Little Locals: Church Turned Childcare Centre Opens in Auchenflower

A former church on the corner of Milton Road and Wienholt Street in Auchenflower has been transformed into a fun childcare centre with its own 15-metre indoor slide and outdoor play spaces. Little Locals opened on 9 Nov 2020 to a host of families whose children have been enjoying and settling into their new daycare space.

The family-owned business is Little Locals’ sixth site and will be managed by Sophie Jones, who has 10 years of experience in early education. The facility may accommodate up to 120 children, from ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, who will be cared for, guided and supervised by 30 experienced educators. 

Photo Credit: Little Locals Auchenflower/Facebook

Much of the church’s structure has been retained in planning the unique facility, including its stained glass windows, archways and exposed rafters. The old blends with the new as the centre boasts of creative play areas like a water park, racetrack and trampoline.

All over the centre are murals painted by artist JR Ellis, which depicts the wildife of Mt Coot-tha. 

Photo Credit: Little Locals Auchenflower/Facebook

“Our centre encourages children to develop a bond with the natural environment through gardening, sorting and participating in a green program which shows respect for the natural world,” the owners said in a statement.

Director Eric Grindley-Ferris revealed that slots for 2021 are slowly filling up, with fees averaging from $134.50 to $139. These prices include lunch and excursion activities. 

Photo Credit: Little Locals Auchenflower/Facebook

Residents initially objected to the childcare facility’s construction due to the noise and traffic that could disrupt the homes in the area. Little Locals built acoustic fences and agreed that the outdoor play areas will close by 6 p.m. Mr Grindley-Ferris said that street parking will be avoided since they have 26 underground parking spots.

Haig Rd Bistro in Auchenflower to Open Sister Site La Coin in Red Hill

Neo-French restaurant Haig Rd Bistro in Auchenflower is opening a sister site just two kilometres away in Red Hill. La Coin is still in its final stages of sprucing up before it’s set to welcome diners by the end of October 2020. 

Arvid Noack invested in taking over the two-storey site once occupied by Plum Tucker on Enoggera Terrace with his new La Coin (“La Kwan”) co-owner Marcus Kerschbaumer.  

The pair is also bringing Haig Rd Bistro chef Jean Yann Bouton on board, who will create a two or three-course menu for dinner with a carefully curated range of entrees, mains and desserts. Diners will have the pleasure of constructing their own dinner.  

La Coin will offer nearly similar a la carte lunch dishes as Haig Rd Bistro whilst a special day for BYO will be launched when the restaurant settles after the opening day. 

Morning fares at the bistro will include Viennese-inspired coffee choices paired with French pastries and cheese-filled sandwiches. 

Mr Noack and Mr Kerschbaumer won’t deviate much from the interior look of La Coin as its sister site. However, the top floor will be reserved to private functions whilst the downstairs section will have a spacious outdoor seating area for a more relaxed dining experience. 

La Coin doesn’t have a social media presence yet but you follow Haig Rd Bistro’s Facebook page for the updates. 

Auchenflower: Top Performing Brisbane Suburb for Year-on-Year House Price Growth

Auchenflower median house price has risen nearly 20 percent over the past 12 months even as Greater Brisbane house price growth remained flat, according to the latest Domain report.

The Q1 2019 Domain house price report shows that Brisbane house price growth has flatlined over the last 12 months to March 2019, falling 0.3 percent year-on-year, for a median house price of $563,666. Several suburbs, however, managed to register surprising price growth led by Auchenflower.

Auchenflower house price registered 19.2 percent year-on-year growth to end Q1 2019 with a median price of $1,275,000 whilst its five-year price growth stands at 58.9 percent.

As for its exceptional price growth, experts point to Auchenflower’s appeal to families looking for classic Queenslander, easy access to the CBD, and great schools. Auchenflower even overshadowed neighbouring Paddington which fell 0.7 percent with a median house price of $1,062,500.

Quarter-on-quarter, Brisbane median house price fell 1.1 percent, slightly better than Sydney, Melborne, and Perth, which fell 3.1, 2.4, and 2.5 percent, respectively. Among capital cities, only Hobart saw an uptick in its median house price, rising 3.1 percent quarter-on-quarter and 7 percent year-on-year.

Newport and Highgate Hill, on the other hand, led the list of suburbs with the steepest median price declines, falling 13.5 and 10.6 percent, respectively. Cannon Hill, Morningside, Greenslopes, Indooroopilly, Upper Caboolture, Yeronga, Ningi, and Corinda round out the list.

The top suburbs for house price growth according to Q1 2019 Domain house price report:

Suburb / Q1 2019 Median Price / YoY Growth

  • Auchenflower ($1,275,000 / 19.2%)
  • Burpengary East ( $600,000 / 17.8% )
  • Brookwater ( $825,000 / 16.1% )
  • North Ipswich ( $367,500 / 14.5% )
  • Sandgate ( $757,500 / 13.1% )
  • Woody Point ($500,000 / 13.1% )
  • Spring Mountain ($507,500 / 11.5%)
  • Eagleby ($360,000 / 11.1%)
  • Hemmant ($550,000 / 11.1%)
  • Nudgee ($650,000 -/ 10.9%)