTORIC: Offers over £90,000 for this church in Invergarry.