Home has played host to rel­a­tives

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

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.

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