As a nation we have never had it so bad in terms of work versus leisure – which is why buying a house nowadays has as much or more to do with the location and lifestyle on offer as it has to do with the actual bricks and mortar.

Situated in the centre of Scotland, Perthshire scores highly on both counts. Location-wise it has a network of roads that put Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh well within daily commuting distance (the furthest is no more than an hour’s drive) and has a diverse mix of urban and rural communities, breathtaking scenery and excellent facilities and amenities.

In terms of lifestyle, the area’s picture-postcard scenic attractions are a mecca for outdoor pursuits of every kind, from golf and salmon fishing, to hill walking, Munro-bagging and white water rafting. With limited leisure time, house buyers are increasingly looking to have the best of both worlds – easy access to city amenities and a superb natural environment with stunning forest, lochs, rivers and mountains as well as beautiful rolling lowland hills and fertile farmland.

The areas property market is very diverse, offering a mix of old and new and ,increasingly, a combination of the two as seen in imaginative conversions of old mills, steadings, churches and farm buildings, all of which can be found in and around popular towns and villages such as Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross, Scone, Auchterarder and Pitlochry.

In outlying areas there’s an abundance of one-off properties, many with land suitable for keeping horses or for starting a small holding, albeit if only to grow your own organic produce. At the other end of the scale, the City of Perth offers urban die-hards everything from quaint stone built cottages to impressive period mansions, listed conversions, townhouses, modern apartments and executive developments.

Perth has one of the fastest growing populations in Scotland and significant housing developments are planned in and around the city to accommodate this.

Information on Council Tax and other public services can be found at Perth and Kinross Council.