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According to a guide to be published this weekend by The Sunday Times Stockbridge is the best place to live in Edinburgh.

Although Edinburgh as a whole does not figure the village of Stockbridge is followed in a close second by Leith. The measures employed include employment, schools and broadband speed to culture community spirit and local shops.

Leith is recognised for its cutting edge creativity and culinary scene with Michelin starts and a load of sourdough. Stockbridge is feted as a place with beautiful properties, a village atmosphere and pretty walks along the Water of Leith.

The Water of Leith Walkway

There are ten Scottish places in all in the UK topped by Dundee which it describes as a vibrant creative city bursting with arts and culture mainly due to the opening of the V&A.

The robust statistics used include exclusive up to date house prices provided by Habito and TwentyCi as well as the Sunday Times expert panel. The locations chosen are said to be places where everyone can thrive.

Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor said, “Finding our very own best place to live now feels more important than ever, for our wellbeing and wealth, happiness and health. Wherever you are on the property ladder The Sunday Times has championed 101 locations across the UK, and crowned one lucky winner, that we think is a great place to make a home. 

“This year we were looking for community spirit along with convenience and culture. There is so much going on around the country, and so many great places that the choice was a hard one.” 

Daniel Hegarty, Founder and CEO at Habito, the online mortgage broker said: “The Sunday Times Best Places to Live really is essential reading for anyone looking to buy, move or renovate their home in the UK.

“We know there are many reasons, beyond house prices, why people live where they live in Scotland. But, regardless of location, getting a mortgage can be the most hellish part of buying. Habito exists to make mortgages easier – whether that’s for a historic apartment in Leith, Edinburgh, a cottage with a view in St Boswell, or a family home in Dundee.”

For longer entries, more on air quality, broadband, transport links, comprehensive listings of good schools and lifelong learning opportunities, local voices and property prices you can go online at thesundaytimes.co.uk/bestplacestolive. Until April 15, readers can subscribe to digital access for £1 per-month for 3 months.

Readers can also join in the conversation online by sharing their favourite places and why they love them, using the hashtag #STbestplaces.

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