Spring | Summer collection 2019
Borders & Northeast England
rettie & co. magazine
and east central scotland
Spring | Summer collection
& east central scotland
RETTIE & CO. MAGAZINE
covering Glasgow &
The Surrounding Areas
0189 682 4074
An immaculately presented and carefully upgraded stone-built former sawmill on the banks of the Armet Water set in 0.74 acres (0.30 ha), in a highly accessible location around 13 miles from the Edinburgh City Bypass. A date stone visible on the front of the house shows a date of 1649 and this wonderfully restored property with period features forms modern, free flowing family accommodation, finished to an exceptional standard.
Glasgow Bearsden |
An exceptional, bright and spacious apartment that forms part of a luxurious Sundial Properties development within the Dean Conservation Area. The property boasts beautifully manicured gardens, concierge service, private underground parking, and close proximity to local amenities.
0131 624 9085
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A most impressive period detached family residence, occupying a prestigious address in the sought after town of Melrose. This handsome house is elegantly presented throughout and benefits from very spacious and well laid out living accommodation over three floors and generous landscaped private gardens.
0189 682 4072
0131 624 4061
A stunning oak-framed house in a quiet rural location, with an elevated outlook over the River Tweed and just a short drive from the Royal Burgh of Peebles. Readily commutable to Edinburgh.
A charming C-Listed stone-built townhouse at the heart of the historic town of Jedburgh, a stone's throw from attractions such as Mary Queen of Scots' House and Jedburgh Abbey, and with a range of local amenities on its doorstep.
1 Smith’s Wynd
Boasting wonderful views and with plentiful Georgian features, it also benefits from a recently refurbished communal stairway and private residents’ access to the glorious Moray Place Gardens.
0131 624 4066
A handsome late Victorian semi-detached property with period features, hand-printed wallpapers and a beautiful garden featured in ''Scotland's Garden Scheme". This impressive family home is set in a prime location with superb views and within walking distance of both local amenities and the popular Borders Abbey walking route.
0189 682 4073
36 Osbaldeston Gardens
Osbaldeston Gardens is nestled amongst a collection of quiet, leafy streets bounded to the north by Kenton Avenue and Montague Avenue to the south. It is a quiet, residential street populated by a blend of individuals who have lived on the street for decades and younger professional couples. This tranquil haven, with its archetypical suburban grandeur and inviting semi-detached homes, is a short walk from the wide-open green space of the Town Moor and the bustle of Gosforth. 36 Osbaldeston Gardens sits proudly on this serene street, exuding comfort and boasting an inviting domestic space.
Built in the early 1930s as part of the Lord Montague estate development, the property is from the first wave of building located on this side of the Kenton Road from this era. The 1930s homes all feature high ceilings, spacious panelled hallways, and large windows that often flood the property in bright sunlight. This home is generously proportioned, with all three stories retaining period features, excellent room sizes, and thoughtful renovations that have turned a period house into a comfortable modern home.
When the current owners purchased the home in 1995, they were immediately struck by the spaciousness of the residence, the safe family environment of the neighbourhood, and the proximity to local amenities including transportation networks. At the time, the layout was a four bedroom and one-bathroom home with a coal house in the back. The second floor was a large open space reached by a very steep, narrow staircase extending from the first-floor landing. Seeing the potential, they set about renovating.
Built in the early 1930s as part of the Lord Montague estate development, the property is from the first wave of building located on this side of the Kenton Road from this era.
Renovations extended as well to the outdoor space of the property. The large lawned garden is fully landscaped, with a large circular patio area, mature beds, and shrubbery. The current owners were advised to remove a large weeping willow tree at the bottom of the garden because it was affecting drainage and this void was replaced by a pond. A large shed was built in the garden as well. Only last year, the front porch was rebuilt to the original 1930s design.
At the heart of every renovation at Osbaldeston Gardens has been the desire to create a warm, hospitable, family space that offered versatility as the needs of their family changed. This guided their choice to install top shelf Gaggenau cooking appliances, create quiet study spaces for their children, and cultivate a mature but easy to maintain garden that was safe for children.
