It is bounded in the north by Holyrood Road, the west by the Pleasance and St Leonard's Street and the east by Holyrood Park.
The area was originally densely populated and poverty-stricken, but since the 1960s the majority of the tenement buildings and council flats have been completely demolished and the tenants moved to the new estates in Craigmillar, The Inch and Liberton with only Dumbiedykes Road, Viewcraig Street and Viewcraig Gardens still containing council-owned buildings. Ian Rankin called the rebuilt tenement area "Greenfield" in his novel Dead Souls (1999):
Greenfield's tower blocks had been built in the 1960s and were showing their age. Dark stains bloomed on the discoloured harling. Overflow pipes dripped water on the cracked paving slabs. ... No council planner had ever lived here. No director of housing or community architect. All the council had done was move in problem tenants and tell everyone central heating was on the way.
The rest of the area has received a regeneration building modern flats, student residents and University of Edinburgh sports facilities and is now a popular area to live in due to its closeness to the centre of Edinburgh and the Scottish Parliament.
- Ian Rankin, Dead Souls: An Inspector Rebus Novel, Orion (paperback), 1999, p. 22