rettie & co. magazine
autumn | winter collection 2018
covering edinburgh and east central scotland
9 (2F) Darnaway Street
A stylish, second-floor apartment in a sub-divided, A-Listed, Georgian townhouse situated in the heart of the historic New Town. Easy access to a range of local shops, restaurants, cafes, and bistros within walking distance of George Street, Princes Street, and Waverley/Haymarket stations.
0131 624 4081
Edinburgh Sales |
12/1 Ravelston Terrace
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
13/3 Clarendon Crescent
A bright and spacious, five bedroom, second floor duplex situated in Edinburgh’s sought after West End, with many of the city’s attractions and amenities on its door step.
0131 6249 045
40/2 Drumsheugh Gardens
A remarkable and exceptionally spacious one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End. This unique property has been recently refurbished and boasts contemporary fixtures and fittings together with period features, and is minutes away from Edinburgh’s city centre.
87/6 Duke Street
This outstanding, loft-style, duplex apartment is impeccably designed. It offers bright, open-plan living, a courtyard garden area with decking, and an allocated private parking space. Forming part of the exclusive Academy Lofts, this rare property benefits from excellent local amenities.
0131 624 4061
127c Grange Loan
An elegant, first floor apartment in a refurbished B-Listed, Victorian villa that and boasts sumptuous interiors and luxurious, bespoke fixtures and fittings. The property is situated in one of Edinburgh’s sought-after residential areas and has a private, manicured garden.
0131 624 9068
Humbie, East Lothian
Situated at the brow of a hill with commanding views of the East Lothian countryside, Lammerlaw House is nestled in a hamlet of five houses located a mile away from the village of Humbie. A building of timber framed construction in total synergy with its surroundings, it is surprising to learn that it is a contemporary house built in 1991 in a traditional style. For nearly a hundred years, Lammerlaw House was a ruin.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Old Windymains farmhouse stood on this site, and on a date now forgotten to history, it burned down. The skeletal remains of the house hinted at the former farmhouse and sunsets beautifully illuminated the outlines of rubbled walls. When a local developer bought the plot and built Lammerlaw, the stones from these walls were incorporated, melding old and new. The original sheep pens for Old Windymains still stand on the grounds of one of the neighbours.
The first owners of Lammerlaw lived in the home for five years and made no changes to the home, gardens, or surrounds. The mature sycamores in the garden stood as silent sentinels in a vast lawn bordered completely with chain link fence. Lammerlaw’s current owners immediately installed a wooden fence and methodically set about turning the house into a fully-fledged family home. They added a stunning conservatory by Mozolowski and Murray in 2006 that can be used year-round to make the most of the gorgeous view over the Lammermuir Hills. Trees were planted in various spots around the property shortly after moving in and the property was fully landscaped in 2007 to provide a formal garden that abuts the house and create various seating areas around the garden.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Old Windymains farmhouse stood on this site, and on a date now forgotten to history, it burned down.
Location is everything and Lammerlaw boasts an ideal blend of rural, countryside location and close proximity to the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. The nearest village is Humbie, where the Humbie Hub attracts locals and visitors from far and wide. The hub is a gift to the village from one of the residents and it features a seven day a week café, delicatessen, post office, gift shop, competitively priced food store, meeting and therapy rooms, and a guest rental flat for up to six people on the upper floor. The village itself is a vibrant community with a good school and a busy village hall with a varied schedule of film nights, exercise classes, and other village activities.
Further afield, Haddington, Dalkeith, and the beaches of East Lothian are only ten miles away. The thrum of Edinburgh’s Princes Street is only thirty minutes from Lammerlaw and large shopping centres like Fort Kinnaird are only a fifteen-minute drive. Haddington boasts a large range of shops including a supermarket, plus a leisure centre, a private preparatory school, and a high school. The Lammermuir Hills and Humbie Woods are ideal for walking and there are plenty of local options for pheasant and grouse shooting. Numerous horse-riding routes criss-cross the area. In addition to spectacular beaches, East Lothian possesses some of the finest links golf courses in Scotland. Lammerlaw House is a spectacular family home with its intriguing history built into its façade. It has been the backdrop and the setting for one family’s memories for over twenty years and it will provide the perfect environment for another family to write the next chapter of Lammerlaw’s history.
