EIGHTEEN apartments, described as being among Edinburgh’s most sought after, have been occupied with sales totalling £20 million.

Launched by Cala Homes (East), the Crescent at Donaldson’s is "a sweeping arc of glass-fronted apartments", priced between £975,000 to £1.75m, in the former grounds of the school for the deaf.

The Richard Murphy-designed development next to Haymarket was said to have reached its first key milestone with the stairwell fully sold.

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Philip Hogg, of Cala, said: “Residents moving in adds a whole new element to the Crescent and is rewarding for the teams to see. This has always been a hugely ambitious project quite unlike anything built in the city in recent times, so I’m really pleased to see buyers responding so positively.

“There is an amazing diversity to the home types here too. For instance, the vast duplexes could easily become a family home, whereas the garden apartments are a downsizer’s dream. They all have a unique feel.”

In the short time since launch, the Crescent has been awarded with a number of prestigious industry accolades, most recently taking the prize for Best Show Home at The Herald property awards.

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It is home to the country’s most comprehensive provision of electric vehicle charging, with infrastructure in place for all 84 homes to access through private underground parking bays.

Last month one £1.7m apartment was said to be about to be made available for rental at an expected cost of £5,000-plus a month.