‘The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2024’

Gain valuable insights from Simon Breeze, Allied Surveyors Scotland Area Director for East Lothian.

In ‘The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2024,’ North Berwick has been recognised as the top-ranking location, not only in Scotland but also across the UK. As Area Director for Allied Surveyors Scotland in East Lothian, this acknowledgement brings a sense of satisfaction, particularly with this honourable mention.

The article illuminates North Berwick’s notable features, emphasising its annual Fringe by the Sea festival, active community, and convenient amenities, including its dynamic high street and seamless commuting options. Moreover, the diverse culinary landscape further enhances its allure. For individuals considering a move to North Berwick, a nuanced understanding of the local property market is essential. While opportunities for favourable deals may be limited, the town offers a spectrum of housing options across different price ranges. Despite being listed as Scotland’s most expensive seaside location in a recent article by the Bank of Scotland, this doesn’t necessarily mean it is out of reach. Therefore, I have shared what options are available.

Properties priced up to £200,000 typically comprise small central flats spanning an average of 35-40 sq/m, with prices ranging between £150k and £200k. Additionally, the area around Lochbridge Road to the south of the centre offers two-bedroom flats, achieving prices of £170k to £180k.
Within the £200,000 to £400,000 range, two-bedroom flats located on or just off the High Street are commonly priced around the £300k mark. Notably, properties with outdoor space or views to the Forth may command higher prices.
Homes ranging from £400,000 to £750,000 present a diverse array of options, including four-bedroom detached CALA houses, main door flats within converted period properties, and spacious detached bungalows around Lord President Road.
Properties valued at £750,000 and above encompass larger detached houses, typically achieving prices between £800k and £900k. Noteworthy options include terraced houses overlooking the West Bay, as well as period properties situated along esteemed streets such as Cromwell Road and York Road, which may range from £1m to £2.5m, depending on size, plot, and views.

In conclusion, ‘The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2024’ underscores North Berwick’s status as a premier destination worthy of its acclaim. As the proud Area Director of East Lothian, I echo the sentiments expressed in the article and invite prospective residents to experience the allure of North Berwick first hand. With its rich tapestry of amenities, scenic beauty, and vibrant community spirit, North Berwick truly embodies the essence of coastal living at its finest.

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