A residential district the area generally contains a mixture of terraced townhouses with private communal gardens, detached villas with private grounds and a number of four-storey tenement buildings. Originally constructed from the middle of the 19th century onwards many of the buildings have now had their original interiors reconstructed to convert them into multiple-flatted dwelling houses, this type of redevelopment continues to the present day.
The area is seen as being desirable due to its location in Glasgow's West End, situated adjacent to Glasgow's Botanic Gardens and also the popular Byres Road area with its many bars, restaurants and shops.
In common with many areas of the West End, continual development causes concern for many residents who fear the area becoming overdeveloped; this concern is highlighted in the bitter dispute over the proposed redevelopment of Dowanhill Tennis Club.
The earliest known registered scout troop in the world, the 1st Glasgow Scout Troop, is still active in Dowanhill. Captain 'Boss' Young established the troop in 1907 and the group was registered with Scout HQ, London on 16 January 1908.
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