Kelvinside

This page provides a comprehensive Guide to the Kelvinside Area of Glasgow. Information and Free Advice on Renting in Kelvinside is provided in table form. If you are interested in renting a property in Kelvinside 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

Kelvinside developed from the creation of the Turnpike that now is Great Western Road which opened up the western green edge of Glasgow to the rapidly expanding population.

The Botanic Garden with its magnificent Kibble Palace is without doubt the most famous landmark in the area and developed from when they relocated from Blythswood Square. This initially attracted speculative development on the northern side of the Turnpike road in the mid 1840’s when Charles Wilson one of Glasgow’s most renowned architects of the time was commissioned to design Kirklee Terrace which was eventually constructed between 1847 and 1863. It was constructed on another one of Glasgow’s smaller drumlins so sits proudly above and well back from the main road into the city.

Location

Kelvinside was designated as a Conservation Area in 1972 and is in the heart of the West End of Glasgow. Kelvinside is bounded to the South by the Great Western Road to the North by the River Kelvin (with North Kelvinside beyond) to the East by Queen Margaret Drive and to the west by Kelvindale.

Kelvinside is a great location to live. It is predominately residential in nature and consists largely of large villas, terraced townhouses and townhouse conversions. There are also some purpose built flats which date from more recent times located on the areas outer fringes towards Kelvindale.

As with other parts of the West End, the quality of the environment is a result of the resident’s dedication to preserving the character of the area through the years. Kelvinside has always had a reputation within Glasgow as being a desirable place to live. As with its Edinburgh equivalent Morningside, many Glaswegians who do not live in the area believe that its residents speak and act in an “effected” manner.

Stability of local residents and the cache of the area have always been such that there was minimal migration away from Kelvinside in the mid 20th them to seek the suburbs to the west and to the south. Encouraged by the cache of the area and a stable community, many of the townhouses and villas were of sufficient size and adaptability that its residents simply carried out alterations to property to update it rather than relocate to the suburbs.

The introduction of Repair Grants funded by Glasgow City Council from the mid 1970’s encouraged improvement in any lower quality housing stock and ensured that the architectural heritage of the area would be preserved in to the 21st Century.

As a consequence today the area is in great demand which is reflected in both purchase and letting prices. Century unlike many other areas where the increased mobility of the population encouraged.

Amenities

Kelvinside is ideally located to benefit from the many amenities located in the West End as well as the Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace which is on its south east edge of the area. There are also fantastic walks along the River Kelvin through the Park and beyond to the West.

There are good transport links into the city by bus, underground, rail or car.

Byres Road and Ashton Lane in Hillhead provide a rich mix of pubs, clubs and restaurants which attract visitors worldwide.

The city centre is within walking distance as is Gartnavel Hospital further along Great Western Road, Glasgow University on University Avenue, Western Hospital on Dumbarton Road and the BBC on Queen Margaret Drive.Schools are good and are well above the national average. There are also good quality independent schools in the area which have results in the upper quartile nationally.

Accommodation

Kelvinside is a fantastic place to live, particularly for families but also for professionals who enjoy the West End lifestyle but who are wanting to live a few minutes walk away rather than it being right on the doorstep. As in Dowanhill and Jordanhill family accommodation is at a premium in the Kelvinside area there is a much greater demand than there is supply so you will need to consider your move several months in advance if you require a family sized property.

There are a large number of period conversions available, typically of one or 2 bedrooms. These also rent quickly and are in high demand. There is also an increasing number of purpose built flats most dating from the 1960’s when the larger villas, built as country estates were removed to accommodate Glasgow’s ever increasing population. There are also a number of more recent new builds such as Bellshaugh Gardens which provide a more affordable alternative to the period properties.

The area is more mixed in standards of accommodation than its more glamorous neighbour Dowanhill. There are a number of more recent additions to the housing stock which have been created from the larger country estates which remained or the larger villas within the area. These are somewhat mixed in quality.

Population

The population are predominately well educated younger professionals and middle aged professionals who work in the city or in local employment centres of the hospitals, education or media. They are generally high earning and choose to live in the area to benefit from its proximity to the city whilst still living in a more suburban environment. There is a large proportion of professional and student renters in this area who predominately look for period conversions of townhouses or villas.