My first “proper” home
By Marjorie Calder, former property editor at the Daily Record.
I’ve just returned from staying in my younger son’s flat for the first time. It’s above a chip shop in Manchester, accessed via a dodgy carpark and a staircase that looks like it stretches all the way to Heaven, except when you reach the top.
My son is rightly proud of his first home after graduating. Though rented, it’s all his and he keeps it a lot tidier than I ever thought possible (but that’s a mum speaking).
The first flat that I bought myself was a reconditioned Council “Cottage apartment”, which sounds much nicer than it was. It cost all of £18,000. The small patch of garden was choked with weeds and I clearly remember watching lads throwing stones at my car outside and just thinking “Bless! I’ll stay inside till they are finished”, (or words to that effect).
But I could probably describe every piece of furniture that was in that flat. I remember the logic behind the carefully chosen pattern on the kitchen curtains and the sheer joy of buying a kettle in a colour to match. Your first home is very special. It’s a rite of passage, probably into debt and a bit less eating out for a while – but also to independence and the chance to exert your own taste and choices.
For many, it’s also an important stepping stone to a first “proper” home. That’s the one which co-incides with steady job, or promotion, or falling in love, maybe setting up home with someone else, or preparing for a family. The first proper home is when things get serious and you at least briefly consider asking guests to take off their shoes when they arrive at the door.
A first proper home will have something in it that you’ve never owned before; maybe a juicer, or a dishwasher but either way, it’ll give you a thrill.
Your first proper home is the one where you don’t want to paint a feature wall orange, just because you can. Or maybe you do, but it’s a lot more likely to be accompanied by accent cushions and a tasteful lampshade for mood lighting.
Your first proper home is the one where your cooking skills take off, since you actually want to invite people round. Whether it’s a banana loaf or a Thai curry with 11 spices and perfect sticky rice, it’s all part of the process of personal evolution.
If you’re setting up home together, or moving into a home big enough for family for the first time, you might also be looking for places to park a buggy in a safe and sunny spot. Each and all of these experiences is something you’ll never forget.
Each one is attached to a specific memory of a specific place. It’s an integral part of your own personal story; your first proper home.
Living by Robertson excels at building first proper homes. I’ve been writing about chic riverside apartments in Ferry Village for a year now and watched with pleasure as all manner of people have put down roots in a stylish apartment to call their own.
Now Living is branching out still further with its Castle Meadows development in Stirling where more than fourteen different house types recognise that everyone’s story is different.
From one and two bedroom apartments, and two, three and four bedroom homes, a first proper home can be anything you want it to be – that’s the whole point.
And did I mention that they all have stunning views of Stirling Castle and the hills beyond?
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