Best areas to live in Edinburgh
Whether you’re looking for a leafy suburb that’s perfect for raising a family, a tranquil beach paradise, or a busy high street vibe, rest assured there’s the perfect place in Edinburgh for you to settle down in.
Located 4 miles west of Edinburgh city centre, Corstorphine is well-connected, with regular buses running through to the centre and the airport. St. John’s Road is lined with an abundance of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops; and Corstorphine is highly rated amongst families, due to its excellent schools. Close to Edinburgh Zoo and Corstorphine Hill, the average value of homes here stand at £407,105.
Situated by the sea, the long stretch of golden sand is lined with an array of cafés and bars, which makes it extremely popular with day trippers. Just a 15-minute drive from Edinburgh city centre, Portobello is close to the action, whilst retaining a close, community feel. Expect to pay around £279,987 for a property in this sought-after location.
A little over 2 miles out of the centre of Edinburgh, Leith is home to the port, and has transformed over the years from an industrial hub, to one of the most desirable places to live in Edinburgh. Properties here are slightly cheaper, at £234,529 on average, yet you’ll have Michelin-star restaurants on your doorstep, as well as some great bars and shops.
Situated 5 miles south-west of Edinburgh city centre, Colinton is an excellent area for families. The nearby Pentland Hills boass spectacular views, whilst Blackford Hill and The Hermitage provide lots of great walking opportunities. Colinton is also home to some of Edinburgh’s best schools, which is perhaps why properties here command a higher average price, at £393,753.
Popular with students, couples and young professionals, Newington is close to both the university, Arthur’s Seat, and the Meadows. Newington’s main street, South Clerk Street, is full of charming boutiques and quirky eateries, yet the bars of Edinburgh are just a 10-minute taxi ride away. With average property prices costing £385,751, you’ll find a combination of new and old-build flats, as well as spacious semi-detached homes.