Edinburgh property focus: Easter Road

Easter Road is often regarded as one of Edinburgh’s most iconic and active streets.

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


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

Famous historic people who have ventured up Easter Road include the likes of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1561 and Oliver Cromwell in 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 pass, developments occur, and the area today is much more than simply a road used to travel between the two suburbs.

Easter Road

Most of the property built on Easter Road comprises 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 just opposite Thorntree Street, in Albion Road and in Brunswick Road.

Even as recently as the past few years has seen Easter Road expand and new housing appear. For instance, the area behind Albion Gardens and next to Lawrie Reilly Place.

Easter Road boasts the perfect mix of traditional, classic tenement buildings and newer, developed housing.

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.

Easter Road plays host to many delightful coffee shops and cafes, such as Polentoni and Happy Bean Café. Perfect for grabbing a drink whilst soaking up the streets electric atmosphere.

Near the northern point of the street there is a large Tesco, great for picking up the weekly family shop.

Much like the 17th century Eastern Road, current day Easter Road acts as a hub of involvement and connectivity 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 moving to Easter Road or are you thinking about listing your Easter Road property? Speak to a member of the VMH Solicitors Estate Agency team here today.