APART­MENT LIV­ING

Of­fice bul­letin put cou­ple on trail of ideal prop­erty

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

E-mail paved the way for a cou­ple to find their per­fect prop­erty.

AT THE peak of the prop­erty boom five years ago, Dave and Kim Thow were be­gin­ning to feel that their flat hunt was hope­less. The cou­ple were keen on a two-bed­room apart­ment but af­ter view­ing six, and putting in four bids, they still hadn't se­cured their first love nest. And then Dave re­ceived an e-mail at work that changed ev­ery­thing. He said: “We get bul­letins sent around our work e-mails and on this par­tic­u­lar day I got one with a link, sent by a col­league.” The link was for 129 Mill­side Ter­race, Peter­cul­ter, and it showed Dave and Kim the po­ten­tial in what lay just out­side of the city. Dave, 36, a pro­ject co-or­di­na­tor for Har­ris Caprock, added: “We hadn't been look­ing out that way and at first we were a bit re­luc­tant – but as soon as Kim saw the prop­erty she was de­ter­mined to get it.” The cou­ple had been rent­ing in Westhill pre­vi­ously. While Dave had done bits and pieces of DIY in the past, they were look­ing for some­where with lit­tle work to be done. So he was de­lighted that the Peter­cul­ter prop­erty did not need much work. The mod­ern and spacious prop­erty was in great shape when the cou­ple moved their be­long­ings. “The flat was fully fin­ished and it looked re­ally invit­ing. “The way the pre­vi­ous own­ers had done the liv­ing room re­ally made the most of the space. “The prop­erty was neu­tral so all it needed was a per­sonal touch and for us to put our own stamp on it.” Dave and Kim – a 34-year-old in­voic­ing su­per­vi­sor for Wether­ford – went for bright yel­low in the kitchen, while they opted for a warm cof­fee-coloured fea­ture wall and an or­nate fire­place in the liv­ing room. They were about to paint the spare bed­room red when Kim found out that she was preg­nant.

“We'd been think­ing about paint­ing it red for a while and we were set to do it in a cou­ple of months when Kim found out about Nathan. “In­stead we stuck with the neu­tral theme and put up a nurs­ery bor­der along with a shelf for all his cud­dly toys.” Nathan, who is now eight months old, loves play­ing in the gar­den, which is al­ways neat and tidy thanks to the prop­erty fac­tors. The tod­dler is of­ten taken into the town of Peter­cul­ter and to Aberdeen city cen­tre, which is within easy reach on the buses. How­ever it is Nathan who has in­spired the cou­ple to move. “This prop­erty is quiet and peace­ful and we all re­ally like the way of life in Peter­cul­ter,” said Dave. “If we hadn't had Nathan we wouldn’t have thought about leav­ing. How­ever, we’re look­ing for a prop­erty with its own gar­den for him to play in. “We’re also look­ing for a place closer to Westhill to be closer to my mum and be­cause I know from ex­pe­ri­ence that it’s a great place to grow up.”

MOV­ING ON: Kim, Nathan and Dave Thow.

“Mod­ern and

spacious”

YOUR GUIDE

HOMELY: The Thows have added their own touch to the liv­ing room, mas­ter bed­room and kitchen in Peter­cul­ter.

£155,000

DE­SCRIP­TION: Set in a cus­tom block of flats, this two-bed­room, top-floor apart­ment is in the pop­u­lar sub­urb of Peter­cul­ter.

LOUNGE: Spacious room with a twin pic­ture win­dow and an at­trac­tive fire­place.

KITCHEN: Large room with a range of base and eye-level units.

BED­ROOM 1: A dou­ble room with twin pic­ture win­dows and a built-in wardrobe with mir­rored slid­ing doors.

BED­ROOM 2: Dec­o­rated in light neu­tral tones, this room, which is cur­rently used as a child’s bed­room, has plenty of space for free-stand­ing fur­ni­ture.

BATH­ROOM: White three-piece suite and an elec­tric shower fit­ted over the bath.

VIEW­ING: Con­tact An­der­son­bain on (01224) 626244.

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