Southside is just the tops!

Shawlands Cross
Shawlands Cross

POLLOKSHIELDS and Shawlands are the top choice for young professionals stepping into the housing market.

This is according to research by the Bank of Scotland, which finds the southside areas topping the list in Glasgow, and in the top ten in Scotland with an average price of a home at £138,230.

Nitesh Patel, housing economist at the bank, said: “The typical profile of urbanite professionals is that they tend to have university qualifications, are in well-paid occupations and like to take full advantage of living in or close to the city, either for work or leisure purposes.

“Unlike in many other areas, young buyers don’t always have to pay a significant premium for a property to live in these areas.

“In fact, in many of the leading hotspots young professionals can benefit from prices that are lower than those in the city as a whole.”

One such man who has chosen Shawlands to set up home is Jamie Mac, a 30-year-old who owns his own graphic design business.

He and his wife Laura, a 26-year-old project officer at SQA, chose to buy in the southside last year.

Jamie, who is originally from Stepps, told The Extra: “In the westend prices seem sky high for what you get.

“Although the eastend is a great area of regeneration, there is not enough happening in the local area for a young professional couple.

“The southside has it’s own great little community, excellent transport links and it is really handy for the city centre.

“There was a wide choice of excellent tenement flats when we were looking to buy, and it should be easy to rent out if we decide to keep it on when we move”.

Meanwhile, civil servant Jamie Phillips (25) moved to Glasgow in 2008 from Nottingham.

He said: “At first, I lived in Tradeston and it didn’t have a great number of amenities or a community feel.

“I moved to Shawlands in April 2009 on the recommendation of a colleague and I have not moved since.

“I love the wide selection of restaurants and bars, especially how they cater for all wallets which is great depending on the time of the month.

“The sense of community around the place (no doubt helped by the lack of transient students, take note, westend!) is a real bonus too and it generally feels like a safe area to live”.

Councillor David Meikle commented: “As the local councillor for Shawlands and Pollokshields I know that both areas are great places to live but to know this is recognised in a survey is excellent.

“I hope this news attracts more people to live in the area and make it their home.”

Meanwhile, a rise in UK house prices has resulted in a 20% rise in young adults living with their parents. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed yesterday that the number of Britons aged 20 to 34 who still live with their parents increased by 20 percent between 1997 and 2011.