Towns find favour again
East Dunbartonshire and Clackmannanshire properties show biggest April price rise in the country
IT has been a good year for sellers in central belt towns with the likes of Bearsden, Lenzie and Alloa all sitting in property hotspots. According to the latest UK House Price Index (UK HPI) from Registers of Scotland, the highest year-on-year price gain in April was in East Dunbartonshire, where the average of £202,466 is up 11.2 per cent from April 2016. Coming in a close second was Clackmannanshire, where prices have risen by 10.7 per cent to £118,903.
The figures also show the average across the country was £145,734 – and increase of 6.8 per cent which represents the highest year-on-year increase since March 2015. All property types rose in value but detached properties achieved the biggest gain.
The story was not so good for some of Scotland’s island communities. Among the fallers are the Western Isles, where the average price was £85,093 – 15.3 per cent lower than a year ago and the Shetland Isles. Prices in the City of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire also dropped.
AS part of its ongoing commitment to the Greener Gardens project, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has teamed up with Abertay University and Global Professional Services Consultant to offer a learning package aimed at Primary 5 children to highlight rain gardens, sustainable drainage and the environment. Pupils from Holytown Primary School were first to benefit with a series of classroom talks and discussions, interactive activities and local show-and-tell visits in the local community to learn more about the concept of Greener Gardens.
Let’s Be Avenue
HOUSE names make more of a personal statement that a mere number and often you can easily determine the source of inspiration. One that caught my eye recently and made me smile was Caddy Cottage, aptly situated in Teapot Street in the Borders’ village of Morebattle. On the subject of names, well done Moray Council for instigating a new revenue stream by giving local businesses the opportunity to sponsor new street names.
Quaint ... and quick
MILL OF ROSS is a picturesque cottage in Rowardennan with beautiful gardens and access to Loch Lomond. Unfortunately, it was snapped up quickly – it was on the market at offers over £275,000 for 21 days with Savills’ Glasgow office, it had 56 viewings and had 15 notes of interest from as far away as Switzerland and Singapore. Cameron Ewer of Savills said: “The interest in waterside homes is incredible and 40 per cent of properties sold by Savills this year has been to buyers outwith Scotland, which shows the merit of using an agent with international reach.”
LOCH AND KEY: One of the main selling points of Mill of Ross is easy access to Loch Lomond.
LITTLE GREEN FINGERS: School children pay a visit to a sustainlable garden in Torrance Park.