Erika dived right in to buy apartment with own pool
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.