Pair navigated towards unique B-listed cottage
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.