It’s always nice to live somewhere a little out-of the-box. Besides, fitting in is so last season. With its unrivalled curved shape, 101 Shaw Crescent, Aberdeen certainly stands out from the crowd. Before even walking into the main building, you just know it is going to be special.
Just nine-years-old, the penthouse apartment is currently owned by Bob and Lorraine Wilson. After spending eight years in Spain, the couple, knowing they had a fantastic home to return to in Aberdeen, were looking forward to settling back in.
“We were looking for an apartment close to the city centre which was spacious and had a view,” said 63-year-old Bob.
Bought brand new and off-plan, Bob, a company director, and his wife Lorraine, 54, now retired, looked at a few potential homes before making a decision.
“When we saw the development plans we thought it looked really nice,” said Bob.
“We were pleasantly surprised when we moved in as it was even nicer than we anticipated.”
The unique top-floor home is directly accessed by lift and the focal point is, without doubt, its lounge – and it’s hard to capture in words just how extravagant it is.
Although a little unusual with its circular shape, the design of the room makes for an extremely spacious place to relax and entertain in. The wide glass patio doors give access to the private veranda overlooking the city which creates the perfect spot for enjoying a glass of wine on a summer’s evening.
“Because the balcony wraps around the front of the property, you benefit from the sun even when it moves from one side of the house to the other.
“When there’s festivities in Aberdeen like fireworks night, you get a really great view.
“At New Year, we can hear the ships at the harbour and the neighbours will come out and give us a wave.”
With the house newly built upon receiving the keys, the Wilsons didn’t need to do a lot of work to the home which they have now owned for nearly a decade. Deciding they would like a new kitchen, the original was replaced with Norwegian and German-style units and appliances.
Contemporary and vibrant, the red and white glossy cabinets are in keeping with the modern tone of the lounge. Although there is a traditional island in the centre, the kitchen’s integrated hob adds to the modern tone. With a dining area to the rear of the room, the adjoining utility room features a sink and more storage.
Exploring the rest of the exceptional residence – which is available for offers over £475,000 – the master bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe, alternative access to the balcony and a luxury en suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath. The remaining two bedrooms are also spacious and each benefit from walk-in wardrobes.
The building’s urban interior is complemented with grounds which boast a tranquil ambience with nature aplenty.
When standing on the balcony, the view of the city is framed with treetops and open sky while the small estate is decorated with a selection of trees and shrubs.
“We have the benefit of a garden without having to worry about all the maintenance,” said Bob.
Sitting in a semi-rural area but within easy access to the town, Bob said he’ll miss the proximity of the city-centre amenities.
“It’s great being able to walk down to Union Street. Westburn Park is also just two minutes away and is a really nice area to spend time in. I’ll also miss the lounge as the panoramic views of Aberdeen are really special and hard to come by.”
Contact Aberdein Considine on 01224 589589.