Lammerlaw House is available now and offered in pristine, move in condition.
Lammerlaw House is a spectacular family home with its intriguing history built into its façade. It has been the backdrop and the setting for one family’s memories for over twenty years and it will provide the perfect environment for another family to write the next chapter of Lammerlaw’s history.
0131 220 4160
A lovely pond was constructed at the bottom of the garden and a sumptuous summerhouse erected to further the enjoyment of the outdoor space and beautiful environs regardless of weather. In addition to outdoor improvements, wardrobes and a walk-in pantry have been installed internally. All of these renovations have kept a single mantra at the forefront: ensure Lammerlaw embodies the very best of a family home. It is a residence as comfortable for entertaining parties of fifty people as it with hosting large family holidays and gatherings. While it is spacious and well-suited to gregarious entertainment, it is equally suited and perfect for the everyday living of a family.
The current owners describe it succinctly as a very happy house which another family will enjoy as they have. Extending to over 3,969 square feet on over an acre of land, the house offers a wealth of reception space on the ground floor, including a formal drawing room, sun room, study, dining room, and a breakfasting kitchen. Glossy mahogany wood flooring sets off the reception hall. The entire home benefits from double glazing, working fireplaces in the drawing room and dining room, and the timber frame structure means that the home is cosy and energy efficient. The house is extremely spacious with large and ample bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms, two studies, a large and well-thought out kitchen, and ample storage space.
Price on application
Crawfordton House has undergone a substantial renovation that transformed this Category B Listed mansion house into a luxurious property that captures a unique blend of baronial architecture and contemporary 21st Century accommodation. The home enjoys a wonderfully private setting west of the Keir Hills. It is set on a raised position within 33 acres of well-tended policies and is protected on all sides by mature woodland.Crawfordton House was designed by the Edinburgh-based architect Peddie and Kinnear and built in 1865 from red sandstone with polished ashlar stonework.
It is a fantastic example of Scottish Baronial architecture, boasting an asymmetrical design with crowstepped gables, corbelled angle turrets, finialed and pedimented dormer heads, mullioned windows, and a four-story square tower that rises over the entrance bay to a conical roofed-turret. The picturesque villages of Moniaive and Thornhill are located in close proximity as is Dumfries, with direct rail links to Glasgow City Centre and Carlisle for southern connections.
0131 624 4200
Edinburgh rural |
Kinvaid House offers timeless country living in a contemporary home of elegant design and finish, situated in an idyllic rural setting. Set within approximately six acres of well-established grounds, Kinvaid House boasts a splendid lawn garden with duck pond, a summer house, a southern-facing patio terrace, Riparian rights over the Schochie Burn, paddock grazing, an equestrian arena, and a Coach House offering ancillary accommodation, garaging, and a stable-block.
0131 624 9032
A modern country home of bespoke architectural design completed in 2005, Kinvaid House has been finished in a traditional image and reflects a period of Scottish vernacular, with details including carved stone parapets and classical sash and case windows. The formal entrance to the home opens onto an inviting porch and leads into the impressive galleried main hall, with a splendid oak staircase, flagstone flooring, and elevated windows. A formal drawing room, terrace, and dining room lead off the main hall in one direction, while a kitchen/breakfast room and snug are found at the opposite end. A large glass conservatory adjoins both the dining room and kitchen, allowing additional flexibility for entertaining and enhancement of living spaces.
Rokeby House is a handsome and substantial Edwardian House that dates from 1907, with generously proportioned period accommodation, detached cottage, and a double garage. Rokeby lies within a well-established garden with walls and hedges that offers privacy from the neighbouring pavement and public road. The garden has a flagstone patio and a sheltered south-facing area to indulge in the sunshine in warmer weather. Rokeby House is situated on Doune Road within northern Dunblane, within easy walking distance of Dunblane Primary and High Schools, the railway station, and motorways across central Scotland.
