Bordering the City of Glasgow, and including many of the Cities suburbs, North Lanarkshire also comprises a number of smaller villages where the way of life retains a rural focus.
The principle town in the area is Cumbernauld, a 'new town', developed in the 1950s. While the vast concrete developments don't make for a traditionally attractive town, prices here are quite low, and there are bargains to be found. The town has improved dramatically over the past decade, and seems to be continually improving, so it's a good time to buy.
Nearby Coatbridge has a better sense of community, with a calendar of cultural events and a distinctive accent. A mix of old and new style homes makes it likely to have a broader appeal, but prices aren't as low as unfashionable Cumbernauld.
This whole area has been impacted by a loss of trade and industry, and is still finding its feet, but the next few years should see impressive growth and regeneration across North Lanarkshire.