Glasgow questions

Glasgow questions

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Macron

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6,527 posts

134 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Hi all, wondered if you might be able to help with recommendations for these, opinions welcome on any!

A solicitor for property purchases, who isn't a douche bag offered up by estate agents. Residential and commercial property ideally. Don't mind two individuals if need be, naturally if in the same firm that's easiest but I'm unfamiliar with the legal specifics here so need to be able to trust advisors.

An accountant for the same, Ltd Co as well as personal.

Planning consultant, commercial to res development, in the conservation areas. It is doable, and happy to pay for experience, estate agents just direct me to their backhander mates, which is proving no good.

I can't find it on the Revenue pages as my patience and searching abilities are short, in England if a Ltd buys a property, it pays the additional rate stamp duty, is that also the case with the obscene LBTT too does anyone know? All I can find is pleasingly lower rates when buying commercial (26k on a 750k buy, vs 78350 if buying as a second+ prop in personal names...)

Are 100% of the flats along the Clyde (Kingston, squiggly bridge) full of prostitutes, or just the ones I've seen?!

State schools from Charing Cross up to say Anniesland, are the juniors pretty much the same, or are there any to avoid? Appreciate catchments, but in year transfers seem to have more latitude if the right circumstances are set out Secondary looks like Jordanhill or the private one by the Botanics based on nothing other than catchment and apparent league tables.

Car wise, any secure storage in the WE that I can't find through Google?

And finally, for now anyway, trustworthy garages in the same, several will stay main dealer, but the S1 and Focus RS can go to a performance specialist if there is one not too far away. I've got a little tired of there being two price lists around St Andrews, one being for "the English", especially when suggestions are these places know what they're doing, but in some cases it's apparent they learn from watching YouTube and practising on your car!

Any help appreciated!!

irc

2,221 posts

104 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Can't help with much but I take it you are aware that the only way to get a child into Jordanhill is to live in the catchment area?


sherman

8,925 posts

183 months

Tuesday 8th June
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shoutPaulQV
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A fellow pistonheader but also a good lawyer based in Wishaw. He has helped me in the past. thumbup

https://www.freelands.co.uk/corporate-commercial-l...

Phunk

1,689 posts

139 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Flats along the clyde can vary, you tend to be a bit better if you stay on the north side of the river but to be honest you’re better away from the Clyde around Park Circus, Hyndland or Dowanhill.

Junior schools are all pretty much the same, secondary I’d look at Hyndland and Jordanhill. Jordanhill you need to be in the catchment, that can be right down to the house number.

Good garages:

https://www.kbmengineering.co.uk/

And

https://www.lorimerfindlay.com/




dxg

6,240 posts

228 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Hannay Fraser and Co. for the solicitor. They're small, but I've used them twice now to good effect.

Macron

Original Poster:

6,527 posts

134 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Thanks for the intel thus far, will start making calls tomorrow.

irc said:
Can't help with much but I take it you are aware that the only way to get a child into Jordanhill is to live in the catchment area?

Indeed, when first applying of course as if you move outside the catchment you can ask to stay in a school if a place remains, which where a risk could mean not having to pay the current premium and be lumbered with a largely unexciting locale.

I was more wondering if say Hillhead, a likely catchment area we'd live in for the medium term, is better than the apparent 102nd it ranks nationally according to a single measure (5 or more highers).

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/sc...

For Primary it's always hard to tell and there are no visits atm or course. The differences in external info (eg web presence or not) is incredible, but I suspect largely meaningless, as it may just reflect one or more staff willing to give it a go in some cases.

Edited by Macron on Wednesday 9th June 05:51

hidetheelephants

17,422 posts

161 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Hillhead's student city, so get used to drunks outside at all hours. A lot of subsidence due to ancient and poorly mapped mine workings, so look for cracks in masonry.

ben5575

4,314 posts

189 months

Wednesday 9th June
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We use BTO and DWF for our commercial/resi property and corporate stuff in Glasgow.

PDR doesn't exist in Glasgow, so don't bank on it for commercial to resi like you do in England. Glasgow planners operate in a different universe to the rest of the UK as well. They are shockingly bad. They may be better on the smaller stuff, I don't know, so you may get lucky. Factor in a lot of time for planning, as in assume 6 months if you do well, but expect 12.

I've used Iceni as a planning consultant in Glasgow and whilst they weren't bad, they certainly didn't blow my socks off. Hardly a ringing endorsement.

Your best bet is to use an architect with a good relationship with the planners. And I say that as somebody who religiously uses planning consultants everywhere else in the UK. My go to are Elder & Cannon (who are 10/10 excellent). They are particularly strong on conservation projects. Some really good practises in Glasgow though, such as Page & Park, Hypostyle etc.

Macron

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6,527 posts

134 months

Wednesday 9th June
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hidetheelephants said:
Hillhead's student city, so get used to drunks outside at all hours.
My wife is an academic so I’m used to living among them. Had one fall through a garage roof during lockdown 3 when he forgot his keys when coming how from a party at 4am, and thought he could climb over ours to get into his house. Thought it was a break in so called the Police who scooped him up. That was an expensive night for him…

Edited by Macron on Wednesday 9th June 05:58

irc

2,221 posts

104 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Macron said:
Indeed, when first applying of course as if you move outside the catchment you can ask to stay in a school if a place remains, which where a risk could mean not having to pay the current premium and be lumbered with a largely unexciting locale.