0131 624 4181
The front door opens into a large glazed entrance porch with tiled floor, which then leads to a welcoming reception hall with feature oak fireplace. The main hall is an impressive galleried space showcasing an elegant period pine staircase that rises to the first floor, where there are four double bedrooms, a master bedroom with adjacent dressing room and shower room, and two bathrooms. The morning room, dining room, and drawing room are all well-proportioned rooms with fantastic period features including tripartite windows, slate hearths, and ornate mantlepieces. The kitchen is aligned with modern lifestyle trends and incorporates a dining area, which allows for sociable and relaxed family living, and a garden room.
A fine example of a Scottish L-shaped Tower House dating from the 14th century, reconstructed in the 16th century and restored in the late 20th century. Currently used as a landmark headquarters office, a planning application has been resubmitted for a change of use to residential, thereby giving the purchaser the ability to create an exceptional Scots Residence. Burntisland has a plethora of local activities including an 18-hole golf course, bowling green, pipe band, cub scout and drama groups, leisure centre with swimming pool, sailing club, and a diving school. There are also local nursery, primary, and secondary schools and close proximity to the excellent choice of private schooling in Edinburgh.
0131 624 4074
An enchanting family house, set in exquisite and secluded gardens within walking distance of the centre of Gifford, The Bield commands an enviable position on the edge of Gifford adjacent to the community owned woodlands. The house is set in its own spectacular and secluded gardens hidden away behind a large beech and evergreen hedge. The house is an attractive detached villa which has been lovingly cared for and upgraded over time by its three long standing owners. The house was built for the well-known artist W. S. MacGeorge R.S.A in 1930 when the first floor was devoted to an artist’s studio.
At Home with
Not all property developers are created equal, and second-generation firm S1 Developments has built their reputation around tailoring spaces to the individuals who will turn them into homes thrumming with vitality, memories, and personality. Adept and experienced with new build projects and with conversions, S1 Developments were awarded House Builder of the Year (less than 150 units) in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Helmed by brothers Dan and Shane Teague, S1 Developments celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017.
Based in Edinburgh’s New Town, S1 Developments produces bespoke developments in prime locations that strike to raise the standard for new homes provided across a spectrum of price points. Dan Teague operates as the commercial director of the firm, leading a compact and efficient staff of five. Shane Teague acts as construction director, leading all on-site activities and managing a variety of projects to ensure that all developments are delivered on time and at the highest standard.
Westerlea Gardens perfectly encapsulates that drive to revitalize urban areas. Westerlea Gardens completed a series of developments in Murrayfield which included Wallace Gardens, 44 Murrayfield Road, and the award-winning Ellersly House at 4 Ellersly Road. S1 Developments purchased the dilapidated Westerlea site in November 2016 and committed to a brave design by CDA architects. Sharp and eye-catching buildings were designed to provide quality, modern architecture and set a new high standard within an area of Edinburgh popular with affluent downsizers. Each of the new build homes within this unique development were designed to maximize the listed gardens and exceptional views. Large glazed screens and Nordan curtain walling were utilised to reflect the beautiful gardens and showcase one of the developments’ key features. It was important to S1 that this high quality and low-density development was sensitive to the surroundings and had little impact on the existing building footprint. Although the roof heights were changed, the contemporary design and sizing of the new blocks allowed the refurbished villa to remain a focal point within the site
S1 Development’s next undertaking is a skyscraper development in Leith called Skyliner. The firm sees Leith and the Shore area as a key part of Edinburgh that is under supplied with quality homes designed for the modern-day market.
Skyliner will deliver 250 homes to a complex piece of prime land in Leith and serve as a lynchpin to the exciting future development of the area. Skyliner breaks the mould architecturally because unlike much of Edinburgh’s buildings, it will rise twelve stories and echo the architecture of other leading European cities with prime waterfront developments. The design will stretch and change historic Edinburgh while catalysing a vision for the future and subsequent landmark projects.
The extensive design process for Skyliner is fast moving and needs to consider multiple moving parts, including the potential extension of the Edinburgh tram line on Ocean Drive to the south of the site.