Renovations extended as well to the outdoor space of the property. The large lawned garden is fully landscaped, with a large circular patio area, mature beds, and shrubbery.
0191 338 9999
The second floor was converted into three separate and eminently useful rooms: two bedrooms, which can also be used as a playroom or a studio, and a study. The narrow staircase was replaced by a proper dog-leg staircase. On the first floor, an en-suite shower was installed in the master bedroom.
A full transformation was carried out on the ground floor. As keen cooks, the owners had a completely new and up-to-date kitchen installed and the breakfast room area was opened up to make a flowing living space. A utility room was erected on the site of the old coalhouse. The living room was updated courtesy of a coal effect gas fire and a new hardwood floor.
This fantastic family home is ideal situated within easy reach of Newcastle town centre, the expansive Town Moor with its fantastic dog walking, cycling, and jogging areas, and both universities and the medical school. Gosforth High Street is only fifteen minutes away whereas Jesmond is a half hour stroll. The main bus routes into town are conveniently positioned as are excellent schools, the metro, and rail station. For those wishing to explore the great outdoors, the coast is close by and one can be in the quiet Northumberland countryside within ten minutes.
36 Osbaldeston Gardens is available now and offered in pristine, move in condition.
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This three bedroom detached stone built farmhouse has recently been renovated to an exceptionally high standard. The farmhouse offers ample off-street parking, a stunning garden grounds, a half-acre integral grazing paddock, and stunning views over the surrounding countryside to Flodden Field, the site of the infamous battle of 1513 between the Scots and the English.
0128 930 5158
Glasgow SOUTHSIDE |
BERWICK sales |
Mainhill is an impressive C listed stone built villa, dating back to 1866, in a peaceful residential area, within walking distance of Duns town centre. The property is approached by a private driveway with a gravel sweep to the front of the house. Mainhill sits in mature garden grounds of approximately 0.5 acres, with ample parking and a triple garage.
This beautiful detached Georgian family home is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders, just outside the popular town of Duns. Built as a Manse in 1825, the property offers comfortable family accommodation in excellent condition over three principle floors. It is situated in garden grounds of approximately four acres and includes a two bedroom holiday cottage known as The Old Carriage House, a number of outbuildings, and a double garage.
The Old Manse
SALES BERWICK |
This impressive double fronted Grade II Listed town house is situated on Berwick upon Tweed’s famous Elizabethan walls. The property is in immaculate condition inside and out and benefits from 3 beautiful public rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an integral one bedroom apartment, courtyard garden, coach house, and off street parking. Currently used as a successful holiday home, 21 Quay Walls would make a stunning family home.
21 Quay Walls
Berwick upon Tweed
Town & country |
The Retreat is one of the most prominent, impressive, and well-known properties in Berwick upon Tweed. It sits on Berwick’s Elizabethan town walls with wonderful views of the River Tweed. The Retreat offers generous family accommodation over three floors, up to five bedrooms, and a beautiful wraparound garden.
Scottish Borders and Northeast England: A Country Way of Life
Over the past few years, the majority of national headlines have been focused on the performance of the housing markets of Scotland and the northeast’s major economic centres, and the excess demand for housing streaming from these urban economies into the commuter hinterland. However, outside the traditional commuter belts of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Newcastle, the housing market of the Scottish Borders and northeast of England has been ploughing its own furrow.
Closest to the capital’s economic engine, Peebles has seen the average house price in 2019 rise to over £220k. However, while transactions were up a third in 2018 on the previous year, the market has shown signs of cooling so far in 2019. In the £100k to £350k bracket, where three quarters of transactions occur, stock levels so far in 2019 have remained consistent, although in some areas and price brackets active buyers are struggling to find their ideal homes. Where high quality homes have come to the market in Peeblesshire, demand has been positive.
