Not so long ago my partner and I lived in a Woolstore apartment in Teneriffe. We were a newly married couple and it was our first property purchase. That apartment will forever have a special place in my heart. My husband however has different feelings considering a roof repair cost every owner a small fortune. The price you pay for living in a heritage listed building.
This former industrial suburb which was once the hub of the wool and grain industries has undergone a huge transformation over the years. The buildings now offer loft-style living in a really sought after riverside precinct. In a fairly young city like Brisbane, apartments like these are few and far between.
A friend once said that she felt like she was on a holiday when she entered Teneriffe. And aptly so. Vernon Terrace, the main road running through Teneriffe is lined with beautiful trees, new luxurious developments, along with the historical brick woolstores standing confidently.
Parallel to Vernon Terrace is the Brisbane River, with a pathway leading all the way to the Powerhouse and New Farm Park in one direction, or Newstead Park in the other. At sunrise and sunset the pathway is filled with runners, cyclists and locals walking their beloved dogs.
There is a hive of activity in Teneriffe, especially on a weekend when people flock to the area to have breakfast in one of the many cafes. Or where they meet with friends for a drink later in the day.
There are two places I particularly love, and still frequent despite moving out of the area. Sourced Grocer on Florence Street and Beccofino on the corner of Florence and Vernon Terrace. Both amazingly good restuarants for beautifully presented seasonal fare.
So I guess the question remains, why on earth did we sell our apartment?
While loft style living is a lot of fun for a young married couple, when our two children came along the space became a lot more intimate. And loud. We traded in the saw-tooth window living with poor acoustics for a small patch of grass.
It was also inevitable that an area like Teneriffe would overpopulate at some point. With the influx of high rise apartments crowding the sky of neighbouring suburb Newstead the area has become extremely busy. Parking is limited. Roads are busier. And it has become quite a noisy area to live in.
While I do miss it, in reality it's only a hop and a skip away. And the charm drawers me back often enough to rekindle my love for the area.