The Bungalow Reimagined: a suburban renaissance

In every aspect of life, trends ebb and flow, times shift, tastes develop, and goals change. The property sector is no exception, consistently showcasing the evolution of preferred styles. Currently, the spotlight is on the transformation of the traditional bungalow.

In Glasgow, as in many other towns across Great Britain, the post-World War II era brought significant changes to the property scene, with bungalows playing a key role in forming what are now some of the city’s most esteemed suburbs.


Areas like Newton Mearns, Giffnock, and Clarkston on the Southside, along with Bearsden and Milngavie to the north, and even the coastal towns of Ayr and Troon have seen this impact firsthand.


For years, bungalows were seen primarily as the choice for those looking to downsize or those priced out of going after bigger homes. They were always popular but perhaps lacked the aspirational allure and kerb appeal of the grand sandstone villas in the same neighbourhoods.


Now, though, the winds of change have blown in a new, younger audience who have fallen in love with the quintessential bungalow – not necessarily for what it is, but for what it can be transformed into.


Architects have been given free rein, leading to a blurring of the lines between bungalows and villas. Upgrades range from improved street appeal to open-plan dining kitchens, vaulted ceilings, extensive use of glass at the rear, pitched skylights, and gorgeous landscaping. This is a renaissance in full swing.


When it comes to prices, it’s no surprise to point out that they have surged, recording a 17% increase in 2023 alone – a trend that has continued unabated into this year.


It is fascinating watching the landscape change, and playing our part is one of the reasons why we love this industry.