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Enjoying The “Best of Both Worlds” at Canonmills Garden

For professional couple Richard and Sarah Kettley, buying a new home at Canonmills Garden, Edinburgh very much represented the ‘best of both worlds.’

After living in Nottingham, the couple were returning to Edinburgh to work – Sarah as a design Professor at the Edinburgh College of Art, and Richard as a psychotherapist. 

“When we first started looking for a new home in the city, we were pretty certain we knew what we wanted,” explains Richard. “Although there was now just the two of us, we still wanted a home large enough to welcome our children back from university – and being the owners of a boisterous Cocker Spaniel we needed easy access to plenty of outdoor space!”

“Growing up and studying in the city, we knew where we wanted to live.  We loved the excitement and eclecticism of vibrant communities like Stockbridge and Leith Walk, but also appreciated the wide-open green spaces and pathways of the Botanic Gardens and Water of Leith. So the northern edge of the city centre was ideal for us.” 

They came across Artisan Real Estate’s Canonmills Garden development in late 2019.  They had been viewing the classic ‘Colony’ properties in Stockbridge and were inspired by Artisan’s modern take on the classic colony-style home. 

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“Straight away, we were impressed with the amount of space these new homes offered,” adds Sarah. “Large windows provided lots of natural light – plus a 15 sq. ft balcony provided easy access to great outdoor space as well as stunning roof-top view overlooking the Water of Leith.

“Four generous bedrooms gave us the space we needed, and the quality of finishings such as hardwood floors and high-quality kitchen and bathrooms meant that we had found the best of both worlds.  A home with the space and character of a period property – yet without the baggage and challenges that buying an older house often brings.”

Sales at Canonmills Garden are continuing apace with two first-phase blocks now sold out, with all 70% of apartments sold off-plan. 

A range of apartments is now available at Canonmills Garden with prices starting at £320,000. For more informationcall the team on 0131 247 3742. To book a VIP tour of the new show home, email

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