“The rural property market with Halliday Homes”

In this week’s article we discuss..

The Rural Property Market – with Halliday Homes

In the business of helping people buy and sell predominantly rural and semi-rural homes throughout the Central Belt of Scotland, we have seen a huge rise in the number of people chasing the bucolic dream. In fact, one of the most dramatic legacies of Covid is its impact on Scotland’s ruralisation. Enquiry levels shot up immediately after the first lockdown ended in 2020 when the ability to work from home gave city dwellers the option to extend their location search and swap the urban jungle for a rural idyll. Not only does country living live up to expectations in terms of open space, gardens, less pollution, greater privacy, and a connection with nature that is difficult to find in a city, the financial implications are also very persuasive: being able to spend less and have a bigger home as well as a more relaxed lifestyle, enjoy a stronger sense of community, enhanced wellbeing, and space for animals and pets.

Given the opportunity, most parents would choose to raise children in a country environment. Best of all, you don’t have to travel far to secure an accessibly rural idyll: the Central Belt of Scotland is full of picturesque villages, agricultural conversions, niche developments, plots for self-builders, and one-off country houses both with and without additional land. And with superfast broadband available throughout most of the region, working from home is on a par with the city – except the view from your home office window is better.

The upsurge in demand for properties up to £600,000 – from young professionals up to retirees – has reduced average selling times to around seven days or less. However, buyers for higher value homes are currently frustrated by low supply, which makes it a prime opportunity for those contemplating putting their home on the market to take advantage of the lack of competition.

The Stable, Old Sauchie, Sauchieburn

SET in beautiful countryside, yet only a few miles from Stirling, Old Sauchie is accessibly rural and strikes an ideal balance between town and country lifestyles, a paradigm like that of No.1 The Stables, a cleverly conceived two-storey conversion – one of five properties within an historic terraced steading development – which balances age and character with a visually striking contemporary interior.

Impeccably presented throughout, the ground floor layout comprises entrance hall leading to a cloakroom, spacious wood-floored living room with inset wood-burning stove, shelved recess, and impressive, arched coach house window with French doors opening onto the garden, and modern fitted kitchen with integrated appliances – the kitchen partially open-plan to a dining room, which has a door out to a charming cobbled inner courtyard. Upstairs, are three double bedrooms and a shower room, the largest dual aspect bedroom a standout space incorporating a luxurious double-ended feature bath – ingeniously concealed behind a curved partition wall – and adjoining fully tiled en suite shower room featuring an over-sized shower and built-in storage niches. Other key features include high ceilings, useful deep window cills highlighting the depth of the external stone walls, slate-tiled flooring throughout the hall, kitchen, and dining room, carpeted staircase and landing, the latter housing a walk-in storage cupboard and an alcove seating area that takes advantages of views to Stirling Castle and the Ochil Hills, and LPG central heating (boiler replaced in 2018).