About This Listing
Hey! I'm Steven and I'd love you to stay at my Marrickville apartment – it's comfy & clean, nestled in a quiet street & just 25 min to Sydney Central Station from my door (I timed it!). FREE WiFi, tea, coffee and conversations! Sounds cool, yeah? :)
(I have a few types of listing for my apartment. Find them under “My Other Listings” on this page.)
My sun-filled apartment is tucked away in a tranquil, quiet family neighbourhood. Peacefully backing on to a pond, and a very short stroll to the Cooks River, Golf Course, Parks – it's in a lovely spot, yet in moments you can be enjoying some of Sydney's best food and coffee or be headed in to the city. I love the place and I reckon it will meet most needs.
Inside you'll find everything you'll need – clean and fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, multi-function desk/dining, internal laundry and multiple lounge areas thanks to clever layout and flexible furniture which you can shuffle around to suit! You'll have access to all appliances and everywhere in my apartment (except my bedroom).
My balcony and kitchen both overlook a pool and leafy green communal garden areas with a nice view of sunrise and plenty of singing birds to watch if that's your thing. The balcony is a great spot to enjoy a meal, the sun or a good book.
And don’t forget, you can access my WiFi for FREE anywhere in the apartment or outside in communal garden areas.
My lounge and dining areas are best described as transformers! I like to keep the layout fresh, dynamic and adaptable so guests are welcome to shuffle things around to suit – things fold out, extend, move and flip. It's like having a few extra rooms in one!
Is situated in my lounge room. It’s an extra large, comfy, DELUXE single inflatable mattress with a bunch of comfy bedding to boot. (I've slept on for 10 nights in a row as a trial – it's a great sleep!). It has an electric pump to inflate and deflate with the push of a button :) My guests are always happy with it.
Note: If you’re a couple, I also have the option of a deluxe inflatable QUEEN size bed to fit you both :) If you’re two friends, I have the option of TWO deluxe inflatable singles – I’ve got it covered.
The bed isn’t far from my kitchen, and my fridge makes a STRONG hum when it's cooling down inside so I’m happy to provide earplugs if you’re a light sleeper :) (Please keep that in mind if you’re interested in this budget stay)
You'll have access to all appliances and everywhere in my apartment (except my bedroom). While you’re staying, it’s your home too! Help yourself to condiments, herbs, spices – whatever you need.
Interaction with Guests
More on me, and what to expect
I cycle early most mornings and work during weekdays, so you won't see much of me until evenings. When I'm around, I'm happy to chat as little or as much as you like.
I love meeting people and learning more about the world. I’m open minded, intelligent, honest, affable and have an immense passion for life, and learning.
Have a look at some of my reviews for an idea of what past guests have thought about our interactions :)
Marrickville is a big, beautiful, diverse, multicultural suburb which, in recent years, has evolved into a very desirable, trendy place with something for everyone – great food, fantastic coffee, quiet parks, performance venues, entertainment and shopping abound. Plus, transport is among the best in Sydney.
During your stay, be sure to check out the great and varied dining – some of Sydney’s best food and coffee can be found in Marrickville. Enjoy a Vietnamese Pho or Pork Roll, a delicious Greek Yeeros, fresh Thai, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portugese–ok, you get the idea. I’ll happily point you in the direction of anything to suit your taste and budget!
After some food you can relax by the Cooks River, unwind at Vic On The Park, watch a game at Henson Park, discover hidden treasures at Reverse Garbage or, if it’s a Sunday, visit the renowned Addison Road Organic Food and Farmers Markets.
Check out my guidebook for a comprehensive overview of what’s around my place.
Transport and amenities
Within a 5 minute walk:
- Train to City
- Light tail to City
- Bus to City
- Golf Course
- Walking/Cycling Tracks
Within a 10 minute walk:
- Illawarra Road dining strip
- Cooks River
- Post Office
- Wine Bar
- Green grocers, butchers, independent/speciality grocers
- Specialty stores
- Tattoo Parlour (yep!)
- So much else I can’t list it all, but I’ll be happy to let you know about everything of interest!
Other Things to Note
The two things guests like most about my place:
- Convenient location (close to transport, food, amenities)
- Getting to know one another
The two things guests like least about my place:
- My fridge is loud!
- You can hear planes during the day – this is Sydney after all, but they stop at night.
My house rules are very simple:
- Please be energy efficient (turn off lights/appliances when not in use)
- Be considerate of–and respectful to–my neighbours
- Keep noise to a minimum
- Be neat and tidy
- No pets, smoking inside or parties
- Keep the house locked when you're not at home
- Leave the place as you found it and
- Wash dishes as they are used
- Most importantly, enjoy your stay!
