Living the #GlasgowCityLife

Living the #GlasgowCityLife


If you have not ventured into the Merchant City for a while or in fact never visited the City Centre of Glasgow, you might be surprised to find out how cosmopolitan a city it has grown to be. With an eclectic but somehow complimentary mix of old and new architectural styles housing both commercial and residential homes; a superb choice of widely renowned wine and cocktail bars, many highly acclaimed restaurants and the famous Style Mile for shopping; there is a lot to enjoy in this busy city centre.

The Merchant City itself has the highest concentration of residential dwellers in Glasgow City Centre, out with Garnethill. Located above the majority of retail and recreational outlets you’ll find converted warehouse apartments and modern apartment blocks with a wide-ranging selection of apartments styles and sizes that appeal to a broad range of buyers including first time buyers; investors looking for a good investment due to the popularity of the area and many retired downsizers purchasing penthouses.


"I’m certain the Merchant City is finally becoming everything that Glasgow City Council Planners, of the 1980’s regeneration schemes, hoped it would be and more" says Lisa Pitchers, Branch Manager and Valuer of Rettie Glasgow City. It is a vibrant and buzzy area and offers a great variety of bars, restaurants, café culture, shopping and residential accommodation. Apartments have been constructed from the restoration and conversion of warehouses; modern new build fused with former commercial buildings converted into residential accommodation and further into the City Centre, many original Merchants 1800’s townhouses have reinstated from their more recent commercial use now converted to their former use as residential accommodation and there are also the traditional style tenement flats all within the same streets.

Take a walk through the Centre on a dry winter evening and enjoy the lights of Buchanan Street through to Royal Exchange Square and along Ingram Street into the Merchant City, this area has been named the style mile for its luxury selection of boutiques and designer shops where many of the historic buildings have been restored to their former glory with beautiful sandstone facades, we should all take a tip from the increasing number of tourist visitors and look up a bit more!

Other areas we cover include Dennistoun where its continued gentrification makes it a popular location for first time buyers and investors alike. Buying a tenement in ‘the Drives’, only a mile east of the Merchant City, offers good value for money and an easier step onto the property ladder in many cases. Garnethill is nestled between the West End and City Centre and has a village feel; when you are up on the top of aptly named Hill Street, there you will find the majority of property is traditional style tenement flats with some converted school houses. A short walk down Scott Street takes you to the newly completed public realm works of Sauchiehall Street where the pavements have been widened and tree lined to encourage more café culture lifestyle.


Glasgow city centre includes Garnethill, Blythswood Hill, the City Centre, Charing Cross, the Merchant City, Cowcaddens, Townhead and Glasgow Green. Housing types range from luxury city centre apartments and warehouse conversions in the Merchant City to student flats in Townhead and Georgian townhouse conversions in Blythswood Hill. This area is the vibrant, beating heart of the city. It is home to many of the city's main cultural venues, which are found alongside designer clothing shops and some of the country's top restaurants.

  Rarely available, this generous three-bedroom duplex apartment is set within the former St. Andrew's by the Green Tent Hall, a late Gothic/ Early Renaissance building originally constructed around 1876 and transformed into residential apartments circa 2004. This apartment offers flexible living accommodation over 1160 sqft and benefits from a striking internal residents courtyard area from which the property is directly accessed, a glass lift and two parking spaces. It has a prominent location close to St Andrews Square, Glasgow Green and the nearby Merchant City.

This magnificent grey sandstone Merchant City Grade A listed building was converted into luxury apartments in 2016. Our second floor property occupies a bright corner position facing south and west over Trongate and Glassford Street towards Argyle Street. The distinctive turreted building was originally designed and built in 1903 by T P Marwick as headquarters of The National Savings Bank, and laterally home to a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Offering immaculate accommodation, this two-bedroom apartment with dual aspect position, is centrally located within the heart of Glasgow's vibrant Merchant City and well placed for a broad range of city amenities as well as great transport links.
Offering the luxury of a boutique hotel, this well appointed and generous two bedroom, third floor apartment in The Vienna Apartments is well placed for immediate access to the cities amenities being located in the heart of Glasgow's City Centre on Mitchell Street which runs parallel to Buchanan Street, part of Glasgow's famous ''Style Mile'. The property is located within the refurbished sandstone warehouse section of the building at No 55. completed 10 years ago. Being a conversion, it has high ceilings and notable features including a bright and spacious 27ft open plan loft style living space with three large windows facing onto the Mackintosh Lighthouse Building; two sumptuous bedrooms that are rear facing, having recently been redecorated and carpeted they offer the tranquillity of a deluxe hotel. This stylish apartment spans 1001 sq ft and is in excellent decorative order.
A bright and very spacious three-bedroom traditional flat, situated on the preferred first floor of a red sandstone tenement building. It is centrally located and well placed for many of the city's amenities, transport links and educational institutions. The generous accommodation is very well proportioned with notable highlights to include replaced sash and case windows throughout, 17'4 living room, a modern internal kitchen with integrated appliances and internal shower room having Victorian style white tiling with dark grout and a glass framed shower cubicle.
Located just south of George Square in Glasgow's popular Merchant City, Scott House is a striking blonde sandstone building, refurbished and converted into residential apartments circa 2004. This well presented one-bedroom, second floor flat, offers spacious living accommodation with easy access to amenities and transport links within and around the Merchant City, an area which offers opportunity to variety of buyers, including investors, with its high potential yield due to growing rental values in this central and convenient locale.
This generous, third floor, one-bedroom city apartment is set within the prominent ''Merchant Building' constructed in 2010 by Albatown Homes and located in an incredibly convenient position on the edge of Glasgow's popular Merchant City. The spacious apartment of 678 square feet offers open plan loft style living with great storage. Notable highlights include the dual aspect lounge/ dining/ kitchen spanning over 20ft with three sets of full height windows all with Paris balconies providing views north, south and west. The interior has been maintained to an excellent standard.
This bright and modern two-bedroom, fifth floor flat is located in the Merchant Central Building on the edge of the Merchant City, just off High Street. It is highly convenient for Strathclyde University, High Street Station and the Merchant City's many acclaimed restaurants, bars and Ingram Street's ''Style Mile' designer fashion stores. It offers an ideal opportunity for a variety of buyers and especially investors as a result of growing rental values in this central and convenient locale.

If you are looking to sell your property in Glasgow City, please don't hesitate to contact Lisa Pitchers.

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About Lisa Pitchers MRICS

Lisa heads our Glasgow City sales team as a Branch Manager & Valuer. She has worked in the property industry since 1995 starting her career with Slater Hogg & Howsion where she spent a tota...

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