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What's it like living on Easter Road?

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  • Started 1 year ago by rob_88_rover
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  1. rob_88_rover
    Member

    Hi all

    I'm after some advice please.
    I'm viewing a flat to rent just off Easter Road (London Road end) and I just can't make my mind up on the area.
    I've walked down there a few times and I feel mixed as to whether i like it or not. There's a few rough parts, but there also seems to be a good bar scene with plenty if shops.

    I'm new to Edinburgh, I've lived in a flat share in Tollcross since January, so if any locals can give me their perspective on the Easter Rd area then I'd be very grateful!

    Cheers

    Bob

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. LivD
    Member

    I lived at the other end for 15 years and although it could be a bit, ahem, colourful sometimes, I generally liked living there. On match days it's going to be noisy, of course, esp for a local derby. I miss the shops and takeaways most. Don't miss the seagulls that used to nest nearby though, noisy bs.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. Klaxon
    Member

    I live there!

    Well not really I'm in some of the newer build off Brunswick Rd but still counts

    The shops are good, the buses are good. Cornelius (beer and wine) and Mana House Bakery particular treats. Big selection of takeaway. Post office has longer hours than most. Maybe LIDL on the doorstep in a year's time, but I use the one at Newkirkgate on the bike without incident.

    I can't speak with direct experience of the tenements directly on and adjoining Easter Rd but they have never looked the best. Waste services do an generally awful job keeping Elgin St and Edina Terr looking tidy. Bins are in bad nick and always get raided by gulls. I would have no such reservations in Hillside proper (Brunton Terr and anything off Hillside Cres)

    Cycling is on the wrong side of unfriendly, any time I'm going over Abbeyhill I aggressively filter up the wrong side of the road past the enevitable queue to the lights. Pretty easy to judge if you have time. If going to Leith St I always leave via Hillside St which keeps me on the safer side of any roundabouts.

    Anything overlooking the railway is likely under-priced. It's a non-issue, two trains a day, one out at 10am and one in at 2pm. You'll never see it or hear it if you work office hours. Seagulls only really bad during nesting season but that's the whole city. Some years worse than others.

    Generally the closer to Leith Walk the better IMHO, just because the overall mix of bus routes is a better deal than Easter + London Rd.I don't notice the footy at all except for every parking space and space to park becoming occupied.

    I like the area. Good amenity and character. Less bampots than in and around foot of the walk. Nothing in 5 years had made me think 'I want to move'

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. crowriver
    Member

    I've lived in the area for twenty years in tenement flats. During that time the top end of Easter Road (near London Road), Hillside and the Abbeyhill colonies, have gentrified considerably. Hence shops like Cornelius, Manna House, nice cafes etc. It's still a mixed area, having been at one time solidly working class. Gets more 'authentic' Leith the further north you travel, though even that is changing as young bohemian 'hipster' types are priced out of the city centre/Southside rental markets and are gravitating to Leith and Easter Road. I've heard it said that Leith is the new Hackney! :-)

    Good bus connections on London Road will take you almost anywhere in the city, and also out into East Lothian. Not far to walk (or cycle) to Waverley for trains to everywhere. Also very pleasant to walk (or cycle) into town via Regent Road. Plenty of shops nearby, convenience and small or specialist shops in Easter Road itself, big chain retail and Sainsbury's a short walk further east at Meadowbank shopping centre.

    Tenement life is in general quiet and hassle free, top floor generally the most peaceful if you can get it. Ground floor flats will be noisier though if facing back green can be very appealing. If you are lucky your block may have a pleasant back green where you can spend time having a summer barbecue, gardening or just hanging out on a nice day.

    Of course there's always the chance that a bampot will move in to a rented flat on the stair and throw wild parties/cause mayhem. In my experience these people generally don't last long as neighbours - if they don't self-destruct under their own steam, then strongly worded letters to letting agents from annoyed residents usually modify their behaviour or see them leave.

    That said, tenement stairs can vary a lot. If there is a majority of rented flats, then the population may be very transient leading to a rather anonymous feel to the stair, strange faces constantly. On the other hand if your neighbours have been there for a long time you may find there are stair cleaning rotas, regular residents' meetings, and unwritten rules you need to discover.....locking your bike in the stair may or may not fall foul of one or more of these.