I was more wondering if say Hillhead, a likely catchment area we'd live in for the medium term, is better than the apparent 102nd it ranks nationally according to a single measure (5 or more highers).
I suspect the ranking for Hillhead is accurate as it will have quite a diverse school population. Around Glasgow the school ranking tends to correlate fairly closely with the intake.

I work with a few GPs who live in the west end of the city. Hyndland and Kelvinside are popular areas for GPs with families. Hyndland Secondary is probably a good shout. Though quite a few choose one of the private schools rather than a good state secondary school.

If I was choosing somewhere to live in Glasgow starting from scratch, if budget alllowed, a good shout would be the earlier suggestion of Park Circus. Kelvingrove Park on doorstep. Walking distance from city centre, West End, and Finnieston. Easy access to motorways. I had a flat in nearby Woodlands for 7 years in my 20s. Loved it. Only the school issue and needing a 3rd bedroom made us leave.


Heidfirst

142 posts

55 months

Wednesday 9th June
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solicitor Eileen Hughes at http://www.goldsmithandhughes.co.uk

Just sold a flat with ther doing the conveyancing & seemed on the ball, competent & reasonably priced.

57 Chevy

5,181 posts

203 months

Friday 11th June
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This map lets you see the wealthy and poor areas....

https://simd.scot/#/simd2020/BTTTFTT/9/-4.0000/55....

Macron

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6,527 posts

134 months

Friday 11th June
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That's interesting! Partick sticks out, as does Finnieston, but even an overhead street view tells you the latter is likely...

Are Bearsden and Milngavie posh then? This popped up this week, looks nice, but sod all outside space...

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property/108197321

ETA Newton Mearns fares well on that scale too, but do these places have things you’d actually want to do?!

Edited by Macron on Friday 11th June 23:24

Phunk

1,689 posts

139 months

Saturday 12th June
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Newton Mearns, Clarkston and Giffnock are where you’ll find the best schools in Scotland.

Not a huge amount to do in Newton Mearns and Clarkston. But Giffnock has plenty of nice little bars and restaurants, great for commuting into the city centre as it’s only 15 minutes drive/cycle/ express train. Newton Mearns has some great primary schools.

Bearsden and Milgavie are pretty similar, perhaps a little further out from the city centre, great schools but Newton Mearns / Clarkston tend to pip them in the league tables.

S2red

2,414 posts

159 months

Saturday 12th June
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Err north Side of river ( East Dunbartonshire) has No 5 & 9 in schools league table we are not that shabby this side of river :-)

Riff Raff

4,376 posts

163 months

Saturday 12th June
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Phunk said:
Newton Mearns, Clarkston and Giffnock are where you’ll find the best schools in Scotland.

Not a huge amount to do in Newton Mearns and Clarkston. But Giffnock has plenty of nice little bars and restaurants, great for commuting into the city centre as it’s only 15 minutes drive/cycle/ express train. Newton Mearns has some great primary schools.

Bearsden and Milgavie are pretty similar, perhaps a little further out from the city centre, great schools but Newton Mearns / Clarkston tend to pip them in the league tables.
It's a legacy thing isn't it? I was brought up in Cathcart in the fifties and sixties when it was still 'dry'. The nearest bars were in Govanhill. Even now, 50 years later there are still only a handful of bars there.

I couldn't believe it when I went to Glasgow Uni that there were so many bars on Byres Road!

Phunk

1,689 posts

139 months

Saturday 12th June
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Clarkston was still dry until pretty recently, it still doesn’t really have a good ‘local pub’

We now have a few half decent restaurants, Ian Browns is the only one that could be considered fine dining of sorts.

The west end has some crackers, even still it only got it’s first Michelin Star restaurant earlier this year.

Macron

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6,527 posts

134 months

Saturday 12th June
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Suggestions / recommendations for West end restaurants welcome!

Appreciating it's hardly high brow, Glasgow Live gets excited about stuff like this, which I'm sure is good after a pint, but doesn't strike me as the epitome of sophistication!

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-...

Heidfirst

142 posts

55 months

Sunday 13th June
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Phunk said:
Newton Mearns, Clarkston and Giffnock are where you’ll find the best schools in Scotland.
the best state schools, other than Jordanhill (the only school directly funded by Scottish Govt.)...

As for places to eat in the West End it's all kind of moot atm as 1/2 of them still haven't re-opened for dining in. It's also an area of constant flux & re-invention & but if we get back to where we were 1 thing that Glasgow is not short of is places to eat.

jonny996

2,333 posts

185 months

Monday 14th June
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Phunk said:
Newton Mearns, Clarkston and Giffnock are where you’ll find the best schools in Scotland. .
I think you will find that the Sunday Times Scottish school of the decade is slap bang in the center of Edinburgh.