Set within easy reach of the Cairngorms National Park, the city of Aberdeen was named as the best place to live and work in Scotland in a 2019 report by Demos-PwC. Alongside the stunning local scenery, another of the reasons for this was the low property prices relative to earnings. This offers residents an excellent standard of living – driven in large part by the oil and gas industry. The lively harbour city is also known as the ‘Granite City’ or ‘Silver City’ thanks to its historic granite buildings.
It has a great central location and almost everything (shops, bars and restaurants) are within walking distance, and it’s just around the corner from my barber (Mr Dun’s).
There are good transport links and there’s a bus stop outside so I can easily visit the family using public transport rather than driving the car. Instead of an onsite car park, there is a large secure bike storage facility (with additional facilities to wash and repair for the rides to the beach or the Grampians).
Refuse and recycling collection is onsite so I don’t have to worry about being bombed by the seagull squadron. The only downside is the noise from the traffic from my position. However, this is not the case the higher you are in the building or if your room is not facing the Rosemount Viaduct or Union Terrace.
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I recently moved in and one thing that stands out for me is its staff. The team are very friendly, polite and are very informative, always going the extra mile making living here even more special (there was even a welcome gift and card upon arrival, and there are weekend special activities and treats – credit to Jessica).
If The Point had a restaurant, cafe or bar onsite, it could be easily mistaken for a hotel as the hospitality is of a high standard.
The Point is well presented, modern, clean and secure. The building is of good construction although some could find fault with the finer details. The Design is not a passive build, however, it is nice and warm during the cold spells without boosting the heating. One concern is the use of energy for the aircon units in the communal areas, but some simple shading techniques could easily limit this or even offset with a small wind turbine and solar plant installation as there is plenty of roof space.
The in-house facilities at the The Point are great; (a) I love the Garden Room and Working Hub with panoramic views of the city; (b) the residents lounge is a great place just to chill out; (c) the laundry facilities (I can even watch TV or a movie while waiting or ironing my clothes); (d) there’s also two separate TV Rooms which are just like personal cinemas; (e) there’s also a Studio and Gym (penciled in for later); (f) the lifts are very spacious and the fire escapes are easily accessible. I never have to worry about parcel delivery too with separate secured facilities for letters and larger items. The high internet speeds (range from 200 to 300+ Mbps) make remote working less stressful.
If I could change anything, it would it be:
1. Install a quieter fridges/freezer – in a small studio, sleeping so close to the kitchenette can be unpleasant at first, but you soon get used to it.
2. Install dimmable or smart lights – they are too bright at times.
3. Install an off switch for the main extractor – it is situated in the built-in cooker hood and is on constantly (although idle and I boost for cooking and shower time), as with most fans, the bearings wear down over time and grease/dust accumulates on the blades making them noisier.
5. Install additional storage cabinets or shelving.
6. Add some raised gardens beds for resident to grow herbs and flowers on the terraces.
7. Add outside garden furniture (seating and dining) on the terraces with solar night lights.
8. Add internal and external shading for use in the summer.
9. Add a wind turbine and solar plant to offset energy usage.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
1. Detailed property dimensions of the apartment and the furniture.
What is the best feature of your home:
1. The Cleanliness and Security.
2. The mattress, it’s extremely comfy (so important to your health considering we spend over 25% of our lives on this!).
3. Built-in combination Oven/Microwave (great for a roast or simply heating up a ready meal for those lazy days).
4. Instant hot water (don’t have to waste water waiting to heat up).