Doyenne of the Do-Up
The new series of The Block has once again returned to the Shore with a site opposite Takapuna Grammar School being chosen as the location for the popular DIY reality TV show this year. Only a couple of kms down the road from the site of the last series on Anzac Avenue, this year’s contestants are busy doing up their temporary homes on the corner of Eversleigh Road and Lake Road. One of these contestants sweating it out to create the house that makes the most profit at auction also hails from the North Shore. Alisa Keall-Grant is a 23-year-old public relations consultant who grew up in Devonport.
With her partner Koan Vette, 25, Alisa is enjoying the close proximity her new ‘work place’ is in relation to many of her family members and friends and the familiarity of the area. Alisa not only put down tools to answer Channel’s questions for our Q and A feature on The Block in this issue, but she also kindly shares with readers her top ‘Five Favourites on the Shore’…
- The shady spot underneath the crazy tree in the middle of Cheltenham beach, Devonport: it’s such a beautiful spot in summer, a great tree for climbing and perfect place to watch happy dog walkers go by.
- The top of Mt Victoria, Devonport: On a crisp morning before the world wakes up - best views in Auckland.
- Little & Friday on Eversleigh Road: Seriously, just go there - best custard donut you'll ever have. Ever.
- The North Shore Hospice Shop on Ellice Road, Glenfield: I have a small obsession with china and crystal ware and their selection is a steal - great books for cheap too, and some gorgeous old leather handbags from time to time.
- Aubergine restaurant in Takapuna: Their chicken kebabs are such a great weekend lunch, and the chocolate profiteroles are amazing too! Say hi to the lovely owner, Basil, while you're there.