Every aspect of the project—from the building’s external fabric to the way the property works—will be creative, innovative, thoughtfully crafted, and something that encapsulated the S1 Developments brand.
Keeping the client at the heart of planning, designing, and execution of projects has allowed for a greater involvement and individualisation of each unit. By offering a superb off-plan sales rate, clients are offered the opportunity to select final finishes including kitchen colours, tile colours, paint choices, TV position, and floor finishes for their home. This is included in the sale price and all selections confirmed by the clients prior to commencement of site work.
Each S1 Development project is built with high quality and high cost external materials. A prime example of this ethos is Horne Terrace. Located on Union Canal, Horne Terrace boasts solid sandstone, bespoke aluminium cladding, mystique brick, and locally fabricated beige metallic balustrades. The property is comprised of four townhouses and fourteen waterside apartments including studios, one bedroom, and two-bedroom properties, including one penthouse. All homes within this unique development incorporate large glazed screens to reflect the beautiful canal and allow residents to enjoy stunning easterly and westerly views from the canal. Horne Terrace was completed in 2016 and was awarded small housing development of the year as well as apartment development of the year by the 2017 Scottish Home Awards.
In recent years, the firm has completed several high-end, downsizer focused developments in Murrayfield, but the company is not content to rest on their laurels or fall into a rut. Always seeking a challenge and maintaining an opportunity-driven business, S1 Developments is driven to explore schemes to make the best use of any space. With a focus on quality locations in city centres, S1 Developments relies on top-class consultants and an extensive design process to ensure that challenges are tackled head on and expectations exceeded, while continually delivering something special.
52-54 Dundas Street,
0131 229 2261
12-3 Manor Place
Stunning top floor, three bedroom furnished flat with private parking space available in Edinburgh`s prestigious West End, is in close proximity to Haymarket Station and ideally located for easy access to all the amenities of the City Centre.
The property has been thoughtfully re-designed to offer an elegant home finished to an exceptional standard. The property is comprised of an impressive open plan kitchen/dining/living room, a large master bedroom with spacious en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and large soaking bath, a separate WC and utility area, an upper level with two further double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, and a family bathroom. This fantastic property has the added bonus of a private car parking space to the rear of the building.
0131 220 7264
Edinburgh Lettings |
17 Saint Catherine’s Place
This beautifully presented four or five bedroom unfurnished family home is located in one of Edinburgh’s most desirable residential areas. The property boasts a beautiful entrance hallway with detailed staircase and abundant natural light that leads into the more formal sitting room, with period features including a fireplace, working shutters, and an intricate cornice with high ceilings.
0131 622 4160
There is a stunning glass extension, an informal family sitting room that flows into a large kitchen dining area with an island/breakfast bar, high quality fixtures and fittings, and ample storage. There is an impressive master bedroom with a dressing area with built-in wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom. There are three further double bedrooms, two shower rooms, and a study which could also serve as a fifth bedroom. Outside features a private front garden, a charming walled back garden with a large lawn, patio, and mature borders.
Abbey Gardens at Old Craighall near Musselburgh offers a collection of four-bedroom semi-detached and detached family homes and just four charming two-bedroom cottage flats, all designed exclusively for the location.
0131 322 2653
Edinburgh new homes |
It is located south east of Old Craighall Road, just a few minutes from the A1 and seven miles to the east of Edinburgh city centre in the beautiful East Lothian countryside. Each property benefits from a carefully considered interior specification featuring thoughtful design elements and an acute attention to detail that multi-award winning Cruden Homes has become synonymous with over its seventy-four year heritage. Abbey Gardens is walking distance to Musselburgh and Newcraighall train stations and is also well connected by regular bus services to Edinburgh and along the east coast. It is close to a wide variety of shopping, restaurants, bars, theatres, and a range of leisure pursuits from riverside walks to sailing, fishing, Musselburgh Race Course, and a variety of golf courses including Musselburgh Old Golf Course. There is also a sports centre with swimming pool, a private health club at the Harbour and Ballantynes Health club at nearby Newcraighall.
This new development is the latest by multi-award winning developer Quartermile Developments and will offer a broad range of both new build and refurbished properties, finished to an exacting standard. The development will comprise of 2, 3 & 4 Bed apartments and 4 & 5 Bed townhouses.
