If you like artisan food, served by beards, dressed in shoes that look like pasties and 'charity shop finds' then you'll love Stockbridge! If you don't like ageing hipsters, smug vegan mums, and cobbles, then you will not love it here.
I however, do have a soft spot for smug mummies, men in pasty shoes and hippy children in knitwear.
I love it here. I love the cobbled streets that nearly blow the shock absorbers on my snazzy Skoda Fabia, I love the old buildings that smell like school trips, I even love the worrying amount of Pugs in clothes, or, as I like to call them 'hipsters hairy practise babies'.
Stockbridge loves dogs. It even has a shop just for dogs. Called (wait for it)... Just Dogs!
Most places are dog friendly now. Except Edinburgh’s first cat café, Maison de Moggy, but I think that goes without saying.
Its weekly producers market is always packed with couples of all ages with their 'hairy practise babies', buying over sized vintage jumpers, eating fabulous food, listening to beautiful buskers, all looking very happy with their lot in life. And well they should, as Stockbridge is bloody lovely.
Stockbridge (like many other places in Edinburgh) seems to be where university educated people come to live when they cash in their inheritance. The young middle classes live here, whilst they still have the energy to enjoy city life but past mixing with the real city centre dwellers. Namely the poor and the less socially mobile members of the 'Lothians'.
In fact Edinburgh seems to be an increasingly rich trendy place. It's well built walls and historic city scape make this a beautiful place to live. As long you have the money, or at least your family do. It still has that smell of old money. Full of the sort of people that lead with the question 'So what school did you go to?'
However unlike the rich areas of England, Scotland still prides itself on its Socialist ideals, therefore even the rich bits feel ever so slightly lefty. If you're labouring under the illusion that Socialist can't have nice things then Edinburgh is the tonic for that.
Now to it's score!
Edinburgh can seem a little stand offish but on the whole I'd say it's friendly. In Stockbridge there seems to be a community that know each other. Even in café Nero the staff know the regulars and remember what they usually have. Plus, as the city has many different nationalities living there it seems quite accepting. That's been my experience of the city anyway, I may be wrong. I can only judge on my experience.
It hosts the largest art festival in Europe. What more can a city do to bring culture to people? Except perhaps making it affordable to all. But the Free Fringe movement is working on that.
Edinburgh boasts a number of large theatres, museums, art galleries and hosts Edinburgh International Festival, Fringe, Jazz festival, Book festival, Film festival, Science festival.
3. Affordable Housing/ Cost of living
The amount of nice building mean that there are so many houses and flats that are amazing and therefore a little pricey. But a girl can dream.
One bed flats round here are about £700 a month to rent. To buy a one bed flat you're looking at £175000-£200000 for something nice. About average for a city centre place. They are usually the high ceiling sort of property, awful to heat but look great on Right Move photos.
To eat out at a café like Maxis on Stockbridge High Street you're looking at under £10 for decent lunch and hot drink which I think is reasonable for a city and the portions are good and the food is beautiful.
There's a Scotmid (Scottish Coop) on most high streets and if you're fancy there's a Waitrose in Stockbridge, so it caters for all.
For a capital city I'd say it's reasonable.
4. Public transport
The trams have only just started to run in ernest and locals will probably say that it's been a huge waste of time and money but as they're up and runny now after so long it seems pointless to moan.
However most folk still use the bus routes. They cover all over and are reasonably cheap. £1.60 for a single anywhere. Though you must have the right change!
The train station is right in the centre and you can get down to London in a few hours. Or over to Glasgow in 40 mins.
5. Night life
It doesn't have big gaudy night clubs or some of the other things that the 'youths' like to do. (I'm not sure what they are, as I fear in out of the loop). What is does have are cool independent bars, back street restaurants, basement hideaways, vintage shops and cat cafés.
If you want crazy dancing and pill popping raves then don't go to Edinburgh. But if you want good drinks, nice cocktails and chats with friends then Edinburgh is the place to go.
6. Roads access to motorway
A bit of a pain to get onto the motorway but I've never really bothered. I always go the A7 route to get onto the M6, but if you want the M74 or the M8 it's well sign posted and the roads aren't too bad.
7. Phone Signal/ network coverage
In some of the basement bars or in the Old Town you may struggle but as it's a city on the whole this isn't a problem.
Princess Street is where you'll get the usual high street shops. Plus a lot of homeless people and a few closed down units. It does look rather depressing but I think that's true of a lot of high streets now. People tend to shop at shopping centres and not the city centres. There's a bus service that goes out to Ocean Terminal, one of those generic shopping malls. However, my favourite places for shops is George St. It's full of expensive shops that I like to go in and touch the clothes. Not buy them but just pretend. I'm not big on shopping really.
9. Work opportunities
This is the only sticking point for me as I do have to travel a lot therefore if I have to be in Birmingham or London it's quite a trek and there's not much further up north work wise, so being so far up the country isn't a benefit for me. However if you're working in banking, education or other such business there's plenty going on.
10. Friends and family
It's so close to my extended family which is lovely and terrifying in equal measures.