Living in Kelvinbridge
The West End of Glasgow is synonymous with pleasant parks, wide tree-lined avenues, trendy coffee shops and a vibrant, exciting atmosphere. Everything that this wonderful city has to offer is close by, and the local population features an eclectic cross-section of groups. In many ways, Kelvinbridge is a typical - and very popular - West End neighbourhood.
The area takes its name from a cast iron road bridge that straddles the River Kelvin. The bridge itself is now part of the main A82 road, which takes motorists on a very pleasant route from the centre of Glasgow north to Inverness via Fort William. Because of the convenience of this route, getting away from it all is easy for those who are living in Maryhill, Kelvinbridge and Anderston.
The M8 motorway is just to the east of Kelvinbridge, so it's easy for motorists to find quick access to the local motorway network. The M8 offers a speedy route to Edinburgh, while the M80 heads east from here to link up with Falkirk and Stirling. To the south, the M8 has connections with the M74 and the M77. Kelvinbridge is an excellent location for both car owners and public transport users.
So easy to paint the town red from here
Kelvinbridge is located just across the M8 motorway from the city centre, so the bright lights of Glasgow are never too far away. You'll find a tempting selection of museums and art galleries in the vicinity, including the wonderful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to the south of Kelvingrove Park. The celebrated Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange Square is also just a mile and a half away.
While Kelvinbridge is the perfect neighbourhood for all sections of society, it has always attracted a sizable student community. The ever popular University of Glasgow, which has a student base of over 25,000 - is close by, so the local property scene is a vibrant one. Many of those looking for houses to rent in Glasgow in the summer are incoming students.
This is a neighbourhood which can boast a lively and exciting social scene, thanks in part to a pleasing mix of coffee shops, restaurants, cafés, cocktail bars and traditional pubs. While a night out in the centre of the city is an easy option, it's important to remember that you don't always have to leave the area. A number of excellent eateries and watering holes can be found here on Great Western Road.
The Subway system is right on the doorstep
Getting from A to B in this part of Glasgow is so easy, thanks in part to the convenience and speed of the city's Subway system. Kelvinbridge has its own station, enabling local residents to get to anywhere on the 15-station loop in no time at all. The two stations closes to Kelvinbridge are Hillhead to the west and St George's Cross to the east.
Although Kelvinbridge is firmly entrenched as an urban neighbourhood in a typically metropolitan location, green spaces are never too far away. On a sunny afternoon, many of the locals are to be found enjoying the tranquillity in the magnificent Kelvingrove Park, while the popular Glasgow Botanic Gardens are not far away, just to the north of Hillhead's Subway station. If you're looking for flats to rent in Glasgow with a view, you'll love this area.
A number of local residents are enrolled with the Kelvin Medical Centre, which provides primary healthcare facilities for the community. Buckingham Terrace Medical Practice in Hillhead is also within easy reach. Conveniently located hospitals include Gartnavel General in Great Western Road and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which is just to the south of the Clyde.
A neighbourhood that's just right for parents
While many residents will attend the University of Glasgow, a number of younger locals will be pupils at Hillhead High School. Founded in 1885, it has a student body of around 1,000 and the main building has a distinctive X-shape. Hillhead Primary School, which is located close to Kelvingrove Park in Otago Street, is a popular choice for parents of youngsters.
You'll find a comprehensive selection of property types in Kelvinbridge, so all tastes can be catered for. Many newcomers to the city prefer the more traditional Glasgow tenement buildings, and there are several to choose from in the West End, including many which are perfect for the student community. If you would rather have something more modern, there are some excellent new developments on the rental market here.
Kelvinbridge is an understandably popular location in which to put down roots, and houses and flats here tend to be snapped up rather quickly. To find out more about the neighbourhood and all it has to offer, just speak to an expert from Citylets. We're always happy to chat about all things Glasgow, so give us a call today.