In an earlier post I showed where in Edinburgh I was living. Thought it might be helpful to describe the area where I live as well. Technically, I live in Comely Bank, situated between Stockbridge and Craigleith – but much closer to Stockbridge.
There are only a few shops within Comely Bank, since it is almost 100% residential. Like my street as shown below. Comely Bank seems to be almost all tenements (or apartments), rather than homes. Those that are homes, would almost always are attached to the home next to it. From what I’ve read, most of these buildings in Comely Bank are from the late 19th century to the 1930’s. Also I see where the writer Thomas Carlyle lived on Comely Bank Road between 1819 and 1821.
If you’d like to see inside my flat, the pictures and description from my Airbnb hosts describe it better than I could. Here is the link:
https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/13945061?sug=50 (comfortable, remodeled, and quiet)
The fun part is that just 5 minutes away is Stockbridge. A little village, with shops mainly on one street. All the shops and restaurants are well-maintained and varied. (Yes, there is a Starbucks and Domino’s Pizza, but the rest of the shops and restaurants are unique to the area. I ventured out last Saturday, around 9:00 p.m., and the restaurants were in full swing, attracting a good crowd. Also, some charity thrift shops that look interested – will have to visit them one of these days.
And some pictures of the street…
I pass through Stockbridge to get to my health club. I sometimes go up one side of the street going and the other side coming back. Very convenient to stop in the local Sainsbury’s to pick up something on the way back from the gym. For those familiar with Portland, it is very much like 23rd Avenue.
Each Sunday, there is open air market. I’ve gone a couple of times and for a small space, there are a surprising variety of local products and food, including fruits and vegetables. There is also a vendor that makes paella – haven’t tried yet. Maybe next time.