Hope you’re not the jealous type, because the best places to live in the city have been revealed…
It’s the question that we never ask, simply because we try to love all of Glasgow, and would never divide you by declaring one area top of the pile. The Sunday Times has no such qualms, however, as they’ve just compiled their annual list of the best places to live in Scotland, featuring two Glasgow areas. And further cementing the north and south of the River Clyde divide are this year’s champions, the East End district of Dennistoun and north-westerly Bearsden.
The Sunday Times dubbed Dennistoun as the “Glasgow ‘hood” which has “the right balance of gritty and gentrified, with gallus residents and green spaces.” Alexandra Park is the beating heart of the area, meeting place for a menagerie of dogs and their walkers, with a wild stretch where you can feel as if you’re not in the city at all (aside from the M8 motorway cutting through the district). Plus, you can’t deny there’s some great independent businesses in the area, including the brand new bakery, Full Circle Bakes.
The judges said this up-and-coming corner of the East End offers “edge”, by describing it as “less gentrified than Shawlands, less polished than the West End, but has a charm few districts can match.” The Sunday newspaper sad this was “down to the gallus nature of the natives”.
The list also revealed the average house price in Dennistoun was £147,000 and the average rent was £750 per month.
As for Bearsden, this area in East Dunbartonshire and around six miles from Glasgow’s city centre has apparently shown it has more strings to its bow. The Sunday Times wrote: “Some might accuse Bearsden of being snobby, but that would be to misunderstand it. It’s a place that knows exactly what it is and wants to keep it that way.”
The Sunday Times said there was more to Bearsden than big houses, good exam results and 20-minute train journey to the city centre. It praised the surrounding countryside in this town located on the north-western fringe of Glasgow, as this has been a godsend during lockdown. Residents of Bearsden have the option, for instance, of walking the dog in the Kilpatrick Hills or riding a bike around the picturesque Kilmardinny Loch.
The average house price in Bearsden was considerably more than Dennistoun at £272,500 and the average rent being £895 per month.
Here’s the full list for The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021 in Scotland:
- Winner: North Berwick, East Lothian
- Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire
- Broughty Ferry, Tayside
- Dennistoun, Glasgow
- Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross
- Isle of Eigg
- Melrose, the Borders
- Portobello, Edinburgh
Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times Property Editor, said: “This guide has never been so important. The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings. With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live.
“Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience. It hasn’t been a year for big cities or small villages. Instead it is small towns that have shone: big enough to have everything you need within walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected.
“North Berwick is our winner in Scotland because it is one place that really does have it all: heavenly beaches, jaw-dropping views from North Berwick Law, a successful secondary school and a lively high street.”
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