That's all there is to it :)
Very nice guy, comfortable air bed and great location. Beautiful hot shower and very near a train station.
Steven was a great host. He's flexible with the check in and out time and also always respect my space. The place is very convenient, very easy to get around and many great food just few bus stops away. I'm sure Steven will look after anyone just like he did to me. Thanks again.
Even though I only stayed for one night, Steven is really nice and loves to share his experience and stories. Really enjoy the conversation. Place is cozy and feels like ur friends place. Nice!
I'm so happy to have my first Airbnb experience staying at Steven's place. Though I was only there for 2 nights, he was such a considerate host and made sure I was taken care of and satisfied throughout my stay. His flat was clean and tidy and full of character. And I most enjoyed our conversation! He's such an amazing person to be around and made my stay more enjoyable. Highly recommend his place to anyone who's looking for a great place with an awesome company.
I arrived in Sydney quite late at night and Steven was kind to wait for me at that time of the night. With the directions and information he provided in his profile I knew I will be located in a central place in Sydney.
The minute I met him I knew I was taken care of already. I walked in the house, he had printed all the information on what, where and when of the house and neighborhood details. I could not have asked for more. Steven is friendly, hospitable and kind person -- best host so far in Airbnb. Well, been a member since 2014 but know a wonderful host when I meet one...
His space was clean, modern interior decor and can cook ;) Well spent most of my time out in the day but generally quite in the mornings and at night.
The place in Dulwich Hill is convenient to anywhere by train in CBD, Bondi & Manly (I mostly used the trains!).
If you sport fanatic, great places to run (didn't explore much!), for a swim there is also an olympic size pool not far from the house (by bus) and of course, the fresh market at Marrickville (by bus) 5 mins from the pool. Not much here and around Sydney on the cycling routes and hiring bikes but there is a local cycling club around the place (didn't explore much!)
Couple of coffee shop around Dulwich Hill serving delicious brekkies and great coffee. There is a grocery store with ethnic and reasonable priced vegetables and fruits across the train station.
Ok, I booked with Steven again, well i enjoyed by stay so much that I extended to more few days. Again, was lucky no-one had booked the place and Steven was accommodating even last minute when I changed my mind on extending the Sydney visit.
Again, this time pretty much the same experience as above but this time managed to "fit in"-- the non-tourist approach i.e. visiting less crowded sites in Bondi (must see Bronte-- visited the three blue ducks restaurant and the bronte beach!), Manly (found a nice italian coffee shop bacino-- a must the gelato, expressos; booked the manly bike ride with Francesco)- reached timely in both places 'cause of staying in Steve's place- quite accessible in and out of the area! Also, ask Steven and he will give you the local tips where to go, see etc. invaluable information, won't get it in the lonely planet book....
Of course, when it came to enjoying meals managed to make my own meals in his kitchen, using the coffee machine etc. At the end, exhausted with the outdoor life and in my double bed with a big smile :-)
This was a great overnight stay. The apartment was clean and warm and Steven wrote beforehand very clear instructions on how to arrive get there.
This host has 32 reviews for other properties.View Other Reviews
About the Host, Steven
By day, I'm a Graphic/Digital Designer living in wonderful, multicultural Marrickville. By night, I'm an investor, wealth building mentor and vipassana meditator.
I had the honour of being invited by Airbnb to run a workshop in Nov 2014 at the inaugural Airbnb Open in San Francisco. I take a lot of pride in my hosting and ensuring guests have a great time!
I also have an endless passion for all things science, learning and understanding – this encompasses not only the physical world, but extends to people, cultures and the infinitely varied ways in which one can experience life.
I’ve been hosting guests for a while now, and found that I take great pleasure in it. So I have...
3 types of listing:
1) Entire Apartment - Have my entire apartment to yourself
2) Private - Have a private room in my apartment
3) Budget - Sleep in the lounge room – economical
I love guests opting for listings 2 and 3, as it gives us a chance to chat when our paths cross, and to learn a bit about each other – always a delight! I’ve met some wonderful, interesting, diverse people so far.
However, you’re welcome to take the whole place if you want. Lots of couples (in particular) do this.
For sharers: I'm a friendly host – great to talk to but happy to give you some space if you want it too!
