Flat-hun­ters landed lucky twice over

Pair found the per­fect place first time round

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

“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.

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