Call it charm, character or originality but some properties stand out from the crowd and Scotland has plenty on offer.
Whether it is an imaginative conversion, a quirky historic home or a striking architectural masterpiece, owning a property with personality is a real luxury.
When they come on the market, such properties can create a bit of a stir.
Thatched cottages are pretty unusual in Scotland, but Perthshire and East Lothian are the best places to find them.
South View in Collessie, near Cupar in Fife is a lovely example.
With chocolate box exteriors, the cottage is as quaint as the conservation village in which it is located.
Thought originally to have been the village school and schoolhouse, the C-listed house now has a breakfasting kitchen, sitting room with wood burner, a music room or single bedroom, bathroom and hall on the ground floor level.
A pretty staircase winds up to the first floor where there are two double bedrooms, one of which has an ensuite.
Easter Gyles, in Pittenweem is equally striking for different reasons.
The pale pink house is perhaps one of the most photographed and painted in the East Neuk, an area famous for attractive fisherman’s cottages.
Built into the stone sea wall the three-bedroomed house, which has been created from a former fisherman’s store, has outstanding views over the picturesque harbour.
Tarka is another individual property.
The Norwegian log cabin, near Blairgowrie in Perthshire, is topped with turf.
The house was commissioned by the film writer and director Charles Crichton, renowned for the Ealing comedies and more recently for A Fish called Wanda.
It has two double bedrooms, a single bedroom currently used as a study, and a family room to the east which offers options to be used as an additional bedroom or living space.
George Lorimer of CKD Galbraith says marketing unique properties requires an individual approach: “Unique and interesting properties can get a lot of attention when they come on to the market, particularly on social media, but you need a specialist agent to be able to answer questions from buyers about caring for a thatched roof for example.
“There are fewer buyers in the market for unusual homes than for, say, a standard modern house on an estate, but there are still substantial numbers in Scotland looking for a unique home.”