5 OF THE BEST: UNDER 300
LITTLE SPOTT STEADING, NEAR DUNBAR, EAST LOTHIAN
While searching for properties for this 5 of the best theme, I’ve found some really great looking places that combine style and quality with realistic prices. It’s easy to assume that all the best looking properties must come with a hefty price tag, but that’s just not the case. First up was this fantastic one bedroom flat smack in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, which combined its unexpectedly quiet, tucked-away location with a stylish and individual interior.
Next was this converted farm building near Lesmahagow in South Lanarkshire, which combines its cool interior styling with a wonderful sense of volume and light. And for an offers over price of £172,000, if you please. That’s what I call a good buy.
So how do you follow that? Well, how about with another conversion, on the opposite side of the country, and one that’s just been completed. Little Spott Steading is a new development of just fourteen houses, and is situated two miles from Dunbar on the south side of the A1. The development is the work of Colorado Group, who have created a range of traditional craftsman-finished red sandstone homes that include all the features you would expect and desire from a high spec contemporary home.
Even before you get inside, this is one good looking development, so it’s perhaps little surprise to find that just one unit is left - this house, Unit 6. The locally sourced red sandstone was hand-finished on site and is combined with heritage red clay pantile and slate roofing, and with locally-manufactured timber windows and doors painted in conservation colours. The turfed garden is edged with planted borders and river-washed pebbles, and there are two allocated parking spaces for each house.
And inside number 6? You can expect to find a Shaker-style kitchen with a range cooker and Belfast sink; oak flooring with underfloor heating; a Morsø wood-burning stove (my favourite part of this specification, I have to admit, as Morsø stoves are a great piece of design in terms of form and function); Laufen bathroom fittings and limestone tiling; a multi-room speaker system with surround sound multimedia entertainment in the living room; and Farrow and Ball paint colours used throughout along with chrome ironmongery and light fittings. And, just to top it off, the integrated lighting - including LED technology with motion sensors - was provided by David Brown Lighting Design.
If you’re reading this thinking, ‘Seriously, all this for under £300,000?’ Indeed it is, as this very appealing house has an asking price of £275,000.