Contemporary Living in Newtown

House - Entire home/apt · B Harold Street, Newtown, NSW 2042, Australia

The Space

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This fabulous designer apartment with high speed broadband internet is located in the heart of the inner-west area of Newtown, less than 5km from Sydney city centre and 8km from Sydney International Airport. It's available for short-medium stays).

Originally a church building, it was converted about three years ago to three apartments. My apartment consists of three levels and the top two levels can be booked for groups of up to 4 people. I live in a self-contained apartment on the ground floor and I share the laundry and the front entrance (on the ground floor) with guests.

The apartment is more suitable for adults on holidays or business trips than for families with small children. I'm close to Sydney university so the apartment is also perfect for visiting academics for seminars or conferences.

The middle level is a beautiful light-filled space with a large living area and north-facing windows. It contains:
* a large (47") flat screen LCD LED TV
* a dvd player and stereo system with iPod deck
* sofa and easy chairs
* dining table (seats 6-8)
* Heat & Glo gas fireplace
* adjustable, remotely-operated external blinds.

The kitchen is fully equipped including:
* dishwasher
* smeg oven and gas cooktop
* microwave
* refrigerator.

A small deck on this level provides further entertaining area with a weber barbecue, pot plants, Ikea stackable stools for extra seating and a hammock (in summer).

The top level has two bedrooms and a bathroom. One of the bedrooms has a very comfortable queen-sized bed and the other has a double bed with firm mattress. The ceilings are the original timber church ceilings and some of the original beams and arches are featured throughout the house. There are lovely views from the top floor – district views including large trees and terrace houses from the bedrooms, and treetops from the bathroom.

Newtown itself is a very funky area with lots of cafes, an arthouse cinema, pubs, galleries, parks and fashion shops. Nearby Erskineville (5 minute walk) is also very popular for its cafes, pubs, gourmet deli and award-winning flower shop. It has more of a village atmosphere than Newtown and is a nice contrast.

Beaches are about 20 minutes away by car and there is a direct bus route to Coogee Beach which is not far from the famous Bondi Beach or the beautiful little Bronte and Tamarama beaches.

A popular weekend farmers' market is held at Carriageworks every Saturday 8am - 1pm and an artisans' market 1st Sunday of the Month 10am - 3pm (cash only, no ATM on site)
243 Wilson Street, Darlington (near Redfern Station). You can walk there in about 20 minutes.

A trip into Sydney CBD is just four stops away by train (13 minutes). There are three train stations (Newtown, Erskineville, Macdonaldtown) nearby, each about a 5-minute walk from the apartment.

There is so much to see and do in this area. You may never even get to the Sydney Opera House!

* in-house laundry facilities, iron & ironing board, hairdryer

Guest Access

Guests have the top two levels of the apartment for their sole use. I live on the ground level. Shared access areas are the front foyer and the laundry on the lower level. The bathroom and living area on the lower level are off limits to guests.

Interaction with Guests

As I live on the lower level I am generally available to help guests with information or to have a chat. The amount of interaction is determined by my guests. Of course I love to get to know my guests but understand that they are staying here for reasons other than meeting me!

The Neighborhood

My neighbourhood offers a vibrant café/shopping/cinema/winebar strip (King St, Newtown) and a slightly quieter, village-type atmosphere in Erskineville Rd, Erskineville. I love both. Walking around the area is easy and interesting as there are many lovely old terrace houses, parks and street art, not to mention the people you may meet!

Getting around

Public transport to the city is fast and convenient. You can hop on a train to the city from either Newtown or Erskineville Station and be there in around 15 minutes. Buses from King St will take you to the city, Broadway, Glebe, Coogee Beach and more.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $29 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1153 /week
Monthly Price: $4325 /month
Security Deposit: $481
Cleaning Fee: $77
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Apartment absolutely stunning, host was really helpful and kept me informed. Be careful if you are thinking about hiring a car as the parking is a bit tight, but public transport is really good and a car in the centre of Sydney is a hindrance rather than a bonus, we bought the weekly, bus/metro/trian/ferry ticket, which is really good value.

