Aberdeen

Set within easy reach of the Cairngorms National Park, the city of Aberdeen was named as the best place to live and work in Scotland in a 2019 report by Demos-PwC. Alongside the stunning local scenery, another of the reasons for this was the low property prices relative to earnings. This offers residents an excellent standard of living – driven in large part by the oil and gas industry. The lively harbour city is also known as the ‘Granite City’ or ‘Silver City’ thanks to its historic granite buildings.

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Best places to live in Aberdeen

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A historic terraced street in Aberdeen

Areas to consider

There are a total of 11 conservation areas in Aberdeen, offering attractive period houses within historic districts. These include Albyn Place and Rubislaw, Cove Bay, Ferryhill, Footdee, Great Western Road, Old Aberdeen, Pitfodels and Union Street.

Old Aberdeen in particular offers some grand old properties with striking architecture, while Ferryhill offers a wide variety of old and new housing styles. Families looking for period homes would do well to consider Rosemount’s Victoran terraces. Similarly, families will find ideal semi-detached properties in Seafiled, Braeside and Mannofield.

The West End of the city – including neighbourhoods such as Rubislow and Queen’s Road – also offers sizeable period properties alongside new build developments such as Kepplestone, AB15 by Steward Milne Homes. New homes can also be found in the centre of the city, including The Point – a highly popular rental-only development by Dandara Living.

Transport

A boat in Aberdeen harbour

Aberdeen residents enjoy excellent transport connections with the rest of the UK, as well as internationally. Aberdeen International Airport is served by carriers such as easyJet, RyanAir, Scandinavian Airlines and TUI Airways. Loganair provides extensive domestic flights to Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and more.

A seven-hour rail journey from the city’s main station will take you down into London’s King’s Cross, as well as a sleeper service into London Euston. Meanwhile, Edinburgh can be reached in two and a half hours.

Road connections are provided via the A90, connecting to Dundee and Perth to the south. From Perth, the M90 takes drivers on into Edinburgh. Buses also provide connections to the rest of the UK, thanks to operators such as Megabus, Scottish Citylink and National Express.

Aberdeen’s coastal location also makes it a departure point for ferries heading out to Shetland and Orkney.

Reviews

In the heart of Aberdeen city centre, The Point overlooks renovation Union Terrance Gardens, nestled between an Art Gallery, nightlife, shopping malls and the surrounding has everything one could need at arms reach away.
Sebastian, Private Tenant, ThePoint, AB10, Feb 2021

The location is great as it walking distance from the beach and city centre. It is also quiet enough to avoid the noisy city night life. There are multiple grocery shops and restaurants near by along with sport facilities. There is also a bus stop right outside the development.
Katie, Verified Resident on HomeViews, Ocean, AB24, Jan 2021

Kepplestone area is ideal for getting into town, for nipping to Asda and hopping onto Anderson drive. There is a local co op in the area with a post office, alongside a hairdressers and a coffee shop. There is Johnston Gardens, where you can have a cup of tea and cake.
Paige123, Verified Resident on HomeViews, Kepplestone, AB15, Jan 2021

The development is ideally situated for those working at ARI or Aberdeen University. Aberdeen City Centre is within walking distance although there is a regular bus service to the city centre.Aberdeen Beach is a ten minute drive away where there is a great golf course and numerous recreational facilities.
George D, Verified Resident on HomeViews, Scholars Gate, AB24, Jan 2021

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Review Date May 2021

It has a great central location and almost everything (shops, bars and restaurants) are within walking distance, and it’s just around the corner from my barber (Mr Dun’s).
There are good transport links and there’s a bus stop outside so I can easily visit the family using public transport rather than driving the car. Instead of an onsite car park, there is a large secure bike storage facility (with additional facilities to wash and repair for the rides to the beach or the Grampians).
Refuse and recycling collection is onsite so I don’t have to worry about being bombed by the seagull squadron. The only downside is the noise from the traffic from my position. However, this is not the case the higher you are in the building or if your room is not facing the Rosemount Viaduct or Union Terrace.