0131 624 4080
The magnificent converted listed buildings sits within fifty acres of mature park and woodland, and will be complemented by contemporary townhouses and apartments, all surrounded by beautiful landscaped grounds providing open space and a fully managed environment. The development is conveniently positioned close to the bustling Morningside Road, where coffee shops, restaurants, bistros, bars, and independent retailers sit alongside Waitrose and Marks & Spencer supermarkets. The Merchants Golf Course, Craiglockhart Hill, and the Hermitage are all in close proximity and Craighouse further benefits from excellent schools, a local library, excellent sporting and other amenities all close at hand. Each property has been designed to create an environment that is light, spacious, and flowing spaces ready to be adapted to suit individual lifestyles. The interiors all feature designer kitchens and bathrooms with high-quality fixtures and finishes throughout.
Edinburgh and the Lothians market
In 2018, the Edinburgh & Lothians housing market continued to operate confidently at a time when other areas of the UK have been havering. The Scottish market had experienced hesitancy over the past few years, as concerns over Scottish Independence and changes to the tax system subdued activity, however, these factors have been on the wane since last year’s General Election. As Brexit uncertainty radiates from London, Scotland’s capital has increasingly been standing tall and its housing market has followed suit.
From 2013 through 2015, the Edinburgh market experienced slow, but steady, market recovery until the introduction of LBTT subdued the upper end of the market as increased transaction costs disincentivised moving. After 2 years of Scottish market malaise—whilst London notably ran ahead—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. In particular, the prime family market over £500k saw the strongest increase in activity, having been the sector with the most acute decline in the wake of the introduction of LBTT.
In the year to date, more property has come on to the market in the upper price brackets than during the same period last year, while the total number of sales has been down slightly 1-2%. Broadly speaking sales above £250k have seen double digit growth in activity, while the majority of the market under £250k has been slightly quieter.
Edinburgh’s New Town, a perennially popular location, properties introduced to the market and subsequently selling in the £350k and £750k range have increased over a third. This demand has spilled down the hill into Stockbridge and Comely Bank, which have seen a rise in activity in the more affordable market between £250k and £500k. This shift in demand has seen achieved sales prices over valuation drop back slightly in in the New Town compared to last year. This is not due to fall in demand or activity but rather a result of valuations catching up with a market whose vigour caught many buyers, sellers, and valuers by surprise last year. The overspill of demand has had a knock-on effect of driving up the demand in Stockbridge and Comely Bank, where the premium being achieved over home report valuation now outstrips that in the New Town.
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
Turning to the southside of the city, the flatted market in Marchmont and Bruntsfield witnessed a strong increase between £350k and £500k this year, but with sales slightly down against the numbers seen in the second half of 2017. However, the number of sales this year is up on 2015 and 2016, showing continuing long-term market improvement. As an area popular with students and HMO landlords, the recent changes to the Scottish Private Residential Tenancy has seen shifts in ownership as landlords choose to consolidate or professionalise their rental portfolios.
The Grange and Morningside—both popular in the family housing market—have experienced conditions of demand exceeding supply, especially for prime homes above £750k. While the number of advertised properties appears to be down on 2017, this may be slightly misleading if taken at face value as sellers in areas such as The Grange are increasingly testing the market or seeking private sales to avoid the exposure of advertising on the open market. In a market defined by scarcity and with more motivated buyers than available properties, buyers are often willing to meet sellers’ price expectations for the right house and avoid open market competition, especially for properties over the £1m+ price point.
To the west of the city, family housing in Murrayfield is also in high demand with a year-on-year increase in activity as the number of homes coming to the market has kept pace with the upturn in activity in 2017. Desirable housing stock and proximity to many of the city’s public schools ensures it is a consistently popular choice with families looking to maintain city convenience but to move on from flatted living.
An increasing number of families are willing to travel outside the city boundaries for reasons of space and/or affordability, and new build developments stretching from North Berwick to Bonnyrigg are addressing the underserved family market. For those looking for homes in more rural country settings, the supply of property to the market has been slower than in the city, with country house gems finding strong buyer appetite.
