4.1 There are 278 premises within the Terraces (incorporating Blenheim Place). These are predominately residential, but there is also a church, diplomatic premises, hotels, a restaurant, a large office block and other businesses.
4.2 Architecturally all the dwellings are Georgian and are Grade A listed. They are made up of full town houses, divided houses and mews houses. The properties have been lived in from 1826 onwards.
4.3 All ages and stages of the population are represented in the Terraces. Single people and couples, both young and old, working and retired. Young families, students and teenagers. The Terraces are a fully fledged living and breathing community.
4.4 City centre living means that walking and public transport are very real alternatives to private cars. However inevitably, with over 270 residences, there are a substantial amount of cars and car journeys to be made. Adequate access is vital to daily living in the Terraces.
4.5 Greenside Parish Church was established in the Terraces in 1839. It is a burgh church so serves the city at large and does not look only locally for its’ congregation. Members often live far afield.
4.6 The church is very active in the local community and hosts many groups in its’ buildings. The local after school club is run from here, and children from three local schools are collected and brought to the club.
Hotels and Restaurant
4.7 There are six hotels on Royal Terrace, the largest being the Royal Terrace Hotel, which has 107 rooms and occupies seven townhouses. There are over 200 bedrooms between all the hotels. These Georgian houses obviously make ideal boutique, city centre hotels. They are very popular with visitors because of the beauty and history of the buildings as well as their unique location.
4.8 There are also several holiday-let apartments throughout the Terraces.
4.9 A Michelin-starred restaurant, 21212, which also has four bedrooms, opened in May 2009 on Royal Terrace. This is an important addition to Edinburgh’s eating houses and helps reinforce the city as a quality location to visit.