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Educated choice; Medical family move to old uni campus.

Byline: Raymond Hainey

When doctors Cynthia and Vijay Vijayan were looking for a house, the decision was academic.

The couple, who have two children, quickly opted for a home on a leafy site formerly owned by Aberdeen University.

The family had outgrown their old three-bedroom home in the city, where they lived for a decade. Ophthalmologist Cynthia, 39, said: "We needed to move because we needed more space as the children were getting older.

"It's a nice, big house and it's in the city centre, which makes it easier for us to get to work and it's close to the children's schools and for all the other activities they want to do."

The former university campus has a secluded feel with its mature trees, much of the original landscaping and historic buildings. Now a development of 24 detached properties by CALA Homes, the site features new-build apartments and townhouses.

Some were created using the granite-fronted 1920s university buildings.

Cynthia said the couple, originally of Madras, India, didn't even wait for the show house to open before signing up for their five-bedroom Maxwell home from CALA's award winning Lauriston range.

She added: "We had friends who live in a CALA house and we were very impressed with it. They gave CALA very good reviews and that really convinced us to buy."

Cynthia, gastroenterologist Vijay, 39, daughter Sanju, 12, and son Sanjay, seven, were the first family to move on to the site. Their home has an open-plan kitchen and family room and a separate lounge and dining area.

Cynthia said: "The children love it - my daughter has her own ensuite bathroom, which she adores."

Prices at the Campus site range from pounds 235,000 for an apartment to pounds 499,000 for a five-bedroom detached home. Call 01224 355 725 or visit www.cala.co.uk

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Cynthia, Vijay, Sanju and, front, Sanjay love their home; Master bedroom looks on to leafy grounds; Open-plan kitchen and family room; Vijay and Cynthia in stylish dining room
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 13, 2007
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