Denise found per­fect cure for nos­tal­gia

Lovely flat in for­mer hos­pi­tal

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - APARTMENT LIVING - By Lau­rna Robert­son

WALK­ING into the grounds of Aberdeen’s City Hos­pi­tal in 1979, nurs­ing as­sis­tant Denise Rae was moved by the beauty of the orig­i­nal Vic­to­rian build­ing. The grand gran­ite ar­chi­tec­ture and unique clock tower of the im­pos­ing block dat­ing back to the pre­vi­ous cen­tury made her feel priv­i­leged to work at the hos­pi­tal. So when the build­ing was turned into flats nearly 30 years later, nos­tal­gic Denise couldn’t re­sist snap­ping one up. “The grandeur of the build­ing is beau­ti­ful and the City Hos­pi­tal was a great place to start work as it was like be­ing part of a com­mu­nity,” said the 50-year-old staff nurse from Kin­corth in Aberdeen. “I was work­ing op­po­site the hos­pi­tal when they be­gan turn­ing the build­ing into flats in 2006 and thought it would be a bit of a dream to live there.” Denise had bought and done up her prop­erty on Mid Stocket Road 10 years ear­lier. How­ever, she'd been think­ing about putting it up for sale as the mar­ket was re­ally good at that time. Denise was also ready for a change. So she went to view the planned out­lay of the flats to see which one would suit her best. “Each flat was unique and I liked this one be­cause it’s on a split level,” she said. “You have to take four steps down into the liv­ing room.” Work­ing just over the road from her new flat, Denise would visit reg­u­larly to check on the progress. And when she fi­nally moved in she knew ex­actly what she wanted it to look like. “I had al­ready picked the wooden floor­ing and the kitchen units,” she said. “The cre­ative streak for in­te­rior de­sign runs in my fam­ily as my younger sis­ter Su­san Shep­herd does up prop­er­ties. “We of­ten trade tips and al­ways have a good look at what the other has done.

BIG STEP: Denise Rae wants to move nearer the hills.

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