An apartment straight out of the glossy mags and New York's Tribeca. Concrete floors, high ceilings, stark white paint work, LED lights, stainless steel, glass everywhere, raw stonework and huge windows. Splashes of colour and art to warm your heart.
Located in East Melbourne, one of the oldest, most established and arguably the most exclusive area in Melbourne, on the eastern skirts (known as the 'Paris End', sometimes the 'Green End') of the city.
The open-plan two-floor loft is located in an 100 year old brewery building, having been given a complete make-over, including a spanking new kitchen.
What do you get?
You name it, this apartment has it - in spades. Or should that be 'in bottles'. Old brewery, bottles.. Sorry, couldn't resist.
– 2 x full size bedrooms both with fitted wardrobes, one with a walk-in-wardrobe and dressing room.
– 2 x exquisite bathrooms.
– Brand new kitchen, european appliances, breakfast bar, separate dinning area.
– One large study with desk which can also be used as a third bedroom - including a separate fold-down single bed, doubling as an ottoman/chair.
– Full laundry with new washer and condenser dryer; iron and ironing board.
Broadband internet, large-screen LCD TV, decent DVD library, Movies/TV on Demand (Apple TV, iTunes - all FREE), Apple Computer, Bose Music system (bring your own iPod or login into Spotify); Coffee Machine (Nespresso).
And all the basics - organic teas, Five Senses filter coffee, milk, sugar, fresh juices, breakfast cereals, jams, sparkling water. And Nespresso machine/capsules - which you won't need of course, you're now in the heart of the coffee capital of the world!
There is a cafe and boutique supermarket (IGA) two mins from the front door; elevated glass-bottomed heated (its really warm!) lap-pool; gym; lovely wine bar; liquor (bottle) shop; secure undercover car parking (own space); hairdresser. Even a dentist. All on site.
Take a short walk across Fitzroy Gardens (great for jogging), Melbourne's best known and premier park, to the city. It will take you 15-20 mins on a slow, sight-seeing kind of day. Buses and trams stop 20 metres from the apartment if you'd like a more sedate means of getting around.
Ten minutes (walking) from Melbourne Park and the Australian Tennis Open (in January); minutes from Melbourne's major concert venues (great for the big international names); within shouting distance of our largest sports venues (heaven for fans of international cricket, soccer and Aussie Rules Footy).
Ten minutes from the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Come to think of it, maybe we should call it the 'ten minute to everything' apartment!
What do I like best about the neighbourhood?
The parks, the trees, the quiet.
And I love that we are on the city's edge in a safe, friendly and caring neighbourhood.
A city apartment without the noise, the nightclubs and the nuts that inhabit the city after dark. But especially without the noise.
Eats, coffee and clothes:
Where do you find the best coffee in Australia? Melbourne. Of course. Even Sydney-siders will agree.
And where in Melbourne are the best cafes? Well, perhaps this is a little contentious.. but most will start by naming Fitzroy and Collingwood. Which of course, are just 10 mins from the apartment!
Just across the adjacent (Victoria Parade) street you'll find the hearts of Getrude, Brunswick and Smith Streets. Where Melbourne sophisticates live, eat, shop and just hang out, always with a coffee or three. We're also on the edge of Collingwood (very 'in' just now) and Richmond (Bridge Road), home to all major brand outlets.
Naming the best (within 10 mins walk of our apartment):
Ladro for incredible, gourmet pizza (Gertrude St);
5 star serious dinning at Cutler & Co (Getrude St);
Anada (Gertrude St), the best Spanish this side of Barcelona;
Huxtaburger (Smith Street) for amazing burgers;
Trippy Taco for cheap, healthy eats/ take-out (Mexican, Gertrude St);
De Clieu (Gertrude St) for leisurely lunches, b'fasts and fantastic coffee;
Allpress Espresso - brand new cafe and roasters, great coffee, gorgeous lunches (although not a big menu) and an outside grass area to relax, open from 7am (Rupert Street, Collingwood);
Aunt Maggies, your local organic store/supermarket (Gertrude St), specialising in vegan soups and all things healthy;
Fatto a Mano, the best Italian organic bread and cake shop, known for its pies, pastries and Italian style take-out pizza-slices (Gertrude again..);
And there is of course, Spacecraft (Gertrude St) for unique art and homewear designs all by the amazing Stewart Russell. Sadly no coffee or food at Stewart's place..
Whatever you do, don't go past Proud Mary in Oxford Street, Collingwood (15 mins walk) for brilliant breakfasts, fresh juices and possibly the best coffee in the city (yes, I know - yet another great coffee place). Proud Mary IS Melbourne - you'll want to come back again.. and again!
Bars (yep, all just 10 mins away):
Enoteca, discrete smallish wine bar on Gertrude Street;
The Everleigh, 1920s speakeasy-style bar straight out of NYC, Gertrude St;
Little Creatures Dining Hall (Brunswick Street), for boutique beers and cheap'ish eats;
Southpaw (Gertrude Street), laid back sort of place.
Too hot for the city?
