In prime central London, £1.5 million might just about buy a two-bedroom penthouse. But head to Edinburgh, and the same budget can be used to snap up a palatial ten-bedroom mansion.
Just two miles from the city centre, the 18th-century country pile has the added convenience of having schools, business and Edinburgh's cultural attractions right on the doorstep.
It sits in three acres of tranquil private grounds, discreetly tucked away from the surrounding residential area and only half a mile from the coast.
"No one knows we're here", says current owner Mr. John McAreavy. "For the past twenty years, we've been able to live a country life but in the centre of town."
Drylaw House is arranged over four floors, spanning 7,400 square feet, with a mass of entertaining space that could easily convert to a fabulous boutique hotel.
Solid wood floors, high corniced ceilings and open fires are the theme in wood panelled reception rooms and a stunning second-floor study.
The kitchen sports mint green cabinetry and walnut worktops and the staircase is a rather grand affair of stone stairs and elaborate balustrading.
With a guide price of £1.5 million, Drylaw House is on the market through Coulters (0131 291 0081).