THEY might be linked by a stair, but there’s never any guarantee that the households within a tenement will have anything else in common. Getting along with your neighbours "up a close", requires consideration, compromise and a vital understanding of the unspoken rules.
WHEN buying a flat, the traditional advice is that there are a few key features that are a good idea. Walls, for instance. Yet when film and television producer Shona Donaldson bought her property in Leith, she could only tell where her flat began and ended by the chalk lines on the floor that marked out her space in a former warehouse.
WHEN Alistair and Marie Brown sold their house in London and headed north to Edinburgh, they arrived with a sizeable deposit and the expectation of finding a dream family home within a few months. The reality, however, has been a frustrating battle with Scotland’s house-buying system. Two years on, after bidding for their eighth property in the capital, they finally secured a four-bedroom house in Portobello.