Earlier this year, Airbnb sent a New York photographer/artist/writer called Todd Selby around the world to stay in 5 Airbnb properties. He went to London, Paris, LA, Tokyo and....... Marrickville. Airbnb and Todd thought ours was the most interesting Airbnb property in Sydney.
Yes, it does seem strangely inexpensive compared to many other Airbnb listings considering how big it is. That is deliberate. I find that keeping the price down means we attract more interesting people.
You’ve already decided to come to Sydney, so there is no need to tell you about the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, art galleries, those pesky kangaroos and all the rest. Sydney is a great city. I would love to see it as a tourist.
About the suburb
Marrickville is an older suburb not far from the city – maybe 4 miles (7klm)? The city is where the Opera House and Bridge and all that stuff is. It’s a 14 minute train ride into the city from Marrickville – I work in the city, so I know. And the train station is a 6 minute walk from home – I timed that, too. Buses also go into the city, but I use the train so I have no idea how long it takes by bus - and I’m not going to take a bus into the city just so I can time it. You could drive into the city, but you’d be crazy – it’s cheaper and quicker to take the train.
In the 1950s and 1960s, lots of Greeks settled in Marrickville. Then in the 1970s it was the Vietnamese who ended up here. So the suburb has an interesting mix of people and there is great (and cheap) food available in walking distance from home.
The airport is very close, but it’s still a $25 taxi ride – they must take the long way. Depending on when you arrive, I might be able to pick you up.
About the apartment
Attached to our house is a two story building that was built in 1895 as a bakery.
Downstairs in this building, my wife (the artist) has her studio, so if you feel like mucking around with some paint or clay, she’ll be happy to muck around with you. (If you’re an artist yourself, you may never want to leave.)
Upstairs in the old bakery building is the apartment. This is a dedicated holiday rental. Nobody needs to move out for you to move in, so you won't find drawers filled with other people's underpants and stuff like that. The staircase between the two levels is open, but the apartment is very private. The apartment is one room about 95 sqm. Yep, it’s a massive room. There is also a mezzanine with a single bed and ladder access. The photos show very well what the space is like. There is a fully equipped kitchen with decent knives and saucepans etc – I hate travelling and finding a kitchen equipped with cheap rubbish. It has a proper bathroom (behind the sliding red wall).
The apartment has wireless internet and a television and DVD player, but for those like me not into new gadgets, there are books to read and a turntable with a couple of hundred 70s and 80s records (they’re those big round black things that people used for music last century). The furniture is very last century, too.
You can see the double bed in the photos. It’s a proper bed – not a couch. There is also a single bed up in the loft.
On the downside, because it is a big space in an old building it can get a bit cool in the middle of winter and a bit warm in the middle of summer.
In the backyard there is a vege garden, chickens and a hammock. It’s a pretty typical and slightly unkempt inner suburban backyard, not one of those fancy manicured ‘outdoor rooms’ you see in magazines. It’s so messy I didn’t even photograph it. You can smoke out in the yard – and do a bit of gardening if you’re inclined.
The separate house next to the bakery building is where I live with my family. There are four of us – two adults and two kids aged 11 and 13. The apartment is NOT a safe space for very young children.
We can supply some bread, butter, vegemite (of course), tea bags, sugar, milk and that sort of stuff for when you arrive to get you started. But 200 metres up the road is a huge supermarket that stays open till midnight most nights. It’s probably a 2 minute walk – I might time it one day.
The apartment is exactly how it looks in the photos. It's a cavernous space in an old industrial building with an eclectic collection of stuff. If you feel more comfortable in 5 star hotels where people put little chocolates on your pillow, this might not be the place for you.
Feel free to ask questions if any of the above is not clear enough. It’s probably best that we correspond by email before you make a booking so there are no surprises or disappointments for either of us.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Extra people:||$19 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$629 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1790 /month|
Scott and his partner were so genuine and nice. I was made to feel comfortable and welcome as soon as I arrived. Their cat is gorgeous too! (I'm usually a dog person).
