Neighbourhood focus: why I love living in Kelvindale

Posted on 18th July 2019 in News

In this blog, we hear more about why it is that one of our co-founders Barry loves living in Kelvindale so much. We gave him some quickfire questions – follow these and learn more about the neighbourhood, including hidden gems and the best way to spend a lazy Sunday.


Barry, you’ve been living in Kelvindale for 4 years now. Tell us more! What’s the best thing to do with the kids?  

An easy one to start off! As a family, we love a stroll through Kelvindale to the community play park on Dorchester Avenue.


How would you spend a rainy day?

We’d head to Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre on Balcarres Avenue. They have great shows and brilliant activities for the kids – it’s well worth a visit if you haven’t been.



You’re busy the whole week from Monday through to Saturday. What’s the best way to make the most of a lazy Sunday?

Sundays are precious family time, so they definitely involve being home with the fire on or taking a stroll by the canal. Nothing too energetic!


What’s the highlight of the year in terms of community events?

There’s a great community spirit in Kelvindale and I love it when the community gets together. For me, the annual bonfire night at Kelvindale bowling club stands out. It’s one of those events that everyone enjoys – old and young, families and couples. The kids love it, it’s a great time of year.


You work hard and have a family, so I’m guessing that coffee is pretty important in your life. Give us your best coffee recommendation.

I’m a big fan of Costa Coffee over at Anniesland, an essential particularly for those early appointments.


What’s the best summer activity for you?

Another stroll (we love strolls in our family!) and ending up at the Botanic Gardens. There’s just so much there – the newly restored Kibble Palace, the tea rooms, workshops and events – it’s an oasis of calm and we love it.



We’re being nosey now. Why did you move here?

It has a very close-knit community feel and so many brilliant amenities, transport links and schooling. My wife and I knew it would be a great long-term option.


What would you say to someone considering a move here?

Just Do It! You won’t regret it.


And finally, tell us a secret – what are the hidden gems of Kelvindale?

I’m a regular customer of The Cleveden Deli and 111 by Nico – both on Cleveden Road. Firm favourites for Stuart and I, we’re big fans!



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