Large-scale Build-to-Rent projects are bringing considerable change to the private rented sector in Scotland and they are playing an increasingly important role with the country in the midst of a housing crisis. The number of purpose built blocks is one the rise, particularly in major city centres.
One of the key features of these purpose built blocks is the service level, with tenants receiving far more as part of their rental payment. But what does that look like? Today we take a look inside The Kingsford Residence – one of Edinburgh’s first operational Build to Rent blocks and find out exactly that.
Built as a school in 1903, the listed building has been beautifully restored, retaining many original features, while app-controlled thermostats, keyless entry systems, and super fast broadband certainly brings it right into the 21st Century.
The apartments themselves come furnished, with an open plan living area and dining space and modern fitted kitchen with granite work surface, energy-efficient induction hob, integrated combination microwave and oven, compact dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine and a washer dryer.
The bedroom space is located on an open plan mezzanine deck with and includes under bed storage, fitted wardrobe and a dressing table / writing desk.
Finally, the bathroom consists of a power shower, marble vanity unit, illuminated mirror and heated towel rail.
The perks of living at the residence are plentiful, with free tea and coffee, dry cleaning and staff on hand to take care of any deliveries if you’re unavailable.
There is a real feeling of community throughout the building. Residents benefit from a number of shared spaces such as the garden, The Club Room (a social hub for residents complete with booths, a television, and surround sound) and The Bridge (a co-working space by day, private dining venue by night). Plenty of opportunity to mingle with the other residents!
Access to the state of the art on-site gym is also included within the rent and you will definitely want to check out the roof terrace, offering spectacular views across the city!
If all of that isn’t enough, all tenants receive a residents benefit card which provides discounts at a number of local business. Try some delicious food and cocktails at restaurants such as Gusto or receive a discount on fine tailoring at Hawes and Curtis. These are just a couple of the many discounts on offer to tenants on the residence.
There are a number of apartments available to let right now within The Kingsford Residence, so why not join the community in this beautifully restored building?