In 1990, a group of local tenants got together and formed a 'steering group' with the aim of regenerating and revitalising Darnley. The need for this came from the poor design of the deck access housing and chronic delays in investment for repairing the blocks. This steering group later consituted itself as Glen Oaks Housing Association and took ownership of blocks through a stock transfer from the then Glasgow District Council. A large-scale redevelopment plan was implemented and Darnley was essentially rebuilt with only one deck access block remaining. The rest of Darnley's housing stock is a mixture of private housing and social housing, with the redevelopment being regarded as a major success as Darnley is now a desirable location in which to live.
Darnley is also famous for the Darnley Plane tree, under which in 1567 Mary, Queen of Scots is reputed to have nursed her sick husband, Lord Darnley who was suffering from smallpox at the time.
Darnley has many more amenities than most similar-sized estates. This is mainly due to the excellent retail and transport links that Darnley enjoys. Located on the south side of Glasgow, Darnley is a large retail area that includes a supermarket, petrol station, pharmacy, a large DIY store and various famous restaurant franchises. Darnley is also a short distance away from Silverburn Shopping Centre (including a regular direct bus route to the centre) and the M77 motorway, giving fast access to Glasgow city centre and the national motorway network. Darnley also has a train station with direct services on the Glasgow/Barrhead/Ayrshire line, which makes Darnley ideal for commuting to virtually anywhere in central Scotland.