About This Listing
A great city pad with all the mod cons of home. Centrally located within walking distance of Central railway, the city centre and Sydney's beautiful harbour. Enjoy the vibrant inner city culture of the area and come home to relax in our lush garden.
This centrally located terrace house boasts a wide range of contemporary comforts, many designed and/or installed by the owner/architect, all nestled inside a cosy Victorian shell.
Natural light bathes the open plan living/kitchen/eating area through a large skylight; the north facing back yard extends the internal living spaces, through large glass doors, all the way to the back fence, providing a lovely sense of spaciousness and indoor/outdoor connection rare in terrace houses.
The refurbished bathroom features a deep soaker bath and views to the lush garden, plus a functional laundry with washing machine and dryer compactly hidden in a cabinet.
The main bedroom features queen size bed, ceiling fan, built in wardrobes and a small balcony overlooking the street and treetops.
The second bedroom can be set up as a baby's room [current configuration] or with a blow up queen bed suitable for 2 adults.
The house is comfortably furnished and well fitted out for urban living.
WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT OUR PLACE?
Terrace houses in this part of Sydney are not uncommon but all I know is that every time someone visits our place for the first time they comment on how nice it 'feels'. I put this down to the fact that we take pride in our environment and fill it with things that make us happy... that and the natural light and outlook to the garden.
It's great to be so close to everything and yet have a back yard with lots of sky overhead.
Our home! Flick through our books, play some music, make a meal. If you finish something (or as good as) in the pantry/fridge please just replace it. Easy!
Interaction with Guests
You'll be left in privacy but we'll be easily contactable via mobile or email. Depending on the length of your stay and time of year, someone may need to access the garden for maintenance but this will be arranged at a time convenient to you and no access to the house will be required.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Surry Hills is a vibrant area. If it's country peace and quiet you're after, best not stay in Surry Hills.
If you're looking for a lively, culturally diverse, creative community, city living experience with easy access to all that Sydney city has to offer, this is the jackpot...
(and when you want to sleep it off, the blackout blinds and double glazing will allow you to lay in peace all morning)
Surry Hills is a haven for creative professionals, hipsters, visual/media/performing artists, musicians, coffee fanciers, wine buffs, fashionistas and bicycle connoiseurs, just to name a few... all this coexists with a diverse multicultural community many of whom settled in the suburb when it was cheap, city fringe housing in the decades after WW2.
Within easy walking distance you'll find everything a visitor could desire. We've uploaded some of our favourite spots to the map but there are sooooo many more on offer.
Sydney's best cafes,
a plethora of bars and music venues,
a wide variety of restaurants for all palates and budgets,
cinemas [both mainstream and arthouse],
art galleries [major and independent]
sporting facilities [prince alfred park pool, tennis and basketball courts, several gyms]
parks - large and small, local and regional, urban and harbourside
shopping - both local high street precincts & air conditioned malls with global brand stores,
the colours and flavours of Chinatown,
the faded glitz of Darling Harbour,
waterside reserves with walking tracks and lookouts commanding unmatchable views of Sydney's magnificent harbour, the harbour bridge & opera house...
PLUS the business district is on your doorstep with all the access to amenities such places offer.
5 minutes east and you're exploring the culture of Crown St, one of Surry Hills' hippest and most happening strips; 5 minutes west and you're in the heart of the business zone.
Another 10 minutes north on foot and you're by the harbour/ at the art gallery of NSW/ snapping pics of the opera house etc etc etc... it's up to you.
Within about 5 minutes walk of our front door you will find:
Central Station - trains to entire Sydney network plus regional and interstate routes.
You can walk to the city centre in 10-15mins, to the harbour and the Opera House in about 20 minutes depending on how much you dawdle.
North South buses on Elizabeth St
Eastern Suburbs and beaches buses on Oxford and Flinders streets
Usually there is an abundance of TAXIS on our doorstep with Sydney International airport about 25 minutes away and approx. $45 fare. There is a train to both the domestic and international terminals for about $15 one way. The station is an easy 5-7mins walk from the house
There are bikes to hire at Tokyo Bike for just $20/day and get on the system of bike paths in the city.
There are is no parking on the property and parking is primarily 1 hour from 8am-10pm. there is a parking station less than 10 minutes walk (website hidden)
There are also LOADS of car share vehicles (go get) if you are a member or you can try the Hertz247 system (website hidden)
Other Things to Note
We (usually) have a veggie patch and an established garden that requires watering in the summer months. It only takes 5-10minutes of your time and we greatly appreciate it being cared for while you stay. Feel free to pick some greens, herbs or veggies to use!
We expect that guests will behave respectfully when staying in our house.
Following are a few house rules to guide you if in doubt:
no smoking in the house at all - including the backyard.
no parties or entertaining groups and please and be respectful to our neighbours by moving inside after midnight.
if you finish something in the kitchen please replace it. same applies to toilet paper.
Please treat our possessions with care and respect, put things away where you found them etc
You are welcome to use the stereo and play records but they are not toys, they are a collection that has taken years to compile... they need to be handled with care and love.
We met Rory on a rainy Sydney afternoon. His sense of humor and engaging personality were both a treat after a long flight from California. He recommended local spots, all of which turned out to be great.
The house is artfully appointed and thoughtfully laid out. The upstairs bed is particularly comfortable. The various baby accessories and toys were also a hit.
When planning, keep in mind that the bathroom is on the first floor and the bedrooms are on the second. Not an issue for most people, but good to know if you are a parent and find yourself getting bottles, etc. at night.
Great coffee on Reservoir St!
Deena and Rory were very kind and helpful to us. They quickly responded to my many queries!Their house is conveniently located close to everything one would ever need! Just a short walking distance to city and train (email hidden)e house is equipped with safety gates on stairs which was a life saver with a 2 year old as we didn't have to take any with us.
What a fabulous stay and fabulous accommodation. Deena + Rory were so great with questions we had about our stay and making sure we were comfortable. With a four year old and young baby the apartment was perfect for us rather than being couped up in a hotel. We were central to the city and venue for our stay and loved staying in such a fabulous place. The garden made us feel at home and the toys made our son feel happy too. Perfect in every way.
Our stay at Deena and Rory's terrace house was fantastic. We were met by Damien to collect keys and his suggestions for local nightlife in Surry Hills and how to get the bus to Bondi were spot on. The house is beautifully furnished and the air bed in the 2nd room was pretty comfortable. With a weekend of temperatures over 30 degrees, the bedrooms were quite hot - without fly screens and with hungry mozzies, we weren't game to leave the windows open, but the ceiling fans helped. The local area is a perfect spot to hang out in Sydney with the CBD a short walk or Uber ride away, and plenty of options for food and drinks within a few blocks. Proximity to Central was also handy after getting the train from the airport (about 30 minutes train + walk). The eggs, milk and bread also saved us heading out when we wanted a quick breakfast. Thanks Deena and Rory for sharing your lovely home!
I organised this stay for my sister and her family, so this is the report from her: The hosts were a lovely couple, who were only to happy to assist us in anything we needed. The home was beautiful, functional and clean, with excellent facilities. They made the stay feel warm and luxurious, and it is a place to be proud of.
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Deena and her husband were very helpful, they had left full of good advice for our stay in Sydney, full of little touches for our baby.
Very nice house, with a great location.
In conclusion, i do not think a better place to return to Sydney.
About the Host, Deena + Rory
We love to travel and visit new places. With family scattered all over the world, my husband and I try to travel as often as possible. We love visiting places for the architecture, design scene, music and beaches.
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