Under Offer – Tucked away in an enviably tranquil location in Leith just a stone’s throw from Pilrig Park and included in the Pilrig Conservation Area, this traditional ground-floor flat promises a delightful period home in one of the city’s most vibrant cosmopolitan districts. Accompanied by a large mature garden, and enjoying unrestricted on-street parking, this characterful one-bedroom property boasts well-proportioned accommodation and offers wonderful potential for upgrading.
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The historic row of farmworkers’ cottages in which this property nestles are almost rural in character. They were part of Pilrig Estate, owned by the Balfour family, whose most famous son is Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, and follow an early colonies model of private gardens off a shared path. This hidden architectural gem is approached via a private lane from nearby Arthur Street that reveals rows of adjoining gardens with few artificial divisions between them, thereby creating an oasis of calm and birdsong.
Given the close proximity of bustling Leith Walk, this is an unexpected sight and experience that never ceases to amaze new visitors and residents alike. The flat is accessed via a shared entrance hall and the front door opens into a welcoming reception area that flows into a living room on the right.
Characterised by stripped pine flooring, elegant smooth cornicing, and a traditional sash-and-case window, the sunny, southeastfacing reception room boasts an original fireplace flanked by an open Edinburgh Press and promises a delightful setting for everyday living and entertaining. A bright, good-sized kitchen is appointed with a range of cabinet storage and a generous expanse of workspace, and equipped with an integrated oven, a ceramic hob, an overhead extractor fan, a freestanding washing machine, and a fridge/freezer.
Enhanced by a neutral backdrop and an open fireplace, the home’s characterful double bedroom provides a fabulous blank canvas for interior design. The peaceful sleeping area further benefits from rustic display shelving and useful built-in storage.
Completing the accommodation, a well-proportioned bathroom accommodates a bath, with an overhead shower and a folding glazed screen, a WC, and a basin set into storage.
Electric heating is found throughout, and both the kitchen and bedroom windows are double glazed.
Externally, to the front, the flat enjoys a large mature garden, with a paved seating area, an expanse of lawn, a number of established trees and shrubs, and two garden sheds, whilst the rear of the property, which offers potential for the development of an outdoor seating area, looks out onto sheltered allotments that add to the feeling of being steeped
in nature, but with the bonus of being able to step into a busy cityscape at the drop of a hat. On-street parking in the area is conveniently unrestricted and frequent bus services (and trams from Spring 2023), offer easy access to locations that include the city centre, beaches at Newhaven and Portobello, and Edinburgh International Airport.
Located just two miles northeast of the city centre, the historic and vibrant district of Leith is characterised by an eclectic mix of bars, cafés, and eateries. The area also benefits from a wealth of retail outlets, including Ocean Terminal shopping centre, which hosts a wide range of high street stores, as well as family restaurants, a 24-hour gym and a multiplex cinema.
Leith’s rich cultural scene is further enhanced by annual festivals, live music venues, galleries, and artists’ studios. The district also encompasses the Shore: a fashionable waterfront with an array of pubs and restaurants, including award-winning restaurants. Amidst the bustle of Leith are various tranquil green spaces, such as Pilrig Park, Leith Links and Claremont Park, with Pilrig Park just around the corner, while Leith Victoria Swim Centre provides indoor sport and leisure facilities including a pool, fitness studios and a gym.
Edinburgh city centre is easily accessible by bus, day and night, and there is also a direct bus link to Edinburgh International Airport. Furthermore, the tram line is currently being extended through Leith to provide another swift connection through the city centre all the way to the airport. The school catchment area covers early years, primary, and secondary education.