New build homes for sale: Edinburgh’s highest rated

Edinburgh is the historic capital of Scotland. A city rich in culture and steeped in Scottish folklore, Edinburgh attracts visitors from all over the world. The city’s medieval old town and impressive castle are must-visit destinations. If you’re considering a move to Edinburgh, start by reading our ranking of the best new build homes for sale in the city.

Where is Edinburgh?

The City of Edinburgh is located in the Scottish county of Midlothian. The city sits on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh is approximately 50 miles north of the border with England, and lies around 45 miles to the east of Glasgow.

Edinburgh is located in the Scottlish lowlands. It is well-connected by major roads, including the A1, the M8, the M9 and the M90. These road connections make Edinburgh a highly accessible city. It’s easy to reach from northern England and the surrounding Scottish cities of Glasgow, Falkirk, Perth and beyond.

What’s it like to live in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is a richly historic city, and has stood as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century. The city is the cultural and political capital of this proud country. It’s the home of the Scottish Parliament and high courts.

With around half a million inhabitants, Edinburgh is a lively city with a diverse population. The city is home to four universities, with more than 60,000 students, helping to make Edinburgh a young, vibrant place. Edinburgh has a high concentration of cafés and bars and an excellent nightlife.

The city is a renowned cultural centre. The world-famous Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe take place in the city every summer. The festivals attract the biggest names in the arts, music, theatre and comedy to the city. Edinburgh also hosts an annual international film festival, a book festival, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This packed cultural calendar is one of the reasons why Edinburgh is the second-most visited destination in the UK, after London.

Visitors flock to Edinburgh thanks to its enchanting history and architecture. The magnificent Edinburgh Castle surveys the city from its vantage atop Castle Rock. Ornate Gothic churches and handsome Georgian terraces flank the city’s cobbled streets. Edinburgh is a truly atmospheric place to spend time in.

Edinburgh has a thriving economy and ranks in the top 10 best cities to work in the UK. The city also scores highly on quality of life and happiness, with the property consultancy firm Knight Frank identifying Edinburgh as one of the world’s top 20 cities in 2020. According to the study, Edinburgh scored particularly highly for happiness, governance, safety and work-life balance.

Average property prices in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a wealth of elegant period properties, while recent development has seen a number of new build homes for sale in the city. Average property prices in the city were £314,892 in the 12 months to February 2022. This is above the UK average price of £268,000. It is also significantly higher than the average property price across Scotland, which is £181,000. House prices in Edinburgh are on the up, having increased by 5% in the previous 12 months. This is though, lower than the UK average increase of 10%.

New build homes in Edinburgh: 5 best developments

With its stunning architecture, rich culture and history and thriving economy, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh is such a popular city to live and work in. The city is one of the most affluent places in Scotland and property prices are way above the national average. Below you’ll find our ranking of Edinburgh’s top 10 new build homes for sale. Verified residents have rated the developments on a variety of factors. As such, HomeViews can provide rankings based on the real life experience of living in each one. Read on to learn more about the highest rated new build homes across the city.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance – as on our area guide pages.

The Strand at Portobello, by Barratt Homes, sits close to the picturesque Portobello beach. The development comprises of 2 and 3-bed homes. As well as close proximity to the beach, The Strand is a few miles from Edinburgh city centre.   Read reviews and details of The Strand @ Portobello, EH15

Waterfront Plaza, by CALA Homes, comprises of a collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, and 4 bedroom townhouses. Situated along the Leith waterfront, the development has easy access to the cinema, gym, shops, cafes, coffee shops, Michelin starred restaurants, fresh seafood eateries, stylish cocktail bars and much more. Read reviews and details of Waterfront Plaza, EH6

Bonnington Mill, by Miller Homes, is located in the heart of one of Edinburgh’s vibrant districts. Comprising of a range of 1, 2, 3-bed apartments. Residents at Bonnington Mill benefit from a riverside setting, as well as a wide variety of transport links. Read reviews and details of Bonnington Mill, EH6

The Ropeworks, by The Teague Group, sits in Edinburgh’s Leith. Comprising of a multi-phase development, it offers 1, 2, 3-bed apartments and 3-bed town houses. In addition to this, the Ropeworks sits on the historic Edinburgh Roperie and Sailworks company site. Read reviews and details of The Ropeworks, EH6

Are you interested in learning more about living and working in this ever-popular city? If you’re thinking of moving to Edinburgh, you can read more about life in the city and its surrounding areas by reading our guide below. You’ll also be able to find all the latest new build developments across the wider City of Edinburgh area.

The county of City Edinburgh is one of the most desirable places to live in Britain. It’s a county with a rich history and thriving culture, and it’s also the home of many prestigious universities. If you’re thinking about moving to Scotland – or Read more about City of Edinburgh

HomeViews provides verified resident reviews of the UK’s housing developments. We’re working with developers, house builders, operators, housing associations and the Government to recognise high performers and help improve standards in the built environment.

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