Best Places to Live in Glasgow

On the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow is Scotland’s most populated city and offers a wide range of properties, good schools, a thriving cultural scene, excellent shopping, expansive parks and proximity to the coast and mountains. The city is divided into five key areas: City Centre, North Glasgow, Southside, East End and West End, each with its own personality. Properties range from classic red sandstone tenements and modern townhouses to bungalows, semis and detached villas.

West End

The West End is one of the most desirable areas of Glasgow. The Hillhead district, with classic red sandstone terraces and impressive tenement buildings, is popular with young professionals, students and families alike. Situated to the north of Kelvingrove Park and close to the Botanic Gardens, Hillhead offers an array of art galleries, museums and independent shops, notably in fashionable Byres Road. The University of Glasgow is located here and nearby are popular schools, Hillhead Primary School and Kelvinside Academy. Other sought-after residential hotspots in this area include Dowanhill, Kelvingrove and Hyndland.


South of the River Clyde, Shawlands is regarded as an up-and-coming area and is an attractive option for young families with great schools, popular places to eat and nearby Pollok Country Park and the renowned Burrell Collection. Also south of the river are smart suburban areas such as Whitecraigs and Giffnock in East Renfrewshire. Giffnock has a wide variety of properties, lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance and excellent schooling.

North Glasgow

To the north of the city are the popular residential areas of Bearsden and Milngavie in East Dunbartonshire. Houses in Bearsden have some of the highest prices of any area in Glasgow. Both areas are hotspots for commuters who prefer less hustle and bustle and more green space, yet situated only a short distance from the city centre. Quality of life is key for those who can afford properties in these areas with quality primary schools nearby as well as golf courses, Kilmardinny Loch Nature Reserve and excellent rail links to the city centre.

City Centre & East End

In the city centre the Merchant City, one of Glasgow’s oldest quarters, has a mix of modern apartments and trendy warehouse conversions with an abundance of bars, restaurants, boutiques and galleries nearby. Just a short walk from the city centre is Glasgow’s East End, home to the city’s oldest buildings and some new developments. Whilst it is not regarded as the most popular areas of Glasgow, the East End has seen some regeneration and many homes in this area are purpose-built and more affordable for those starting on the property ladder.

The Glasgow property market caters for all budgets and tastes and each area has its own character. From refined architecture to cool boutiques and trendy nightspots, there’s something for everyone in this popular city!

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