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Edinburgh house buying guide

Looking for houses for sale in Edinburgh, but unsure which area to choose? You’re in the right place, our Edinburgh buying guide will show you the best places to live. To see what you could afford and how you might get on the ladder sooner, create a free Tembo plan — or try out our Mortgage Calculator.

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Where should I buy in Edinburgh?

The Scottish capital is known for being a compact, bustling city with lots of history. Founded before the 7th century AD, the Old Town was built onto an extinct volcano! Complete with winding streets filled with pubs, shops, museums and cafes, it's a history-lover's dream.

As well as it's history, Edinburgh is also known for being the greenest city in the UK, thanks to having the best air quality and most amount of green spaces per head. It's also a centre for culture, hosting events like the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe each year - the world's largest arts festival. A hub of learning since the Renaissance, Edinburgh is also a pioneer in the sciences, technology and financial services, as well as digital technologies, film and creative industries.

Keep reading to find out the top 3 places to buy a home in Edinburgh.


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New Town

The charming Georgian part of the city centre, New Town is known for its rows of elegant townhouses. There's plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy your weekends in, as well as being a stone's throw away from all the shops you could possibly need. Plus, you'll be in the prime location for celebrating Edinburgh's world-famous Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations!


Within walking distance of the city centre, this grand neighbourhood is perfect for young professionals who want to be close to the centre of things without having to deal with as many tourists as the Old Town.

Local Schools

There are only a few primary schools in Edinburgh's New Town, mainly Saint Mary's PC and Stockbridge Primary School, as well as MDK Primary and Leith Walk Primary slightly further afield. There are two main high schools - Drummond Community High School and Edinburgh Academy which is private.

Property price growth

Over the last year, property prices in Edinburgh's New Town were 4% down on the previous year.


Edinburgh's New Town is like the orderly cousin to the city's more historic Old Town. Developed in stages between 1767 and 1850, the New Town boasts signature neo-classical and Georgian architecture.

Before this, Edinburgh was a city of tens of thousands of citizens cramped into the old city walls where filth, disease and crime flourished - the Porteous Riots and Jacobite Rebellion were symptoms of the discontent that resulted.

The city council responded with the creation of the New Town, built with a bold and imaginative design unlike the current city.

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Data sourced from Zoopla's June 2023 House Price Index and Rightmove property prices. Accurate as of 18/08/2023.