Special focus: East Kilbride

Special focus: East Kilbride
Special focus: East Kilbride

The first of Scotland’s five New Towns, East Kilbride’s 69-year history has seen it extend outwards from its roots in the original village and town centre to form residential precincts, each with its own local shops, schools and community facilities. For those looking to live on the rural outskirts of the new town there is abundant choice, including the three wonderful properties highlighted here...

LOCATED on the outer edge of East Kilbride’s Stewartfield area, Kittoch Muir is a quiet residential estate developed by Redrow Homes in a style more akin to a village in the East Neuk of Fife, owing to its stone walls and white render house styles.

Number six Castlehill Green is one of the larger homes, having been extended and improved by its present owners to provide over 2000 square feet of family living space.

The ground floor of this L-shaped villa includes an entrance hall leading to a 20ft-dining kitchen with utility off, cloakroom, dining room and adjacent lounge – both with patio door access to the garden.

There is also a study off the hall, which  opens into a family room with garden access. Upstairs are four bedrooms, two of which have en suite facilities, and main family bathroom. It is for sale with Corum’s Netherlee branch at offers over £299,000.

ONLY a few minutes drive from East Kilbride town centre is the affluent village of Thorntonhall, a leafy enclave renowned for its high number of individually built million-pound homes.

Currently on the market, Gleniffer Cottage has all the charm, character and aesthetic appeal of a traditional cottage deep in the country – and with one-level accommodation extending over 2000 square feet, it also has the convenience.

This home has some impressive features, not least a sitting room with vaulted ceiling, focal fireplace (with bespoke cabinets on either side) and French doors to the garden, the latter a unique selling point on its own.

Equally lovely, is a family room overlooking the rear garden; formal dining room, again with French doors; bespoke fitted kitchen with central island and separate utility; master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room; plus two further double bedrooms and a shower room – all exquisitely refurbished and presented in neutral shades.

Set back from the road and accessed via a private lane shared with only one other property, Gleniffer has exceptionally pretty and quite secluded garden grounds that include an ornamental pond and driveway/parking area.
Nicol Estate Agents in Newton Mearns invite offers over £575,000.

DRIVING from East Kilbride, the Strathaven Road cuts through the village of Chapelton, where properties include a detached, two-storey cottage dating back to 1857 and constructed by a master stone builder. This home’s mix of traditional and modern features combines character with convenience and includes a few unexpected surprises.

A porch leads into a hall, off which is a double bedroom and spacious living room that extends around the staircase into a dining room – a combined open-plan space with windows to the front, back and on two sides. Beyond this is a white high-gloss fitted breakfasting kitchen with doors to both the garden and a rear hall, off which is a utility, cloakroom – and, finally, an unexpected 20ft games room with French doors to the garden.

On the floor above are two further double bedrooms and a shower room. One bedroom is adjacent to a dressing room that could be made into another bedroom, if required. Set in attractive gardens with a driveway and double garage to the rear, this is a substantial family home in a village that offers easy commuting – and, conveniently, a new primary school, shop, inn and a nine-hole golf course and 12-bay driving range.

Offers over £240,000 are invited by Slater Hogg & Howison in East Kilbride.

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