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DRYLAW HOUSE

12th August 2016

When I first heard about Drylaw House, I’ll admit I wondered about the location. Looking at the exterior photo of this handsome Grade A listed house, I didn’t expect it to be located just 2 miles from Edinburgh’s city centre. It’s a house you might expect to be surrounded by open countryside. So when I went to visit a few weeks ago, I wondered whether I’d be conscious of the surrounding city. Could you live at Drylaw and have all the benefits of urban living, but yet forget about the city when you wanted to?

And yes, I discovered, as soon as you approach up the long tree-lined driveway, you forget that this is Edinburgh. You forget that Drylaw House sits within a residential area. You forget the traffic passing by outside the three acres of grounds that enclose the house. By the time you pull up in the driveway, you could be anywhere. And this is just the first of many surprises.

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THE COACH HOUSE

30th June 2016

A couple of years ago I went to visit a rather unusual house in Edinburgh’s Blacket conservation area, and it’s always stayed in my mind. You know the saying, ‘you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover’? Well, The Coach House is a bit like that. From the driveway, this property doesn’t have the grandeur of its neighbours, but then this detached house has more humble origins having been built in the 19th century as accommodation and stabling for the neighbouring Blacket House.

Once inside, however, The Coach House is a revelation both in scale – the floor plan is much deeper than you might imagine – and in style thanks to its owners – journalist Alan Douglas and Viv Lumsden, a former broadcaster and journalist who, although now retired, previously worked as a news presenter for the BBC and STV, and also co-presented STV’s The Home Show with Alan for six years.

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NELSON STREET

10th June 2016

Many years ago, too many years to acknowledge here, I moved into a rental flatshare in Nelson Street in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town. It was a great flat – beautiful in its proportions and period detail, albeit with a tired interior, but at that stage in life I didn’t mind having a dated kitchen with tiling that looked like it might have been there since the ’70s. The big rooms and brilliant location won me over, and this street has been a favourite New Town address of mine ever since.

So when I noticed this main door ground floor flat in Nelson Street being marketed by Knight Frank, needless to say I had to explore it further. “Magnolia, magnolia and more magnolia” is how owners Andrew and Anna Martin describe this three bedroom property when they bought it in May 2014. “The previous owners had re-decorated to sell,” Andrew explains. “It had been a HMO (multiple occupancy let) in recent years, but we loved the neoclassical proportions and the size of the flat, which was obvious as soon as we entered for the first time.”

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JORDAN LANE

27th May 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a ‘Property’ story here. If you’ve been following Copperline for a while you’ll know that the posts here are design led, whether it’s a house or flat that’s for sale or simply an amazing piece of architecture or a great interior. Turn the clock back a few years, however, when I had a blog called The Property Files, and I did feature properties. They didn’t have to be design led. Instead I was looking for interesting houses; maybe a property that needed refurbishment, but something that stood out as a great opportunity for a buyer.

Which is why this late Georgian house in Edinburgh’s Morningside area caught my eye when I spotted it being marketed by Strutt & Parker. Maybe it’s time to return to the occasional property feature? And 14 Jordan Lane feels like the perfect place to start.

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BROUGHTON PLACE

27th April 2016

A few weeks ago I posted about an amazing flat in Edinburgh’s New Town, and I must admit that when I turned up to chat to the owner there and have a look round, I knew that this was a flat I could (very happily!) live in. There are just some places that you immediately connect with. And this happened again when I went to meet Stuart Holligan at this B listed Georgian flat on Broughton Place, again in the city’s New Town. I know this location well and have admired these bow-ended flats that sit on the corner of Broughton Place and Broughton Street, and also opposite on the corner of Barony Street and Broughton Street, for years. Needless to say, perhaps, it was a pleasure to finally see inside one.

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ABERCROMBY PLACE

24th March 2016

“We wanted to be in the New Town, and particularly this end of the New Town close to Broughton Street, and we wanted to have a garden for the kids and a bit more space for us,” says Anna Brocklehurst as she recalls her wish-list when property hunting in Edinburgh with husband Richard in the summer of 2013. The couple and their two young sons, Max and Freddie – since joined by 6-week-old Arthur – had been living in a flat in the city’s Bonnington area after moving north from London five years ago. Anna had studied in Edinburgh and also has family here, so she had a good feel for locations.

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