‘Flat ticked all the right boxes for me’

Pad was just the thing for new buyer

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

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.

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