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Scottish Home Awards 2016: Winners

Scotland’s best house builders were revealed at the Scottish Home Awards, held at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh last Thursday.

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Property can be our best investment or our worst

The ability to see into the future would be a wonderful gift in the housing market.

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Simon, Joanne and Hamish Wigglesworth at 21 Scotland Street. Edinburgh

Acres of space to stretch out in the city

Sometimes a property sale can fall through with the best possible results. In 2013, Simon and Jo Wigglesworth were looking for a larger home suitable for starting a family.

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The private island is located off Crinan Harbour, which is a 100 mile trip to the west of Glasgow. Picture: SWNS/Savills

Private Scottish island with three bedroom cottage up for sale

A home hunter looking to escape from their neighbours can get a large private island with three-bedroom cottage for just £500,000.

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Knockdow House, the property that needs 117 radiators to heat

But finding room for a nursery in stately Knockdow House was a bit of a squeeze, finds Nichola Hunter

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Longhouse, Isle of Lewis

The Longhouse, a new holiday let on the Isle of Lewis

Behind its bright modern decor, The Longhouse has the robust pedigree to withstand anything Lewis can throw at it

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Orchil Castle, Braco, is a beautiful, historic home but the second floor still needs refurbishment. With a four-bedroom main house, a flat and a cottage, there's plenty of accommodation at a high standard but if it's a project house you're after, there is scope to transform a whole floor. It's on the market in two lots but for the whole package it's offers over �1.475 million. Contact Savills on 0131 247 3700.

Three of a kind: grand property projects

A large scale renovation of a historic property can be more a lifestyle choice than a short term project.

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Brexit least of landlords’ worries

You would think that the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU would be at the forefront of property investors’ minds this month.

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The showhome and marketing suite at Annfields

Showhomes offer a look at a Fife lifestyle

Dundas Estates has opened the doors to two beautiful showhomes at Annfields, a Fife development that offers something for everyone.

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Think outside the box when moving house

A survey has revealed just how long it takes to settle into a new home, with the results showing that the average British family takes two years and three months to completely stop living out of boxes.

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The private estate includes 8,100 acres in the Argyll countryside. Picture: Bidwells

8,000 acre Scottish estate up for sale for £9 million

A LUXURY estate located between Loch Striven and the Firth of the Clyde has been listed for over £9 million with experts stating that the estate could become the most expensive estate to be sold in Scotland.

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Boundary Bank, Jedburgh. Picture: Tracey Bloxham

How a Borders coach house became a stunning holiday let

Textiles specialist Ali Halley and her husband Steve transformed an old coach house in the Borders intoa sumptuous and stylish holiday let

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The Stables, Crail

An old East Neuk steading becomes a sprawling dream home

The Tardis-like conversion of a former stables created a spacious getaway on the pretty East Neuk for one couple and their extended family

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Nicola Sturgeon with Gordon Mathewson at the former Commonwealth Games athletes' village. The Dalmarnock site now contains 300 private homes, 400 social rent houses and a 120-bed care home. Picture: John Devlin

SNP falls short of socially-rented housing manifesto target

The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year, official figures show.

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The beautiful 6,235 acre, Kinnaird estate. Picture; YouTube/Knight Frank.

Scotland’s most expensive country estate sold for £10 million

SCOTLAND’S most expensive country estate has been bought for almost £10 million by the former chairman of Scottish Enterprise.

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The conventional residential market in Edinburgh has actually been motoring along nicely since the start of the year. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Selling a high-end home needs all your attention

Despite concerns over a second independence referendum and the forthcoming vote on EU membership, the conventional residential market in Edinburgh has actually been motoring along nicely since the start of the year.

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With both Westminster and Holyrood passing laws seen as unfriendly to landlords, it isnt a great time to sell with many investors offloading typical buy-to-let flats. Picture: TSPL

Current rental climate means decision time for landlords

EVERY landlord dreads void periods and we are currently facing the prospect of 100 per cent of our buy-to-let properties being empty at the same time – all two of them.

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Balwill Cottage near Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire, is on the market for offers over �695,000. Contact Baird Lumsden on 01786 833800.

Stirlingshire home that grew outwards and upwards

Balwill Cottage has certainly grown in the time that Rona Sutherland and her husband John Penman have owned it.

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Frisco in Craighouse on the isle of Jura is a three-bedroomed shoreside cottage. The house takes its name from a previous owner who escaped the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Recently refurbished, Frisco Cottage has beach access and its own mooring. Price �165,000. Contact Bell Ingram on 01361 566122.

Fund a West Coast island life

They may have small populations but with a real growth in tourism thanks to the whisky industry, the islands of Jura and Islay in the Inner Hebrides have a buzz about them.

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