Pair nav­i­gated to­wards unique B-listed cot­tage

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE - By Lau­rna Robert­son

WHEN walk­ing to and from work ev­ery day, Neil Christie al­ways found him­self pass­ing 118 Mary Elm­slie Court. Staying in a rented flat wasn’t work­ing for him any more as he wanted a place of his own. And the un­usual cot­tage that he kept walk­ing past, which was part of the for­mer School of Nav­i­ga­tion on King Street, seemed like a real haven among the sea of flats on of­fer. His wife Emma said: “Neil kept say­ing to him­self ‘I’m go­ing to live there’ and then it went up for sale. “To stay in a charm­ing de­tached house in the heart of the town is very un­usual and it was dream come true for Neil for this to be his first step on the prop­erty lad­der.” Neil bought the twobed­room cot­tage four years ago and Emma moved in once they were mar­ried two years later. The cot­tage was for­merly called The Lodge House when the grand gran­ite B-listed build­ing was part of Aberdeen’s School of Nav­i­ga­tion. The main build­ing was ini­tially the boys’ and girls’ hos­pi­tal built be­tween 1869 and1871, how­ever, the cou­ple think the cot­tage it­self only dates back 100 years. And they have been left with a keep­sake to put them in mind of a time when seago­ing stu­dents would pass the house on their way to train. Emma, a 30-year-old teacher at Kin­tore Pri­mary School, said: “We have a com­pass point de­sign on the hall floor which refers back to what these build­ings were used for be­fore they were turned into homes. “It al­ways catches the eye of peo­ple com­ing through our door.” While staying there hasn’t helped Emma and Neil, a 32-year-old tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor with Con­verge, with their sea legs, it has been handy for nights out in the city cen­tre. How­ever, with Emma com­mut­ing to Kin­tore ev­ery day, the cou­ple have de­cided to move to the edge of Aberdeen. “We’re head­ing to Dyce to save me a large part of my com­mute. “This place has given us a taste for unique build­ings and our new three­bed­room house doesn’t dis­ap­point.” 118 Mary Elm­slie Court, King Street, Aberdeen is avail­able for a fixed price of £225,000. To view the two-bed­room de­tached house con­tact James & Ge­orge Col­lie on (01224) 572777.

L-SHAPED: The quirky and un­usual cot­tage. HAPPY TIMES: Neil and Emma Christie, left, and the stylish liv­ing room. DIREC­TION: The hall, with the com­pass point de­sign on floor.

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