Kelvingrove

This page provides a comprehensive Guide to the Kelvingrove Area of Glasgow. Information and Free Advice on Renting in the Kelvingrove Area is provided in table form. If you are interested in renting a property in Kelvingrove and the information is not listed in this Guide or in any of our other Glasgow Guides then please contact us and we will aim to include it in our next review.

Summary

The residential part of Kelvingrove is quite small as the area is predominately Parkland, so the level of vacancies and properties for sale represents a low percentage of stock that appears on the Glasgow rental market. The best properties are to the North of Sauchiehall Street between Sauchiehall Street and the Park itself most notably Royal Crescent, Royal Terrace and the area of Grey Street facing the Park. (Some may consider these to be part of the Park Area itself especially estate agents when they are advertising the properties for sale!) Many tenement apartments in the area are still occupied by tenants who have Secured tenancies which have been in place for in excess of 30-50 years particularly along Argyle Street and Derby Street. This together with the low demand for the retail units which occupy many of the Ground Floors along Argyle Street has discouraged investment in many of the properties which have traditionally been seen as lower value properties in any event. The result is that these particular pockets present more affordable accommodation for either rent or purchase whilst still offering the many benefits of West end living.

Location

The area is in the West End of Glasgow and encompasses Kelvingrove Park and Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The Category A Listed Art Gallery is the most visited Gallery outside London; a popularity which has re-opened following its £28 million refurbishment program which completed in 2006. Built using red sandstone in the Spanish Baroque style it opened in 1901 as the centrepiece to the International Exhibition of the same year. Kelvingrove Park itself is widely regarded as Glasgow’s most beautiful parks and extends up to the edge of the Park district to the North east, straddles the River Kelvin as it meanders in a south westerly direction towards the Clyde.

Amenities

Other than Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the buildings are generally four storey blonde tenement apartments although there are a small number of townhouse conversions and townhouses as well as a few modern apartment blocks most notably at infill sites such as the corners of Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street Kelvinhaugh Street. The tenements were mainly constructed towards the end of the 19th the shipbuilding heartlands of Scotstoun and Clydebank. As a result the architectural treatment of the majority of the blocks is fairly restrained and minimal as they were largely designed to accommodate the lower middle classes. Most apartments are typically 2 – 3 bedrooms with generous kitchens and living spaces. Generous floor to ceiling heights were still employed in the design and are typically 3 – 3.5 metres in height. Internally cornicing is much more restrained and is frequently restricted to Lounge and main living areas.

Population

Kelvingrove is popular with students, hospital staff and young professionals as it is close to the Western Infirmary, Glasgow University and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Yorkhill. The area’s main focal point is the Park which provides a stunning backdrop to the restrained Victorian architecture it surrounds. The area is a short walk from the City Centre and has excellent transportation links in the form of the low level train station at the SECC, nearby Subway at Kelvin Hall, nearby Clydeside Expressway as well as the regular bus routes along both Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street. It is also close to the Charing Cross and Finnieston junctions of the M8. There is a reasonable shopping area along Argyle Street although this area is best known for its vibrant night life and many reasonably priced and trendy bars and restaurants which can only be rivaled in the Byres Road area of Hillhead / Dowanhill and the City Centre.