If its the sea and bayside you crave.. the 109 and 96 trams will take you to Port Melbourne (which has 'summer, seaside and fish and chips written all over it) and St Kilda (busy beaches, Luna Park funfair and some of the best Gelatti outlets). Both just 30-40 mins away by tram. And guess what? Both trams pass within spitting distance of our apartment..
City (109) and beach (109, 96) Trams and Buses all stop almost outside our door, on Victoria Parade (Street), just 30 seconds away from the apartment's main entrance on Powlett Street.
For tram and train travel purchase a MyKi (same as UK Oyster, Singapore's EZ-link and HK's Octopus) card from the local IGA for $5.00 and then top-up online, at IGA, any 7/11 store or rail train station.
Download the 'Tramtracker' app FREE, to get live updates on when trams are due. Invaluable.
Richmond train stations (there are more than one) are a 15 min walk away, serving most of the eastern, southern and northern suburbs.
And then there is Melbourne Bike Share for those of you feeling you'd rather see the sights or just get around the city on two wheels. Bikes can be found at Jolimont Station (10 mins away) at the other end of Powlett Street; or closer to the city (10-15 mins) on Victoria Parade/Brunswick Street; and also at the top of Albert Street (where it meets Nicholson Street).
Everything you could possibly want to do in Melbourne is all within about 3 kms of the apartment. Including a walk along the Yarra river.
What about you?
If you are tempted to stay, please include a line about yourself and what brings you here. It'd be good to know just a little about those with whom we are sharing our sparkling home.
I'm here to help:
If there is anything missing from your stay, I'm just a short distance away and happy to help out.
I'll meet you to handover the keys and to give an introduction to the apartment, our wifi, use of the Apple TV/iTunes, 'what button does what' on the remotes, access to the swimming pool and gym.. and to answer any questions.
I'll also check-in a few times (by txt - not in person, so don't worry!) during your stay just to ensure everything is as it should be.
Treat our home with the care and respect you'd want others to treat yours. It is new, freshly painted, with a brand new kitchen and top of the range appliances throughout.
And if there is anything at all that goes wrong, with anything, please let me know straight away.
Definitely NO smoking, Not EVER, not even outside the apartment.
Definitely NO parties and NO entertaining people who are not already staying at the apartment.
ONLY use the dishwasher POWDER provided under the sink in the double-drawer Fisher & Paykel dishwasher - please, DON'T use liquid! Else you'll be swimming in suds (it has happened)!
NEVER hang towels from the wall up-lights in the bedrooms. They burn REALLY hot, very quickly. Anything draped over the lights will catch FIRE in an instant (again, we know from experience).
Please don't re-arrange the furniture. Most of it is pretty heavy and unwieldy and moving it around can easily cause damage to walls and glass (we know - from a recent experience). If you *really* need to rearrange anything please speak to me first.
Use the key to lock the apartment door on leaving - the door doesn't auto-lock on closing.
Please - make use of any of the food/drink items you find in the apartment but try to replace before you leave (Aunt Maggies in Gertrude Street is where we buy most of our goodies.. just a 10 minute walk)..
One last thing - enjoy yourselves!
Martyn was very welcoming and really went out of his way to make our stay fabulous! We all really appreciated the clealiness, facilities, design and location of the home. We walked to the city in about 30mins and also a cab ride was between $10-15 depending on the traffic. Overall, it was a great weekend!
The apartment was absolutely amazing. Close to everything; public transport, the cbd, cafes, bars and parks. You really can't ask for more. Martyn was very hospitable, he showed us around the apartment building and facilities, and gave us some great recommendations for places to eat and drink both nearby and in the city. Will definitely be staying here again.
Beautiful house, very modern yet cozy, spacious, bright and airy. Great location - bars and restaurant are only a stroll away, beautiful park next door, 15 min walk to the city. Martyn was very lovely, kind and accommodating. Really enjoyed staying here.
Hi Martyn, thanks so much for sharing your place with us. We had such a great time while we were in Melbourne. Fitzroy is such a great area. We really wanted to be able to clean up and tidy a bit more but we were unable to find a broom or a vacuum or even a shovel and brush ( which we purchased and left there for you ). I hope you were happy with how we left your apartment. We left it in a state that we would leave our home, that is, as clean as possible. Thankyou
We had a great time in Melbourne thanks to the stay at Martyn's apartment. It was well setup, comfortable and relaxing. Our Christmas was incredibly memorable.
The location was perfect for exploring and just a quick tram ride into the city.
His recommendations for local cafes and restaurants were excellent. We would highly recommend this apartment for your stay in Melbourne.
Wow. What an apartment. For fans of contemporary design it's just fantastic - there are beautiful touches everywhere - but it's not just the look, it's also a great apartment to enjoy Melbourne. Everything is literally 10mins walk - Fitzroy, Collingwood, city centre, parks -, I could not imagine a more perfect location. The rooftop pool was also an unexpected bonus. Martyn is a superlative host, personable, generous and engaging, offering great advice on eateries, the local areas and just about anything else you could imagine.
Thanks Daniel, for your glowing review. It was really lovely to host you and your family. I was so appreciative of the care and attention you gave to the apartment, leaving it pristine on checking out. And for your kindness in leaving me the gifts - very unexpected and very thoughtful of you. Thanks again, love to see you all back in 2015.
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