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Edinburghers- Braids or Greenbank!

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ocelot41 Sat 20-Aug-16 16:49:57

OK so we now have just over a week before The Big Move. DS is going to be going in S Morningside school and we are renting a friend's wee flat to start with, so no major rush on buying a new home. I had thought we start looking for a terrace or double upper somewhere around S Morningside but the gardens often seem to be tiny and I have a VERY active DS. An earlier thread recommended I check out the Braids/Greenbank. You certainly get tonnes more for your money!. But what we are after is somewhere really kid- friendly and down to earth. Is there much to choose between them?

Fadingmemory Sun 21-Aug-16 07:24:10

I lived in the Braids years ago and found it to be a great location - bus services to go all over the city, shops including for eg independent greengrocers, supermarkets etc close by, surgeries. Braid Hills + Blackford Pond and Hill within walking distance for energy burning. Also there's Morningside play park. Easy walk to South Morningside Primary. Greenbank is further out with far less on the doorstep (lots of time in the car and the traffic in Morningside Road can be very congested) and is quiet but parts of it eg Greenbank Village have an empty feel. Finding a garden of any size unless you buy a big, pricey house may be difficult, though in Morningside. Not sure about Greenbank.gardens. No doubt you are using the ESPC website.

ocelot41 Mon 22-Aug-16 08:31:13

Thanks Fading memory! Where are the shops in the Braids please?

Muddle2000 Mon 22-Aug-16 11:24:15

Morningside ,in common with many areas near/in the centre, has a large
number of tenament buildings which can be several stories high- lovely stonework etc but these do not provide much garden space. So many of them are also situated in roads with traffic passing so bad for very young kids. Def an area for free people who are after central .atttractions/work.
The further out you go the more new-build it gets but the more space you get especially garden wise. Better for young families
I think the above is true of any city if you are not prepared to put up with grotty parts. South/West Edinburgh are the best areas.

ocelot41 Mon 22-Aug-16 15:29:22

Thanks Muddle. DS is 6 and pretty road savvy so I am not too worried about that - just needs space to run. Also open to villa flats but would need to have access to a garden I think! Not mad on modern houses, but 1930s can be characterful?

Muddle2000 Mon 22-Aug-16 15:53:54

Safety : I am talking about a garden, yard etc where she can be left to play
a bit - the problem is some of the in-town flats describe a garden but it is
either communal or not a real one, at the front. Mind you, I would not give
up on the communal. I have seen a handful of places with kiddie swings
in them so it looks like there are 1. other young families 2. people willing
to share which, if you think about sounds nice and friendly actually!!
Moira Avenue is a more characterful road with large gardened flats.
Really lovely stonework viilas so def have a look there

ocelot41 Mon 22-Aug-16 16:13:05

Great! Thanks! We have an only child so if we were sharing with other families would ve totally up for communal gardens. It might be a bit more of a problem if they were older folks who didn't want a boisterous young un ...Will check out Moira Ave...

dotdotdotmustdash Wed 24-Aug-16 07:39:43

There isn't a Moira Avenue in Edinburgh that I can see? Do you mean Moira Terrace on the way to Portobello? It's a decent road, but nowhere near Morningside.

ocelot41 Wed 24-Aug-16 08:36:43

That's what I thought when I looked at the map dotdot. I really appreciate Muddle pointing out nice family areas, but the school place we have been given is S Morningside, so we need to be in that catchment.

dotdotdotmustdash Wed 24-Aug-16 20:53:29

OP, I don't know your budget but this looks nice and in the right area

dotdotdotmustdash Wed 24-Aug-16 20:55:05

or this..

ocelot41 Wed 24-Aug-16 21:54:08

Really appreciate the property snoofling dotdot. Got to sell our current home first but think we will be looking around the 600-700k mark (buyers willing on our other property!)

dotdotdotmustdash Wed 24-Aug-16 22:10:12

Oooh, I would love to property snoofle with that kind of money!

Let me know when you're ready and I'll snoofle away!

I was brought up in Edinburgh, the Portobello side and I now live in Fife. Still love Edinburgh, but couldn't afford to buy there what we have here.

ocelot41 Wed 24-Aug-16 22:19:44

Thanks dotdot.smile

I am very fortunate - got two successive properties which needed 'everything doing', did most of it myself, and made some cash. Then got helped by property market in SE going insane.

dotdotdotmustdash Wed 24-Aug-16 22:36:53

My Mum and Stepdad both grew up and lived in Edinburgh until they retired. I know my Stepdad always said that one place in Edinburgh that he would have lived, if he could have afforded it, was the Grange area. The Grange is within your search area and very close to all the amenities. Your budget would work well there.

ocelot41 Thu 25-Aug-16 07:32:41

I looove the Grange - I used to walk around there dribbling as a student, so it would be my top pick too.

But its out of catchment for S Morningside. We are moving to a rental property to start with (which is inside the catchment). Not sure if we are free to buy outside of catchment after a decent period or if that would constitute fraud?

Anyway Grange is super spendy - well over a million for a house! Although you might be able to get a nice double upper ? Also - quite a long walk to school which might wear thin after a while?

dotdotdotmustdash Thu 25-Aug-16 07:37:13

I've never heard of a child being asked to move if they move outside catchment, I know it happens in England, but I've never known it to happen up here.

Alternatively with your budget, you could buy a less expensive house and pay for private education. You would still get a lovely home but you could choose to love in different places.

ocelot41 Thu 25-Aug-16 07:38:02

I was maybe thinking something like this - not so beautiful outside but fab family space inside and fabbo garden

dotdotdotmustdash Thu 25-Aug-16 07:40:43

This looks nice

dotdotdotmustdash Thu 25-Aug-16 07:45:33

That's lovely Ocelot, but it does seem a shame to move to an area of lovely old villas, very representative of the area, yet live in a house that could be built anywhere. Your choice would be a great family home though.

SauvignonPlonker Thu 25-Aug-16 08:07:04

ocelot once you've been allocated a primary place within catchment (now that you're renting within catchment) you could buy out of catchment - it is reasonably common.

The only thing you have to be aware of is the secondary catchment, as secondary places will be allocated by catchment - so your DC could be in a different secondary catchment as her friends that she's had throughout primary.

I love Bruntsfield & Morningside, but you don't get a lot of bang for your buck.

ocelot41 Thu 25-Aug-16 08:12:55

Thanks Sauvignon - that's very useful to know. And I totally agree dotdot! Just trying to balance what I want with DS' high energy needs.

Funnily enough, I saw that flat too - great location and space, just needs a bit of updating. The garage would also come in very handy for all our bikes as well as the car. My concern is that DS would need to leave the flat, go down the steps and across the car park to reach the garden. I am not sure I would be comfortable/letting him do that whilst he is still only 6 and b/ would he actually use it?

Does anyone else have experience of double uppers? Did your DC actually use the garden/on their own? If so, at what age?

ocelot41 Thu 25-Aug-16 08:18:28

This has sold and its over our budget but oh my! If you like the 1930s thing its a beaut. Not sure how typical of the area it is though www.vmh.co.uk/properties-for-sale/property-details/?prop=47574

LizzieMacQueen Thu 25-Aug-16 10:39:33

I just had a look on the ESPC website, that's cool that they have added a school catchment function.

If this is to be your long term home then I would choose something within walking distance of the secondary school (taking into account the hills). Once your child reaches S1 it is so much easier if they can walk to school and back.

ocelot41 Thu 25-Aug-16 12:39:18

Good point Lizzie, thanks

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