Aberdeen Housing: A Slow But Steady Revival

    Feb 11, 2020 @ 06:43 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

    Aberdeen StreetStreet scene in Aberdeen. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Eugene Kobiako.

    An Increase in Assignees and Demand in the Granite City

    The rental housing market is slowly picking back up in Aberdeen after the slump in global oil and gas prices. Despite current events like Brexit and climate change concerns, the oil and gas industry is seeing a slow but steady revival in this coastal city, bringing in more expatriates who are increasing the demand for good quality housing.

    Apartments, or flats, are typically found near central areas Ferryhill, West End, and Rosemount. These tend to be more popular with singles and couples due to the proximity of bars, clubs, restaurants, and other nightlife options. Houses are popular with families in suburbs like Cults, Peterculter, and Countesswells, where properties are more spacious and are closer to good schools.

    Aberdeen is known as the “Granite City” due to the high density of buildings made from granite, including rental housing. Walking around the city I saw gray apartment buildings squeezed between gray houses, gray churches, and gray hospitals. Since most businesses are also made from granite, the city has a unique, almost uniform look.


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    Topics: Housing, On-site Insight, Expatriate Housing, United Kingdom, Insights and Experience, International Housing Guide, Site Summaries, Scotland, Aberdeen

    Eugene Kobiako

    Written by Eugene Kobiako

    Eugene joined AIRINC in 2016 as a surveyor and analyst in the Cambridge office, and is currently a client engagement representative for the Asia-Pacific region. A native of Seattle, he received his B.A. in European Studies and B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington in 2012. During his studies he spent two semesters abroad: one in Copenhagen, Denmark and one in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to AIRINC he has worked for the governments of Mexico and the European Union. He has been to over 80 countries for both business and pleasure. In addition to English he speaks Russian and Spanish fluently as well as some French, Danish, German, Swedish, and some basics in a few other languages. In his free time he plays the guitar and bass guitar, enjoys football (soccer) and hockey, studies foreign languages, and is an avid vexillologist. He is based in Hong Kong as of February 2020.