Buying in Glasgow –  The Most Popular Locations Outside of the City Centre

Byres Road and Finnieston are usually at the top of any young Glasgow homebuyer’s wish list and it’s easy to see why. The area has beautiful properties in sought after living areas and is steeped in history. The West End is a trendy, bohemian place to live with a seemingly endless choice of bars, restaurants and entertainment. The SSE Hydro arena is within easy reach and Finnieston’s ‘strip’ is bustling with concert-goers which has led to a host of fabulous bars, shops and restaurants.

However, for those looking to make their budget stretch even further, there are plenty of great places to live outside of Byres Road and Finnieston. These up-and-coming neighbourhoods are increasingly popular and provide the perfect mix of countryside and amenities but within easy reach of the city centre. Here we take a look at these areas  for those looking for a new home located in one of Glasgow’s fabulous areas.


Shawlands has always been a popular move for those looking for the buzz of the West End but with more home for their money. It has continued to grow in popularity over the last few years as buyers are attracted to the vibrant mix of bars, cafes and other amenities. It has an eclectic mix of properties and is within close proximity to the city. 

Tantallon Road, Shawlands

Offers Over £139,000

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An exceptional second floor, two bedroom flat set within a well maintained sandstone tenement in Shawlands. A clever mix of traditional features with a luxurious modern standard of living that is offered to the market in true walk-in condition. On the doorstep of a host of local amenities including trendy shops, bars and restaurants as well as excellent public transport links with easy access to the City Centre.

East Renfrewshire

The big pull for people looking to live East Renfrewshire is the schooling. As a result of being home to some of Scotland’s best performing public and state schools, East Renfrewshire is an incredible family friendly place to live with a plethora of parks, sporting facilities, cultural attractions, theatres, shopping centres and eateries. Demand for property in Newton Mearns, Clarkston, Whitecraigs, Giffnock and Broom has resulted in hundreds of new homes being built along with new schools and the renovation of existing schools. 

Mallots View, Newton Mearns

Under Offer

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This bright and airy two bedroom flat is located in a much admired MacTaggart & Mickle development close to Mearns Cross and just a stone’s throw from one of the area’s most popular primary schools. This particular flat is set on the lower level and is certain to appeal to a wide range of buyers. It offers great space and has recently be fully repainted and had new carpets installed, therefore is offered to the market in true walk-in condition. Tucked away from busy main roads, yet on the doorstep of all local amenities within Newton Mearns as well as easy access to the M77 giving a direct route to Glasgow City Centre.


Kilmacolm is located just 30 minutes by car from Glasgow City Centre and has fabulous bus and rail links, making it another option for those wanting to commute into the city for work. The village is of cultural importance in Scotland with several revered landmarks and is known for its beautiful architecture and a pretty Victorian village centre. It is a popular place to live for families with children due to the fabulous schooling options.

North Craigmorloch, Port Glasgow Road, Kilmacolm

Offers Over £395,000

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A luxurious cottage set in around 1.5acres on the edge of Kilmacolm, having been cleverly adapted and upgraded by the current owners. This impressive family home will appeal to a wide range of buyers. Enjoying the peace and tranquillity being surrounded by open countryside, yet on the doorstep of all local amenities within the village. Also offering easy access to the M8 giving a direct route to Glasgow City Centre for the commuting client. The property itself extends to around 1916 sq ft and offers spacious and flexible living accommodation over two levels and is presented in true walk-in condition.


Bearsden is a leafy suburb located just six miles north east of the City Centre. Although forming part of the Glasgow conurbation, its local authority is East Dunbartonshire. Although it is an urban area, it has village feel with nearly half of residents living in detached homes and only 4% are council owned – the smallest figure for any town in Scotland and it has been ranked the 7th most wealthy postcode in the United Kingdom. The main shopping area is Bearsden Cross.

Bearsden has a remarkable collection of imposing churches which occupy prime locations in every direction you look and for an urban area, much of Bearsden is surprisingly reclusive. Bearsden railway Station is just a quarter of a mile south of Bearsden Cross with trains taking you into Glasgow Central in just 15 minutes. 

Maxwell Avenue, Bearsden

Offers Over £225,000

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A beautiful two-bedroom detached family home set in stunning, mature gardens in the much admired Westerton in Bearsden. This fabulous home offers versatile living accommodation over two levels that is sure to appeal to a range of buyers. The substantial gardens are a notable feature. Due to the size of the plot there is plenty of scope to extend and adapt the accommodation, subject to planning consent. Conveniently located close to excellent schools, as well as the shops, bars and restaurants in Bearsden, local sports clubs, nearby Killermont Golf Club and good public transport links.


Bothwell is a small town located close to Hamilton. Home to Bothwell Castle, Scotland’s largest and finest 13th century castle, the town has a long and dramatic history. Bothwell Bridge, which spans the Clyde, was the scene of a major battle between Royalists and Covenanters in 1679. A monument commemorating the battle stands near to the bridge. Bothwell is surround by beautiful countryside with walking routes along the Clyde. Residents have wide choice of bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as many specialist, designer and craft shops and high street names. 

The town is easily accessible from the M74 motorway and Bothwell can be reached by bus from Glasgow and Motherwell. The nearest railway stations are in Blantyre and Uddingston.

Blairston Avenue, Bothwell

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At present, we have an unbelievable opportunity for you to create your very own home in Bothwell which could become one of the most impressive homes in Glasgow with its own boat house and dock directly on the River Clyde! Planning is in place to build a stunning 5 bedroom contemporary villa set in an elevated position within mature gardens. The plans include a gym, a large atrium with two floors of glass onto the incredible backdrop, and proposed plans for a boat house, dock and swimming pool. There is huge potential to put your own stamp on this one-of-a-kind family home.

Bridge of Weir

The Bridge of Weir is one of the most desirable villages in Scotland to live. Surrounded by stunning rolling countryside and with the River Gryffe flowing through the village it is a popular spot for walkers, anglers and cyclists. Numerous outdoor pursuits are available at the nearby Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, the National Cycle Route 75 runs through the village and Ranfurly Castle Golf Club and Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club are close by. It also has a host of amenities including many excellent restaurants and cafés dotted throughout the village.

The St Andrews, Shillingworth Place, Bridge of Weir

Offers Over £384,995

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The 5 bedroom St Andrew detached villa home features a spacious, open plan kitchen/breakfast area and separate dining room, utility, lounge, and an integral double garage.


Thorntonhall an exclusive village in South Lankarkshire on the boundary of East Renfrewshire, just six miles south of the City Centre.  It takes just 30 minutes to get into Glasgow Central from Thorntonhall Rail Station, and the area as grown in popularity over recent years – since 2000, the population has doubled and this is expected to rise as more homes are continuing to be built. There are no council houses in Thorntonhall, which is why the proportion of millionaires in Thorntonhall is the highest of any town or village in Scotland. It is consistently the top desired home location in Scotland, and among the top five desired locations in the UK.

Ravenscourt, Thorntonhall

Under Offer


This incredible two bedroom lower floor is in a much admired development overlooking open countryside, yet within easy reach of Glasgow City Centre. The spacious accommodation extends to around 1378 sq ft and is finished to a high standard throughout. With its own private patio/ balcony, direct access to the mature communal gardens and use of a wonderful leisure suite including a swimming pool, swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and a sun room for socialising with other residents. 


Located just outside of Glasgow we have seen a rise in demand for those looking to live in Bishopbriggs in East Dunbartonshire, especially those looking for a house rather than an apartment which is more commonly affordable in the West End. It is located just 15 minutes by car and even less by train making it the ideal choice for commuters.

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