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I recently moved in and one thing that stands out for me is its staff. The team are very friendly, polite and are very informative, always going the extra mile making living here even more special (there was even a welcome gift and card upon arrival, and there are weekend special activities and treats – credit to Jessica).
If The Point had a restaurant, cafe or bar onsite, it could be easily mistaken for a hotel as the hospitality is of a high standard.
The Point is well presented, modern, clean and secure. The building is of good construction although some could find fault with the finer details. The Design is not a passive build, however, it is nice and warm during the cold spells without boosting the heating. One concern is the use of energy for the aircon units in the communal areas, but some simple shading techniques could easily limit this or even offset with a small wind turbine and solar plant installation as there is plenty of roof space.
The in-house facilities at the The Point are great; (a) I love the Garden Room and Working Hub with panoramic views of the city; (b) the residents lounge is a great place just to chill out; (c) the laundry facilities (I can even watch TV or a movie while waiting or ironing my clothes); (d) there’s also two separate TV Rooms which are just like personal cinemas; (e) there’s also a Studio and Gym (penciled in for later); (f) the lifts are very spacious and the fire escapes are easily accessible. I never have to worry about parcel delivery too with separate secured facilities for letters and larger items. The high internet speeds (range from 200 to 300+ Mbps) make remote working less stressful.

If I could change anything, it would it be:
1. Install a quieter fridges/freezer – in a small studio, sleeping so close to the kitchenette can be unpleasant at first, but you soon get used to it.
2. Install dimmable or smart lights – they are too bright at times.
3. Install an off switch for the main extractor – it is situated in the built-in cooker hood and is on constantly (although idle and I boost for cooking and shower time), as with most fans, the bearings wear down over time and grease/dust accumulates on the blades making them noisier.
5. Install additional storage cabinets or shelving.
6. Add some raised gardens beds for resident to grow herbs and flowers on the terraces.
7. Add outside garden furniture (seating and dining) on the terraces with solar night lights.
8. Add internal and external shading for use in the summer.
9. Add a wind turbine and solar plant to offset energy usage.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

1. Detailed property dimensions of the apartment and the furniture.

What is the best feature of your home:

1. The Cleanliness and Security.
2. The mattress, it’s extremely comfy (so important to your health considering we spend over 25% of our lives on this!).
3. Built-in combination Oven/Microwave (great for a roast or simply heating up a ready meal for those lazy days).
4. Instant hot water (don’t have to waste water waiting to heat up).

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Home sweet home!

Review Date May 2021

Being a building located on the city center most of the shops of interest in the town are less than 10min walking, as much as to provide me with such comfort that I barely have to leave my comfort area!
The transports are very close by and people are able to move around town with ease, with the help of the concierge 24/7 the tenants can also be guided on how to travel to specific points!
When it comes to parking there is just no parking place at the building what to me personally is not a deal breaker, the noise is inexistente due to the building well construction, both nights and day will be comfortable and quiet!
Other tenants are polity and most times are willing to exchange a word!

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The place is great, very quiet and clean, the comfort is like no other I’ve experienced in a long time living in Aberdeen!
The concierge puts in the work to please and help all tenants, by being helpful, careful and having attention to detail.
The maintenance services are very efficient as well providing a solution to any small or big issue in a timely fashion manner.
As a tenant I’m happy to say is worth every penny!

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The is nothing I could have gotten that the community hasn’t offer!

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

All issues that I’ve presented where fixed in the same day with the most attention as any one would get!

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Love my home

Review Date Mar 2021

Amazing. The people are so nice so much to do around here and to eat!! I love it. Parking isn’t a issue and you get the odd traffic but it won’t put you off.

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I love the design of. My home, the management are so helpful I’d highly recommended them to everyone and if you ever have question the team are ever so helpful. I love my home and like to keep it in good state if nything ever goes wrong they come straight away and fix it covid friendly

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing.

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Review Date Mar 2021

The Point is in the perfect location in the centre of Aberdeen. There is a little noise due to this, however it was never a problem for me. The only real downside was that there is no dedicated parking in the building and the closest parking was 5 mins walk away and usually full, which made finding a space really difficult sometimes!

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The Point is really well presented and the management/customer services team are all very friendly. I stayed there during lockdown so sadly this affected the community vibe and there were rarely other residents in the public areas which were really nice spaces. The gym was great too.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

If I had know we were going to be in lockdown for the duration of my stay I would have considered staying somewhere less expensive as I didn’t get to take advantage of many of the great features of the Point.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I had a few problems with the automatic bathroom light not turning off and staying on for days. Each time I raised this the team they were quick to fix the issue.

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