Moving east to Selkirkshire, the Selkirk postcode has experienced stable market conditions at the start of 2019, with sales activity around the same level as a year earlier and house prices remaining affordable within the wider regional market. Flowing down the Ettrick Water to the Tweed, the Galashiels market has seen activity in the town slightly down at the start of 2019, with fewer than 100 sales in the first quarter. However, detached family homes have seen the same level of activity as last year and average prices for detached homes in Galashiels are remaining consistent at £180k.
Melrose has seen activity in the market under £250k start positively in 2019, with transactions up 12% compared to the previous year in addition to an increase in supply in the local market in 2019. Travelling north along the A68 to Lauder, there has also been a positive start to the year, with sales volumes and average house prices both up year-on-year and with the average house price now almost £190k in 2019. Eastwards to Duns, the average house price in 2018 was £143k, up 6% year-on-year. Stock levels so far this year are lower as the local market followed the wider market slowdown.
In Newcastle, the market in 2018 saw positive annual house price growth return after a subdued 2017. The average house price in Newcastle finished 2018 up at over £160k, representing 16% growth over the past five years. So far in 2019, there can be no doubt that Brexit concerns are acting as a headwind as annual price growth in the first quarter of 2019 has reported its first negative movement in twelve months. This pattern of cooling activity has been replicated across much of the city and across many price bands. That said, this pattern is not uniform and areas such as Gosforth, or the terraced family homes in the £350k to £500k bracket, are showing rising values in addition to strong demand and activity levels.
Prime country homes within the Scottish Borders remain a highly sought-after commodity due to their scarcity and infrequency on the market. Many buyers patiently wait for the right opportunity to move up the market. Throughout the Borders, but especially in proximity to its most popular towns, homes which are historic, picturesque, or provide high quality lifestyle amenity draw strong interest whenever they come to the market, even during periods when other sectors of the market may be more subdued.
Last year the market saw sellers return to the fray and be warmly welcomed by pent up demand from eager buyers previously starved of choice
The £1,500,000+ market is enjoying at bit of a resurgence, the Edinburgh residential team sold four £1 million-pound-plus properties in November 2017
Dr John Boyle,
Director, Research & Strategy
Associate Director, Research & Strategy
Average house prices in Edinburgh year on year indicate a sustained period of price growth.
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The overspill of demand from the Georgian heart of Edinburgh has seen prices continue to rise in bordering areas. The housing markets across Stockbridge, Comely Bank, Broughton, and Hillside have seen a similar number of sales in the first months of the year. House prices in these areas are around 10% higher than at the start of 2018, which has taken the average house price over £300,000. As the leading agent in the New Town with the highest value of stock available across these areas, we have seen the pressure for availability and affordability radiating from the city centre increase first hand. This pressure has triggered gentrification increases in other areas of the city centre that have traditionally been more affordable. This includes Leith Walk, Tollcross, Haymarket, and Dalry where transactions are up over 18% year-on-year and prices have risen over 6%. On the southside, Marchmont’s supply this year has been lower compared to last year, supporting an upward price movement around 5% year-on-year, and now pushing the average value in the area towards £400,000.
So far this year, Rettie & Co. have listed the most property over £250,000 in prime family neighbourhoods of any Edinburgh agent, providing us with a strong insight into the family market. Mirroring the city centre and apartment markets, Edinburgh’s family market hallmark of excess demand in core locations leading to a wave of demand rippling through the city and out beyond its boundaries. At the prime end of the market, the aspirational Grange district has seen a rise in activity of around 20% at the start of the year, although the market remains highly exclusive with average values around the £500k mark. That limited purchasing opportunity has resulted in a significant value jump year-on-year for neighbouring to an average of around £450,000 in 2019 year-to-date. To the west of the city, Murrayfield and Ravelston have also seen a limited number of buying opportunities coming to the market, which has fostered competition. Sales in 2019 have included a handful of high value transactions that hover around £1m.
