Old Meets New as Scotland’s Most Upmarket Apartments Officially Open their Doors

by Katie Hogg

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Long-awaited luxury show apartments launch in Edinburgh

Property PR photograph of study space at CALA Homes The Crescent - a sweeping curve of glass fronted contemporary apartments.

THE most sought-after collection of residences to launch in Scotland’s recent history have finally opened their doors to those looking to experience a truly unique city lifestyle – offering the height of metropolitan living within the city’s celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bringing a contemporary twist to Edinburgh’s classic architecture, The Crescent at Donaldson’s by CALA Homes is offering prospective buyers the chance to view two newly opened show apartments with a difference.

Launching on Saturday 19th January, the two truly spectacular show apartments showcase the pinnacle in contemporary living, thanks to enhanced height solar glazed living areas to the front affording the most spectacular views. While highly designed dynamic living areas ensure an apartment layout quite like no other.

It’s location to the rear of the 18-acre grounds of Edinburgh’s iconic Donaldson’s estate, ensures a well set back and peaceful setting overlooking the largest shared garden in Edinburgh, yet one that is still well connected – thanks to its prime location just a few minutes’ walk to the city’s Haymarket Station.

The vast front lawn and panoramic views beyond Edinburgh’s cityscape towards the Pentland Hills combine with private terraces and gardens found to the tree-lined rear of the apartments to offer buyers both the tranquillity of a private and idyllic rural escape, along with a life firmly connected to the heart of the capital.

Priced from £950,000 to £1,925,000, The Crescent comprises some of the city’s most sought-after apartments, duplexes and penthouses. With the two show apartments now open, a two-bedroom apartment and three-bedroom duplex, a city life less ordinary is now yours to discover.

A New View on Life

Living room image of CALA Homes The Crescent - a sweeping curve of glass fronted contemporary apartments. Property PR in Edinburgh.

The design of the two show apartments has been inspired not only by the building itself but its outstanding surroundings, led by multi-award-winningexander James interior designers.

Alexander James has been recognised as one of the World’s Top 100 Interior Designers for three consecutive years in the Andrew Martin Review, widely regarded as the Oscars of the design world, and were a perfect fit for this remarkable design project.

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James, said: “It has been a joy to work with CALA on these truly unique apartments, in such an outstanding building and city estate.

“The two show apartments offer something a little different to the other.

“The first is a two-bedroom apartment, with rich colours like burnt ambers and coppers and contrasting golds which create a luxurious, yet homely feel. Nature was used as a subtle influence through the abstract artwork, mixed textures and feature furniture pieces.

“The second, a three-bed duplex, has more tranquil colour bases with soft teals and aquas and eclectic pieces of furniture, creating a feel of discreet luxury.

“It really is a stunning development. You don’t experience the full impact of it until you’re actually on the grounds.”

A modern twist on an architectural classic

Property PR photograph featuring the living room at CALA Homes The Crescent - a sweeping curve of glass fronted contemporary apartments.

Designed by acclaimed architect, Richard Murphy OBE, the architecture of The Crescent has been influenced by the famous Georgian crescents and streets of Edinburgh’s New Town, including Moray Place which was first designed by James Gillespie Graham in the 19th century.

Paired with grandiose glass frontage, generous flowing spaces and dynamic living areas, The Crescent uniquely combines this classic design with a highly modern style.

Established in 1991, Richard Murphy Architects has since won 22 RIBA awards, more than any other practice in Scotland. Awards range across many building types, including education, the arts and housing, demonstrating both high design standards of and versatility.

Richard Murphy, said: “Deliberately contemporary in design The Crescent is clearly ‘of its time and of its place’ and provides an exciting juxtaposition to its immediate historic context, within the grounds of the renowned Donaldson’s estate, as well as Edinburgh’s world heritage New Town.”

Stacey added; “The overall inspiration for both apartments’ design came from the building’s strong links to the traditional architectural style of Edinburgh’s surrounding Georgian crescents – but with a very contemporary twist.

“Crescent-shaped streets allowed designers to create open spaces and gardens within cities, and given the vast lawns and greenery of the Donaldson’s estate, a natural palette of colours to reflect this was a huge influence in the interior design.”

Capital Style

Property PR photograph of CALA Homes The Crescent - a sweeping curve of glass fronted contemporary apartments.

A thriving city for both business and leisure, Edinburgh boasts a wealth of amenities and attractions including art galleries and museums, award-winning restaurants and varied shopping opportunities along its famous Princes Street and the Royal Mile.

The International Film Festival, Jazz & Blues Festival and the world-renowned Fringe and Hogmanay celebrations all also play vital roles in the city’s year-round vibrancy.

Philip Hogg, Sales and Marketing Director for CALA Homes (East), said: “This is quite feasibly the most ambitious residential development built in Edinburgh for many a generation.

“After years of careful planning and construction, we are beyond thrilled to finally be at a point where prospective buyers can step foot inside these homes and feel the spaces for themselves.

“There really is nothing quite like being able to get on site here – and we’re as certain as we can be that those in the market for a jaw-dropping city apartment will not be disappointed when viewing either of the spectacular show apartments and our on-site sales office.”

Visit https://www.cala.co.uk/the-crescent for more information on prices, availability and to arrange your private appointment to view the showhomes.

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Katie Hogg is part of the PR team at Holyrood PR in Scotland

Katie Hogg

Katie Hogg is part of the award-winning PR team at Holyrood PR. She is also a former journalist, most notably with luxury lifestyle magazine, Scottish Field

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