Serving the town of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire is our Allardice Street branch which is managed by Partner, Laura Considine and Branch Manager, Lesley Kane. Services offered at this branch include lettings, estate agency, financial advice and our full range of legal services.
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The third quarter of the year saw the market in Stonehaven and surrounding areas continuing to improve and it is still very much a buyers’ market, and this appears unlikely to change in the short term.
First time buyers are certainly returning with the added incentive of LBTT relief and prices remain at their lowest for some years. We are seeing an increase in these types of buyers as we move into Autumn and looking to be settled in their first home before the year end.
Across both Aberdeen and Shire the value of property sold for the first six months of the year hit £715,000,000, 2.6% year on year, with Aberdeenshire alone increasing by over £20,000,000.
Average prices in the city have been a laggard of sorts compared to Scotland’s other biggest cities but the second three months of 2019 has seen the first rise in house prices since the end of 2017.
In contrast to the rise in prices in Aberdeen, the number and value of properties sold has declined, much of which is supported with signs that buyers are now tending to look for more affordable houses outside of the city, including in the local market. Historically, first time buyers would be searching for flats in and around the city but the number of properties changing hands in Aberdeenshire has seen a marked increase, up 9.9%.
With positive figures in terms of sale values and volumes filtering through in the last few quarters, Aberdeen has enjoyed a 1.7% uplift in prices to £202,011, and at the same time prices in the Shire have risen only marginally at 0.3% to £211,149.
Within local markets, there has been positive activity within the price range up to £300,000, with around two thirds of applicants falling into this category. There has also been an increase in new properties coming on the market towards Autumn, which in turn is bringing new buyers, and many people are still looking to upsize within the area.
We are still experiencing quite a few sales turning around very quickly, an indication that buyers are still actively looking to purchase and to move quickly. Equally, some older stock has seen movement and are having offers agreed with keen entry dates.
In a competitive market for sellers, properties that offer good value for money, and are in good to immaculate condition are attracting most interest and this trend will probably continue throughout the remainder of the year.
The opening of the AWPR this year from Stonehaven continues to encourage interest, bringing many new buyers from other Aberdeenshire suburbs to view in the area.
As ever, Brexit uncertainty will likely have a role to play going forward, but for the moment the market is a healthy and busy one.
The rental market in and around Stonehaven has been performing well over the summer months, with larger family homes still in high demand, both within Stonehaven town and outlying areas.
Much of this demand could well be attributed to the AWPR City By-pass route, certainly making Stonehaven a more sought after area to settle in than it already was.
All types of flats in Stonehaven have also been popular, and if properties are well-presented and furnished to a good standard experience indicates that they will lease quickly.
Rental prices have stabilized to some extent, and demand is still robust, demonstrated by one property in Portlethen which was beautifully presented, and having received five offers, the landlord received an increased rental of £50 per month.
As we head into the Autumn and Winter months, there is still a great deal of of activity from both landlords looking to rent their properties and tenants looking for suitable properties to live in, and there is some optimism that that the leasing market will continue to remain strong.
Stonehaven lies adjacent to a deeply indented bay surrounded on three sides by higher land between Downie Point and Garron Point. The town is located 15 miles south of Aberdeen and historically the chief commerce of the area lay in fishing. Today, the town’s primary industries are marine services and tourism, with the local landmark Dunnottar Castle bringing in a large number of tourists every year.
With excellent road and rail links, this vibrant community comprises of the Old Town, a picturesque harbour and the new town. There are many points of interest in Stonehaven including the castle and surrounding woods, beach, harbour, war memorial and the Burns Memorial Garden.
There are several bars and restaurants around Stonehaven, including ‘The Bay’ which was voted number one Scottish fish and chip shop. Additionally, there are a range of facilities and services on offer including excellent shops, hotels, primary and secondary schooling and a medical centre, and the seasonal open air swimming pool. Stonehaven hosts an annual fireball ceremony for Hogmany, and holds a Highland Games every July.
Originally called Skateraw, Newtonhill is a very popular coastal village nine miles south of Aberdeen. It is just six miles north of Stonehaven and provides easy access to the main A90 dual carriageway. The village is well served by Stagecoach buses providing regular services to Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Montrose.
There are three commercial outlets; a Tesco store, Newtonhill Village Store and a pharmacy, which hosts a weekly post office. The village also provides local amenities including nursery school and community centre, a library and several pubs and restaurants. More facilities are available two miles away in Portlethen or Stonehaven. There is an active community spirit in Newtonhill and many events are organised through the Newtonhill and District Village Association, with wider planning issues being discussed by the community council.
Chapelton is a new vibrant town located five miles south of Aberdeen and utilises a concept of traditional Scottish design combined with modern living. Focusing on the importance of a strong sense of community, Chapelton aims to be a self-sufficient town where residents can live, work and play.