With family housing often scarce and at a premium, family buyers are increasingly opting to move out with the city to find space, lifestyle, and affordability. This has meant, for example, that transactions in East Lothian are up over 30% year-on-year at the start of 2019 and values rising 4%. In desirable markets such as North Berwick, activity is up year-on-year with average house prices comparable to those in Edinburgh. Acknowledging the demand for family homes, housebuilders and councils have been filling the gap in the market, notably Haddington for East Lothian and Dalkeith and Bonnyrigg in Midlothian.
Overall, the Edinburgh and Lothians markets have stood up strongly to the headwinds of Brexit and wider macro-economic concerns when other markets have looked less confident. Perceived value within the wider UK context and strong underlying fundaments have underpinned this confidence. Whilst there has been a slowing of market activity and value growth in the latest figures, these come after a sustained period of growth outperforming other UK markets. While there are uncertainties ahead, Edinburgh remains a dynamic and forward focused capital city with a diversified and dynamic economy acting as an engine of regional growth and magnet for lifestyle and investment. We may not know what lies around the corner for many, Edinburgh stands as both an attractive lifestyle choice or safe hedge against the unknown.
Price growth was positive over 2017 and 2018 before reflecting national trends and slowing in 2019.
Average House Price in the Scottish Borders and Year-on Year % Change by Month
Overall activity on the Scottish side of the Border has edged up very slightly over the past year, while values have stayed fairly level across many markets. The role of Brexit and wider uncertainty is keeping activity in the market subdued, as it is doing across much of Scotland.
South of the border in Berwick-upon-Tweed and its surrounds, activity jumped forward over 2016 and 2017 setting a decade long high with £70m in market turnover in 2017 and achieving an average house price of over £200k. Over 2018, this fell back to nearer £55m in market turnover, which despite this fall remains 75% higher than five years ago. Average values in the town tell much the same story, with values remaining flat between 2017 and 2018 but still up over 20% in the past 5 years. Across the wider Berwickshire region, and including Berwick-upon-Tweed, average prices have risen around 4% year-on-year, with the average detached family home now over £280k.
Looking forward in 2019, the market is showing signs of consolidation and pause while Brexit makes its move towards hopeful resolution one way or the other. This unsettled political climate, combined with wider macro-economic uncertainty, is giving some buyers and sellers pause for thought, however, prime areas and prime houses are remaining in demand.
This most impressive three storey mid terrace Victorian town house was refurbished in 2010 to an exceptional standard and offers versatile accommodation in a sought-after location in the heart of Jesmond. The property retains many original period features. In addition to the rear, a south facing paved courtyard which also provides off street parking.
£695,000 SOLD STC
26 Sanderson Road
Sales Newcastle |
NEWCASTLE SALES |
Cartington Terrace is a very popular location in Heaton, close to local amenities and schools. This mid terrace home has a modern and contemporary feel whilst remaining many period features. In addition, the property benefits from a south facing rear courtyard and will be of interest to couples and families.
£325,000 SOLD STC
34 Cartington Terrace
Glasgow WEST END |
Recently refurbished to a high standard, this mid terrace property is a wonderful family home. Situated close to St Basil & St James Church, a highly sought-after areas of Fenham and benefiting from a pretty lawned garden to the rear, this property will interest a wide range of purchasers.
£285,000 SOLD STC
193 Wingrove Road
One of Gosforth’s most exclusive developments of 8 luxury homes, originally a Georgian stable block. This is a unique opportunity for buyers looking predominately for single storey living in Central Gosforth. With a mix of styles from luxury apartments to houses and corner bungalows these properties will be highly sought after.
Prices start at
The Coach House
The Drive, Gosforth
Light and spacious double upper flat in the recently converted Victorian buildings. Good local amenities can be found in the town centre of Melrose with Edinburgh being an hour away.
29 Dingleton Apartments
This picturesque property is within easy access to the West End and Stockbridge and has direct access to Dean Gardens.
This first-floor property comprises of an open plan kitchen dining area, utility room with washing machine and tumble drier and a large open plan living area with fully working wooden shutters and feature fireplace. The master bedroom has built in wardrobes and a converted mezzanine study, and there is also a further larger double bedroom to the front of the property, a single bedroom, bathroom with a separate shower cubical, and further separate W/C.
