Serving the city of Aberdeen is our Union Street branch which is managed by Partner, Chris Comfort and branch manager, Nikki Coutts. Services offered at this branch include lettings, estate agency, financial advice and our full range of legal services.
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We are proud to offer clients the support of some of Aberdeen’s most experienced property professionals from our estate agency and lettings office on Union Street. We also offer our full range of legal and independent financial services from the site.
Average prices in the Granite city have been a laggard of sorts compared to Scotland’s other biggest cities but the latest sales figures from Aberdein Considine Property Monitor revealed that the second three months 2019 has seen the first rise in house prices since the end of 2017.
With positive figures in terms of sale values and volumes filtering through in the last few quarters, Aberdeen has now enjoyed a 1.7% uplift in prices to £202,011. At the same time prices in the Shire have risen only marginally at 0.3% to £211,149.
With many firms in the sector slowly but surely increasing headcount, demand for accommodation is also rising but there is certainly evidence that the type of property and area in most demand are also changing.
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.
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%.
The latest figures from the ASPC provide some further substance, revealing that the value of flats sold was down 2.7%, with sale of semi-detached and detached properties up 2.7% and 24.9% respectively.
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.
First time buyers in particular should be looking to take advantage of current prices with the prospect of a potential new skills shortage in the oil and gas industry triggering an influx of people to the city and the market experiencing a rise in demand and values.
The region’s property market has closely followed the fortunes of the energy industry, and there is now some evidence that buyers and investors are beginning to return to the market.
Property in the city is still more affordable than it has been for a long time and with mortgage rates remaining relatively low the coming weeks and months could prove to be an ideal time to buy.
The second three months of the year enjoyed a steadily improving leasing market in in Aberdeen, and extremely busy third quarter saw a record month for number of signed lets recorded in August.
With a varied and large portfolio of properties on our books, we have been able to attract all types of tenants, with one and two bedroom properties generating most interest.
We also noted a slightly increased interest in higher end properties from private tenants and relocation agents which again may indicate that the feel good factor in the energy sector in reaping tangible benefits.
The rising demand has had an effect on the number of lets secured, and the growing optimism in Aberdeen is certainly being reflected on the ground.
Recent figures from Citylets indicated that TTL in the city has fallen by four days to 45, highlighting an improving picture in the city. Average rents fell slightly at 0.8% year on year and on this trajectory it is reasonable to believe that rents will now finally post zero or positive annual growth in future.
It remains uncertain how any Brexit outcome will affect prospects in the months ahead although it for now the market appears to be in good health.
Cults is an attractive and popular suburb on the western edge of Aberdeen. Situated on the banks of the River Dee and surrounded by beautiful countryside, Cults retains a village feel and boasts a number of green spaces. This includes Allan Park and the nearby Countesswells forest walk.
The main schools in the village are the state-run Cults Primary School and Cults Academy, which is one of Scotland’s highest performing secondary schools. On top of this, the International School is only a short drive away and there are many pre-schools dotted around the area.
It is located within a few miles of the city centre, with regular buses running into town. Cults is well served by a wide range of amenities including excellent local shops, banks, post office, library, medical centre and public transport facilities. There are several independent and chain cafes providing the perfect place for socialising with friends.
The village provides a variety of recreational activities including Cults Sports Complex, a modern, multi-functional facility with a 6-lane swimming pool, indoor sports halls and a fitness suite. North Deeside Road is also the gateway to Royal Deeside.
Northfield is a small town in the north west of Aberdeen, less than three miles away from Old Aberdeen and four miles from the city centre. A regular and reliable public transport service provides quick and easy access to the city centre.
The area is well served by local shops and leisure facilities including a swimming pool and the Aberdeen Hospitals Complex is within easy reach. Northfield has both a primary and secondary school and is just a ten minute drive from the University of Aberdeen.
Located close to the city’s main arterial route, Northfield provides a quick route to most areas of the city. It is easy to reach Aberdeen International Airport and the oil related offices at Bridge of Don, Dyce, Kingswells and Westhill.
Peterculter is a popular, thriving suburb just a short drive from the city centre. This makes it the ideal commuter base for those who want the benefits of a more rural home while working in the city centre.
Also known as Culter, the suburb is on the northern banks of the River Dee, near the confluences with Crynoch Burn and Leuchar Burn. The town offers the chance for many local walks including the connection to Deeside Way at the site of the former Culter railway station.
