When we entered the Chinese New Year at the end of January, we were expecting it to be the Year of the Rat, but as things have turned out you could say it has been the Year of the Homeworker. However, there are some interesting traits for those of born in one of the many Years of the Rat – quick-witted, resourceful, versatile and kind. 2020 has definitely been a year for demonstrating those traits.
Christmas is just round the corner and we are all hoping to be able to enjoy the slight relaxation of rules to see friends or family in our extended bubbles. And after a year like no other, it seems even more important this December to be decorating our homes, making them a joyous and welcoming hub for the festive period.
With home schooling now the norm, parents everywhere have been transforming dining tables into desks, loft spaces into laboratories and gardens into gymnasiums.
Indelibly woven into Edinburgh’s cityscape is Great Junction Street. Opened in December 1938 as The State Cinema, it seated 1650 patrons in the main cinema and boasted four shops, two billiard halls, and a skittle alley on the two floors above the foyer. The original use of the building is in perfect step with the popular use of Art Deco for public buildings such as government headquarters, theatres, commercial buildings, and cinemas.
What separates part-time decorators from real DIY enthusiasts would be having a dedicated working space, like a workshop, garage, or a basement. Have a look at a selection of beautiful houses with spaces perfect for a DIY workshop below, if you want to move your decorating hobby to the next level.
Avocado banana bread, beetroot chocolate cake, cheese and onion scones and Easter treats…our Instagram feeds have gone crazy with everyone’s new found love of home baking. Even those of us who thought we just ‘don’t have the kitchen’ for it, have now found space in our homes (and our bellies) for plenty of tasty creations. Whilst we can’t supply the recipes, perhaps we can evoke some kitchen envy with a look through some fabulous homes with stylish and functional space to bake.
Vendors and interested buyers have a number of questions about the current property market and how it should influence their decisions for buying and selling property
As the Chinese proverb goes, life begins the day you start a garden. Gardening is a great way to make the most of your time outdoors...
Choosing a letting agent is a decision not taken lightly. But how easy is it to switch agents if you become dissatisfied?
Over the last week there has been a spike in interest from holiday and short-lets landlords who are now considering longer term lettings. Most of these enquiries centre around concerns over short-term loss of income due to the impact of Coronavirus on the global tourism industry.
Enjoy our virtual viewings from the comfort of your own home! Sit back, relax and let us show you some fabulous properties currently on the market.
I don’t need to remind anyone of the undeniable impact Coronavirus is having on our everyone’s lives and industry. The Rettie business is no different and we’ve had to make some significant changes to the way we operate to help our clients (and our team) through this time.
Whilst we may have over 250 years of sales experience between our leading experts and we thought we’d seen it all – clearly, we haven’t quite…
Moving house in East Dunbartonshire couldn’t be easier with property experts Rettie & Co opening a new office in the heart of Kirkintilloch.
Alastair Houlden is Director of Country House Sales and leads Rettie & Co.’s Perthshire team. He has sold homes in Perthshire and surroundings for twenty years. Here is a peek into Alastair’s Perthshire and some local recommendations.
An impressive seven-bedroom home that is around 220 years old has been brought to the property market.
Did you know that staged properties are known to let up to three times faster? If you are looking to reduce the vacant period of your property, here are our top tips for getting a property ready to attract the right tenants fast.
A fifth of households in the UK are privately rented. As a landlord, it is good practice to put yourself in the renter’s position and think: if you were renting a property, would you like a landlord like you?
I have sold homes in EH4 for over a decade and have always been enamoured of the area’s charm and wonderful neighbourhoods with tight-knit communities. It is a diverse postcode that has hustle and bustle around Stockbridge and Dean Village and then fantastic family homes with a wee village feel around Davidson Mains, Blackhall, and Ravelston.
Having lived in East Lothian for twenty-five years, North Berwick has got to be my favourite coastal town in the county. This scenic harbour town benefits from must-see beaches, a wide variety of shops, cafes and bars, not to mention world- renowned golf courses.
Now that the holiday season is behind us and a new year stretches out ahead, many people will have decided for a variety of reasons to sell their home. This big decision comes with many choices that can each play a role in the success of the sale. Fortunately, there are many things that sellers can easily do at little to no cost to ensure positive impressions from potential buyers.
Like many parents, there are mixed feelings when the children finally fly the nest and head off to university, college, or maybe their first job. The first experience of living alone or in a shared rented flat. All very exciting, although generally rather costly for the parents.
The roof on your home is important. This may seem like the understatement of the year, but for those of us living in Edinburgh's historic tenements, it is easy to forget your responsibility towards your roof.
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.
Void periods kill rental yields, so if you are thinking of putting your property on the market for let, here’s a short list of the top six key tasks to undertake to ensure you receive rent as quickly as possible.
Andrew Smith is Director of Country House Sales and leads Rettie & Co.’s East Lothian sales team. He has sold houses throughout the county for thirty years. Here is a peek into his East Lothian and some local recommendations.
The City of Edinburgh is already feeling the effects of climate change. Increasing levels of rainfall, higher wind speeds, and more extreme and unpredictable weather events pose a number of very real threats to historic buildings. Decaying stonework, mould growth, metal corrosion, and ground instability all affect a building’s ability to withstand the effects of climate change, but simple steps such as clearing gutters and renewing paintwork can significantly improve the health of your property.
Morningside is such a cosmopolitan section of Edinburgh that its beauty and open green areas often take a back seat. Nestled comfortably alongside a plethora of trendy coffeeshops, eateries, and independent boutiques are stunning areas of natural beauty. Their close proximity and easy access from any corner of Morningside only adds to the allure of this Edinburgh area.
