Introducing Perth - The Ballantynes Guide to Moving to Perth
Is the Fair City of Perth Calling?Maybe you're planning on moving to Perth in the not too distant future or perhaps it's just one of a number of destinations you're considering. To help you, we've created a short guide to introduce you to the City of Perth.
Welcome to Perth, ScotlandWith 90% of Scotland's population just 90 minutes away from Perth, it's little wonder that Perth, and Perthshire, is described as the Heart of Scotland. Perth is an ideal satellite city if you're looking to commute to Edinburgh or Glasgow. But it's also a great City in its own right.
The districts of Perth
Perth City CentreThe City Centre of Perth distinguishes itself by its mix of retail, restaurants, bars and cafes. But it also has a blend of modern luxury apartments, as well as Georgian and Victorian property all right in the heart of central Perth.
CraigieTo the South West of Perth City Centre, Craigie is a popular residential area of the City with quick, easy access to the centre. It's well served by shops and primary schools.
MuirtonSituated to the North of Perth, Muirton has a mix of Council owned rental property, as well as privately owned accommodation. It has smaller independent retailers as well as the Asda Supermarket within its area. A major new residential development is being built which will provide a large number of new family houses as well as flats and apartments.
LethamTo the west of Perth, Letham is a busy area of the city with a mix of rented and privately owned property.
Glasgow Road / Broxden / OakbankGiven its proximity to Perth Academy and Perth High School as well as Viewlands Primary and Oakbank Primary Schools – it's not surprising that this area is a popular choice for families with younger children. Add in the easy access for commuters to the motorway network and you'll understand why this is one of the more sought after residential areas.
Bridgend / Gannochy / KinnoullOver the bridges that cross the Tay, you'll find the areas of Bridgend, Gannochy and Kinnoull. Kinnoull is particularly popular given the spectacular views over the city and surrounding area.
Other key areas of Perth and the surrounding area include -
- Bridge of Earn
Types of Property in PerthPerth has a wide range of property types from classic Georgian and Victorian architecture, through to modern apartments and flats.
- Terraced House
- Tenement Flat
House Prices in PerthThe easy access to the motorway network, combined with limited scope for large scale new build development has helped keep Perth property prices above the Scottish average.
The average price for a house in Perth (as of July 2015) was £178,000, which is more than the Scottish average of £160,000.
Education in PerthPerth is home to 4 High Schools, a large number of primary and nursery schools as well as Perth College, which is part of the University of the Highlands & Islands.
High Schools in Perth
- Perth High School
- Perth Grammar School
- Perth Academy
- St John's Roman Catholic Academy
Catholic Schools in PerthAs well as St. John's Roman Catholic High School, Perth also has a Roman Catholic Primary School – Our Lady's RC Primary School in Letham.
Independent Schools in PerthPerth and the wider area of Perthshire are well served for Independent Schools, including Craigclowan, Glenalmond College, Kilgraston, Strathallan and Morrison's Academy.
Leisure Time in PerthFor a relatively small city, Perth packs a lot in. Perth is blessed with a wide array of wonderful restaurants, bars and cafes. Whatever your budget or tastes, you're spoiled for choice.
Perth City Centre has a blend of High Street names as well as a thriving independent retail community. As with many cities, Perth has a few retail parks, most notably, the St. Catherine's Retail Park.
Perth also has some excellent leisure centres including The Bells Sports Centre and The Dewars Ice Rink, which is close to Perth's Leisure Pool.
Perth is also home to an Art Deco Cinema. Built in 1933, The Perth Playhouse has been revamped in recent years to accommodate an IMAX Cinema.