Greenbank is arguably best known for its local shops, pubs and independent cafes, as well boasting some of Bristol’s best examples of modernised period properties, with often jaw dropping interiors. We spoke with Jim and Angela, whose four bedroom end of terrace house, is certainly no exception.
Back in 2015, they purchased a ‘fixer upper’ on Camelford Road , craving more space and a renovation project that would really make a house their own. We spoke to Jim to discuss the project and their love for the local area.
“We purchased the property back in 2015 and my wife gave birth to twins the week after, so we had whirlwind first year in the property! We had some time to make the place as habitable as possible, and then completed further works, including rewiring, a new boiler, new radiators, insulating the loft, installing a new roof, and a complete redecoration throughout.”
With Jim being a local builder and developer, they were under no illusions of the work needed. The finished product is nothing short of breath-taking.
“We always knew that we wanted to a project. This place was a rental before we purchased, so we knew it needed completely re-doing. To buy something completely finished, for us is a missed opportunity to really make a property our own.”
Jim’s favourite space is the stylish living room, showcasing a modern twist on Victorian décor.
“The open plan kitchen diner is a great space for the whole family, I can be cooking and we can still all be together, but I would say my favourite room is the front living room. It is the perfect space for unwinding in the evening after wrangling the children upstairs to bed. Angela and I can relax with a glass of wine in front of the log burner and watch a film on the drop-down projector. It really feels like a space for grownups."
Having moved from Bedminster with its array of independent shops and restaurants, the couple were looking to move to an area with the same feel.
“We love the local food shops, bars and pubs. When we first looked around the area, The Greenbank pub is what sealed the deal for us. There are also great little eateries, such as Dela, Este Kitchen and The Thali. Bristol Sweet Mart, over on St Mark’s Road is an amazing Asian supermarket, providing some weird and wonderful fusion ingredients as well as delicious fruit and veg. They have a great service where you can purchase pre packaged curries, we love it!”
With the Chocolate Factory development opening just across from the property, this promises to bring more great local businesses to the area.
“We couldn’t be closer to the development, and we are a little sad that we won’t be here to see the finished product. There are not only plans for apartments, but also retail premises, a yoga studio and hopefully more cafés and bars.”
Having lived in the area for over five years, we asked what the couple would miss the most.
“I would say that the local restaurants and cafes etc, are one of the main things we will miss about living in Greenbank. We will also really miss the walks and outdoor space Greenbank Cemetery provides. There is so much to explore in there, and we found a new love for the space during lockdown.
We will also really miss the community feel the area has. During lockdown, all the neighbours on the road got together (socially distanced..) and gathered around a chiminea, it was such a great feeling of togetherness. Greenbank is so family-friendly, and a great place for us to have raised our family.”
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