About this listing
Just a stone's throw from the heart of Crows Nest and 10 mins drive to the city, our beautiful guest room has a super-comfy bed, its own private entrance and bathroom and is separate from our living area at the rear. It's pretty much self-contained with its own fridge and microwave, with access to our high speed wifi network and Netflix account.
Close to public transport and all the major arterial routes, the CBD and Northern Beaches are within easy reach. We look forward to welcoming you!
We love our home, and we're sure that you will too. Sun-drenched, airy and spacious, located on the best street in Crows Nest, we converted a traditional Federation worker's cottage into a modern home office with a large separate living area in the back. Off-street parking is rare here, but we're blessed with a long driveway and room for three cars. Guest parking is available for up to two cars.
Your own private bathroom is just down the hallway and there's a quiet bar fridge in your room.
Your room is situated in the front of the house. There's minimal road noise as the street is very quiet with little passing traffic. The spacious room fits a couple or single traveller comfortably and is fully secure: you'll have your own room key. You're free to come and go as you please, as we reside at the rear of the property and use the side access when guests are staying.
The house has a keyless entry system for your convenience: you'll be assigned your own unique entry code, so there's no need to worry about losing your key! We can also unlock the door remotely should you somehow forget your entry code.
Please contact us to enquire about availability prior to booking.
A microwave oven, bar fridge and tea/coffee facilities are provided in your room. Due to the design of the house we prefer to keep the kitchen to ourselves, as it is located just underneath our bedroom and there are no internal doors to keep the areas separate. Your front space (bedroom, bathroom, hallway and office/library area) becomes your own private domain once we close the kitchen door, and remains that way unless we have to work in the office, which is rare these days.
As the laundry is also in the back, we will endeavour to wash and dry your laundry for you if you need it. If you need an iron and ironing board, just ask and we'll set it up in the office for you.
You'll have free (unlimited) wireless internet and printer available, as well as AppleTV with Netflix (please log in as GUEST so it doesn't affect our viewing history). There's a selection of DVDs in the top left hand drawer of the TV console.
Landline phone with free calls to national landline and mobile numbers, and many international landlines.*
* free international calls to Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK and USA.
Interaction with guests
We're always up for a chat or to help with planning your adventures. In the evenings we shut the door into the kitchen and the front half of the house is all yours, with your own bathroom just down the hall (about five metres from the bedroom door).
Both of us are freelance graphic designers and we work in our office occasionally, which is also in the front section. We may be in there between 9am and 6pm, but our work takes us both offsite regularly. We do our best to leave the entire front area of the house to our guests when we're not required to work in the office, as we respect your privacy.
Recently voted Sydney's most livable suburb in the Urban Living Index, Crows Nest is unpretentious, charming and very safe. It has one of the lowest crime rates in Sydney, and is a safe place to walk around at any time of the day or night. It's justifiably famous for its proliferation of cafés, restaurants and small bars; there are literally hundreds to choose from. Two of our favourite restaurants (Xenos and Grazeland) and three great small bars (The Crow Bar, Foxtrot and the Stoned Crow) are just at the top of our street. Xenos makes a great breakfast: Their breakfast bagels are delicious, and unbeatable value!
The new flagship Woolworths supermarket has everything you could possibly need: it's just three minutes' walk away at the corner of Burlington and Alexander Streets.
Willoughby Road has a richly deserved reputation as the best restaurant/café strip in Sydney, and it's all right at your doorstep. Ten minutes' walk away, Miller Street in Cammeray is doing a great job in catching up with wonderful restaurants and boutique brew houses: The Public on Miller Street is a great new addition. North Sydney is just down the hill, and it's a pleasant 30-minute stroll to the Harbour Bridge.
What's less known about the area is the abundance of great bush walks. We head out most mornings, and you'd be welcome to join us. Our favourite track takes just over an hour and leads you alongside Flat Rock Creek under the Cammeray (Long Gully) bridge to the Tunks Park harbour jetty, then up a moderately challenging set of stairs to the Cammeray shops and home. Water dragons, bush turkeys and many native birds are everywhere. You'd think you were a thousand miles from a major city.
There are several bus stops within 5 minutes' walk in all directions: whether heading over the Harbour to sample the charms of the city or venturing farther afield in any direction, Crows Nest is central to everything. Buses to the city, railway stations or the Northern Beaches run every few minutes from the top of our street or just around the corner on Falcon Street. Please note that you will need to purchase an Opal Card before you jump on a bus, train or ferry: Start with $20-30 credit and you can always top up online or at newsagents or convenience stores.
The 343 bus leaves from the top of Burlington St (out front of the dry cleaners) and will take you all the way through the CBD and Surry Hills.
North Sydney, Waverton and St. Leonards railway stations are each roughly a 15-20 minute walk or a short bus trip away.
Taxi is by far the fastest and most convenient way of getting to and from the airport: We're between 20 and 25 minutes' drive from the airport, with only four sets of traffic lights on the way. Cost is around $A40.
Public transport can take about an hour: Take the T2 Airport train from the International terminal towards Circular Quay and get off at St. James Station, then catch the 200 bus from nearby Martin Place to Crows Nest and walk down our street.
Crows Nest is very car-share-friendly, and there are at least five car-share pods within five minutes walk of the house. There are two spots within two minutes! We use and recommend GoGet: if you're not bringing your own car with you this is a great transport option to consider.
Other things to note
Please note that there are six steps from the driveway to the front door. The front part of the house is a traditional Federation-style cottage in keeping with the rest of the street, and we have no mobility aids installed to help bypass the steps. This means that access from the street to the room is not practical for wheelchairs.
Smoking is allowed outside the house, in the front yard. Please advise if you'd like an ashtray. We have a strict no smoking policy anywhere inside the house.
Unless invited, our rear section of the house is private space. We will respect your privacy and not enter your room without your consent: please let us know when you require clean sheets and towels.
No pets please.
My wife Nadya and I – both keen travellers ourselves – have lived here together for the last ten years after extensively renovating the house. We run our graphic design business from our home office. Nadya comes from London, and I've lived in the area for most of my life. When not pushing pixels around, I also lead the TEDxSydney photography team on a pro bono basis.
We have a great deal of local knowledge to share: be it the burgeoning food and wine scene, local entertainment venues and historic landmarks, or the abundance of great bush walks nearby.
We feel very lucky to have such a beautiful place to live in, and love sharing the space via Airbnb. Every experience we've had so far has been fantastic. It's a great privilege to be able to host our guests: it seems that almost without exception we meet as strangers and part as friends. We'll do anything we can to help you get the most from your stay.
We're both very easygoing, and love introducing guests to our favourite local morning bush walk under the Northbridge bridge and down to the waterfront at Tunks Park. Put on your hiking shoes and join us for an easy 5km round trip before breakfast... There's no better start to your day!