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The Best Areas to Live in Glasgow

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Glasgow is divided into five distinct regions: the city centre, North Glasgow, the Southside, the East End and the West End. Like most major cities, each area is defined by its own unique personality and characteristics, from the trendy cobbled lanes of the West End to the remarkable Victorian architecture in the city centre.

Some of the most expensive and in-demand properties can be found in the West End. Houses in this area command high prices due to their close proximity to several of Glasgow’s most iconic attractions and biggest hotspots, including Kelvingrove Park, Ashton Lane and the main Gilmorehill campus of the University of Glasgow.

Other prestigious regions – and some of the best areas in Glasgow to buy property – include East Dunbartonshire to the North and East Renfrewshire located South of the River Clyde.

The Southside, in particular, has recently become a magnet for young professionals and families, with residential areas such as Shawlands offering affordable housing options and easy access to Glasgow Central.

Within the city centre, hotspots include Merchant City’s modern apartments and new developments in Glasgow Harbour – which is quickly becoming one of the most rejuvenated areas in the city.

Despite various regeneration and development projects, certain districts in the East End are typically known to have some of the lowest affluence in Scotland.

The Best Areas to Buy Property in Glasgow’s Suburbs

Glasgow has been a city on the rise for some time now, and nowhere is this more apparent than its suburbs. Not only do these up-and-coming areas strike a great balance of affordability and livability, but they’re also likely to deliver a good return on investment when purchasing your first home.

If you’re after a conversion or detached home with a garden, you may want to start your property search in popular West End districts like Dowanhill and Hyndland. Fancy living in a traditional sandstone tenement building or a large townhouse? Look to the bustling Hillhead area.

When it comes to education, natural environment, safety and amenities, East Dunbartonshire ticks all the boxes. This flourishing region — which encompasses towns and villages like Bearsden, Milngavie and Bishopbriggs — offers a tranquil alternative to the hustle and bustle of life in the city centre. However, higher average house prices reflect this region’s popularity.

Arguably one of the best residential areas in Glasgow, the city’s Southside region is ideal for first-time buyers: it offers a wide range of housing options – from historic Victorian properties to new contemporary developments – for every budget.

In comparison to the West End, Southside districts such as Pollokshields, Shawlands and Langside are more attractive in terms of affordability. Areas like Giffnock, Newton Mearns and Clarkston are also experiencing tremendous growth due to a large number of high-quality houses and excellent schools.

Glasgow’s Southside offers all the benefits of a laid-back residential setting while being located within the heart of a lively community. Transport in the area is also fantastic, with trains, subway lines and frequent buses keeping the Southside well-connected to the heart of Glasgow.

If you’re looking for a safe, friendly and charming suburb not too far from the city centre, be sure to explore new houses for sale in Glasgow’s Southside.

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If you need advice for first-time buying in Glasgow – or if you’re looking for a 5* rated mortgage advice in Glasgow – don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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