VMH Area Focus: Easter Road

Easter Road is an iconic area in Edinburgh. Not only is it home to the Hibs football stadium, but its a social hotspot, with an array eclectic shops, bars and cafes, as well as Victorian tenements and modern developments.

 

Easter Road is derived simply from the Eastern Road to Leith. Nowadays is a thriving ecosystem with streets and passages to many further areas of Edinburgh.

History

Until the creation of Leith Walk in the 17th century, there were two main passages into Edinburgh. 1) the Eastern Road and 2) the Western Road. The latter is now known as Broughton Road and Bonnington Road.

Famous historic people who have ventured up Easter Road include Mary, Queen of Scots (1561) and Oliver Cromwell (1650).

Besides notable figures travelling through Easter Road, history of the area is limited. This is purely down to the areas purpose. It was simply a road that people used to travel along between Edinburgh and Leith.

Years passed, developments occurred, and the area today is much more than simply a road used to travel between the two suburbs.

Property

Most of the properties built on Easter Road comprise of tenement housing built for the artisan and working classes in the second half of the 19th century. Housing developments appeared on the nursery ground on the south-eastern side by Baron Norton’s Estate (formerly belonging to the Logans of Restalrig), amongst further north-afield projects. Most of these buildings still stand today.

New housing also appeared in the 1970s in several locations on, and just off, Easter Road. Developments appeared opposite Thorntree Street, in Albion Road and in Brunswick Road.

Even as recently as the past few years, the area has expanded and new housing appeared. For instance, the area behind Albion Gardens and next to Lawrie Reilly Place.

Take a look at the properties we are currently selling in the Easter Road area.

Food, drink and other amenities

We couldn’t talk about Easter Road without mentioning the Scottish Football team, Hibernian F.C, who play their home games at the Easter Road stadium. The Edinburgh-based football team play their football in the top SPL division alongside their fierce rivals, Heart of Midlothian.

Hidden behind the Hibs ground you will find the Albion Business Centre.  Once a lemonade factory, Albion Business Centre has been divided into workshops for creative individuals who offer everything from bespoke furniture and kitchens to handmade curtains and soft furnishings.

The area plays host to many delightful coffee shops and cafes, such as Polentoni, The Manna House Bakery & Patisserie and Happy Bean Café. Perfect for grabbing a drink whilst soaking up the streets electric atmosphere.

Like many parts of Edinburgh, Easter Road is host to trendy bars, such as The Mash Tun Bier House & Kitchen. Neighbouring Leith and the nearby Shore offer a wide variety of cosmopolitan bars, fantastic restaurants and a thriving art culture.

There are a number of grocers and news agents dotted along the road. Lidl has recently opened it’s doors on Easter Road and just at the bottom off the road is Tesco.

Easter Road is within close proximity to Edinburgh’s famous Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park. Leith Links is just a short walk away, offering the perfect outdoor space to relax and playparks for the kids.

Much like the 17th century Eastern Road, current day Easter Road acts as a connecting route to other areas of Edinburgh, accessible by public transport, cycling, driving or walking.

One of our VMH offices is also ideally located on Easter Road, so we can confidently say we are experts in this area of Edinburgh.

Thinking about listing your Easter Road property? Why not pop in to our Easter Road branch and arrange a free presale valuation?