• Kaitlyn Chatwood

Boroughmuir High School now block of gorgeous apartment homes

For those who once knew Boroughmuir High School close to Edinburgh City Centre in the heart of Bruntsfield, you may recognise it as a new block of apartments. CALA homes has rebuilt and redesigned the interior spaces into gorgeous mezzanine apartments, with 1-4 bedrooms available. First time buyers Mark and Leon have snapped up one of the apartments and have nothing but praise for CALA Homes.

What once was a bustling high school is now a beautiful living space. Boroughmuir Apartments have mezzanine apartments as well as standard ones, with the original features carefully preserved and blended into the homes. Most of the apartments are mezzanine style, so they have elevated ceilings to really get that natural light reaching all corners of your home.

Every apartment has lift access, access to a private residents courtyard and a ten year NHBC warranty. The basements have storage, including cycle storage, along with a rare opportunity in Edinburgh as the building comes with private parking and electric vehicle charging points.

The building is Grade B listing as it is one of the innovative creations of John Alexander Carfrae, an architect famous for his school designs. It was constructed pre-WW1 between 1911 and 1914 and is one of the first buildings in Edinburgh to use a steel frame. The new apartments are in prime location as the building is close to Haymarket, The Meadows and surrounded by a plethora of bars and restaurants.

Mark Love and Leon Macmillan are one of the lucky couples to snatch up these highly prized apartments. After renting for five years, they wanted to find a home; they heard of the Boroughmuir High School transformation, and they found their dream home in a south-facing apartment.

Their chosen plot is a ground floor, two bedroom apartment with large windows to allow lots of light and looks over the front of the building. Mark, a product development director, said: “I’m originally from Glasgow and Leon grew up in Leith, and in 2015 we agreed we’d rent for a little while and wait for something to come on the market that we both liked.

“We had originally wanted a one-bedroom apartment but through discussion and seeing the homes in the flesh, we realised this is going to be our home for some time so we decided to go for a two-bedroom apartment.

“We had this affinity with Bruntsfield and had always said we didn’t want a fixer-upper, we’d prefer newbuilds or newly renovated homes so this ticked a huge box for us. It’s this amazing grand building in the heart of Bruntsfield – a pristine new home with a historic building around it, it’s really the best of both worlds.”

Mark added about CALA homes: “[t]hey say buying a home is one of the most stressful things you can do but to be honest it was amazingly stress-free. We can’t fault CALA at all, they were great from the outset. I think that’s probably what made it a lot easier, the constant communication from the Sales Consultants, they kept in touch about deadlines and guided us through the process. There was never a need to chase them, we were kept fully informed throughout.”

The couple join other excited buyers who can’t wait to move into their newly built apartments.

CALA homes have an excellent reputation around Scotland with building, renovating and creating beautiful homes with the latest designs. 2020 was a busy year for them, even through the pandemic, as they won Housebuilder of the Year at the Scottish Home Awards, and they sold over 1,800 homes. Earlier this year, an independent survey, Home Builders Federation’s National New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey, awarded them the maximum five star rating for the fourth year in a row.

CALA’s aims are to build high quality, beautiful homes with sustainability as a central component. CALA values and understands the importance of not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their business needs while we meet ours in the present. Their commitment to help fight the effects of climate change including building homes which will be operationally net zero carbon by 2030. They also intend to keep in line with the Scottish Government’s 2045 target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Boroughmuir Apartments are only the latest in a line of ongoing building projects CALA homes has. These beautiful, renovated mezzanine apartments will be a stunning addition for Edinburgh’s property market and those interested in learning more, please check their website here.