    I find the area to be pretty safe and a good place to stay. As with anywhere in central Edinburgh (and the top of Easter Road is really quite central) it can get a bit 'exciting' at night on occasion. I have witnessed a few bits of 'bother' on the streets over the years but none of them have involved me. Very rarely caused by actual residents, more often folk from elsewhere who are visiting a local hostelry or attending a football match at the nearby Hibs ground. Again though, the further north you are, the more 'interesting' things tend to get. Personally I would recommend staying south of the Powderhall railway line, though there is a slightly posher bit of town facing Leith Links and extending up Lochend Road.

    Most of the bars south of the railway bridge on Easter Road are fine to take a pint or nip in, even if you're not a regular. Further north, you need to be more careful in my experience: some bars have a distinct "regulars only" vibe (Iona Bar and Persevere notable exceptions here).

    Oh yeah, if you own a car you may find it a constant struggle to park on street: but then that goes for most of central Edinburgh...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. kaputnik
    Moderator

    We're also local (ish), being a bit further along London Road past the colonies towards Meadowbank, but the top of Easter Road are our local shops and as noted above there's been quite an improvement in offerings of the local shops without the area being overly gentrified. Manna House Bakery, Cornelius bottle shop, Polentoni cafe etc. The Abbeyhill end appears to be getting a little bit of cafe and pottery study colony forming, probably due to the arts centre in the old Regent Road School and proximity to the studios at St. Margarets House.

    I can't recall taking a drink at any of the Easter Road pubs apart from Middletons and the Royal Nip on match days which was something of a dare. But the Artisan and Safari Lounge along at Abbeyhill are OK and excellent, respectively.

    Match days will always be busy and have the potential for trouble, but never personally had any trouble. Small groups of overly aggressive or boisterous fitba fans generally only seem to be on the look out for their opposite numbers for a bit of a shout-off. They are always well policed anyway.

    The area is badly let down by the cleansing department (and local offenders) with regards to fly-tipping, street sweeping and dumping waste around (rather than in) the bins when they begin to get full. Bothwell Street has a big dog turd problem on one side. Parking on some of the side streets (again Bothwell Street is a bad offender) can be very antisocial.

    There's nice parks at Lochend and Montgomery Street where we take our boy to play.

    Easter Road is snarled up for traffic, but it moves so slowly it seems far easier to cross on foot than London Road does. There's some nice wee cut-throughs at the end of Edina Street and the Crawford Bridge that allow you to move quickly and conveniently around the neighbourhood on foot or by bike than a car ever can.

    Very importantly, a cut-through to the Sainsbury's at Meadowbank from Albion Road is now open, saving you going along London Road and trying to enter off Marionville Road which is laid out as a motor-prioritised fast roundabout.

    Overall, I like the neighbourhood, it always has a certain bustle to it, and while it may be a bit ragged around the edges in places it has managed to hold on to a lot of its local businesses, encourage new ones in and generally feels like it's getting slowly on the up. There's lots of new housing going in on the "Lochend Butterfly" and new student developments on Bothwell Street, recently completed at Abbeymount and a couple planned for along towards Meadowbank.

    Oh and it currently has no Tesco Metro / Express / Sainsbury Local. Or Starbucks. So it can thumb it's nose at swanky Leith Walk in that respect.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. SRD
    Moderator

    Don't think Easter Rd would be anyworse than Tollcross, except for the cycling, which is definitely worse. we still make an effort to get to Cornelius regularly.

    (we lived a bit off Easter Rd and moved to little ways from Tollcross).

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. algo
    Member

    I lived for some time in both the Easter Road area and Tollcross - Edina Place off Easter Road and Glen Street in Tollcross. I like both areas very much, but I would agree about the pubs on Easter Road itself. I went into Middleton's once to find one of my neighbours who had asked me to break into his flat to retrieve his keys that he'd locked inside, but otherwise I avoided them. I used to go for the Artisan which is fine. A 5 minute walk down Montgomery Street takes you up to Joseph Pearce which I'd also recommend although I haven't been for ages. It's a good point about matchday - particularly the local derby - it gets very busy and lively on Easter Road.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. crowriver
    Member

    Middleton's is fine, it's a good bar and not pricey. Safari Lounge (formerly Station Bar) in Abbeyhill is good these days too. Never been in the Artisan once in twenty years, even though it's closer. Mash Tun is welcoming, though I personally don't frequent it. Once mistakenly entered the Four In Hand north of the railway. Suffice to say, never again!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. chdot
    Admin

    "never again!"

