About This Listing
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.
I can't think of any house rules, really. I hope you will respect the apartment.
It is a separate building, so you can come and go as you please.
It's not a place for parties, but I don't imagine many travellers have wild parties?
The backyard is for smoking. And gardening if you feel like it.
If in doubt about anything, you can ask us - we live next door.
See the blue door? That leads into the studio/apartment building. To the right is the house where we live.
Scott an Liza are fantastic hosts. Scott and I emailed months before my arrival and he really helped with my whole itinerary with my two kids for all of Australia! Their place is huge with all you need and quite a history. We got a lot of rain, but we were still able to enjoy Sydney and its surroundings with the easy train service right by their home. And the grocery store was a 3 minute walk. Great place to stay!
I was very fortunate to find Scott's amazing loft for a place to stay. Scott was very helpful and gave my family a nice and warm welcome. As this was the first time we tried airbnb, he made just feel good and secure while staying there. Scott gave me guides on places of interests, brought me on a guided tour in the neighbourhood and brought me to a craft beer place nearby after he found out that I love beer. Too bad it was closed on Monday. Location is fantastic as well. BBQ in the summer!
Scott was extremely welcoming and helpful when we stayed in his loft. We were only there 5 nights but he showed us around the area and gave us some well needed advice on where to go and where to look for our next house. Would not hesitate to recommend Scott and Lisa's loft to any travellers looking for a place to stay, short term or long term.
Scott and Lisa's amazing warehouse was smack in the middle of all the action during Marrickville's open art studio weekend. (MOST). it was perfect as usual. Scott and Lisa are always where the art and design action is at. it was another memorable stay with two of the nicest and most talented hosts you'll ever be lucky enough to meet. the warehouse is awesome. small on price and big on design and love. of course we wish we lived there, which is the whole point of airbnb. Thanks a bunch you two. let us know when we can move in!
We had a fabulous two months at this apartment. The location means everything is accessible by public transport and Sydney has so many great places to visit. We think the apartment is unique and such an interesting place to stay. However, as has been pointed out many times the best thing about this apartment are the hosts, Scott and Lisa and their family. We were made to feel very welcome and were invited to join in a variety of things from meals with the family, art classes with Lisa and even some DIY with Scott. Scott also showed us around the local area and came up with lots of ideas of places to see. We would definitely recommend.
Great place to spend a few days or much longer, close to the city with bus or train. The loft is very spacious and nicely decorated. Furthermore, the owners are very kind and helpful. We have been delighted to stay at this place during our stay in Sydney. Thanks again for everything !
My fiancé and I stayed 2 months at the loft and we had a great time! This is an amazing place to live and Scott and his family are fabulous. Thanks to all of them for this welcoming stay and for this perfect first australian experience !
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About the Host, Scott
That's the only photograph I could find. Looks a bit corporate, doesn't it. I'll have to find one of the family or one of me doing something whacky.
We live in the house next door to the building where the apartment is.
Over the years, we've had various people living with us at our rambling property. And now, thanks to Airbnb, we are sharing the place with the world. There are three buildings: the house, the studio/apartment building, the garage where one long term visitor is still living (11 years and counting). There are often interesting people hanging around our place and we'd be keen for you to be part of all that if it suits you.
I work in the city - office job. My wife is far more interesting. She's an artist and does some stuff in the downstairs studio as well as teaching art and design at a university. (I might have to make up some stuff about myself.)
This is a supermarket i.e. huge store. Its 200 metres up the road and has lots of food and supplies. Its open 7 days a week - sometimes till midnight.Illawarra Road Marrickville NSW 2204
This place is about 200 metres up the road. A couple of Greek girls run it - their parents used to have a shop there. Good food - most of it cooked on the premises.Illawarra Road Marrickville NSW 2204
This is a new cafe - January 2012. It just won an award. Really interesting food. Crowded, though. Very groovy crowd, too. You need to get there early on weekends to get a seat.Illawarra Road Marrickville NSW 2204
Another very good, low key, local cafe. Good food, good coffee, relaxing space to spend some time.Marrickville Road Marrickville NSW 2204
This is my favourite cafe - of the 40 or so in the suburb. Nice people, good food and cafe, unpretentious fitout. But its a 15 minute walk from the house.Marrickville Road Marrickville NSW 2204
Adora is a chocolate maker that also serves coffee. And when you buy a coffee to drink there, they give you a chocolate - well, they used to. Im sure they still do. Its a 10 minute walk.Homer Street Earlwood NSW 2206
A ten minute walk up the lane behind the house you will find the Cooks River. Only locals know about it. There is a cycle track, playground, and lots of green space.
This is the best weekend market in this part of Sydney. Great food and produce in a fantastic setting. Its only open on Sundays. We often go down there and airbnb guests are welcome to tag along.Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204