Glasgow’s Pollokshields Has Mansions, Green Spaces And An Artsy Vibe

December 28, 2020

The neighborhood of Pollokshields lies in Southside, a large area that runs along the southern bank of the River Clyde, has become a popular alternative to the West End, Glasgow’s most affluent spot.

Pollokshields was developed as an upmarket area during the Victorian and Edwardian eras on land owned by Sir John Maxwell of Pollok, a politician and philanthropist. It was named after his ancestral home, Pollok House, which lies on the western edge of the area in the Pollok Country Park.  

This planned urban area features grand townhouses and mansions made from locally sourced red and blonde sandstone set along wide, leafy avenues that were built in the 19th century, when Glasgow’s economy was booming, alongside Art Deco properties and 1960s homes and apartment blocks

The property market in this area has traditionally performed well, according to agents, but it is on an upward trajectory. Buyers priced out of neighborhoods in the West End are moving into the area, which has created high demand for apartments, agents say. These new buyers tend to be young people working in the creative industries, which are bringing a trendy ambience to the area.

Two-bedroom flats are the most popular type of homes, and they typically sell within two weeks of being put on the market, said Graeme McInnes, executive valuer at Countrywide North in Shawlands. "There are usually five to six people bidding on a single property," he said.


This oval-shaped area has Terregles Avenue running along its southern border; Darnely Street on its eastern edge; St Andrews Crescent, St. Andrews Drive and Maxwell Drive on its northern side; and Dumbreck Road lies on its western side and borders the green spaces of Pollok Country Park.

Price Range

Buyers can expect to pay between £100,000 (US$128,960) for a one-bedroom flat in a 1960s block and £1.2 million for a large detached house, according to Mr. McInnes.

Grand townhouses and mansions in good condition cost from £600,000 to £1.5 million, according to Alison Anderson, of Rettie estate agency in Shawlands and Newton Mearns.

There are handful of one-bedroom apartments, but the majority of flats come with two or and three bedrooms. A two-bedroom flat usually costs about £160,000, Mr. McInnes added.

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