Home has played host to relatives
West End flat has been a real family affair.
SHAYNE Singer’s Aberdeen flat has been a real family favourite. Since she bought the West End pad, it has at different times also been home to her dad, an uncle and aunt, and her gran and grandad. But over recent years, the Belvidere Crescent home has been a stylish city base for Shayne and her two teenage children. After years as a boarder at
“It’s bright and open”
school, Shayne was keen to put down roots and snapped up the flat aged just 19. The 47-year-old franchise owner of Aberdeen’s Subway sandwich stores said: “My dad and I moved in together and it was nice to have a base.” Shayne later left Aberdeen to live with her mother in Louisiana but, as she was working as an air hostess at the time, she was able to come back to visit at least four times a year. “Whenever I came back to the property it felt like I was returning to my family home,” she said. “At one point my uncle and aunt lived here as did my grandad and grandmother.” After 12 years in America, Shayne returned to the North-east with her two children, Kyla, who is now 19, and Calum, who is 15. She said: “I lived in Banchory and Anderson Drive before deciding to move back into the property in late 2009.” At this point, she felt the tired property needed some modernising and decided to install a new bathroom and kitchen. She said: “I also had some plastering done and each of the rooms repainted. “I added a wrought iron fence to the front of the property.” Shayne went for a neutral and fresh look throughout the traditional home. “I opted for magnolia and white because I wanted
the period features to be the main attraction and also I wanted to be able to change a room with accessories,” she said. “The way it is at the moment I could have each room looking different every week. “It’s nice and fresh but also bright and open which is exactly what I wanted.” The family have their own garden to the front of the property, which is fenced in. That makes it childfriendly and also safe for the family’s Newfoundland Malasha, and her bearded collie cross Shep.
And the shared back garden is south-facing, which makes for a great sun-trap. Shayne said: “It’s a great spot for getting a nice Aberdeen tan – I have a barbecue out there for the summer.” In the heart of Rosemount, the flat’s location was one of the main attractions when Shayne bought the property. But now with Calum attending the International School at Pitfodels, she’s hoping to find a property nearby to shorten the commute. “I'm looking for a bigger place out in Deeside somewhere,” she said.
ROOMY: The neutrally-decorated master bedroom, the smart dining area off the remodelled kitchen, and exterior of the traditional Belvidere Crescent flat in Aberdeen’s West End.
ON THE MOVE: Shayne Singer with children Calum, 15, Kyla, 19, and their dogs Shep and Malasha.