Why I live in … Well-known journalist Neil Doorley reveals why he loves living in Ashgrove
NEIL Doorley has been a journalist for … years, … of them as a television news reporter for Channel 9, where he broke the disappearance of murdered Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.
He lives in Brisbane with his wife, Kerry, and two of his three children.
1. Where was your first home (that you bought)? How much was it?
My first property was in Banyo — a three-bedroom, brick, low-set house, which I paid $117,000 for, but at the time interest rates were about 17 per cent!
I picked that house because it was low maintenance, and I’d grown up in Wavell Heights and was close to my family and I was familiar with Brisbane’s northside.
2. Where is your current home? Why did you pick that house/unit?
Ashgrove. My wife and I chose this house for a number of factors. Firstly, it was close to Mt Coot-tha where I was working at the time; we’d initially wanted to send our son to Marist College, which is just around the corner; and it backs on to a park, which was — and remains — handy for the kids and pets.
3. Describe your dream home and location in Queensland?
The North Coast, probably Caloundra … close to the water.
My late grandmother lived at Caloundra, and I have great childhood memories of going to her place, and then to the beach.
I’m still a frequent visitor, and just being there brings lovely thoughts flooding back.
4. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? Villa in Capri? Chalet in the Swiss Alps?
Zermatt in Switzerland.
It’s a mountain resort, renowned for skiing and hiking — and for the fact it’s car-free!
I travelled there in 1995 with my first wife, who at the time was pregnant with our daughter, and it was just wonderful.
I remember getting off the train and being overwhelmed by its natural beauty.
The town sits below the Matterhorn peak, and is filled with great shops and restaurants.