Towns find favour again

East Dun­bar­ton­shire and Clack­man­nan­shire prop­er­ties show big­gest April price rise in the coun­try

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - Bev­er­ley Brown

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.

Eco cham­ber

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.

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