As sim­ple as A, B . . . G

THE VOICE OF PROP­ERTY BEV­ER­LEY BROWN

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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.

Gilt-edged ad­dresses

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.

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