With the area of Greenbank becoming increasingly popular with all buyers, we took the chance to talk to Anna Bianchi, who is selling her eco-friendly home with Boardwalk Property Co. Anna describes her love for the community feel of Green Oak Crescent, the ideal location, as well as her family ties to Bristol’s restaurant royalty.
“Having lived in Greenbank for six years, I wanted to stay in the city, with more of a central location, but I also wanted somewhere that was quiet and had easy access to green space.
The green space I use most frequently is the Greenbank Cemetery, which I would call an urban nature reserve. The wildlife you spot in there is lovely, and it takes less than a minute to walk there from the property.
It also takes me around 25 minutes to reach the City centre on foot via the cycle path that runs just behind the house.”
The property itself has many eco-friendly characteristics, which was not something that immediately drew Anna to the property, but she explained it has plenty of benefits.
“It definitely attracted me. It has photovoltaic solar panels, so we are able to generate our own electricity, a ventilation system in the house which ensures the air is clean, along with underfloor heating generated by water. The house is extremely well insulated.
The whole crescent has been built using fresh Green Oak for the beams and doors etc, so there’s a lovely warm, inviting, natural feel inside the house.”
The area of Greenbank is home to so many fabulous independent restaurants and cafés to be enjoyed all year round. Anna shared some of her favourites.
“There’s Este and Café Number 12, and sometimes if I want to stretch my legs I’ll head up to St George High Street, there are some lovely little cafes around there.
I also head to The Thali if I fancy a less traditional European breakfast, I like to have a chai and a paratha, but there are so many options!
Matter Wholefoods is just brilliant! It’s a great shop and it’s amazing to have this so local.”
With her close family members being well recognised restaurant owners and chefs across Bristol in restaurants such as Bianchi’s, Pasta Ripiena and Pasta Loco, we asked Anna if she gets much use out of the open plan kitchen at the property and if she’s a keen cook.
“I am not a keen cook, because my boys cook for me! Having two professional chefs as sons and a son in law who is a fabulous cook, no is the answer to that!
I used to cook, but I’m not quite up to their standards.”
As the matriarch of her family, Anna decided that is was time to move back to St Werburghs where she spent almost 28 years growing up, allowing her to also be closer to her children and their families, but she will miss the community spirit of the crescent.
“The crescent is lovely. People are so kind and there is such an amazing micro-community feel to living here.”
Contact Boardwalk Property Co. for further information or to book your viewing.