Buying a home outside the city centre? Read this!

In Edinburgh you can have the best of both worlds by keeping your city job and living outside the city centre with little commuting distance.


One of the major factors to consider when choosing your rural location is to ensure that you aren’t completely cut off from society – and by that we mean that the commute to and from the city isn’t too far.

If moving out of the city was to get away from the hustle and bustle, it would be pointless to then choose a location where the commute to the city is even more stressful than before.

Edinburgh and the Lothians has excellent public transport to get you into and around the city. You can plan and check a route near your potential buying area on Edinburgh Transport’s official website to ensure the commute is easy.


If one of the reasons you want to move out of the city is because you want to start your own family, don’t hold off on that idea until it happens – plan ahead.

Look at local schools, parks and activities in the potential buying area to give you more of a feel of what life could be like in the area for you and your family.

Consider the crime rate and the type of house you want, is it a semi-detached house rather than a one-bedroom flat? Or would you prefer a more secluded detached home with its own land?


Edinburgh, and its surrounding regions, boasts masses of rich green land which you can get lost in and if you want to be surrounded by that in your new home, it won’t be too hard to find.

Local parks and woodland can be found easily online and there’s nothing better than getting out to explore the wilderness yourself!

Options outside the city centre

12 Buckstone Avenue is a three bedroom detached bungalow just outside the city centre. A perfect family home which offers a breath of fresh air for those looking to escape central Edinburgh, whilst remaining within easy striking distance of the city centre.

This house keeps on giving with space for a conversion, perhaps for that growing family.

Nearby amenities include both primary and secondary schools, shopping centres and restaurants.

For those looking to get further away from the capital, The Pines could be the perfect relocation for you and your family. The Pines is a stunning four-bedroom semi-detached house with easy access for commuting into the city centre, around five miles away.

Surrounded by charming countryside, this house offers all the benefits of rural living with local services including a pharmacy, bank and supermarket close by.

VMH is one of Edinburgh’s most experienced property solicitors and estate agents. Buying or selling? Talk to us today!