‘I fell in love with flat at first sight’

Tur­reted room was clincher for Kelly

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

“We’ve loved

liv­ing here”

AS SOON as Kelly McLaren saw the tur­ret bay win­dow at 306A Great West­ern Road, she fell for the West End prop­erty. “I au­to­mat­i­cally wanted to live here,” said Kelly, a doc­u­ment con­troller for Aker So­lu­tions. The 29-year-old, whose fam­ily is orig­i­nally from Trinidad but who was raised in the North-east, said: “I knew right away I wanted to put a round din­ing room ta­ble there and have lots of friends round to show it off and that’s ex­actly what I’ve done.” Kelly and her hus­band Neil, 30, a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer from Bridge of Don, bought the prop­erty fourand-a-half years ago. Neil had been liv­ing in a Bridge of Don flat and Kelly stayed with her par­ents in Westhill. They both wanted a prop­erty they could call home in the city which was close to pubs and restau­rants. They also wanted a tra­di­tional gran­ite build­ing with pe­riod fea­tures and big win­dows. The Great West­ern Road prop­erty ticked those boxes. The prop­erty was in a good con­di­tion with mainly dec­o­ra­tive work needed. “The first thing we did was put a car­pet down in the liv­ing room along with paint­ing that room and the hall. We then did some touch-up work in the kitchen and the sec­ond bed­room,” said Kelly. The bath­room was a big­ger job so the cou­ple waited un­til they were on their hon­ey­moon in Bar­ba­dos to get the work­men in. The trendy cou­ple have gone for a mag­no­lia hall with ev­ery room in a dif­fer­ent, bold colour. While their home doesn’t have a gar­den, Duthie Park is not too far away. With the birth of their baby,

The nurs­ery/bed­room at 306A Great West­ern Road, Aberdeen, is just one of the lovely rooms in the two-bed­room, first-floor, apart­ment in the pop­u­lar West End.

Alexan­der seven weeks ago, they now want a fam­ily home in the Westhill area. Kelly said: “My par­ents are still in the area and I know how good Westhill is to be brought up in. “We’ve ab­so­lutely loved liv­ing here but it’s time to move to a more fam­ily-ori­en­tated area.”

HAPPY HOME: Kelly and Neil McLaren with new baby son Alexan­der.

CHARM­ING:

AT­TRAC­TIVE: The lounge, mas­ter bed­room and kitchen are all bright and mod­ern.

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