Looking forward, the rising confidence of Edinburgh as a diversified and vibrant city economy boasting a young, well-educated workforce and rising population is set to support housing market demand in the city and its environs beyond the recent upturn of the past 12-18 months.
Dr John Boyle,
Director, Research & Strategy
Associate Director, Research & Strategy.
with Maria Ponte
Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do at Rettie & Co.?
I have worked in the property industry for over twenty years. I began my career in the Commercial Property sector and then joined Rettie & Co. to assist in setting up the New Homes Sales department. In 2004, I moved to Glasgow and ran my own property styling and interiors business for four years, and then returned to Rettie and Co. to join the Private Sales team. I have a passion for design and architecture but also really enjoy interacting with people, so I am very fortunate that my job encompasses all these elements. I am a sales negotiator in the Edinburgh Residential Sales team and I manage the sale of a broad spectrum of properties for our clients from instruction to completion. I visit all the properties that I manage and ensure that I have a good understanding of our clients’ needs and expectations and tailor the marketing campaign accordingly.
The Edinburgh market is currently very buoyant. What is contributing to that?
There are a few factors contributing to the current buoyant sales market in Edinburgh. There are a lot of positive elements which are drawing people to the Capital city: an active and diversified economy, its role as a political centre, an emerging tech and entrepreneurial sector, year-round tourism, world class education and research, and strong lifestyle and quality of life factors make the city one of the most attractive places to live and work in the UK. For the past decade, the population has grown but new housing delivery has been at historically low levels. This has increased demand for properties in the city, especially in the most desirable parts of town where housing stock is limited. The higher average house price in Edinburgh meant that the introduction of LBTT impacted a larger proportion of the market than elsewhere in Scotland, keeping activity in the market suppressed during 2015 and 2016. From the summer of 2017, a combination of pent up demand from two years of low activity plus rising house prices mitigated the costs of moving. This has led to an upturn in the market, especially at the upper end which had been most acutely impacted by LBTT. This activity in the upper end of the market has had a cascading effect downwards, unlocking chains and transactions and encouraging potential participants to re-enter the market.
Where do your buyers come from?
Our buyers are very diverse. 80% of all transactions are people from EH postcodes, 10% moving up from London and south of the border, and 10% are overseas buyers.
What kind of properties sell well in Edinburgh?
The midmarket in Edinburgh between £250-£600k has been the most active market in recent years. Family homes and larger properties are also in high demand and the £1m+ market has been holding up in the current financial year.
Tells us a little about the Rettie experience.
We pride ourselves in giving our clients a professional service that is tailored and personal, achieving a premium finish, and meeting—if not exceeding—their expectations. Whether our clients are seasoned sellers or have not sold for a very long time, we guide them every step of the way. We always go that extra mile to ensure that their needs are met and keep them informed throughout the whole process. We take extra care to ensure that we understand and meet our buyers’ needs and pride ourselves in maintaining a very healthy and up-to-date buyers’ database maintained by our dedicated team of sales consultants.
Lots of people in Edinburgh think they should list with an ESPC agent, but Rettie can offer something a bit different – can you explain what that is?
People come to Rettie & Co. because we have a reputation for good client service and a track record for ensuring the best price from the marketplace to leave our clients in the strongest net position possible. Our properties are advertised on Rightmove, the UK’s leading property web portal. We are often engaged by clients who have previously been unable to sell with an ESPC agent and go on to successfully sell with us.
What do you find most enjoyable and rewarding within your role at Rettie?
There are many aspects of my job that I thoroughly enjoy. No two days are the same and it is never boring. We are very fortunate to be engaged in selling an extremely diverse range of properties, some quite extraordinary and full of character. I love the day-to-day personal interaction with clients and helping them face the challenges associated with selling a home, which is one of the major stresses we deal with in life. For me, the most rewarding thing is achieving a successful sale and having a happy client; then I know that my job has been well done!
People come to
Rettie & Co. because we have a reputation for good client service and a track record for ensuring the best price from the marketplace to leave our clients in the strongest net position possible