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Hamilton Hoorays As Doors Open

Hamilton Hoorays As Doors Open

28.05.20

Hamilton Grand, comprising 26 luxury residences on the 18th hole of St Andrews’ Old Course, is delighted by today’s announcement from Scotland’s First Minister that people can now take part in outdoor activities including golf as part of wider lockdown easing. The R&A in St Andrews has been working closely with a range of bodies to develop guidance on how golf can be played safely, including no rakes in the bunkers, flagsticks not to be touched, and practice areas to be closed.

Jonathan Risseeuw, General Manager - Group Marketing & Golf Majors at Kohler, and Head of Sales at Hamilton Grand added: “Out of all sports, golf really lends itself to social distancing, so we’re thrilled that we can get on the fairways tomorrow. During lockdown, we’ve been very fortunate that sales enquiries at Hamilton Grand have continued unabated despite all the golf courses being closed and we have even closed two sales. St. Andrews, the home of golf, is always resilient through market fluctuations.”

New research from Hamilton Grand’s property brokerage, Savills, has found that one of the key after-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic may well be a shift in focus away from urban living towards more rural areas of the UK. Even before the pandemic struck, Savills reports that country living was on the rise, with an increase in the number of sales made in more rural areas like Scotland indicative of the nation’s increasing desire to spend more time with family and to reprioritise lifestyle, health and wellbeing. This however, is a relatively new phenomenon; during the property market slump following the 2008 financial crash, urban market values quickly readjusted, and prices fell, whereas the Scottish country homes sector was far slower to respond. As a result, Scottish properties – once a sought-after status symbol – became relatively overpriced and therefore the less attractive option. In the past couple of years however, the pendulum hasswung back, largely due to a readjustment of property values, but also due to the emergence of established trends such as a prioritisation of wellbeing and an increased desire to work from home. The coronavirus pandemic has only compounded this need for wellness and a slower pace of life – as well as underlined the importance of having space and proximity to nature. What is more, the pandemic has called into question the necessity of long daily commutes and face-to-face meetings, making non-city living even more enticing than ever.

In the wake of the pandemic in Scotland, it is expected that the market town of St Andrews will find itself at the forefront of this sentiment, rather than purely return on investment driving purchasing decisions. With a low population of just 16,800, and within easy driving distance of the Cairngorms, it is the obvious choice for people looking to enjoy Scotland’s incredible national parks, while still benefitting from excellent transport links to cultural hubs such as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Jamie Macnab, Head of Savills Country Homes department in Scotland comments, “I put St Andrews on a pedestal; it is almost a spiritual place as Scotland’s centre of Christianity for over 1,000 years, and it has a historic status led by golf. Surrounded by exceptional courses, boasting a top university, its own micro-climate and offering excellent broadband speed for home working, this truly is a market town with a difference.”

In recent days and weeks, the Savills website has indeed already seen a greater proportion of hits on Scotland’s picturesque ‘escapist' and aspirational properties such as the twenty-six luxury residences of Hamilton Grand.

As the most prestigious address in the whole of Scotland – with its setting behind the 18th green of the worldfamous Old Course, overlooking the sea – Hamilton Grand affords its residents an exceptional quality of life. It is just a stone’s throw from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, a short walk from the University of St Andrews,  and residents have access to a private lounge and a grand roof terrace offering panoramic views of the Old Course, the North Sea and St Andrews Castle ruins.

Hamilton Grand also aligns with people’s desire to focus on their health and wellbeing. Pre-lockdown, residentsbenefited from complimentary membership at the nearby Old Course Hotel’s Kohler Waters Spa – one of the leading spas in the world, with facilities that include a 20-metre swimming pool and a rooftop hot tub. Priority dining at the hotel, valet parking, private chefs, and full housekeeping services on request, ensure all residents’ needs are also normally taken care of. During the pandemic, residents have continued to benefit from the regular butler service.

Apartments at Hamilton Grand are available on a freehold basis, and range in size from 1,053 to 2,779 square feet, starting at £1,050,000 with a rental management programme offered. Hamilton Grand Website: www.hamiltongrand.co.uk

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