Home Report Kirkintilloch
Home reports are required by law in Scotland when it comes to selling a residential property. They are there to give buyers a solid reckoning of all the important details offering peace of mind for the buyer and the seller alike. With home reports, a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) regulated surveyor with a deep knowledge of the local area and a nearby office is essential criteria to provide a thorough and rigorous survey. If you’re selling in the Kirkintilloch area, then Shepherds Chartered Surveyors satisfies all criteria to deliver a comprehensive and trusted home report.
Shepherd Chartered Surveyors are the largest provider of home reports in Scotland. We are represented on all major lender’s panels and our knowledge of the market in Kirkintilloch, and wider East Dunbartonshire council area is second to none. With many years of experience surveying locations across Scotland and a vast network of offices, we can guarantee an exceedingly high quality of service. You can be sure of speaking to an experienced Royal Institution regulated Chartered Surveyor who can provide you with a quote ahead of any commitment.
Buying in Kirkintilloch
Kirkintilloch is a town and former barony burgh in East Dunbartonshire. It lies about 8 miles northeast of central Glasgow. Historically part of Dunbartonshire, the town is the administrative centre of the East Dunbartonshire council area, and its population is roughly 20,000 residents. It borders the smaller town of Lenzie and both towns are considered part of the one, larger area.
The history of Kirkintilloch is rich and dates as far back as the Romans in the mid-2nd century from the first known settlement of the area, a Roman fort, established as an outpost for Antonine Wall, in the now Peel Park area of the town. Although little evidence of the Romans can be seen now above ground many archaeological artefacts were found in the area and are now on display at Glasgow University’s Hunterian Museum.
Kirkintilloch, as we know it today, could have been quite unrecognisable or gone entirely if circumstances were different on a fateful date on 3rd January 1746. The retreating Jacobite army of Charles Stuart had made its way through Kirkintilloch, on its way back from Derby on the march to Falkirk and then ultimately Culloden. One of the Jacobite stragglers was supposedly shot dead at the town cross by a man hidden in a barn at the Kiln Close (where the library now stands). On hearing of the murder, Charles halted his army on the Kilsyth road and threatened to turn back and burn the town. The town magistrates persuaded him to continue marching, in return for an unspecified payment, and the town was spared.
Kirkintilloch went on to boom during the Industrial Revolution in Scotland, beginning with the emergence of a thriving textile industry in the area. There were 185 weavers in Kirkintilloch alone by 1790, and in 1867 James Slimon's cotton mill at Kelvinside employed some 200 women. The construction of the Forth and Clyde Canal through the town in 1773 and the establishment of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway in 1826 brought more prosperity. This saw Kirkintilloch develop further as an important transportation hub, inland port and production centre for iron, coal, nickel, and even small ships. This rich industrial heritage lives on in the town's designation as the "Canal Capital of Scotland".
Today, Kirkintilloch mostly serves as a commuter town for workers in Glasgow. The nearby M74 motorway provides easy road access to Stirling and Glasgow. Due to the town’s proximity to nearby Lenzie, most commuters travelling by train would park and ride at Lenzie train station. The station has a regular service to Glasgow Queen Street Station, Falkirk and Edinburgh. Bus routes from Kirkintilloch to Glasgow are well established with regular services too.
For things to do, Kirkintilloch has a lot going for it. The Antonine Wall runs through directly through Peel Park. This is now a designated World Heritage Site and the Wall's location is prominently shown next to the Auld Kirk. The Auld Kirk Museum, a Grade A-listed church, hosts a collection of around 13,000 items of local and national significance, as well as a variety of temporary events and exhibitions throughout the year. Kirkintilloch Town Hall is listed as a building of special architectural and historic interest but has been closed to the public due to restoration works. The town's as a dedicated library and a community hub. The Regent Shopping Centre was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, and the town also has a selection of shops as well as a variety of eateries. The marina is a particularly popular visitor spot and every year in August the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival hosts a number of events and activities that attracts locals and tourists alike. Outdoorsy types and families can enjoy the scenery and activities offered by the Merkland Nature Reserve. The Luggie Aqueduct can be found in Kirkintilloch and is known locally as the 'Unique Bridge'. Golfers enjoy the challenging 18-hole Kirkintilloch Golf Club offers a rolling layout with spectacular views of the Campsie Fells and Clyde Valley as backdrops. The 18-hole Hayston Golf Club sits next door to Kirkintilloch Golf Club and offers a challenging, gently rolling woodland course. Although not in Kirkintilloch proper, the 18-hole parkland Lenzie Golf Club is a very short drive away offering yet more choice on where to tee off.
In terms of local schooling, there are six primary schools in Kirkintilloch, which are Hillhead, Harestanes, Oxgang, Gartconner, Lairdsland and Holy Family. There are also two schools in the area for children with special needs, these being Merkland School in Hillhead and Campsie View School in Lenzie. The two secondary schools in the area are Kirkintilloch High School (Non-denominational) and St Ninian's High School (Roman Catholic). In 2020, St Ninian’s placed 25th out of 344 based on the number of pupils achieving five or more Highers. There were five other East Dunbartonshire high schools in the top 20.
Kirkintilloch has an array of residential property types. There are council-built homes, some nice examples of Scottish Victorian villas, but mostly has developments of typical 1920s/30s bungalows, as well as semi and detached type homes populate the town. The area also has ongoing developments of brand new 3-, 4-, and 5-bed room family homes from Cala, Persimmon, and Barratt.
As of December 2020, the average price for property in Kirkintilloch stood at £153,282. This is a rise of 1.08% in the last three months (since September 2020) and a rise of 4.98% since December 2019. However, this average hides quite a range, and it is not uncommon for larger properties to sell from £400,000 up to £500,000, and over for exceptional examples. Likewise, larger, modern family homes regularly sell anywhere between the £225,000 and £400,000 range, with some achieving even higher selling prices depending on the area, school catchment, gardens, and finish or additions.
Why Use Shepherds
Shepherd Chartered Surveyors are the largest provider of home reports in Scotland, with origins dating back to the 18th century. Fully regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, we can offer an in-depth knowledge of the Kirkintilloch property market that nobody else can.
If you’re looking for a home report in Kirkintilloch or wider East Dunbartonshire localities, you’ll find our Shepherds office located at 31 Byres Road, Glasgow, G11 5RD. The team are ready to handle any and all enquiries when selling in or around the area. We are available at our office to give you a quote at any time. Nobody can offer the same level of local market knowledge as Shepherd, our wealth of experience, proven industry expertise and vast network of offices stand testament to that.
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