When the Andersons were house-hunting in Aberdeen 13 years ago, there were only two criteria on their wish list – charm and location.
The lucky pair weren’t waiting long as 15 Affleck Street suited Gillian and Trevor right down to the ground.
There was a sticking point, however, as four-bedroom mid-terraced granite property was out of their price range.
“It was love at first sight when we walked in,” said Gillian, 46.
“But I thought we’d never have a chance at owning it – it was so out of our league.”
Yet the stars aligned for the couple who were gobsmacked when their offer was accepted.
Although they had a baby on the way when they moved in, though that didn’t stop the pair getting stuck into some major refurbishment.
Now 13 years later, Number 15 is a bright and modern family home which has been the perfect place for Gillian, a financial capabilities officer, and offshore worker Trevor, 55, to raise their two children.
The property is set out over three levels, with Bryony, 12, and nine-year old Laurence treated to their own floor at the top of the house. The middle floor is home to the spacious lounge and master bedroom, while the basement level comprises the dining kitchen and family room.
“My favourite room is the lounge,” said Gillian.
“It has everything I love about the house – the high ceilings, lovely cornicing and big windows.
“The character of the house is something we have loved and we even have the original title deeds.
“It was built in 1834 by a man called Andrew Affleck, who was a local tailor.
“It seems he was pretty wealthy as he commissioned someone to build the whole street, with each house to be worth no more than £100. I love knowing a bit about the history and we have very much enjoyed being custodians of the house.
“But my daughter and I keep horses now and we are looking to move out of the city to be able to spend more time with them.
“It’s so unusual to find a house in the city centre with so much space and I think it will really suit a wide variety of buyers.”
15 Affleck Street, Aberdeen
Description: Four-bedroom period property in the heart of Aberdeen
Lounge: Spacious and bright with high ceilings and plenty of character
Dining kitchen: Complete with modern units and worktops with room for dining furniture
Family room/bedroom: Currently utilised as a family room but could also be a good-sized bedroom
Master bedroom: Excellent size with views over the garden.
Bedrooms 2/3: Both of a good size
Outside: Lawn and paved area to the front with additional private patio to the rear. On-street parking.
Contact: Aberdein Considine 01224 589589.