The established town of Portlethen and charming village of Newtonhill are located nearby and offer amenities including retail outlets, supermarkets, leisure facilities and a medical centre.There is a local pre-school nursery in Chapelton and primary and secondary schooling is provided in Newtonhill and Portlethen.
With an extensive range of new homes and schools and a lively town centre, Chapelton offers a variety of properties suitable for all ages, incomes and needs. The town plan has been developed by leading urban planners, architects and engineers, and is led by Elsick Development Company (EDC).
The popular suburb of Portlethen is situated just a few minutes driving distance from the south of Aberdeen City and is particularly convenient for the oil related offices at Altens, Tullos and Badentoy. Originally a small fishing village, Portlethen has developed over the last 20 years and is now a popular residential area, with a population of over 7,000.
The local area is protected by green belt to the north and south, including the Portlethen Moss nature reserve which holds regular educational events. There are many opportunities for outdoor activities in and around Portlethen, with some excellent walking routes that include sections of the Aberdeen Coastal Trail, as well as an 18 hole parkland course at Portlethen Golf Club.
There is a wide range of amenities including primary and secondary schools, a health centre, a variety of convenience stores catering for everyday needs, and a retail park including an ASDA superstore. Recreational facilities include a bowling green and swimming pool and there are regular rail and bus links providing a quick route to and from Aberdeen.
Catterline is a coastal village on the North Sea in Aberdeenshire. It is spread along the skyline of the low cliffs rising from the bay below, and the first impression of the village is a single line of cottages. This is true at the south end of the bay, though further north the depth of the village is greater than it first appears and there are more homes behind the brow of the cliffs.
Catterline is a delightful fishing village, though it is less known for its fishing than for its artists. Through the 1900s many artists settled in Catterline, drawn by the atmosphere and the light of this intriguing little village. It boasts a lively community with events such as coastal rowing and the Catterline Gala Weekend held annually on the second week of June.
There is an excellent local primary school and the village is only 6 miles away from Stonehaven, which offers a wide range of facilities for all ages. There are great bus links to Stonehaven and Inverbervie and commuting to Aberdeen takes less than half an hour.
Kinneff is a small village lying 22 miles south of Aberdeen and just seven miles south of Stonehaven. The coastal village is just north of Inverbervie and south of Catterline and provides transport links to both villages. The village is steeped in history and the Kinneff Old Kirk is famous as the site where the Honours of Scotland were hidden after the Siege of Dunnottar Castle in 1651, until the Restoration in 1660. The church is now open to the public, and a more modern building is used as the local kirk.
Amenities within the village include a village shop and primary school and secondary education is available at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven. Kinneff has a strong community spirit and there is a variety of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes. Additionally, a range of activities are hosted at the Kinneff hall including quiz nights, barbeques and ceilidhs. There are nearby transport routes including the A92 road and bus services available to Stonehaven and Aberdeen.
Inverbervie is a peaceful coastal town within easy commuting distance of Aberdeen. The town lies on a raised beach behind Bervie Bay, just to the south of where the River Bervie flows into the North Sea.
The busiest part of the village is King Street, home to most of the shops and to the Bervie Parish Church. Towards its northern end is the Market Square, where you find a Mercat Cross dating back to 1737.
There is a primary school and superb leisure facilities, with a town hall, church centre and sports centre. Invervbervie is approximately 10 miles south of Stonehaven, which also provides a wide selection of shops, services and leisure facilities.
A small village situated on the east-facing Aberdeenshire coast, Gourdon is just 25 miles south of Aberdeen and 12 Miles north of Montrose. The village has a mediaeval feel to it; a fortified gate, half-timbered houses and narrow lanes twisting up to the esplanade where the castle once stood.
Gourdon's chief attraction for visitors is the strong sense of being a working fishing port. Lobster pots are piled around the harbour and traditional fish merchants like Ian Craig still fillet and smoke fish in sheds on the harbourside and sell it from their fish vans across the area. Gourdon is one of the few Scottish fishing villages that still operates in this traditional way. There are many things to explore in Gourdon including the Maison du Sénéchal which houses exhibitions of craft products in summer, the 17th C. Town Hall, the church of Saint-Pierre and the Maison Cavaignac.
There is a local general store with post office and a pub. A primary school is located in the village with secondary schooling provided at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven. Further shops and amenities can be found in Inverbervie just a mile away.
Johnshaven is a coastal village along the North Sea. It is a fishing village and has a picturesque working harbour, lying approximately 14 miles south of Stonehaven and 29 miles south of Aberdeen. A variety of community events and major festivals are hosted annually in Johnshaven including the Garden Show, Flower Show and the Fireworks Display that closes the festive season.
