Buying a house is a major milestone in most people’s lives – and location and price are usually key factors when deciding where to live.
But when potential homeowners were viewing houses in West Lothian, they were shocked to find there was an £82,000 price difference between two apparently identical developments.
The two detached Miller homes, one in the Linlithgow Brae estate and the other in Glendevon Gate, Winchburgh, both boast modern features including four bedrooms, French doors, a master bedroom en-suite and an integral garage. They are so alike that prospective owners of homes in the Linlithgow Brae estate, which is still under development, are being sent to view the show home in the nearby alternative.
However, despite being less than seven miles and only a 15-minute drive apart, buyers have been left shocked by the jump in price between the two properties.
That’s because The Blair home, just one of a variety of designs in the new estates, is marketed at offers above £213,000 in Winchburgh, while in Linlithgow the same house is on the market for £295,000.
One potential buyer said: “I worked out driving from the house in Winchburgh towards the Linlithgow estate, the cost of the house was going up by more than £5000 every minute I drove further west. It seems a bit crazy.”
And it appears that’s the price buyers will have to pay to share a postcode boasting a historic palace rather than one in a less assuming village.
Potential owners are also putting the price difference down to the cost of land and amenities available to them.
The buyer said: “The development in Winchburgh is bigger and we were told the costs were cheaper, plus Linlithgow has a high school and train station, which the village doesn’t. It’s still a surprise given Winchburgh is closer to Edinburgh.”
A spokesperson for Miller Homes said: “The prices of all our properties are verified by independent surveyors and reflect the supply and demand within the locations they are situated. In Linlithgow there has been a shortage of properties for a number of years. However, demand for living there is extremely high.”
City needs 30,000 new homes
ACCORDING to the latest figures, the city council needs to build 30,000 new homes in the Capital by 2024.
And housebuilder Barratt has also announced plans to begin breaking ground at four sites in the region with 90 homes in Blackchapel, 60 at Westerwood Park in Dalkeith, 220 at Newcraighall North and 87 at Eliburn, Livingston.
Including its Lothian plans, the company is aiming to open 21 new sites in the next year.