0131 622 4160
Edinburgh LETTINGS |
Follow the eastern coastline of England northwards, past the jagged curvature of the Northumberland coast and Lindisfarne and you will reach a notch in the landmass. An inlet from the North Sea into the River Tweed shaped like a whisky still creates the geography of Berwick upon Tweed. Located three miles south of the Scottish border at the mouth of the River Tweed, Berwick is England’s northernmost market town, with an exciting history that belies the tranquillity and scenic surroundings.
There are a great many options for professional services in Berwick, including a wide choice of doctor and dental surgeries and a local hospital. A bevy of well-respected local schools for all ages are found near and in Berwick. These include the local Berwick Academy and private Longridge Towers for day and boarding pupils.
Berwick has been a haven for artists, particularly during the 19th and 20th century. J.M.W. Turner, the great landscape painter, line engraved and painted Berwick and the Scottish painter Samuel Bough followed suit thirty years later. Bough’s painting captures an iconic view from the vantage point behind the ramparts, including the Royal Border Bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson in 1847 and opened by Queen Victoria in 1850. The most famous artist to draw inspiration from Berwick was also a frequent visitor. L. S. Lowry, famous for painting scenes of industrial areas in northwestern England and urban landscapes, regularly visited Berwick and drew inspiration from the surroundings. Visitors can follow in his footsteps on the Lowry Trail.
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Popular attractions and leisure activities abound in the locale. Visitors and locals alike are spoiled for choice between the historic castles and homes, pretty villages, the renowned Lindisfarne, the Cheviot Hills, the beautiful Northumberland coastline, and Hadrian’s Wall. Sporting pursuits are plentiful, including hill walking, salmon and trout fishing, hunting, shooting, and golf at Goswick and Magdalene Fields. The Swan Centre provides all-weather facilities that allows for swimming, squash, and indoor bowling year-round.
Berwick has much to offer, whether you are a young professional, seeking a comfortable spot to raise a family, or a peaceful area to enjoy retirement. Berwick boosts a good range of shops, supermarkets, amenities, and leisure facilities. There is no shortage of cafes and restaurants, while the Maltings Theatre and Cinema offers a wide range of entertainment options. Berwick hosts a plentiful number of festivals throughout the year, including the Film, Literary, Music, Seaside, Walking, and Food & Beer festivals.
Easy access to transport routes and proximity to major hubs is a distinct bonus of Berwick, and one that makes it even more attractive to residents at all stages of life. The A1 road provides easy, commutable access to Newcastle and Edinburgh. The airports in both of these cities are about an hour and a half away. A mainline train station in the heart of Berwick connects the town with Edinburgh (45 minutes journey), Newcastle (50 minutes journey), and London (four hours journey).
Berwick is a coastal town with four sandy beaches, beautiful river walks, and easy access to the gorgeous Northumberland coastline and the Cheviot Hills. A quick walk into town from the station brings any visitor face to face with Berwick’s tumultuous history. The great artillery ramparts—a top tourist destination today—are testament to the significance of this border town throughout history. Those artillery ramparts were begun in 1558 and marked Berwick as one of the most important fortified towns in Europe. The circular fortifications are known as the Lord’s Mount and the fortifications were updated by Mary I to include the bastioned fortification system present today. These ramparts are known as the Elizabethan ramparts, as they were continued and finished by Elizabeth I. Berwick, a royal burgh, changed hands between England and Scotland thirteen times over three hundred years; it has been part of England since 1482.
With a rich history, vibrant cultural offerings, top schools, strong health and community services, and well-placed for commuting and travel, Berwick offers a wonderful quality of life in peaceful and picturesque surroundings.
with Donald Young
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do at Rettie & Co.?
I have been in the Melrose office for about four years. I am from Perthshire originally, but have family ties to the Borders and have been visiting the area for many years. My role within the office is to manage the sales process from the point that the property is launched to the market to negotiating the terms of a sale.