    Maybe it's changed -

    https://m.facebook.com/page/reviews.php?id=175674269125680

    (Or you have to look like a Hibs fan?)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. crowriver
    Member

    I am a Hibs fan. Would probably go there on a match day if wearing colours. Otherwise no chance..

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. cc
    Member

    I used to live on Easter Road itself near the bottom end. The only noise which I couldn't tolerate was from the two dozen vagrants living in the small flat above mine - some of them used to practice juggling in the middle of the night and drop all the balls. And now and then their floods of water would make ceilings collapse in all the flats underneath theirs. (I'm not exaggerating!)

    But there was never too much noise outside.

    The top end of Easter Road is where away fans congregate before Hibs matches. The worst I ever saw was merely a lot of Rangers fans standing around on the pavement near the top end drinking very determinedly before going in to see the match. At my end, the bottom end, all you ever saw of the football was family groups in green and white strolling quietly up the hill, then back down again a few hours later.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. Rosie
    Member

    As far as pubs go I'd climb up to Montrose Terrace and go the Regent. Good beer, nice food, friendly clientele. Popular with gays.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. acsimpson
    Member

    slightly off topic:

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  14. mgj
    Member

    Other than on match days, Robbies remains the best bar in Leith

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. cc
    Member

    @acsimpson - thanks, brings back memories :-)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  16. acsimpson
    Member

    It makes me smile too.

    I used to live in a top flat (Tollcross not ER). The guy downstairs used to come and visit now and again to reminisce about the views to Fife and the Pentlands which were now blocked (He had lived there since before the Sheraton was built) and mostly we got on fine. There was one occasion though when he came up complaining of a herd of elephants on his ceiling, however we just had my energetic one year old cousin visiting who was running up an down on the laminate flooring.

    Laminate flooring was of course a poor choice for sound proofing but had been put in by the previous owners to hide the true state of the floors.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  17. Klaxon
    Member

    It's a condition in my deeds to carpet the bedroom and living room to cut down on transferred noise.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  18. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    Top of Easter Road has changed a lot since we lived in Leith. Also there's evening classes to be had at Abbeymount Techbase and Leith Academy and a flea-market at Out-of-the-Blue Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street. It's an area we visit from out of town a lot.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. crowriver
    Member

    @mgj, aye but Robbies is on Leith Walk.

    @Cyclingmollie, also dance classes and so on at the Calton Centre just off Easter Road at Montgomery Street.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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  21. gembo
    Member

    Robbies is great bar with two doors which is handy. Had pal lived on Albert street where graeme sourness was born.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  22. rob_88_rover
    Member

    Can I just say thanks for everyone's feedback.
    It's really great that so many replied.

    I'm moving into Easter Rd in September and I look forward to discovering a new part of this great city!

    Cheers

    Bob

    Posted 1 year ago #
  23. wingpig
    Member

    Threatened closure of cut-through from Lochend Butterfly to Meadowbank Sainsbury imminent:

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    Posted 1 week ago #
  24. dougal
    Member

    Places For People - is it aye?

    Posted 1 week ago #
  25. Klaxon
    Member

    I hope those in the Albions/Butterfly kick up a stink about this one.

    Cut off from their nearest shop and all the main bus routes - with a 15-20 minute additional walk around.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  26. chdot
    Admin

    “I hope those in the Albions/Butterfly kick up a stink about this one.”

    Not just locals.

    Though it’s ‘only’ a week - I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some future attempt to close it to all but “residents” (there are various bits of that development already ‘private’).

    Posted 1 week ago #
  27. Klaxon
    Member

    Not only a week - it is closing in one week's time.

    Duration not stated on the sign.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  28. chdot
    Admin

    Ah!

    Posted 1 week ago #
  29. Nelly
    Member

    "I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some future attempt to close it to all but “residents” (there are various bits of that development already ‘private’)"

    Indeed - really odd one this, as a lot of people have found it really helpful.

    I seem to remember that as part of the new development this area was to retain a footpath and was to be landscaped. Perhaps thats the works referred to?

    I have asked them what this means and the reopen date.

    I have also posted the email address on Hibs.net as I know a lot of fans used it to access Easter Road Stadium on matchdays.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  30. chdot
    Admin

    "I have also posted the email address on Hibs.net as I know a lot of fans used it to access Easter Road Stadium on matchdays."

    Hope some of them email!

    Posted 1 week ago #

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