Although a fair amount of the village population is still engaged in fishing and related activities, the A92 provides locals with the option to commute. A village this attractive has drawn in people who commute as far afield as Aberdeen and more locally to Montrose.
Lathallan Preparatory School is on the outskirts of the village, while within the village itself there is a primary school, village grocery store, post office and two hotels. More shops and amenities are available in Inverbervie 3 miles away.
St Cyrus is situated approximately midway between Aberdeen and Dundee. The village boasts three miles of glorious sandy beaches and the area adjacent to the beach is a nature reserve. There is a peaceful atmosphere to the village, which has a population of 1,000 or so.
The village provides a range of local amenities including a primary school and nursery, only a short walk from the local shop, post office and hotel. Secondary schooling is at the extremely popular Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk and Lathallan at Johnshaven provides a well-known preparatory school.
Montrose is the nearest large town about six miles away and Aberdeen is the nearest city 35 miles north. Montrose offers a wide range of shopping, banking, health and leisure facilities as well as the main east coast railway line which provides a link to all major towns and cities.
Montrose is a coastal resort town and former royal burgh in Angus, situated 38 miles north of Dundee. The market town is well known for its attractive beach, two renowned links golf courses and Montrose Basin which is a natural reserve and haven for wildlife.
The town has a population of approximately 12,000 and it functions as an important commercial port for the thriving oil and gas industry. Along with the employment opportunities offered by the port, the major employer in the area is the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.
Montrose is an ideal location to settle for commuting to Aberdeen or Dundee. The A90 is easily accessible and there is a village railway station which provides transport to all east coast towns and cities.
Brechin is a town and former royal burgh in Angus. The county of Angus offers an unrivalled range of leisure pursuits for the active family at the "Glens" and the Cairngorm National Park. Golfers fare particularly well with a wide range of courses on offer from the championship courses at Carnoustie, St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Gleneagles to the local courses in Brechin and Edzell.
Brechin provides the perfect location for families. There are two primary schools and one secondary school, Brechin High School. Brechin is also home to a beautiful cathedral with an eleventh century round tower. There are health clinics and dental surgeries in the town as well as a wide range of shops including high street multiples and traditional local retailers. The Brechin train station provides links to all major towns and cities across Scotland.
The beautiful village of Edzell has been described as the ‘jewel in the crown of Angus.’ The original village lay immediately to the west of the wonderfully explorable red sandstone ruins of Edzell Castle, a mile west of the planned village.
Edzell is situated between Aberdeen and Dundee just off the A90 dual carriageway and within easy commuting distance from Brechin, Montrose, Arbroath and Forfar. It has its own primary school with nearby Brechin High School and Mearns Academy catering for the teenagers. There is a doctor’s surgery and pharmacy within the village, a Post Office and a range of shops which are traditional, local retailers.
There are many opportunities in Edzell for nature lovers. The village offers a first class golf course and picturesque riverside walks through spectacular scenery from Gannochy Bridge to the Rocks of Solitude.
Marykirk is a quaint village in the Kincardine and Mearns area of Aberdeenshire. It is the perfect location for families looking for a quiet, safe place to settle down. There is a small primary school and play parks nearby, and secondary education is provided at nearby Laurencekirk or Montrose.
Residents and tourists make use of the local hotel which has a popular restaurant attached. Marykirk also offers a village hall, bowling green and the chance for lovely country walks including a peaceful stroll along the river Esk to Balmakewan tearoom.
Montrose is just six miles away and provides a range of shopping, business and a new modern leisure complex which provides facilities for a number of sports. Laurencekirk also provides shopping, business, leisure activities and a railway station for an easy commute north to Aberdeen or south to Dundee.
Laurencekirk is a long-established and thriving village which lies off the A90 dual carriageway, 27 miles from Aberdeen and 36 miles from Dundee. Located in the old county of Aberdeenshire, Laurencekirk is known for its popular landmark the Johnston Tower.
The town is well served by a range of excellent amenities; these include a modern primary school and recently finished secondary school with community facility, nursery and after-school club and a healthcare centre with NHS dentist to name but a few. There is also a wide range of shops serving everyday needs, hotels and other leisure facilities in the town.
There are many things to do in the area, with the beautiful Angus Glens to the west, stunning beach and nature reserve of St Cyrus to the east, ample winter sports to the north and a selection of famous golf courses. Within a short distance of Stonehaven, Montrose and Brechin, many more services and attractions are close by creating a high standard of living for those in the local area,
Fordoun is located within a respectable distance from the main A90 dual carriageway making it the ideal location for the commuter seeking a peaceful place to retreat. The village is the perfect residential area, with new housing developments in recent years adding significantly to the community.
