The most attractive waterside homes can command a premium of up to 25% and the market is hectic, particularly in Invernesss-shire and the Highland region.
Phiddy Robertson, who leads the Galbraith residential team in Inverness said:
These properties command a premium and demand is rising faster than supply. The continuing desire for a better quality of life and a relaxed environment have become principal criteria when moving house. This is a common theme for all age groups who are seeking a change of lifestyle by relocating to rural areas and the Highland region is a particularly attractive option. Waterfront properties also maintain their value over time.
The opportunity to have a bolthole in an unspoilt part of Scotland and be able to watch the sunset over the water has huge appeal. Demand is extraordinarily strong this quarter, as it has been over the past year and buyers are competing to secure the best properties. Some significant premiums have been paid over the asking price for houses with direct shore frontage or a wonderful view.
Waterside properties recently sold by Galbraith include:
The Boathouse, Skye, marketed for offers over £435,000 and sold at a highly competitive closing date. A romantic seaside house on the Isle of Skye, once owned by Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. The Boathouse, set on the shores of Loch Bay, enjoys spectacular views across the loch to the islands of Islay and Mingay and the distant mountains of North Uist. The situation of the Boathouse, in a sheltered bay on the Waternish peninsula, offers the ultimate in peaceful coastal living.
Creel Lodge, Littleferry, Sutherland, marketed for offers over £650,000 and now under offer after multiple viewings and within three weeks of coming to the market. An exquisite detached waterfront house with spectacular views over the Loch Fleet estuary. Situated within a nature reserve and just a short walk from Littleferry beach.
Currently on the market through Galbraith: Dunan Cottage, a superb contemporary home on the shores of Loch Duich, with spectacular views over the loch to the Five Sisters mountains and Eilean Donan Castle on the opposite shore. Designed by award-winning architects Rural Design, based on Skye, the interior of the property is infused with light and there are energy-efficiency features. On the market for offers over £600,000.
Across Scotland as a whole, Galbraith handled over £52 million worth of property sales over the past quarter.