Focus: Mid-market marvels

Focus: Mid-market marvels
on looks alone, South View Cottage in Collessie would make anyone smile

THE average price of a detached house in Scotland is around £238,000, well within the ceiling for the two per cent LBTT rate – and even over this band threshold, LBTT only really starts to bite deeper for properties priced above £325,000, when it doubles from five to 10 per cent. To highlight what you can buy currently in the mid price range, here are three distinctively different properties all priced below £300,000 . . .


BANK of Scotland’s latest Happiness Index cites Fife as the happiest place in Scotland – and on looks alone, South View Cottage in Collessie would make anyone smile.

Dating from around 1800 when it was the village school, the C-listed cottage is topped by a skilfully crafted thatched roof.

The delightful interiors is set over two floors. The ground level has a well-equipped kitchen with recessed range cooker and a slate-tiled floor; sitting room with woodburner; a bathroom and a second room which could be a bedroom or study.

Upstairs are two bedrooms with exposed ceiling rafters, one with en-suite WC. There has previously been planning permission to extend in the garden. Utterly enchanting, South View Cottage is for sale with CKD Galbraith’s Cupar office at offers over £290,000.


COACH houses generally have a charm all of their own, but this one on Eglinton Gardens in the Clyde coast village of Skelmorlie, has a few additional selling points, not least a peaceful elevated setting with a panoramic 180-degree view out over the Firth of Clyde.

The detached B-listed former coach house has been comprehensively upgraded in recent years in keeping with the character of the property, which like many of the buildings in this quiet village, was constructed from locally quarried red sandstone. Inside, the split-level layout has been inverted to give the living room at the front an elevated sea view from its triple window – and a new cast-iron log-burner for when the outlook demands a more heart-warming focal point. Sliding doors connect to the adjacent dining/study area, kitchen and cloakroom.

King's Park

DESPITE their old-fashioned image, bungalows remain the UK’s top house style choice – and according to recent reports, there are not enough of them to satisfy demand. Ideal for downsizers and family buyers alike, the suburb of King’s Park on the south side of Glasgow has a plentiful stock but only rarely do they come up for sale.

One that has is a striking black and white style building constructed in the 1930s by Mactaggart & Mickel with a long covered veranda at the front.

Set within sizeable gardens, the house is far larger than seems possible as the interior has been extended upwards and upgraded to a contemporary standard.

The focal point is a fitted kitchen partially open to a 20ft family/dining area – a combined space that stretches the full width of the house. There are two double bedrooms upstairs, a WC, a basement and garage.

Offers over £229,000 are invited by Aberdein Considine’s Newton Mearns office.

Off the lower floor entrance hall is a master bedroom with fully tiled en-suite shower room, family bathroom with under-floor heating, two further double bedrooms and an ingenious study area concealed behind a hinged bookcase underneath the staircase.

There is a laundry room/cellar and, outside, a large rear garden with a deck offering sea views.

Slater Hogg & Howison’s Largs office invites offers over £275,000.

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