What are the best aspects of the Borders as an area and what are some of your favourite neighbourhoods/
From our Melrose office we cover an area of around 1,800 square miles, and within that there is great diversity amongst the towns and villages, each with a distinct character. You have the classic country villages with a green like Denholm and Ancrum or the larger towns of Peebles and Galashiels, which offer a wide range of amenities. Both Melrose and St Boswells have featured in The Sunday Times’ “Best Places to Live in Scotland” in the last couple of years.
I am a big rugby fan, so I enjoy getting along to the Greenyards to watch Melrose when I can and attending the various 7s tournaments during the spring.
The Borders encompasses a wide array of towns and villages. What would you advise people looking to move to the area to keep in mind?
What are your top five favourite local places for shopping and dining in both Shawlands and Newton Mearns?
You have the classic country villages with a green like Denholm and Ancrum or the larger towns of Peebles and Galashiels, which offer a wide range of amenities. Both Melrose and St Boswells have featured in The Sunday Times’ “Best Places to Live in Scotland” in the last couple of years.
I think it is a case of deciding what is important to you, whether that is school catchment areas, your commute to work, being able to walk to get a pint of milk and the papers, or maybe needing some land to graze animals. Those areas which are most connected or near the best schools will come at a premium, so perhaps if those things aren’t as important there will be better value for money looking a little bit further out.
There is so much to choose from in both locations so it has been hard to pick! In Shawlands my favourite places for shopping are the Silverburn shopping centre, Ruby Woo, which is a great boutique, and jewellery shop Bejouled. For dining, I’d always recommend The Bungo and Potluck.
In Newton Mearns (plus Giffnock and Clarkston), I enjoy patronizing About Living for homewares and Abientot for clothes. Cherry Tree is a great coffee house and wine bar and Dimora has great Italian food.
My top recommendations are Roukenglen Park, the superb art collection housed at the Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, the National Stadium of Scotland and Hampden Football Museum, the Scotland Street School, and House for an Art Lover, which is an art haven built from a design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
What are your top sightseeing recommendations in Southside that you always recommend to friends?
What would you advise people looking to buy in Newton Mearns or Shawlands to keep in mind?
People tend to move to the Borders seeking a more peaceful lifestyle while still being in touch with the larger centres. The Borders Railway has made a big difference since it reopened in 2015, as it is so easy to jump on the train at Tweedbank and be in Edinburgh in less than an hour.
Another major attraction is the value for money. We have a lot of buyers from Edinburgh and the south of England, who are able to sell where they are and buy something larger in the Borders for similar or less money.
Our buyers are looking for all sorts of different property, but one of the more common requests are properties with some land, whether they have horses or maybe are just looking for the “good life”.
What attracts people to move to the Borders and what are the main things they desire from properties in the area?
If you had to pick your top three Borders towns, what would they be and why?
Melrose for me is probably my favourite as it is now my home and is very well served for its size with some great restaurants and bars. Kelso is a really handsome market town and is a great place to just walk around. The views from the bridge over to Floors Castle are stunning. Jedburgh has a rich history with the abbey, castle jail, and Mary Queen of Scots’ house among the attractions. It is always popular with tourists in the summer.
What are your top five favourite local places for shopping and dining in the Borders?
Burts Hotel in Melrose, The Cross Keys in Ancrum, and The Salmon Inn in Galashiels all serve great food. Shopping wise it would be Archie Hume Outfitters in Kelso and Mainstreet Trading in St Boswells.
What are your top sightseeing recommendations in the Borders that you always recommend to friends?
Some of the country houses are stunning; Floors Castle and Abbotsford are just two examples. I think everyone should see one of the common ridings if they get a chance; Hawick has the biggest one with over 300 riders. A day out to St Mary’s Loch in the Yarrow Valley is well worth it.
What is the most rewarding aspect of selling property in the Borders?
As we cover such a diverse area, I really enjoy getting out and seeing all the different sorts of properties. With the Borders being a slower marketplace than, say, Edinburgh and Glasgow, finding a buyer for our clients after a long journey is what makes the job worthwhile.