There are many local amenities including a primary school which stands to the east of the A90 and can be accessed by a pedestrian underpass. There is also a farm shop and a hotel which provides a restaurant, gym and a luxury spa with world class facilities. There are plenty more opportunities for socialising within the local public house and the village hall.
The nearest secondary schools are Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk and Mackie Academy in Stonehaven. Buses operate locally to Stonehaven, north to Aberdeen, and south to Laurencekirk and Brechin. Additionally, there is a train station in Laurencekirk making travelling to local towns even easier.
Auchenblae is a popular village in the Kincardine and Mearns area of Aberdeenshire. The village boasts a handy location for commuting to Aberdeen. Auchenblane’s name is a derivation from the Gaelic for ‘Field of Flowers’ and the area is perfect for nature lovers, with several pleasant walks around the village.
Auchenblae offers many facilities and amenities including shops, post office, clubs and playgroups, bowling green, tennis courts and a 9 hole golf course. The village is home to Auchenblae Primary School, providing a nursery and primary education for 120 local pupils. Excellent secondary schooling is available at Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk approx five miles away. Commuting by car to Bridge of Dee, Aberdeen takes around half an hour.
Located on a moor near Luther Water, Luthermuir is a charming small village between Aberdeen and Dundee. The area is surrounded by picturesque scenery and a choice of outdoor pursuits such as walking, hiking, fishing and golf. Scots Corner pub provides a focal point for villagers and is popular with diners both local and from further afield. Sauchieburn Hotel located half a mile from the village, is also a popular dining spot.
Other local facilities include a church, public house, village hall, and a primary school. Laurencekirk is less than a ten minute drive away and offers a variety of shops as well as a railway station, leisure and health facilities and Mearns Academy. Montrose, Arbroath, Forfar and Brechin are also nearby and Aberdeen and Dundee are easily commutable along the A90.
Drumlithie is a small, quiet country village in the northeast of Scotland, situated in the area known as the Howe o’ the Mearns. The village is six miles south of Stonehaven. It lies around half a mile off the main A90 dual carriageway between Aberdeen and Dundee and is within easy commuting distance by car to Aberdeen.
The village school is called Glenbervie Primary, and is attended by local children from the village and surrounding area. Other amenities include a friendly local pub, a bowling green, two parks and a village hall. The larger of the two parks contains a football pitch and tennis court, and serves as the school playing field. It also plays host to the annual Drumlithie Gala, which is held on the second Saturday of June each year with raffle stalls, coconut shy, kids & adult races and lots, lots more. Drumlithie has a new village shop - Steeple Shop opened April 2012 and sells local produce, a selection of specialty items, as well as day to day necessities.
Fettercairn is an attractive village at the southern end of the well-known, scenic Cairn O’Mount Road, on the Victorian Heritage Trail. Steeped in history, it lies close to the hills on the edge of the fertile Howe of the Mearns, in an area well known for its wide range of outdoor pursuits including fine walking, salmon fishing and golf.
Fettercain is located around four and a half miles from the main A90 dual carriageway and Laurencekirk railway station. It is 33 miles from Aberdeen and 36 miles from Dundee so is within easy commuting distance of both cities.
Village facilities include a shop, post office, hotel, restaurant, primary school and library. Secondary education is provided at the newly completed Mearns Academy Community Campus in nearby Laurencekirk, which also offers a range of local shopping and business services.
West Cairnbeg is a charming town in the county of Aberdeenshire situated close to Laurencekirk. It is the largest settlement in the Howe o' the Mearns area and houses the local secondary school Mearns academy, together with a wide range of local shops and amenities.
Many of the properties in the area benefit from stunning views on to the surrounding countryside yet within close proximity of the A90, which provides excellent links to Aberdeen city. Although it enjoys a rural setting, West Cairnberg is also only a short distance from Laurencekirk and Stonehaven which offer a good range of shops and leisure facilities.
Home to the famous and luxurious Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder is a picture-postcard town with unique independent stores and a plethora of cafes and tearooms. It is located in Perthshire, south west of the city of Perth and is popular with golfers, with Gleneagles’ world-famous courses on the doorstep. The attached luxury hotel is perfect for those who prefer spa treatments and fine dining to sports.
With beautiful surroundings and a strong sense of community, Auchterarder is the perfect blend of town living and proximity to outdoor pursuits. Auchterarder has the longest main street in Scotland, which runs for over a mile and gave Auchterarder its popular name of ‘The Lang Toun’ or Long Town. The 1.5-mile long high street offers plenty of shopping opportunities. With a good school and excellent rail and road links to Edinburgh, Perth, and Stirling, Auchterarder offers a great base for professionals and families alike.
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