Leven is a charming seaside town on the coast of the Firth of Forth and the ideal place to buy a new home if you want to combine rural tranquility with access to city life. Situated on the banks of the River Leven, from which it gets its name, this historic fishing community is just an hour from Dunfermline and Edinburgh to the south and Perth and Dundee to the north.
Housing in Leven
The average house price in Leven is around £105,000 – less than half the average price of a home in Edinburgh and around 75 per cent of the average in Dundee.
Things to do and things to see
If you set up a new home in Leven you will not be short of things to see and do. The town is home to two golf courses and there are more nearby. There are a variety of woodland walks and nature trails and Leven’s beach promenade - with playparks and other facilities - is part of the Fife Coastal Path that stretches for over 150 miles from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Tay.
For anglers, the River Leven is a source of brown trout, sea trout and Atlantic salmon while the estuary is home to bass and mullet. Leven is the main shopping centre for the surrounding area of smaller towns and villages. It has a number of national retailers as well as award-winning independent local retailers, restaurants and cafes.
A new bus station has recently been built in the centre of Leven which provides good services to the nearby railway station at Kirkcaldy as well as to Dunfermline, Dundee, Edinburgh and Perth. The A915 road through Leven links to the main A92 and M60 motorway.
There are a number of primary schools in Leven and the Levenmouth Academy which provides a high standard of secondary education. Higher education is available in several colleges in nearby larger towns and at universities in Edinburgh and Dundee where the university was named as ‘Scottish University of the Year’ by the Sunday Times in both 2016 and 2017.
Families have been making their homes in Leven for generations. The first documented references to what is now Leven date back to the 11th century but the first appearance of the modern town in historical records occurs in the 15th century when it was referred to as "levynnis-mouth". In the 19th century, with the coming of the railways, the town became a popular holiday destination for people from industrial Scottish cities such as Glasgow – and the beaches and hills that attracted them are still a draw for tourists today. There is a long history of distilling in Leven. Drinks giant Diageo has an experimental distillery in the town as well as a huge bottling plant which can fill up to three million cases of sprints (gin, vodka and whisky) per month.
*Housing market statistics taken from http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/Leven.html in March 2017.