Moving to Glasgow? Here’s Your Essential Guide

Glasgow is the largest urban area in Scotland. The city is bursting with culture, events, sporting events, entertainment, world-class shopping, incredible restaurants, history, amazing people and beautiful homes.

If Glasgow is a place that you’d like to call home, here’s our guide to Scotland’s Second City!

Glasgow regions

The city of Glasgow is divided into several regions: City Centre, North Glasgow, Southside, East End and West End. Each area has its own atmosphere from the family-friendly pockets of the Southside with exceptional schooling and historical parks and cultural attractions to the cool boutiques, beautiful architecture and incredible bar and restaurant scene of the West End. Whatever your life stage and budget – buying for the first time, upsizing for your growing family or retiring – everyone in Glasgow is catered for.

From classic red sandstone tenements and modern townhouses to bungalows, semis and detached villas we can help you find the right property for you.


Glasgow is served by the M8 which takes you straight into Edinburgh in under an hour. The M74 and M6 are also within easy reach, as is the A82 towards Loch Lomond. There are also two major rail stations – Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street, with direct links to London and Edinburgh.

The city also has its own subway system which circulates the city with trains every four minutes at peak times. It runs from the West End, parallel to the River Clyde and back into the city centre.

Glasgow Airport is on the west side of Glasgow just 20 minutes from the centre. Glasgow Prestwick Airport is only 45 minutes away on the M77. From here you can reach all European destinations.

Finding the right area

The West End of Glasgow previously won the Academy of Urbanism’s ‘Best Neighbourhood Award’ and is widely considered to be among the most desirable areas of Glasgow. If you would like to live in a classic sandstone terrace the Hillhead district has beautiful tenement buildings. Dowanhill is popular with professionals and has plenty of detached family homes with gardens. Victoria Circus has some of the grandest stone-built buildings in the area.

If you want to live close to the airport you could consider the Southside. Here you will find plenty of new, modern homes and traditional detached villas suitable for growing families. Pollokshields was one of the first Victorian garden suburbs and has plenty of green spaces. Crossmyloof and Strathbungo are also worth considering.

If you want to live in the heart of the City Centre, you could consider Merchant City’s Victorian housing and Garnethill’s bohemian neighbourhoods.

Top property picks

Perfect for families but within easy reach of Glasgow

Davos, Wateryetts Drive, Kilmacolm, Inverclyde

Offers Over £640,000

Davos’ is an incredible 10 apartment family home set within substantial, mature gardens in the much admired village of Kilmacolm. Designed by the renowned local architect Austin Laird, this beautiful Arts and Crafts style villa offers spacious and flexible living accommodation over two levels. It has been cleverly extended and upgraded over the years, and is certain to impress all who view. The accommodation extends to around 3369 sq ft and whilst it offers a luxurious, modern standard of living, it still oozes period character and charm. The period features include bespoke woodwork, ornate lead lined windows, striking stained glass, and original fire surrounds.

A striking West End apartment

Great Western Road, Anniesland, Glasgow

Offers Over £275,000

An exquisite, three bedroom duplex apartment set within the much admired Ascot theatre in Anniesland. Dating back to 1939, this striking building originally seated 1,963 cinema goers, and was converted by Strathclyde Homes in early 2000’s into 45 unique apartments. Full of period character and retaining its many Art Deco features, this building really is one of a kind. This particular apartment extends to around 1787 sq ft and is one of the most impressive in the development. Offering spacious and flexible living accommodation over two levels and presented in true walk-in condition.

Glasgow City Centre

Ingram Street, Merchant City, Glasgow

Offers Over £265,000

An exceptional, two bedroom 8th floor flat in Merchant City with private parking. Set in arguably one of the best positions in the building – with both bedrooms positioned to the rear, facing away from the busy main roads – and presented to an exacting standard throughout. This property oozes style and contemporary living, which sits nicely with the location in the heart of the vibrant Merchant City. Everything is on your doorstep including a vast array of trendy shops, bars and restaurants, as well as excellent public transport links.

A beautiful West End location

Dudley Drive, Hyndland, Glasgow

Offers  Over £165,000

A beautiful ground floor, two bedroom flat set on a leafy street just off Clarence Drive. Finished to a good standard throughout and offered to the market in true walk-in condition. The spacious accommodation will suit a range of buyers and location is perfect; tucked away from the busy main roads, yet on the doorstep of a range of local amenities in the thriving Hyndland and close to the Western Health and Racquets Club. There are also excellent public transport links including regular bus services on Clarence Drive and the nearby Hyndland Train Station giving a direct route to Glasgow City Centre.

Vanilla Square – highly personal sales! At Vanilla Square you will always be liaising with one of our business partners, which makes our service that much more responsible and approachable. When you instruct us, your property will reach a wider audience as we are one of the few agents who are present on all the major property portals to offer sellers maximum exposure. If you’re looking to buy or sell your property, or you’re simply considering the idea, contact us by calling 0141 229 0210 or pop into our new office at 711 Great Western Road. One of our partners will be delighted to help and provide you with impartial, expert advice.