‘Interest in accessible rural homes is surging’

In this week’s edition, we discuss:

SCHOOLS are back, daily routines are being reinstated, and as schools are often the determining factor when it comes to moving, parents with pre-school-age children are wise to do their homework and plan well ahead of the event. Make no mistake, being in the catchment area of highly regarded state schools can mean paying a property premium, however, many parents find a price premium preferable to paying school fees. Within the Central Belt of Scotland, we are fortunate in having some of the best state and independent schools in Scotland, including Dunblane High School, Crieff High School, Linlithgow Academy, and in the private sector, Strathallan, Glenalmond, and Morrison’s Academy to name but a few. Smaller class sizes are another advantage of living in a town or village compared to a city equivalent.

With regards to the current property market in the region, the frenetic activity of the last year is now calming down and while many summer sales were for second/holiday homes in picturesque settings, our branches in Bridge of Allan and Linlithgow rare seeing a post-holiday seasonal upturn in interest for larger rural and semi-rural family homes – perhaps a reflection of school catchment areas being earmarked ahead of the 2023 intake.

The Roosting’s, Muiravonside – Offers Over £595,000

A GARDEN, whether it be for relaxing, playing, exercise, or a combination of all three, is an essential for many home buyers and at The Roosting’s, a five-bedroomed detached family house on the outskirts of Linlithgow, the private, half-acre rear garden is an absolute joy to behold – professionally landscaped in three parts to provide everything from a duck pond to fruit trees, patios, seating areas, hot tub and more.

Situated in the semi-rural hamlet of Muiravonside, close to the country park of the same name and surrounded by beautiful countryside, the one-and-a-half-storey house offers deceptively spacious accommodation over two levels to include a large, wood-floored reception hall leading to four interlinked public spaces – dual aspect living room with inset wood-burning fire, dining room, 28ft breakfasting kitchen, and large sunroom overlooking the rear garden, a superb addition with patio door access from the dining room and kitchen, the latter also with two additional sets of doors onto the adjacent patio. A fully tiled shower room (spa shower) and wood-floored fifth bedroom/office complete the ground floor, together with an integral double garage and adjoining boiler room/workshop with external rear access. A carpeted staircase in the hall leads up to four bedrooms (one with fully tiled en suite shower room and all four benefitting from built-in wardrobes) and tiled family bathroom with freestanding bath and separate shower