Best Places To Live In Edinburgh

Thinking of moving to Edinburgh but not sure where will be best for you?

Here's our pick of some of the best places to live to help you choose...
Edinburgh has rapidly become known as one of the best cities in the UK, and it's with good reason, offering so much to those who have the good fortune of living there.

Not only is it beautiful, with stunning architecture and secret gardens, it also offers an amazing food and drinks scene, fantastic shopping and not to mention its status as the number one festival city in the world. As well as this lively cultural scene, Edinburgh is also known for having a great choice of schools, making it just as popular with families.

Edinburgh has plenty of choices when it comes to places to live, all with their own communities and vibe, so we have chosen a few to help you out - whether you're planning on moving to Edinburgh or simple just relocating within the city itself.



Stockbridge is located north of the city centre within a short 10 – 15-minute walk. The area has a relaxed bohemian vibe. The streets have plenty of craft shops, cafes, small restaurants and pubs to keep you entertained. One particular street which is great for vintage clothing is St Stephan’s Street and the area also offers a handful of parks and beautiful scenery such as the Botanical Gardens and Water of Leith.

 In March of 2016, it was awarded the best place to live in Scotland by the Sunday Times, and with great primary schools and an average house price of £218,249, it is a great choice for young families.


Leith has been redeveloped since the 1980s and has become one the central hubs in Edinburgh for food, bars, and shopping. The Leith Links is a great park with a large play space for kids. The Ocean Terminal is the biggest shopping mall in Edinburgh so anything you might not be able to get at the independent stores, you'll most definitely be able to pick up in the high street shops. Just a short 15 minute journey to the city centre, Leith is a great choice for those looking to work in the city. 

Average house price are around £206,592


Portobello is the only beach area of Edinburgh. It has a strong locally driven community which creates a welcoming environment. With a good high street full of cafes and shops, and transport links to the city centre taking around 20 minutes, the area is a perfect choice if you want a break from the city centre and are looking for something that bit quieter.

You can’t beat the fresh ocean air on a morning or a walk down the beach on a gloriously sunny day. Average house prices are around £290,789 


If you are looking for a quaint village close to Edinburgh, then look no further than Colinton. The peaceful village is based along the water of Leith and gives you a calming break away from the busy city - perfect for those who want to stay close to the centre but who want to live a more relaxed lifestyle. It takes just under 40 minutes to get to the city centre. Average house prices are around £262,394

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