The village itself has a wide range of amenities including shops and medical facilities both in Peterculter and neighbouring Cults. Peterculter is also handy for the ever-expanding business parks at Kingswells and Westhill. There is an excellent primary school close by and secondary education can be found at Cults Academy.
Torry is a thriving community separated from the heart of Aberdeen by the River Dee. It is connected to the north bank of the Dee and the centre of Aberdeen by three bridges; Victoria Bridge, the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and the narrow Wellington Suspension Bridge.
It is famous for its fishing community and still has a number of fishing businesses operating close to the Dee. The location offers a variety of primary schools and secondary education in Torry and the surrounding areas.
A wide range of shops are available locally and there is an active social and recreational life with facilities ranging from a swimming pool, community centre and golf course. The city centre is within easy walking distance and is well served by public transport.
Rosemount Place is situated in the north-west of the city centre and is bounded by Berryden, Midstocket and Queens Cross. The buildings around Rosemount are mainly Victorian style with grey tenement blocks representative of the period. There are larger, detached homes in the west end.
Rosemount is a highly desirable location with a range of excellent amenities with a variety of individual shops including a Sainsbury’s supermarket. Rosemount is a unique area since it maintains a number of traditional premises such as butchers, fishmongers, cheese shops and bakers. It also has a number of smaller boutique shops.
There are excellent recreational facilities and Rosemount is well placed for access to the Royal Aberdeen Hospital complex and Cornhill Hospital. The area is served by good public transport facilities which make many parts of Aberdeen easily accessible, and if you are looking to commute, a short drive leads you to the main Aberdeen ring road.
Ferryhill is a district in Aberdeen located to the north of the River Dee. The area is well served by local shops and public transport facilities. It is within relatively easy walking distance to the city centre and accordingly a wide range of pubs, clubs, restaurants and leisure facilities are all close to hand. Duthie Park with its many attractions, including the Winter Gardens is also situated nearby.
The location is within the catchment area of good primary and secondary schools. Ferryhill primary school has about 350 pupils, making it one of the largest primary schools in Aberdeen. The most common choice of secondary schools for Ferryhill residents is Harlaw Academy.
Milltimber is an attractive village situated between Peterculter and Bieldside in the Lower Deeside area to the west of Aberdeen. It is a sought after residential suburb with a great choice of properties from starter flats to large family homes, making it the perfect place to settle for single buyers, couples and families.
Local amenities include an excellent primary school and community centre with secondary schooling provided at Cults Academy. Leisure facilities include the 18 hole golf courses at Royal Deeside and the walkway along the former Deeside Railway Line.
A full range of shops, services and recreational facilities are available at Cults and Peterculter. There are regular bus services into the city centre and easy access to the expanding business and industrial estates at Kingswells and Westhill, making it the ideal commuter location.
The Hilton area is a popular residential district and enjoys a convenient location within the city, close to many amenities including the retail parks at Berryden and Kittybrewster and the hospital complexes at Foresterhill and Cornhill.
The location is the perfect spot for families, with several primary schools in and around the Hilton area including St Peter’s RC School, Seaton School and Sunnybank School. The University of Aberdeen is also in a handy location just a five minute drive away.
There are many community, recreational, and sporting facilities, and regular public transport. Excellent road links ensure ease of access to the City Centre, the oil related offices at Dyce and Bridge of Don, and Aberdeen International Airport.
Summerhill is a pleasant residential area in the west end of Aberdeen with easy access by car or bus from the city centre. The area is situated between Kings Gate and the Lang Stracht. It is within easy reach of the Health Campus at Foresterhill, Woodend Hospital, Woodhill House and the city's main Anderson Drive trunk road, with links to the suburbs and the airport.
There are local schools at both primary and secondary levels, with Summerhill in the catchment area for Hazlehead Academy. Summerhill Community Centre offers a wide range of learning and leisure opportunities for all age groups. It runs activities throughout the week including dancing, hill walking, climbing, orienteering and cycling. Additionally there are many local shops and supermarkets nearby and a municipal bus service.
Mastrick is an area located on the western fringes of Aberdeen, just under three miles away from the city centre. Mastrick is located close to the headquarters of Aberdeen Journals and there are several shops and local amenities including a doctors, dentists and local primary and secondary schools.
It is within a short walking distance of Hazlehead Park, Northfield, Sheddocksley, Summerhill and Woodend. Woodend Hospital is a short distance away from Mastrick, as is the hospital complex at Foresterhill. Anderson Drive offers easy access to the main business centres in the north and south of the city.
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