Stockbridge ‘one of the best urban places to live’

Rebecca Rennie with daughter Frankie. Picture: Julie Bull
Rebecca Rennie with daughter Frankie. Picture: Julie Bull
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WITH its good schools, parks and cafés, it has always found favour with families looking to settle in the Capital.

Now Stockbridge has been named as one of the best places to live in Scotland – especially for those with children.

The upmarket suburb has won praise for its family-friendly amenities, as well as its schools, in an influential new guide.

It was ranked in the top five Best Urban Places to Live and won a special mention as the top location for families. The Grange also made the top five.

Emma Crowley, 36, who lives in Stockbridge with husband Paul, 37, and their six-month-old daughter, Sadhbh, said her family loved the area.

She said: “I’m not surprised by the result. It’s a lovely place.

“There’s a library just there and there is a baby-friendly cafe called Skylark. The Scran & Scallie has a little play area with lots of cushions and toys.”

The UK-wide annual list looks at information about crime rates, house prices, school performance and local opinion to compile the definitive top 50.

Locations are selected for combining the best of city life, such as quality culture, great cafés, restaurants and shops, buzzing nightlife and entertainment, with access to good schools and transport links.

David Campbell, 50, of Saunders Street, said: “There are parks, a swimming pool, the Botanics and it is great for having a dog.

“There are allotments and a market. It is just a nice place to live. When I come back here, I think how lucky I am. I have never seen any trouble and I have been around here for 40 years.

“It’s a pretty upmarket area and a great place to bring up kids.”

Other residents were also keen to hail the area.

Russ Keith, 65, of nearby Dean Village, said it was “good for families but expensive”, with a really varied selection of shops.

Margaret Cummings, 52, who lives in Stockbridge, said it was “definitely the best place for families”.

She added: “It has a very low crime rate and it’s close to the centre of town and families can walk up to Princes Street Gardens.

“There are good schools like Stockbridge Primary.”

The accolade comes as part of the Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which is due to be published on Sunday.

Residents of the Grange were pleased but not surprised to be included on the prestigious list.

John Graham, chairman of the Grange Association, said: “It’s an attractive suburb which has been well looked after over the years with some fine architecture and outstanding tree-lined streets.

“I think most people agree it’s a splendid place to live.”

Old Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Broughty Ferry in Dundee and Park District in Glasgow were also included.

An overall urban winner and three runners-up will be revealed on Sunday.

john.connell@edinburghnews.com