Neighbourhood Spotlight: Corstorphine
Where else in Edinburgh would you be able to see a lunchtime penguin parade? Or walk your dog and catch a glimpse of a zebra or a kangaroo?
Corstorphine is, of course, home to Edinburgh Zoo and Corstorphine Hill, as well as a wealth of local attractions which make the neighbourhood attractive for visitors, whilst keeping things interesting for residents too.
Now a thriving part of Edinburgh, Corstorphine was a separate village until around 1920. Even after the area was absorbed into the growing city, it remained mostly a farming community, supplying the city with fresh produce.
A busy arterial road connecting Edinburgh and Glasgow runs through Corstorphine, which is a main route out of Edinburgh. This makes the area particularly popular with those who are regularly heading North over the Queensferry Crossing, West towards Glasgow via the M8, or even further afield via Edinburgh Aiport.
Dotted along the main road are many local shops, both independent and large national retailers. With major retail parks in the close vicinity, such as The Gyle and Hermiston Gait, much of the shopping has moved away from the traditional high-street to these large centres. A unique feature of Corstorphine’s main street is ‘The Wee Shop’, a 40 inches wide and 4 feet 6 inches long shop which has housed a wide range of tenants over the 100 or so years it has existed, from a tobacconist to a watchmaker and now a bakery. Craigmount High School is the main secondary school in the area with a number of feeder primary school catchments also present.
Being on a main arterial route into the city centre, Corstorphine is ideally located for families searching for somewhere easily commutable to the centre of town via public transport, cycling or indeed by car. There are many sizeable out of town office districts a short journey from Corstorphine, including Edinburgh Park (home to Coulters own legal team!) and the Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters at Gogarburn.
Corstorphine is, first and foremost, a thriving neighbourhood and community. Nothing embodies this more than the Corstorphine Trust, which is ‘dedicated to the stimulation of public interest in the character and history of Corstorphine’. The Trust’s focus is to ‘encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest’. The Corstorphine Trust also plays an important role in safeguarding and forwarding local planning issues.
Coulters have experience both in buying and selling properties in Corstorphine. Whether you are looking to move into, out of or within the neighbourhood, please do get in touch to find out how we can help.