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The market in Aberdeen enjoyed a gradual rise in activity during the final quarter of 2019, with viewings subsequently receiving offers, albeit not many reaching full valuation levels.
The latest figures from the Aberdein Considine Property Monitor showed that the number of property sales in the city during the third quarter was almost the same as last year, albeit their total value fell 3.6%.
Typical prices in the city also slipped 3.3% to £193,141, although the average price of a new build in Aberdeen hit £299,663, higher than the Capital.
On a more positive note, there is a broader feeling that the city has weathered the worst of the housing market slump and there is some anticipation of a long term boost as the health of the oil and gas sector continues to improve.
One point of note is that thousands of energy sector workers are choosing to stay in Aberdeenshire and nearly 1,200 homes were sold in the area in the third quarter, up 4.1%. Prices in the region also held steady at nearly £216,000.
Ex council properties and middle of the range homes in the city from about £250,000 are certainly moving well as are higher end homes at the £500,000 plus level. The flat market still appears to be somewhat saturated but they are selling at realistic prices.
There has also been a notable number of closing dates being achieved where offers in excess of valuation are being accepted but it remains to be seen whether we see this pattern growing.
There is a sense that with the election now past, confidence should continue to return and a degree of optimism that we should see more activity in the coming months.
New levels of stock and valuations are already looking positive as we move into the start of the year, with an encouraging range of properties being offered for sale.
We now know we’ll be leaving the EU at the end of January and whilst that brings a degree of certainty, negotiations will continue throughout the year in an attempt to secure a favourable trade agreement.
It is impossible at this stage to predict the outcome or how this will impact on consumer confidence but for the moment, with prices still at fairly low levels, it remains a very good time to consider buying in Aberdeen.
The lifting of lockdown restrictions at the end of June saw Aberdeen enjoy a return to healthy levels of rental activity, with a steady number of secured tenancies.
The upward trend continued throughout the summer and into the autumn months, with September enjoying the highest number of lets for Aberdeen City for the year to date.
Recent figures from Citylets indicated that good properties in popular locations continue to perform well, and landlords remain strongly incentivised to improve the condition of their properties.
All types of properties have been in demand, and it’s fair to say that with the new normal of working from home, properties with more spacious accommodation and gardens, or with close availability of parks and other outdoor leisure spaces were attracting most interest.
Certainly the issues around Covid, particularly the economic uncertainty, has gone some way to driving more people towards renting, and for the time being this pattern is likely to continue.
More broadly, we’ve definitely seen increased demand for family homes, especially in smaller towns and rural areas, again possibly just a case of tenants looking for more space, and more time being spent at home working.
At the other end of the market, there has also been noticeable increase in demand for one beds, both in Aberdeen and other university towns and cities. This is mainly from students looking for sole occupancy where previously they would have been expected to be in halls or sharing HMOs with other students.
Despite robust market performance in Q3, we are likely to see the impact of COVID-19 related restrictions, Brexit trade negotiations and unemployment in Q4, however the news around vaccines has provided some cheer as we look towards 2021.
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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