Fairmilehead, Colinton, Juniper Green, Currie, Balerno
I’m currently in the latter (though moving soon). Schools are well thought of, 30 minutes cycling (off road) gets you into the centre of town. Pentlands are straight out my door.
However, there are decent cycle paths throughout Edinburgh so you can get to the hills, and around town, fairly simply.
Oh – do you want to buy a house?Posted 4 years agoEdukatorMember
You do realise that Invercargill is at a similar latitude to central France and that Edinburgh is nearer to the Arctic circle than the tropic of Cancer, don’t you?
I think you have post natal depression and should do this test. 😉
Please don’t do it, you are one of the few people on here who post posoitvely about their lifestyles. Next thing we know it’ll be Mc Moonter has moved into a flat with an electric fire in Tower Hamlets, Stoner has sent his On-Ones to the crusher, and CFH is describing Sere Ché slack country as “pants”.Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Edinburgh is quite a small city, as you know, so you can live quite far out and still be ‘in’ Edinburgh in terms of your lifestyle. Flipside of that is you can live quite far in and still ride to the Pentlands with nae bother.
Big decision is whether you want suburban living or not – the southern suburbs and towns mentioned thus far are very boring and could be anywhere (Balerno has some schemies and a schemie-restaurant, so granted that is quite Edinburgh). This may be what the doctor ordered depending on schools, big garden for the kids etc – I’m suburan living myself atm, but personally I’d look further in a little. Bruntsfield or Morningside if you can afford a house there – you’re living in Edinburgh then rather than a peripheral suburb. Marchmont is also nice and quiet (and expensive, like all inner-suburbs of Edinburgh).
Two v strong state schools in Edinburgh are Gillespies and Boroughmuir, in Marchmont and Bruntsfield respectively. You might look at living somewhere S central that feeds into these high schools.Posted 4 years agodmortsSubscriber
I’m moving to Longstone next month. There’s a Sainsbury’s being built close by and looks like I’ll be close Pentlands. It being cheap is the main benefit to me though!
I’m not sure what Edukator is on about. I’ve been to Invercargill and it’s nothing like France. Edinburgh is the 2nd happiest city in the UK (link). To me it seems like a great place to live in terms of culture etc. and access to the great outdoors. There is also a shop in Morningside that stocks Mac beers…although if you brew your own maybe Mac beers aren’t your thingPosted 4 years agoIAMember
Morningside for good state primary (South Morningside) and secondary (Boroughmuir) access*, but it really aint cheap, and you might struggle to rent somewhere family-sized. You can get to the pentlands with less than a mile on roads too, which is nice.
* I assume they’re still good, they were when I attended… admittedly a while ago now. Though I did still live in the area till recently.Posted 4 years ago
Sounds like you are looking for a house rather than a flat, in which case Morningside where I live might be a bit dear, the houses round here are a touch grand. No neds though which is why I like it here.
Anywhere southern Edinburgh is really quick to the Pentlands, the rest depends on your budget probably. There’s more good bits than bad bits on the south too. Bonaly/Torphin is somewhere I’d like to live, Balerno is nice too but I wonder if the slow road into town would become annoying. The cheaper bits like Oxgangs and colinton mains probably aren’t too bad on the scale of things, friends of mine were quite happy there though someone was muddured round the corner from their house.
Living outside of Edinburgh somehwere like Roslin gives you a lot more bang for your buck though, and quicker access to the Borders, worth considering. Some superb villages in East Lothian too.Posted 4 years agohelsMember
I lived in Edinburgh for 10 years and I quite like the Peebles bit.
As I recall you live in Wellington ? That’s where I grew up. The schools are awful in Scotland by comparison unless you go private.
Ah yes, the Gaelic kids bus, it’s shameful pandering by the ECC to avoid spending money on a Gaelic school they know there will be no use for when the SNP get voted out.Posted 4 years ago
Ah yes, the Gaelic kids bus, it’s shameful pandering by the ECC to avoid spending money on a Gaelic school they know there will be no use for when the SNP get voted out.
But they do have their own school now. At least I hope they do, or my kids will be a bit bored in a couple of weeks time.Posted 4 years ago
Ha yes budget is within reason really – a straight swap for what we have here yields some nice places. Anyhoo, we are back in few weeks for a month so will do a complete and full assessment and then see what we think. Its a really tough call (more for me than anything as i have been here 13 years, wife for 7) but the draw of having family within the hour and letting our girl know her gran(nies), aunts uncles and cousins is a serious pull. Enough to give up what we have now ?….who knows. Thanks for all the input and if I do come back I will be desparately seeking riding partners and other manly men to drink beer with (have own brewery – 100ltr stainless effort which will be shipped back!)Posted 4 years agokennypSubscriber
You should think about Colinton. That’s where we stay.
I’m a two minute cycle to the Pentlands.
I’m a 25 minute cycle to the centre of town, much of that on quiet roads or the canal path.
I’m a 35 minute drive to Glentress.
We are close to the bypass and can be in the Cairngorms in two and a half hours on a Saturday morning.
Biking aside, the local primary is highly sought after, it is a very quiet, peaceful area and probably has more trees than the rest of Edinburgh. Great if you like trees.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
Stayed for over a dozen years (I think) in outer Morningside (Craighouse) – right by the Napier campus Craighouse on the hill. That might be quite pricey to rent, our house was definitely on the cheap side due to being up the end of a dirt track 🙂
But it was easy access to green space (the Napier campus, parks) and as for Pentlands access, could be on top of Capelaw in about 30/35 minutes.. (I was fitter then!) Dreghorn barracks and then under the bypass into the Pentlands itself.Posted 4 years agohelsMember
George – (sorry segue into Gaelic language politics) the SNP want ECC to extend the Gaelic medium education in Edinburgh, Tollcross provision is a compromise, as is the bus which you must agree is ridiculous ! (Imagine the outcry if a hebrew or hindi school expected the council to ferry kids from all over town every morning.) I did a lot of research on this a couple of years ago for a work project.Posted 4 years ago
I get the impression from previous posts that NZCol doesn’t need to worry about the cost of houses in Morningside.
If you want to slum it you could probably pick up a semi or terrace for around the half mill.Posted 4 years ago
If you want to slum it you could probably pick up a semi or terrace for around the half mill.
Yup, and if you sort it to show cheapest first you get this one:
Hardly a bank buster, given the average price of houses in Edinburgh.
Or you could quit the rat-race, pay a significant amount less than that and pick up a picturesque 19th century farm cottage over the water in Fife.Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
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But then you’d live in fife.
Good point, well made. I concede the argument. What’s the current timeline for the road bridge falling over? Fife with no easy means of escape – a life sentence.
Guess you’d bet on the rail bridge having another century or two left in it.Posted 4 years ago
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