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 in Aberdeen

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 in Aberdeen

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.

Aberdeen development 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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Nice location but village amenities non existent

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Review Date Jun 2022

Milltimber the area in itself is a lovely semi-rural area with plenty of surrounding green space and close by walks along the river dee and the countryside. Ample local shops are nearby, although car is needed to reach them unless you like a near 2 mile walk to the nearest one for basics and location wise is great from the city centre and Deeside with the village being set just off the North Deeside Rd allowing great views over the surrounding landscape.

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The design of the houses are of very good quality and typically with a new build house you would expect quite a lot crammed in to as much space as possible with lower heigh ceilings you would get in a traditional older house but are designed to be bright and light internally with spacious open plan kitchens in many with decent sized gardens depending on the house type bought.

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Semi detached homes have a strange and bad layout with the outdoor patio area right next to your neighbours patio, with only a small wooden (and visible through) wooden fence separating both houses, rather than being in the middle of house or at opposite ends, so if you are entertaining or having a quiet day in your garden sitting in your patio and the neighbours are also, then expect to hear every single word they are saying and vice versa. Very poorly thought out. No privacy

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Layout is fairly spacious for a new build, high quality finishes (generally) and bright open plan kitchen with good size garden.

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I’m very happy with my decision

Review Date May 2022

Quiet residential area. Lots of parking available. Good bus links for town centre.

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The building itself is great and I’m very happy with my decision. Small cracks have appeared over the last year however this is expected and cosmetic, it isn’t a structural risk. The bedrooms are very spacious and storage throughout the house is great.
The property management company can be a bit confusing in their communications so I feel this is a downside, although that’s not Dandara.

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Double check all doors/windows open and close properly at earliest chance.
Taxis still need a bit of help getting into the development so make sure you know how to describe location!

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It sounds a bit daft but the kitchen. I moved from a one bed flat and here in the house I have room to cook and store things.

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Our own experience of the property management has been generally good

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Review Date May 2022

As this is a very new development there are no facilities such as shops etc. in place at present. Local bus services are a relatively short distance away. There are no services within the development as yet. Local refuse collection is in place. There are no parking problems and we have a quiet situation.

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The area is well designed and there is management of the communal areas in place. As time goes on I would anticipate that communal facilities and infrastructure will be put in place to enhance the development. Our own experience of the property management has been generally good. But we should have had an external water tap in place as most of the development seem to have this as standard.

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Out side water tap. There was a bath in the property which we had taken out and a shower put in instead at out own cost. It we had asked for this to be done before purchasing we could have saved ourselves this additional cost.

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We chose a Bungalow as we wished to downsize to a single level property.

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Great, Would 100% recommend

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Review Date May 2022

Great location, street is very quiet and friendly. Visually pleasing as well with all the top tier developers.

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Dandara have been great throughout. Anytime we had a question or needed help they were always more than happy to help, Site manager is great. Gave me his direct line so if I needed anything, I went straight to him, would 100% recommend Dandara to anyone. Been a pleasure.

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Electric heating is expensive and doesn’t really work well with the new flat regulations of having a open vent in the bedrooms, this trips the electric heating.

What is the best feature of your home:

Kitchen and bathroom finishing, best of appliances.

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