Located in a tranquil neighbourhood and close to transport, my apartment is nestled in a lush, off-street trio of quiet buildings. Peacefully backing on to a pond, and a very short stroll to the Cooks River, Golf Course, Parks – it's in a lovely spot. My balcony and kitchen both overlook a pool and communal garden areas with a nice view of sunrise and plenty of birds to watch (if that's your thing). The balcony is a great spot to enjoy a meal, the sun, a glass of wine or a good book.
Inside you'll find everything you'll need – a good sized bedroom (if booking my entire apartment or private room) with storage, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, multi-function desk/dining, internal laundry and multiple lounge areas thanks to clever layout and flexible furniture which guests are welcome to rearrange! I love the place. It'll definitely meet the needs of most – unless you’re looking for a luxury palace!
It's in a great location. Just 5 mins walk to the train (I timed it) then under 20 mins to Central station (I timed that too, record is 15m 32s). The light rail is right by the train station too. It goes to the city but the scenic (slower) route. There's also a bus to the city right outside my place. And within a 10 min walk: Supermarket/Groceries, Cafés, Restaurants, Dining (including the renowned Illawarra Road precinct), Post Office, Tattoo Parlour – even a great Wine Bar.
Drop me a line if you have any questions or enquiries about my place–any of the 3 listing types. I’ll be happy to help. :)
p.s. If you like my place, feel free to click “Add To Wishlist” – it will help make finding it again easier :)
A lovely little park to read a book or watch ducks doing their thing in a large pond.Marrickville NSW 2204
Grab your drinks here.Wardell Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
Great, great coffee. 4 minute walk from my apartment.Wardell Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
Delicious, fresh and well-priced Thai just a 3 minute walk from my place. Highly recommended.Wardell Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
A lovely, covered park/playground. Great place to relax.Marrickville NSW 2204
The station is a 5 minute walk from my place, and from there, its under 20 mins direct to Sydneys Central Station.
Youll find nothing but rave reviews for this Fish Chip shop – for good reason! Best of all? 5 minute walk from my house, and right near the train station.Wardell Ln Dulwich Hill NSW 2203
Another nice park to relax in. Theres skate facilities here too.Dulwich Hill NSW 2203
Very large grocery store + liquor department.Illawarra Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
Sydneys best Yeeros (Greek style Kebab). Dont pass up the chance to enjoy one of these. Lamb, Beef, Chicken, Vegetarian more.Illawarra Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
Great little spot with good food, coffee and at night, it transforms into a great wine bar!Illawarra Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
A local secret, Adora handmake a great range of chocolates. Stop by for a coffée and theyll throw in a free chocolate too!Homer St Earlwood NSW 2206
Fancy a good coffee while sitting in a cramped, bustling café or on the streetfront on milk crates? If so, this buzzing spot will do the trick.Illawarra Road Marrickville NSW 2204
A great, truly unique spot to eat (watch out for long lines on sat/sun). Enjoy honey produced on the rooftop beehive, organic jam and produce provided by patrons! (website hidden)Illawarra Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
Brilliant Vietnamese restaurant. Good value, delicious food, huge number of dishes to enjoy!Illawarra Road Marrickville NSW 2204
Like Jazz? LazyBones Lounge has just opened to rave reviews. Amazing atmosphere, great music, free entry weeknights (donation bowl). Open til midnight M-W, and til 3am T, F, S. Awesome place!Illawarra Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
One of the tastiest, best value secrets of Marrickville. Expect a short wait as theres always a bit of a line because the rolls are that good, and under $5!Illawarra Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
Most people whove been here will tell you its the best Vietnamese in Sydney. Check it out and see for yourself!Illawarra Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
This place is home ground to the Newtown Jets Rugby League Club. Great place to watch a game of league. Entry to matches is only $10!Marrickville NSW 2204
If you like Pizza, you wont find a better example than Nom.Victoria Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
Opposite Wicks Park, this is another great spot for a coffee. It can get busy on weekends (which means, great coffee!).Victoria Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
The famous Bourke Street Bakery – great food, great coffee, great reputation. Check out more info: (website hidden).au/Mitchell St Marrickville NSW 2204
Nice, small pub, just reopened under great new management.Illawarra Road Marrickville NSW 2204
Australias largest not-for-profit community centre. Home to Marrickville Organic Food and Farmers Markets, Reverse Garbage and heaps more!Addison Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
A great, diverse venue. Commonly youll find gigs, movie nights, comedy festivals, burlesque or alternative events happening here.Victoria Rd Marrickville NSW 2204
Definitely the best place to have a drink in Marrickville. They have a basketball half court (seriously), outdoor deck, nice food, good prices and theres always a diverse mix of friendly locals.Addison Road Enmore NSW 2042