“People make Glasgow”. A phrase that has been used as Glasgow’s city brand since the summer of 2013. It has transformed itself from an industrial city to one of the cultural capitals of Europe. Glasgow is Scotland’s most populated city. A city that is well known for its excellent shopping, food and nightlife and various tourist attractions and landmarks. Often described as a ‘smaller and wetter’ London, the standard of living in Glasgow is a whole lot better than other cities in Scotland, and indeed the UK. You are more likely to find a house that doesn’t require a 40-minute train journey to work and can help you escape from the chaos that is the centre of town. With over 150 primary schools, 37 secondary schools and 3 universities, Glasgow can provide a top-class education service from start to finish.
Spacesix design was founded in 2008 and has been based in the centre of Glasgow ever since, so please forgive us if we are being a little bias! We have picked out some of the best areas in Glasgow to live to help make an already difficult decision a little easier.
If you were to ask a Glasgow resident to name their top 3 areas, the West End would more than likely appear almost every time. With Hillhead at its heart, this area is popular with all types of people… especially students and young professionals!
Firstly, for someone looking to settle down or buy their first home, there are so many different types of property to choose from. Tenement flats, cottages, townhouses, modern apartments and detached family properties – you name it, the West End has it. The West End also provides some of the best schools in Scotland which regularly receive praise for their academic standards.
Secondly, it offers an array of museums and art galleries which are all located in the centre of the Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Park. Here you can see over 8,000 exhibits of famous art and history. The Botanic Gardens provide a glorious spot for residents to enjoy during that rare occasion when the sun come out!
However, the West End is probably most famous for its countless trendy bars and restaurants. What sets it apart from the other areas of Glasgow is the log burning fires, outside seating areas and cobbled streets all of which are positioned under a string of fairy lights. Every bar has its own unique attribute, so it is more than likely you will find something to suit your taste! On a side note, Glasgow University is coincidently situated within walking distance from Byres Road and Ashton Lane, the hub of student culture, which is perfect for the younger generation.
It is arguably the best area to live in Glasgow, as it provides various opportunities for every single person, no matter what stage of life you are at. However, all of these amazing features come with a price – the cost of living can be rather expensive! If you are looking to buy or rent in the west end get it touch with Glasgow Sales And Letting who specialise with property sales and renting in the west end and throughout Glasgow.
Although the West End has most things people want when choosing which area of a city to live, the Southside of Glasgow is just as appealing. There are so many similarities between the two but, of course, so many differences. The basics are much the same – fantastic places to eat, great parks and culture spots, tenement properties, highly regarded schools and excellent transport links to the city centre. However, it is the sheer character of the place that makes it very different – a real feeling of community spirit.
One of the main characteristics that define the Southside of Glasgow is its beautiful Victorian sandstone architecture which encompass an abundance of history. From Bellahouston Park to the Govan Stones, the southside is filled with many beautiful sculptures, small buildings and attractions full of heritage.
In particular, Shawlands is an attractive option to consider when living in Glasgow, with many regarding it to be the beating heart of the Southside. Don’t believe us? Well, it was recently compared to Manhattan’s Lower East Side by the Guardian. If you aren’t grabbing a coffee and a bite to eat in one of its many trendy cafes, you are strolling around the gorgeous Pollock Country Park.
If you are looking to live in a quieter area where you will get more for much less, then Glasgow’s Southside really is the place to be!
Just a short walk away from the city centre is the East End of Glasgow. Similar to all other areas around the city centre, it provides a number of quality bars and restaurants to suit your eye. More recently however, it has become the home of some of Glasgow’s finest and most exciting new developments.
For all you sport lovers out there, this area is the home of some of Glasgow’s finest sporting venues and facilities. Football fans can enjoy a game at Celtic Park, and general fitness fanatics can enjoy training sessions at the Emirates Arena, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
Dennistoun, for example, has a lot of beautifully kept traditional tenements all of which are relatively cheap. If you are on a budget, then check out the East End of Glasgow.
Houses in Bearsden and Milngavie may contend for the highest prices of anywhere in Glasgow. However, for those who are fortunate enough to have the budget, few neighbourhoods can match this area for quality of life. It really is the perfect place for couple to raise young children. Everything you need from the city centre is only a short train journey away.
Whether you are a student looking to pursue further education or just simply trying to find a home to settle down, living in Glasgow is certainly an option to consider. Whatever your needs are, Glasgow has all the answers!