Erika dived right in to buy apart­ment with own pool

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE - By Lau­rna Robert­son

ERIKA Wal­lace fell in love with swim­ming when she was in her twen­ties. Al­though she has been a mem­ber of sev­eral dif­fer­ent health clubs, and would go swim­ming as of­ten as she could, it was never enough. So when she got the op­por­tu­nity to buy a flat in an Aberdeen apart­ment com­plex with its own pool, Erika dived in. “It was the pool that took my eye – it was quite an at­trac­tion, only for res­i­dents and only 20 me­tres away from my flat,” said 54-year-old Erika Wal­lace, the di­rec­tor of Mary Kay Cos­met­ics. “I’d been around swim­ming pools a lot but they were never handy for me to go ev­ery day.” With the no­tion that it would be great for her own fit­ness and for her daugh­ter Joanna, who’s now 15, Erika took the de­ci­sion to buy 20 Craigieburn Park on Spring­field Road three years ago. “It’s been thor­oughly well used by us both as Joanna reg­u­larly had pool par­ties rather than sitting around with her friends watch­ing TV and I got into the rou­tine of us­ing the pool ev­ery­day. “It be­comes a habit to get in and swim fifty lengths. “In fact you get spoilt hav­ing your own pool and I’m ter­ri­ble at shar­ing now.” Erika would have con­tin­ued with her rou­tine had it not been for a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to move to France early last year. “One of my best friends lived in Paris and, be­cause my busi­ness could be run from any­where, I de­cided it would be fan­tas­tic for both Joanna and I to move there too. “I speak French and adore ev­ery­thing Euro­pean, and Joanna worked her socks off to learn the lan­guage.” How­ever, af­ter a moth­er­daugh­ter con­fer­ence, they de­cided to move back to Scot­land late last year. “We moved to Lau­rencekirk as my busi­ness had re­ally taken off and I was go­ing to have to come back ev­ery cou­ple of weeks, while Joanna was find­ing do­ing ev­ery sub­ject in French in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult. “While we miss hav­ing the pool, we hope the next own­ers get as much use out of it as we did.” 20 Craigieburn Park, Spring­field Road, Aberdeen is avail­able for of­fers over £199,000. To view the self-con­tained, two bed­room flat con­tact Gavin Bain & Co on (01224) 623040.

MAK­ING A SPLASH: Erika Wal­lace has en­joyed get­ting in 50 lengths at the home’s swim­ming pool. WA­TER FEA­TURE: Erika Wal­lace will miss the pool and hopes the new own­ers make good use of it.

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