The place was something out of a magazine, I could totally live there. Very trendy. About a 1 minute walk to Woolworths Supermarket and takeaway shops. Public Transport very close also.
I loved Marickville as well, cool cafes near by and the hosts were very helpful about where to go and what to see.
Loved the whole experience and would definitely stay again.
I couldn't be more happy with my stay. Scott was so welcoming from the moment we arrived and the loft was absolutely perfect - we loved how at home we felt.
It's perfect distance to the shops, cafes & train station (we recommend the Greek sweet shop up the road - you won't regret it)
I have no bad words to say about my experience & couldn't thank Scott & his family enough for everything!
This has definitely been the coolest, funkiest, fun, art-filled AirBnB we’ve ever stayed in. We could have stayed in the loft the entire time we were here and entertained ourselves with reading (nice library), listening to music (albums from years’ past, including vinyls), watching movies (supplied by our hosts), and cooking (in the well equipped kitchen). It’s been absolute fun for us! But, of course, we did venture out and that is so easy to do with shops nearby and the train station too. We found Marrickville a delightful neighborhood to be based in. However, the secret and BEST part of staying in this super loft is Scott and Lisa and their girls. We were truly part of their amazing family for the time we were here. We were cared for, included, guided, and even fed a few times during our stay. It wasn’t just a place to sleep at night for us – but a destination truly worth calling home.
I so enjoyed my stay at Scott and Lisa's artists loft. It is exactly like the photos plus so much more. The details are fabulous ... an old record player with plenty of music to choose from, teaspoons from all over the world for your tea, little artist made oddments along with the grand super size ones ... quirky and delightful little touches that make the soul sing. I most certainly felt welcome and had the distinct impression that hosting is something they love doing. I could not recommend this dream loft more highly. Thanks Scott and Lisa :-)
We loved Marrickville, the local shops, and the easy access to Circular Quay and Sydney via a great train service. Scott was a great host. Lots of help on how to get about, what to see and the best local eateries. Lisa's map was a piece of art and The Corner Shop ( a fabulous local cafe) wanted to know how they could get their hands on some copies. Would highly recommend and will definitely stay there again.
Great place to stay, we really loved the loft and Scott was very welcoming and helpful. Even as Sydney locals we enjoyed discovering a new area and exploring some of Scott's restaurant recommendations.
Definitely recommend staying here!
The Bakehouse is one of the best places I have ever stayed for all my travels. My whole family of 4 stayed there for 10 days and Scott was very accommodating, providing extra beddings and all. There were heaps of brochures and booklets given to us upon our arrival on everything you need to know to make your way around Sydney. Scott and Lisa hand drew a beautiful clear map showing us the interesting places to go to around the area where we stayed at. We were even given fresh eggs from the chicken living in the backyard! The place itself is absolutely pleasant to stay at. There were TV, books for leisure reading, music etc. It was quiet and peaceful and it didn't get too hot in the room even when it was boiling outside. it's a 5-8 mins stroll to the station and a 2 mins walk to a big supermarket so location itself was a massive plus. I will definitely recommend this bakehouse to everyone looking for something different (in an awesome way) during their stay in Sydney and will stay there again on my next travel.
We stayed at Scott's apartment for 8 days and we had a wonderful time! The apartment has everything you might need and it seems like every piece furniture has some kind of story to it which is just great. Scott is the perfect host! Every morning we had a letter with some new tips what we could do and see in and around Sydney. He was always there to help us and made sure we had a great time.
The bakery loft is the most inspiring place my partner and I have ever stayed! Everything you could need for a home away from home and the most loverly neighbours/host you could ask for. We head to sydney quite often and we certainly won't be staying anywhere but the bakery loft. :)
I had a wonderful 3 nights in Scott and Lisa's loft. There are numerous reviews below describing and extolling the space so I don't need to go over old ground. If you're after a personal, friendly, unique and "real" experience in Sydney then this is the place to come!
In my opinion, you would be hard pushed to find a better Airbnb experience. So much so that I wish it was my secret (because I'm greedy like that).
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