About This Listing
A clean, well-maintained terrace full of art & books in the heart of Sydney's vibrant inner-city. Only a short stroll from Central station, 15 minutes from the airport & surrounded by parks. Buses & trains just minutes away will take you almost anywhere in Sydney. This is Redfern!
The terrace dates from the 1880s and was renovated about 10-15 years ago. It has raw timber work on the stairs, floorboards throughout and even the original wood fire stove in the kitchen (unfortunately its just for looks now). Whilst old buildings like this are full of character, they may appear less clean if you're accustomed to modern apartments and new renovations. Rest assured, the whole house is kept as clean as possible!
If you want to get out of the house but stay local there are many cafes and bars close by, parks within a stone's throw, pools and gym only minutes away and for the culturally excited, some of Sydney's coolest and best galleries are just around the corner and down the road.
Make yourself at home! You will have shared access to the whole ground floor (lounge, dining, kitchen) and back courtyard as well as your upstairs bedroom. There's a shared full bathroom (shower/bath) up the rear flight of stairs and an additional shared toilet on the ground floor. My room is next to yours at the front of the house, and my office is at the other end of the upstairs area.
Interaction with Guests
I'm around home a lot of the time, but tucked away in my home office for most of the day. Feel free to ask for anything you might need, but otherwise you can go about your day and pretend I'm not here. I know the city really well and have been working in the arts and entertainment industries for many years so my ears are to the ground with new and exciting cultural offerings. If you're looking for a restaurant or cafe, small bar or gallery, or maybe some secluded park near the harbour, just ask!
Like all good cities around the globe, Sydney's inner suburbs have slowly been cleaning themselves up over the years and Redfern is the latest one in line. Just the last couple of years have seem a boom in the number of cool bars, cafes, restaurants, diners and galleries, as well as an exciting array of design, furniture and quirky homewares shops. All the parks in the area have been renovated recently and the award winning Prince Alfred Park pool is at the end of the street.
Forget whatever you may have heard about Redfern in the past - its one of the friendliest and liveliest communities in Australia.
Redfern train station is a 3-5 minute walk. As Sydney's 2nd largest train station it gives you access to the whole city's rail network. Ample buses running to the city are 1-2 minutes walk from the front door. If you need a taxi, one of main routes for empty taxis returning from the airport runs within 2-3 minutes walk. And if you really need to get to Central Station - you'll walk it within 7-10 minutes.
If you're driving, there is limited street parking for up to 2 hours at a time. There is some even more limited 'all day' street parking around the neighbourhood but it will be an adventure to find it.
From the airport, the easiest way to get here is to catch a taxi - it should take 15-20 minutes at most times of the day and cost about $20-30.
Other Things to Note
If you're a sports fan the SCG (cricket and AFL) and SFS (rugby and soccer) are about 20-25 minute walk up the road. And for fans of local rugby league, the Rabbitoh's home training ground is only 2-3 minutes away.
Make yourself at home and be respectful. Simple! You're welcome to smoke on the front porch (there's a bench waiting for you), or in the back courtyard.
The most delightful kitchen I've seen in a terrace with rustic floorboards and table, 90cm oven, cute black and white tiles and antique (ornamental) wood oven and some sandstone convict bricks on the side wall.
Alasdair was very welcoming and gave us some tips about the city, he is really an easy-going person which is really nice when you are traveling.
His house is well located in several ways. Public transports are close. There are a lot of little cafés near his house and we went to a nice one just at the corner. Some art galleries are close too if you are an Art buff. A Woolworth is at 5 min walking near a little park where you can have a stroll and observe some ibis and parrots.
Moreover, you can grab the free bus city loop (555) at Central station in 20 min if you want to go to the CBD at 0 cost and nearly 0 effort.
The house has a lot of personality. Old but clean, it was a pleasure to live in that place. Even though, you must deal with some insects but it's the only negative thing we had to say about that house.
Alasdair was a very welcoming host and made me feel relaxed in his home. He also gave clear details on access to the property in his absence. Definitely an Arty House - great atmosphere.
Comfortable bed and room. Slept well!!
Great experience at Alasdair's house. Old but it's really clean. He's really kind & helpful. Thanks!
What a great and pleasant experience in a house of Victorian atmosphere! I had a great time in Sydney with Alasdair. He was very friendly, helpful and gave me great advises for using bus and metro in Sydney. The house was very clean, confortable and was walking easy distance from City. Not noisy at all even it is close to City. A perfect location! and perfect host because he also took me to the airport. on departure day. I will definitely enjoy staying at Alisdair's house!
Alasdair was a fabulous host. If you're looking for an artistic paradise in a trendy area - look no further. It reminded me of the Shakespeare and co on Paris for those who know it. But also super clean, lots of space and amazing character. Great find.
Alasdair was a wonderful host, and staying in his house was delightful. The house was interesting and quiet, Alasdair was welcoming and made our visit easy and comfortable (even helping us contact our families on a holiday when we had some trouble with the internet, which was otherwise very reliable), and the neighborhood was convenient, beautiful, and personable. We enjoyed our visit so much we have even already visited one of Alasdair's friends that we met while staying there. Thank you!
About the Host, Alasdair
I'm a local to Sydney Australia, although I work for myself so travelling throughout the year is a perk I'm quite addicted to. Doing a few hours work in the morning before getting lost in the streets of Venice, rolling around the countryside of Provence or jumping on the back of a bike in a far corner of Cambodia is an excellent way to explore how similar we all are.
When I'm in Sydney I skirt around the creative industries from public art and installations, to creative direction & production for media and advertising. I thoroughly enjoy filling the house with all kinds of art and labouring over scrumptuous goodies in the kitchen maybe with a glass of well picked wine and good conversation.
If English isn't your language, I speak enough French for us to be able to communicate reasonably well.