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.
After what was a hectic and unusual 2020, the final quarter saw some of the best sales figures for many years.
Certainly much of this could be attributed to the lockdown effect of delaying moves by around three months and this was evident in the volume of settlements which took place during what is normally one of the quieter periods of the year. These volumes also were reflected in in the latest ASPC figures for the final quarter of 2020.
According to the ASPC, house prices in Aberdeen and suburbs in the final quarter were up 3.3%, with the annual figure up 4.9%.
Ex council properties and middle of the range homes in the city from about £250,000 cotninue to move well as are higher end homes at the £500,000 plus level, with an increase in demand for both the west end and Aberdeen being noted in the previous quarter. The flat market still appears to be somewhat saturated but they are selling at realistic prices.
One particular feature of the recent market was that properties coming to the market that sold well were presented and marketed well. It would seem that staging a property is now more important than ever in what is a competitive market. Those properties with a well-planned sales strategy tended to sell close to or at valuation.
With an extremely volatile 2020 behind us there is some room for optimism, with the vaccination programme well under way and, it seems, some hope that restrictions could begin to ease by Easter.
All going well, this could herald a return to some form of normality, and with it improved prospects for the economy.
In addition, the First Home Fund will soon start and with the LBTT reduction still in place there may well be some increased market activity in the coming months.
The rental property market remained unpredictable in Q4 2020, however this is to be expected for the lead up to Christmas.
Surprisingly December was extremely buoyant with a lot of tenants eager to secure accommodation before the festive period which resulted in a record amount of lets for the month of December to date.
This has been confirmed by Q4 Citylets Report which recorded a minor annual increase of 0.1% year on year, the first rise since Q1 2015.
We continue to find houses with home working and outside space in high demand across the market from the more affordable areas such as Kincorth and Sheddocksley to the West End of Aberdeen. Houses tend to generate a healthy level of interest and multiple offers after a matter of days’ on the market, which continues to show the shift in demand due to the lockdowns.
We are yet to see the full impact COVID-19 and Brexit will have on the lettings market and this will become clearer once furlough ends. However, the vaccination is going well and hopefully we may see some easing of restrictions nearer Easter.
In previous years of financial difficulties we have found that the lettings sector has excelled with those who are not prepared or not in a position to commit to buying a property looking to rent instead.
If you are looking to become a landlord this could be a good time to explore the market.
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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