Follow the eastern coastline of England northwards, past the jagged curvature of the Northumberland coast and Lindisfarne and you will reach a notch in the landmass. An inlet from the North Sea into the River Tweed shaped like a whisky still creates the geography of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Familiar place names often evoke a slideshow of landmarks in the mind’s eye, coupled with sensory memories of living or visiting a place.
Rettie & Co. are delighted to announce the launch of the Spring | Summer 2019 digital editions of our At Home Magazine.
We are deighted to announce that an Open House Event will be held by our Rettie Berwick team, where you will be invited to view selected properties. Please find a selection of homes for sale below and contact our team if you would like to know more: 01289 305 158, email@example.com.ï¿½
Families move to Scotland for myriad reasons—to work, to study, or to set up a business—but mostly to enjoy a superb quality of life for themselves and their families that few other countries can offer. If you are moving to Scotland with your employer, you may be offered the service of a relocation agent, who can help with the logistics of your move, or a specialist like Rettie & Co., who can assist with finding a suitable rental home.
We are deighted to announce that an Open House Event will be held in Berwick, where you will be invited to to view selected properties. Please find a selection of properties below and contact our team if you would like to know more: 01289 305 158, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rettie & Co. are delighted to announce the launch of the Autumn | Winter 2018 digital editions of our At Home Magazine. This bi-annual magazine covers Scotland and the North East of England, showcasing some of the stunning properties available through our dedicated sales, lettings, and development teams.
Get the most out of life in the city while enjoying a rural lifestyle in these idyllic locations just outside of Edinburgh. Moving to the country usually involves some degree of compromise, but the proximity of these properties to the Edinburgh city centre makes it effortless to combine country living with a city lifestyle.
Rettie & Co. are delighted to announce the launch of the Spring | Summer 2018 editions of our At Home magazine, including our very first digital version of At Home focusing on Edinburgh & East Central Scotland. The bi-annual magazine covers Scotland and the North of England showcasing some of the stunning property available through our dedicated sales, lettings and development teams.
Darnick Tower is almost six hundred years old, with walls three feet thick. A king has stood on its battlements and ghosts are said to flit through the grounds. It was built for the Heiton family in 1425 and has never been for sale until now.
Rettie & Co. are delighted to announce the launch of the Autumn / Winter 2017 editions of our At Home magazine.
Rettie & Co. are delighted to launch the Spring 2017 editions of our At Home magazine. In each of the highly anticipated bi-annual magazines, we feature some of the finest properties for sale across Scotland and The North East of England.
Welcome to the Autumn editions of our latest At Home magazines, featuring some of the finest properties available for sale across Scotland and The North East of England. We hope you enjoy browsing the articles and properties featured in each.
Welcome to the Spring edition of our latest magazines. We hope you enjoy browsing the articles and properties featured in each.
2015 marks the 125th birthday of one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks, the Forth Rail Bridge. Opened by the-then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in 1890, the bridge is the world’s longest cantilever bridge and contains ten times more steel than the Eiffel Tower.
At Rettie and Co. we sell some of Scotland’s most magnificent homes and castles. We take a look at some of our most exceptional properties on the market. You may also be interested to read our prime property portfolio, Scotland’s Finest Homes.
Ever wondered what £750,000 could buy you across Scotland? Have a look at some of the stunning properties available through Rettie & Co.
Following on from our most popular post: Scottish Castles for Sale – our research team have gathered information and data on a number of Scottish castles to create an eye-opening infographic that tells a story of Scotland’s rich collection of castles.
This week we take a look at a number of exceptional country homes for sale in Scotland. Living in the country is a popular lifestyle choice. Many seek the quiet and tranquility of country life over the hustle and bustle of city living.
Our selection of beautiful kitchens that offer the ultimate environment for baking treats fit for the Great British Bake Off
Townhouses are often considered the dark horse in the world of property. They may seem small on the outside but can surprise you with an ample and elegant interior. When looking for the ideal location in the city or perhaps even near the borders, the opportunities for townhouses seem endless. To give you an example of such opportunities, we've comprised a list of incredible townhouses for sale in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Berwick Upon Tweed.
An exceptional selection of properties for sale on the Central Belt of Scotland
The subject of first time buyers has long been a topic of discussion amongst the public and has recently seen an increase in attention as a result of the Government’s recent Help to Buy scheme. The scheme in itself is relatively self-explanatory – designed to encourage and support first time buyers in the process of purchasing their first home. In light of this news we have used our lifestyle section to focus on properties for sale at £250,000 and below.
Magnificent Properties For Sale Near Golf Courses in Scotland
Waterfront properties for sale in Scotland. Ever wished you had a room with a view? Experience has taught us that this is often a high priority on prospective buyer’s minds.
The second post in our coverage of what you can expect for your money, today we cover the £800,000 price bracket. We’ve got a range of different, yet equally impressive properties, to give you an idea of what you could buy for £800,000 or thereabouts. From a Renaisance-style villa, to a Berwick-based development opportunity, the £800,000 pound mark can buy you luxury in many different locations.
It’s the dream of many aspiring gentries; a well-defended, impenetrable fortress to call home. Whether it’s the romantic notion of knights wooing fair maidens or the grandiose architecture, when castles come on the market, there is always a large interest. And where better to own a castle than Scotland? There’s nowhere like it in terms of scenery, history and culture.