6 of the best first-time buyer homes for sale in Edinburgh

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 2:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 4:02 pm

Trying to get on the property ladder can seem like a daunting prospect for first-time buyers, but there are affordable homes out there- from help to buy schemes to properties for sale under £100,000

Properties for sale

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On the market for offers over £135,000, sellers Braemore describe this flat as: “Boasting a prime location on Dalry’s bustling main thoroughfare and lying within easy reach of Edinburgh’s city centre and Haymarket train station, this garden-facing one-bedroom lower ground floor flat forms part of a traditional tenement building and is characterised by its open-plan layout.”

The accommodation comprises: reception room, open-plan living, kitchen and dining room, double bedroom with built in wardrobes and a three-piece shower room.

The flat overlooks a well-maintained communal garden and is ideally located for commuting into the city centre.

Arthur Street

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An ideal buy for anyone looking for a project, this one-bedroom flat is situated near Leith Walk and extremely close to the city centre.

Located on the top floor, the flat needs renovating and upgrading, but would command a great price when the new owners wanted to sell up and move on, having completed this work.

The accommodation comprises: a spacious lounge, kitchen, double bedroom and WC, and separate shower room.

There's also access to a communal garden at the rear, all for offers over £95,000. A steal for a city centre buy.

Easter Road

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This traditional basement flat in a Victorian mid tenement, for sale for offers over £99,000, offers an ideal opportunity for either a first-time buyer or an investor.

Consisting of an open-plan living room/kitchen, double bedroom and a shower room, new owners could just move right in.

Access to a shared garden is also available.


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This first floor flat is located within a semi modern development in Edinburgh’s Sighthill area.

Available in a walk-in condition, the one-bedroom property has a spacious lounge, fitted kitchen, double bedroom with built in wardrobe space and a good sized bathroom which boasts electric underfloor heating.

Perfect as an investment or for first time buyers, this flat is on the market for offers over £77,995 with McEwan Fraser Legal.

Help to buy

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For anyone looking for a starter home, Barratt Homes has a number of properties across Edinburgh, which are now available to reserve this spring at a reduced rate, helping locals keen to get their foot on the property ladder.

The city’s ‘Golden Share’ scheme was first introduced to the capital by Barratt Homes and the City of Edinburgh Council.

The scheme is designed to support families and young people, currently priced out of the capital’s buoyant property market, to make their first step on the housing ladder.

The initiative is open to those that meet the council’s criteria and who are looking to purchase new build properties in some of the city’s most popular areas.

Providing around a 20% discount on properties, the Golden Share scheme allows purchasers to buy a home at roughly 80% of the market value.

The property price is then capped at this for all future re-sales, ensuring future generations will continue to benefit.

Anne Ross, sales director for Barratt Homes East Scotland said: “The Golden Share scheme makes home ownership a reality for many across Edinburgh. We currently have a number of well-appointed homes at developments across the East and South of city which are for sale as part of the scheme.

“The properties include some of our most popular house styles and with a limited number available, house hunters should get in touch with our sales centre to find out more.”

Golden Share forms part of Barratt Homes’ commitment to The City of Edinburgh Council to deliver a 25% allocation of affordable homes at each of the builder’s developments.

There are currently three developments offering Golden Share properties this spring.

Newcraighall, Edinburgh East

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Barratt Homes’ Newcraighall Village development is located to the south east of Scotland’s capital and is just a short commute from the city centre.

The local train station is just two stops from Edinburgh Waverley and the area has great local amenities with a wide array of shops available nearby at Fort Kinnaird. Portobello beach is not far away.

Prices for Golden Share homes at Newcraighall Village start from £180,800.

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This includes the Brodie house type, which comes with French doors leading from the lounge to the rear garden and three bedrooms upstairs – providing the prefect starter home for prospective purchasers.

Mortonhall, Edinburgh South

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Edinburgh’s final selection of Golden Share properties are due to launch in the coming weeks and can be found at the newly launched Barratt @ Heritage Grange development.

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Located between the popular residential areas of Liberton and Fairmilehead, the site is conveniently located 15 minutes from the city centre and benefits from picturesque views of the Pentland Hills.