Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city, with around 200,000 people. Growth started when David I of Scotland (1124–1153), gave the city Royal burgh status. The traditional industries of fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles have been overtaken by the oil industry and Aberdeen's seaport.
In 2012, HSBC named Aberdeen as a leading business hub and one of eight 'super cities' spearheading the UK's economy, the only city in Scotland to receive this designation. There is a lot of development taking place in Aberdeen, but there is still plenty of older, re-sale stock available too.
Notable neighbourhoods include Old Aberdeen (picturesque architecture), Ferryhill (an older neighbourhood with a wide variety of styles) and Rosemount (a popular residential area with mainly Victorian terraced houses and some newer developments and tenements).
Seafield, Braeside and Mannofield comprise mainly semi-detached houses, while the West End tends to attract business executives with its largeer detached and semi-detached granite houses. More traditional cottage-style properties and some new developments can be found in Footdee, while large new build homes can be found in suburbs including Newmacher, Bridge of Don, Dyce, Blackburn, Balmedie and Potterton.
Westhill is a relatively new community popular with families. It comprises some expensive houses as well as schools and other amenities. The 11 conservation areas (Albyn Place and Rubislaw, Bon-Accord and Crown Street, Cove Bay, Ferryhill, Footdee, Great Western Road, Marine Terrace, Old Aberdeen, Pitfodels, Rosemount and Westburn and Union Street) have additional controls relating to property development.
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