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What's it like to live in Stranraer?

What are the local amenities like? What are the pros and cons of living here?

Asked on Jun 10 2008, General in Stranraer | Report content

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  • Stranraer is OK to live in, low wage area, 80 miles from Glasgow but you can get cheap day return £15.00 for Belfast. Nice coastal area, golf, fishing, gun clubs, but most of these things cost money. House prices so so.

    Answered on Apr 19 2011, Report content
  • Stranraer is set in undiscovered country the views are something to be enjoyed. Not only do we have the benefit of living on the coast we also are surrounded by lovely countryside, There are many pursuits to be enjoyed and we ae priviledged to be living close to wonderful walks such as the renouned "Southern upland Way" we also have Sailing, Fishing, Golf, Horse riding and much more. We have a local football team (still in the third divison but striving for more) we have excelent primary schools and a secondary school. The local leisure centre has all you could require including a theatre and cinema. Do I like living here? YES most certainly the locals are a very friendly bunch and are very welcoming to strangers.

    Answered on May 6 2011, Report content
  • I would suggest that you look at the local authorities’ website or police.gov to see what the crime statistics etc for this area are. You can also look at the local tourist board website which gives you an up to date overview of the area. I would also visit the area and ask some locals.

    Answered on Aug 15 2011, Report content
  • Hi, We would suggest that you get in touch with local estate agents in order to get some background about the area. You can search for agents using the ‘find agents’ tab on the top of the Zoopla Page. We hope this helps.

    Answered on Oct 4 2013, Report content
  • It's actually a lovely part of the world. Countryside and seaside right on your doorstep. Stranraer locals are renowned for their friendliness. As the second-largest town in Dumfries & Galloway (which itself is the 2nd-lowest crime rate in all Scotland) it has all the necessary shops, supermarkets, Leisure Centre etc. But it is mainly a quieter location, favoured at the moment by people retiring - and wanting to escape the rat-race. We moved to the area 10 years ago now and have never regretted it for even one minute. Folk who move here tend to love the "great outdoors" - whether that be wildlife -watching, water sports, angling, hunting, golfing, hill-walking or simply walking the dog on the seashore. There are many wildlife Reserves in the area, historic monuments and castles, magnificent gardens open to the public. Also, we have some of the darkest night skies in the world (officially designated) for those who wish to admire the planets, stars and galaxies. House prices are currently very cheap by national comparisons, but that is sure to change in the near future. Following the relocation of the ferry port, house prices are forecasted to rocket once the necessary funding is secured for the New Waterfront Development (the marina is well-advanced already, with further extensions being planned)The Waterfront redevelopment will provide a major boost to the local economy , with retail and leisure well catered for along a superb waterfront location. The resultant Increasing popularity of the area (new businesses/ boating fraternity/ leisure/employment opportunities) will undoubtedly create an escalation in property value in the DG9 area. This will be particularly marked in relation to the outlying rural properties within a short distance from the town, (especially if they provide business potential - in the form of outbuildings for conversion or business use) which will be attractive to those wishing to live away from the inevitable increased noise , traffic and visitors to Stranraer itself. The local Council are very much in touch with the community, and still insist on FREE parking everywhere on the numerous carpark areas. The Building Dept. are very approachable and happy to advise on any works that the locals wish to undertake on their properties. (conversions, extensions etc) As is often the case, people who have always lived here tend to rather "take it for granted" It's usually incomers who appreciate it most.

    Answered on Feb 8 2014, Report content

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