Living

Edinburgh has always been a city of tenements. The residential buildings in the 16th century Old Town were the skyscrapers of their day; the 18th and early 19th century New Town has some of the most elegant buildings of the world. The city expanded to the south in Victorian times with hundreds of traditional tenements and, in the late 20th and 21st century, industrial and commercial buildings have been repurposed as flats. Sandstone was the chosen building material for many of the Victorian tenements in areas like Marchmont and Comely Bank and most of these have not blackened in the same way as the buildings in the New Town. They positively sparkle in the sunlight when reflected in the inevitable row of parked cars in the street outside. The golden tones of these flats in Viewforth make you think there really might be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Flats in the elegant terraces of the New Town are popular with young, professional couples. The basement flats usually include access to a garden, which is great for children but buyers don't always think about the problems of access when they buy their flat in their PK (pre-kids) days. The traditional tenements were called 'Lands' and were often named after their builder - Thomas Crocket in this case. Most of them have gone now but this one in Victoria Street is one of the best preserved. As in many cities, new flats are springing up everywhere. Many of these don't have much character but I liked these Edinburgh flats that I think are reminiscent of New York's Flatiron building. I'm not too sure why they needed a machine gun emplacement on the roof though.

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