01 Aug 2014

Evening Express Feature: "Dream Home"

Evening Express Feature: "Dream Home"

Aberdein Considine property Ariundle, Blairs, Aberdeen, features in an Evening Express Editorial.

Aberdein Considine property Ariundle, Blairs, features in an Evening Express Editorial.

IT’S been the perfect home to the Baxter family for three decades but now they’re seeking pastures new. 

Lewis, 60, his wife Marion, 59, and their son Steven, 21, are preparing to say goodbye to the home that’s been the family’s little slice of the country since 1984.

“It’s got a great garden and views of the surrounding area,” said Lewis. 

“We’ve done a lot to it over the years but the greenery and the garden was what really sold me on the property.”

Lewis, a retired offshore oilfield consultant, and Marion, a part-time care-worker, want to down to a new home, now that their children have flown the nest.

“We love this house and know we will struggle to find something similar,” said Lewis.

“We don’t need the same room anymore with the children having moved on, but we will certainly miss it when we go.”

The five-bedroom home is situated in the suburb of Cults on the outskirts of the city and offers them seclusion and privacy.

The attractive property has undergone a few changes over the years both inside and out.

With two extensions, adding extra living space the family also added two large outdoor cabins in the garden.

Built seven years ago, one cabin is used as a gym and the other as a party room, featuring a projector, a big screen and a bar with stools. 

“We’ve got two cabins out back as well so it’s a great place for a young family, especially when kids get older.” Lewis said.

“We added the patio doors and a Victorian-style conservatory as well as another bathroom suite and bedroom that were added on to the house with the extensions.”

The interior of the spacious and inviting property is neutrally decorated throughout with laminate and hardwood flooring in most rooms.

“We used to have carpets but we went for mostly laminate flooring,” Lewis said. 

“We have a solid beech wooden floor from the kitchen to the conservatory as well, which is quite a nice touch.”

With so many rooms in which to spend some time and relax as well as a large garden, the family have been spoiled for choice.

“My favourite room is the living room, because in the winter time there’s a natural wood fire which is amazing,” Lewis said. 

“It has a really nice view on to trees and hills. The atmosphere is just great.”

Surrounded by trees and greenery the property enjoys a secluded atmosphere and isn’t overlooked by any neighbours. 

The peaceful location gives the family the chance to unwind at home but they are only a short drive from a supermarket and other local amenities.

“We’re only five minutes from the Bridge of Dee and about three miles from Cults.

“Everything you need is really close by,” Lewis said. 

“There are buses that take children to school, it stops right at the door so it would be perfect for a family with little ones.”

Looking to find a new property, possibly in Banchory, the family will be sad to leave their home and a lifetime of memories behind.

“I think I will miss the space and the views the most,” said Lewis. 

“The solitude is also great. There’s great privacy in the property which is sometimes hard to find in Aberdeen. 

“It’s a wonderful family home,” he added. 

"Great place for a young family,I will miss the space and views."

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