First phase of homes occupied at Donside in Aberdeen

When complete, there will be 283 homes on the wooded banks of the River Don, radiating out in network of streets and squares from the village centre and main square.

Donside village first phase is occupied

Being developed in partnership by Tenants First Housing Co-operative and Chap Homes Ltd, Donside is a mixed tenure development with a range of housing types from flats to town houses.

All the homes at Donside incorporate low-energy features and are built using the ‘closed panel’ construction method, which offers superior insulation properties. Wall insulation exceeds building regulation standards by around 30%. The houses also have high standards of air tightness and are fitted with energy efficient gas boilers.

Planned as a sustainable community, the plans for the village include business start-up units, office space, shops, a bistro and a children’s nursery,

Chap Homes report strong interest, with six properties reserved during August.

Karen Davidson, Sales Supervisor at Chap Homes, confirms that Chap is seeing a growth in enquiries for homes at Donside:

“July and August are not traditionally months when we see strong sales interest, but we are seeing a notable growth in sales and enquiries at Donside.

“Word seems to be getting around about the attractive environment of Donside. Surrounded by mature trees on the banks of the River Don – yet within easy reach of the city centre and Old Aberdeen – it really is an appealing location.

“Many of the houses and flats look out to the River Don, through the mature trees that line both banks. People also comment on the way the village has been designed with cobbled and paved squares, plus a mix of roof and wall finishes that give Donside the appearance of a traditional North-east townscape.

“We have noted a particular interest from investors – something that reflects the growing interest in the rental market and, with Donside’s proximity to the university, there has been considerable interest from parents who want to invest in a flat for their sons or daughters.”

spacious apartment at Donside

An Ernan showhome is open for viewing Saturdays 11 am to 3pm and Sunday to Tuesdays 10am to 3pm. Prices begin at £140,750 for a Carvie two-bedoom apartment and £175,900 for an Ernan two-bedroom village house.

Tenants First, based in Aberdeen, is Scotland’s largest housing co-operative with 1,413 properties in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Glasgow.

Chap Homes is part of the Aberdeenshire-based Chap Group, one of Scotland’s leading privately-owned construction groups, founded in 1976.

  • The Donside website at includes an interactive mortgage calculator that shows likely mortgage payments, depending on the deposit and the term of the mortgage.
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