‘Flat ticked all the right boxes for me’
Pad was just the thing for new buyer
WHEN Rob Anderson viewed 8B Morningside Mews in Aberdeen it had just about everything he was looking for. The two-bedroom apartment was in a great location, it needed very little work, it had its own parking space and plenty of storage. Though it wasn’t the traditional-style property Rob was after, he knew it was too good to pass up. “I’d viewed around 20 flats by the time I got around to seeing this one but none of them came close,” said the 36-year-old IT consultant for BT. He found the room sizes were all substantial, it offered a handy boxroom and great natural light. Rob bought the property 10 years ago after moving out from his parents’ house in Bieldside. He’d studied at Glasgow University and after moving back up to the North-east and securing a job, he decided it was time to take his first step on to the property ladder. The mews home, which is on Cranford Road in Mannofield, was only 10 years old when Rob bought it. Although the decor was mostly to his taste he decided it needed freshened up. He said: “It was all neutral and showed off the best of the flat, however there were a couple of things I needed to do. “There was a really busy red and blue patterned carpet in the lounge, so I changed that, “ he said. He also put laminate flooring in the kitchen and neutral carpets in the lounge and bedrooms. “I also painted the rooms just to give them a fresher feel.” After the little work required was taken care of, Rob left the bachelor pad alone for seven years – until his girlfriend Jenny moved in. At this point the flat got a female makeover from Jenny,
a 35-year-old information consultant for Integreon. “We decided to re-do the flat so that Jenny could feel like it was her home too. “We went for a feature wall in the living room to give the space a bit of a bold look. “Because it’s a very bright flat, we wanted to keep it as light as possible but with personal touches dotted around.” Although the property doesn’t have a garden, it is next door to a squash club and cricket grounds and a 10-minute cycle away from Duthie Park. However, the couple, who got married in October last year, now have a craving to try life in the country. “Even although we’re both from cities we’ve decided to give the country life a go now that we’re married,” said Rob. “It’ll be a bit of an experiment but we’re looking forward to being closer to nature as we’re both keen on mountain biking and sailing. “This has been a great place to call home and we’re sure it’ll make the next owners very happy.”
MOVING STORY: Rob Anderson has loved his city flat.
BRIGHT IDEAS: The lounge with its bold feature wall.
SPACIOUS: The fully-fitted kitchen with laminate flooring, the exterior of the Morningside Mews property and one of the bedrooms, with fresh, neutral decoration.