Flat-hunters landed lucky twice over
Pair found the perfect place first time round
“High ceilings and cornicing”
ALAN and Fiona MacKinnon have got a knack for getting it right the first time around. While many home buyers spend months scanning the market, this pair have been lucky twice. In both Edinburgh and Aberdeen, they’ve found their dream pad on their first viewing. “In Aberdeen we looked at three different flats but we knew the first one was right and in Edinburgh we looked at eight different properties but we stuck with the first,” said Alan, a 36-year-old health and safety inspector. Alan and Fiona, 36, a restaurant manager, relocated to Aberdeen due to Alan’s job in 2005. They’d owned a Georgian period flat in Edinburgh and loved the historic features. So when they started viewing flats in Aberdeen they were keen to go for a traditional granite property. “We were looking for a bigger version of our flat in Edinburgh and a friend of ours who lived here also recommended looking in the West End.” When the pair saw the original fireplace, the high ceilings and the delicate cornicing of 130 Broomhill Road they were blown away. Another attraction was the brand new kitchen and bathroom. Alan said: “We’d had to do a lot of renovation work on our flat in Edinburgh and with starting a new job I wasn’t keen to do any more hard work.” While the changes needed in the Broomhill flat were cosmetic, Alan still had to spend two weeks of holidays doing the work. “I used to be a painter decorator so I spent the two weeks getting rid of the shocking pinks and greens. “Doing the work reminded me of the days spent grafting at 17. After my two experiences from now on I’ll always get workmen in.” The couple went for a modern look throughout and have kept the colours fairly muted bar one room. “We originally had the
lounge a cotton colour but it looked anaemic so we tested out a couple of shades, said Alan. “We thought the red was going to be too bold however it looked fantastic. “It’s the most cosy room at Christmas time with the tree up.” In the morning the sun streams into the lounge and it’s a great place to have breakfast. And after work the couple often head straight out to their garden. “The sun stays in the garden until eight or nine at night in the summer and we’ve got a patio where we often sit with the barbecue going.” The delighted couple welcomed their first child Callum into the world two years ago. And when they found out there will be another new addition to the family in October, the pair decided it was now time to make a move. Alan said: “We need to upgrade and get a house. If we could push this flat on to the ground floor we wouldn’t move, but sadly it’s time to move on.”
LITTLE ‘UN: Alan and Fiona MacKinnon with Callum.
ROOMY: Main picture, the living room, and, below, the bedroom and the granite facade on Broomhill Road.