The original ‘Stock Bridge’, or Stock Brig (meaning a timber bridge), was built in 1801 over the Water of Leith. Originally a small suburb of Edinburgh, it was incorporated into the City in the 19th Century and is now considered one of its most fashionable areas. Notable Stockbridge residents have included Peter Higgs (Physicist), George Meikle Kemp (Architect), Shirley Manson (Garbage Lead Singer), Dylan Moran (Actor), Sir Henry Raeburn (Artist) and Sir James Young Simpson (Obstetrician).
North of Edinburgh’s City Centre, Stockbridge and Comely Bank are packed full of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, delicatessens, boutiques, supermarkets and shops. It offers a real mix of properties, from full townhouses, mews houses and colony homes to flats. Primarily Georgian and Victorian in architecture, many properties offer their residents period features, high ceilings and generous room proportions.
One of Edinburgh’s most bustling areas, Stockbridge has everything you could possibly need within easy walking distance. Restaurants such as The Bon Vivant, The Raeburn, the Scran & Scallie (Tom Kitchen’s gastro pub), Hector’s, Hamilton’s and Rollo (to name a few) offer some of the city’s best food and drink. There are numerous coffee shops, as well as a number of beautiful boutique shops. It is also on the doorstep of the Royal Botanic Garden and Inverleith Park – it’s the perfect mix of city living and wide open space.
As the area is located in the City Centre, it is an easy walk to Princes Street, has excellent bus links and is a 20 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station. If you have a car, most properties offer on-street parking. However, usually a permit is required. This can be arranged through the Edinburgh City Council.
There are a number of excellent local Primary Schools, including Stockbridge Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Flora Stevenson Primary School and Holy Cross RC Primary School. Stockbridge is in the catchment area for Broughton High School and St Thomas of Aquin’s RC High School, but is also in easy reach of a number of public schools including Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools, St George’s School for Girls, The Edinburgh Academy and Fettes College.