We know there are places in the country where location is everything - Cults, Thorntonhall and Stockbridge we’re looking at you - but away from the perennial hotspots it’s possible to purchase a beautiful family home in a less sought after part of the country for an unbeatable price.
And so choosing an admittedly arbitrary figure of £300k we set about discovering what that amount might secure you in the current market.
Here are our fantastic five ...
1 Clarkston Road, Netherlee, Glasgow – offers over £300,000
A smart red sandstone facade reflects an equally smart interior tastefully finished with high-quality flooring throughout. There are four bedrooms, conservatory and decent sized garden – as well as a second staircase to the attic which holds the master bedroom and plenty of storage. Additionally, the house lies within the Williamwood and St Ninians catchment area and is a few minutes’ walk to Muirend railway station to take you into Glasgow and beyond.
2 Princes Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire – offers over £300,000
Currently trading as a bed and breakfast, this sizable townhouse is as pretty as a postcard with its quirky windows and wainscoting. There are a total of nine bedrooms, a light filled sitting room and plenty of space to spread out over three levels. Some might want to reconfigure the property to make fewer, larger rooms, but there’s no doubt that there’s bags of potential to make this a sterling family home (sorry).
3 Crunklaw Steading, Duns, Berwickshire – guide price £300,000
The name alone is the stuff of dreams. Crunklaw Steading is a large horseshoe shaped building in need of interior renovation, and provides a good opportunity for a buyer looking to start from scratch in a rural location. Also on site are two building plots just waiting to have income-yielding holiday cottages built on them.
4 Dewarton Glen House, Ford, Midlothian – offers over £300,000
Another sizable plot, this time near Edinburgh, and one which doesn’t come with any existing outbuildings on site from which to begin building... but that’s not to say what’s proposed is lacking in imagination. Permission for a 5000 sqft abode has been granted, with highlights including five bedrooms and a wine cellar, as well as a detached triple garage and games room in the ancillary accommodation. Consent runs out this year, so get your skates on.
5 Southfield House, 77 Carnbee Avenue, Liberton – fixed price £300,000
Just the two bedrooms in this ground floor flat in Southfield House, Edinburgh, but what a cracker the property is: set in a baronial listed building built in 1875, there’s no shortage on the natural light that fills the capacious kitchen, living room and bathroom. The house itself is accessed through secure electronic gates and is set in a charming cobbled courtyard – who needs Downton when you have the historic Southfield?