Denise found perfect cure for nostalgia
Lovely flat in former hospital
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.