Focus: Fabulous flats

Focus: Fabulous flats
Academy Apartments consist of 33 luxury flats

FLATTED properties are the backbone of the property market, a genre that can serve a lifetime – stepping from a cheap and cheerful starter flat to a larger family-sized duplex or conversion and when the time is right, a modern low maintenance downsize or a purpose-built retirement apartment. In all their many guises, flats are familiar, facilitative – and can be fabulous…

Kilmarnock

ONE of Kilmarnock’s historic C-listed buildings – formerly the town’s technical school, known locally as the Old Tech – was converted around 10 years ago to create Academy Apartments, comprising 33 bespoke luxury apartments, one of which is a sophisticated three bedroomed duplex apartment currently for sale.

As well as the Edwardian building’s admirable period features, its location, only minutes from Glasgow and the Ayrshire coast, make it very attractive. Internally, the apartment has a lower level hall leading to three good-sized bedrooms (master with en-suite shower room) and main bathroom. The star attraction is a double-height living room with staircase up to a visually striking – and sizeable – mezzanine level comprising open-plan dining/ kitchen/family area and separate utility.

The apartment also includes security entry, private residents’ car park with electronic gated access and attractive communal grounds. An ideal home for first time buyers, it is for sale with McEwan Fraser Legal at a fixed price of £137,500.

Maryhill

MARYHILL is not an area of Glasgow that is immediately synonymous with style but like the east end of the city, it has a core of traditional villas and period properties that have since been converted – and Slater Hogg & Howison is currently marketing a superb example in Barra Street, a quiet location in the Maryhill Park area with an open outlook and access to amenities and transport.

Forming the upper portion of a sandstone villa, the interior has spacious traditionally proportioned rooms with high ceilings and large windows. It has a private entrance and staircase leading to a hall easily large enough to be used as a dining area, off which is a 21ft bay windowed living room large dining kitchen and utility off, stylish contemporary bathroom and three double bedrooms – one of which is a corner room with windows on two walls and a painted cast iron corner fireplace in between. An attractive private garden and patio completes the picture. This property’s clean lines, unfussy contemporary styling and spacious accommodation have considerable appeal. Offers over £239,000 are invited by Slater Hogg’s West End office.

Dowanhill

IN the west end of Glasgow’s prime Dowanhill area, Rettie & Co has an unusual ground and garden conversion within a handsome red sandstone Arts and Crafts terraced townhouse in Dowanhill Street.

This property’s standout feature is a magnificent and unusual stained glass bow window complete with glazed roof on the south-facing wall of the lounge – a work of art that floods the property with light and also houses an open-tread spiral staircase that links the two floors.

Occupying the lower level is an open-plan bay-windowed kitchen/dining room – a hub for everyday family life – two bedrooms (master with en-suite shower room and beautiful bow window with a built-in window seat) and a main bathroom with a roll-top bath. The property also has a communal garden, stores and on-street parking.

Dowanhill Street is only a short walk from Byres Road, Hillhead Underground and the many bars, restaurants and other attractions that make the west end a property hotspot.

Rettie’s West End office is marketing this property at offers over £299,000.

Latest Property News