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Why Move to East Renfrewshire? Posted: 9th September 2019

Here in East Renfrewshire there are around 95,000 people living in the area with thriving areas such as Giffnock, Clarkston and Newton Mearns. Property is in high demand due to the exceptional schools, the area boasts three of the top five schools for exam results according to the Herald’s unofficial league tables.


East Renfrewshire has one of Scotland’s strongest housing markets, with land values among the highest in Scotland. With the uncertainty of Brexit hanging over the UK, house prices here have fared well and demand for good quality homes remains strong.

We are in the middle of a period of development in the Newton Mearns area with over 1000 new homes being built up at the new Maidenhill area, with another 1000 being built at Barrhead South. Both developments will include green space and affordable housing and it is estimated that the local area will benefit from £20 million in developer contributions.


According to the Royal Mail ‘Happiest Index’, East Renfrewshire was ranked Scotland’s number one happiest place to live earlier this year.

The study assessed council areas on a range of measures including average earnings, rates of crime, average life expectancy and the level of carbon emissions. Given that the Royal Mail delivers mail to around 30 million addresses in the UK, they believe that they are best placed to identify regional differences. In a previous Readers’ Digest poll, East Renfrewshire was voted the second best place in Britain to raise a family.

Within the UK as a whole, East Renfrewshire regularly features in lists of the most desirable places to live having previously been named 10th in the UK in a survey based on 26 different quality of life measures, and just two years ago was rated the second best place to be a woman in the UK in research for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen).


East Renfrewshire is home to three out of five of Scotland’s top performing schools and the area has a proven-track record for the highest standard of education delivered in nurseries and schools. Over the coming years the following investment is being made:

£27 million replacement Barrhead High School

The new £13 million pre-five and primary school for Newton Mearns that will see Jewish school Calderwood Lodge relocate onto a shared campus

new £9 million family centre in Busby and Clarkston

The new Maidenhill primary school


East Renfrewshire is just 20 minutes south of Glasgow city centre and is connected to the M77 as well as exceptional train and bus routes.

Multi-million pound investment into transport infrastructure will improve links  between communities and the M77, opening up new business locations.  A new rail station and road improvements in Barrhead will link new residential developments with communities across East Renfrewshire, improve access to Dams to Darnley Country Park and provide first-class commuter links to Glasgow city centre.

Notable attractions

There are many restaurants and niche shops for locals and visitors with new restaurants popping up all the time. I Love Clarkston and Giffnock Village are Business Improvement Districts and actively drive footfall from the local area to local businesses and continue to ensure the town centres remain on the map.

Attractions include:

Whitelee Windfarm, Eaglesham is the largest onshore windfarm in Europe with over 70km of trails to explore. It has an exceptional activity and education centre including bike hire facilities. It has a 4 star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board and a Gold Green Tourism award.

Greenbank Garden, Clarkston is a National Trust property offering a tranquil, inspiring garden setting to explore and it regularly holds entertainment events and festivals for all the family.

Rouken Glen Park, Giffnock is an awards winning local park with boating pond, woodland walks, large children’s play area &  scenic waterfalls.  It has a 4 star visitor attraction rating from Visit Scotland and Green Flag status.

Dams to Darnley is Scotland’s newest Country Park.  It is currently benefitting from investment to transform Dams to Darnley Country Park into a destination to an audience of 1.8 million people with a new visitor centre, cafe, boardwalk, leisure opportunities and a Wake Park Centre – the fastest growing extreme sport in the world.

Talk to us at Nicol Estate Agents about moving to the local area! Everyone who works in our team lives in the area and would be happy to help.

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