    The apartment has everything you would need and I was proud to invite my Son and new Daughter-in-Law over for a meal.

    Would recommend this apartment 100%.

    Carol from England

    April 2014
  • Great flat in a great location. All mod cons. Had a wonderful time.

    April 2014
  • We were so glad that Lynn accepted our booking - even with an 8 week old in tow! We loved the apartment and the convenience to interesting shops, good food and transport. Lynn was lovely and helpful, being on hand when we had a question or needed assistance. We would happily stay again.

    March 2014
    Response from Lynn:

    I was very happy to have you staying here. When Elsa is two it may be a different story! ;)

  • The apartment was spacious, well equipped and very comfortable. The inner-city neighbourhood in which it is located is lively and eclectic with plenty of good restaurants nearby. It is also 5 minutes walk from the Newtown railway station which has trains every 15 mins to the City during normal traveling hours. It was a very convenient way to get around. The hostess lives in the ground floor apartment and was very helpful without being intrusive. Excellent value and highly recommended.

    March 2014
    Response from Lynn:

    Thanks for the good review Philip. Hope the rest of your trip was enjoyable and that your daughter was able to find out everything she needed to know about Sydney Uni.

  • Had a lovely stay at Lynn's. Her apartment is beautiful and its situated in a gorges part of Newtown. Lynn was a fantastic host and I would recommend her to anyone.
    Thanks again Lynn.

    March 2014
  • Lynn's apartment in Newtown was beautiful. A great spot. Some lovely touches - like organic muesli and good coffee. Highly recommended.

    February 2014
  • Arrival at Lynn's beautiful place under Sydney's heavy summer rain with my mother, cousin and brother. Even though we were soaked, Lynn made us feel comfortable straight up by giving us towels and showing us around the lovely loft where the guests are staying. She even provided us with train ticket for me and my brother to come home. Tucked in the charming streets of newtown, my family was able to really feel the vibe of Sydney city without being confronted to the negative sides of a tourist location. You really feel like you belong to the city in that apartment (walking distance) that also has a really cool design and even a BBQ on the balcony for sausages lover. Lynn was always available to answer any question or request with lots of energy and kindness. For French travelers, she even speaks few works of Moliere's language. I highly recommend this place, if you wish to enjoy Sydney from a local perspective.

    February 2014
    Response from Lynn:

    Thank you Jean-Baptiste. That's one of the nicest reviews I've ever been given. You write beautifully! Hope to see you again.

  • Simply put this was one the best AirBNB experiences I've had. Lynn was an amazing host, the house was immaculate, the location perfect.
    I was in Sydney for an event at Carriage Works so being able to walk there was an added bonus.
    Any time I head to Sydney I'll be looking to stay here. It really is a home away from home. We will be back!

    February 2014
    Response from Lynn:

    Wow - that's a great review! Thanks so much, Dan. See you in October :)

  • What a lovely apartment. Very bright, airy and clean. As someone else previously mentioned. Like a hotel but far far better.
    Many thank indeed.

    February 2014
  • Beautiful, comfortable home, situated perfectly for the restaurants, bars and Dendy in King Street/Enmore Road. Also close to Erskineville's great cafes. We had a hedonistic few days, and Lynn was helpful and friendly. Would love to stay there again.

    January 2014
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Cheltenham Girls High School, University of Sydney, SGC
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I'm an illustrator, graphic designer, Airbnb host, mother of four wonderful adult kids + one fabulous daughter-in-law, and the proud owner of a beautiful, light-filled apartment which was once a church and has now been converted into 3 apartments. Sharing my home with Airbnb guests is one of the best things I've ever done. It's given me connections with many amazing people. I've found that the kind of people who choose Airbnb are adventurous, friendly, warm, intelligent, curious and often have fascinating stories to tell about their own lives. When I travel, I stay at Airbnb places and each place I've chosen has been unique, full of character and has offered so much more than a stark and sterile hotel room. Meeting my hosts has been another benefit - they are all wonderful people. This year (2014) I plan to travel to Japan, the UK, Spain and Bali so I'm busily searching the Airbnb site for accommodation in all those places. I hope you will choose to stay with me!
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