Arcadia St Kilda

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Fawkner St, St Kilda, VIC 3182, Australia

The Space

Private1920s studio apartment at the back of our period house in vibrant St Kilda, Melbourne. Includes private courtyard, off-street parking, private entrance, spa bath, kitchenette, washing machine and dryer. Two-minute walk to Acland Street's cafes and cake shops, beach, Luna Park and Palais Theatre, but you won't hear any of that in the apartment. Tram and bus within (website hidden) Kilda is an inner southern suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 5 km south from Melbourne's central business (website hidden) Kilda was named after a schooner Lady of St Kilda (which moored at the main beach for much of 1841) by Charles La Trobe and the ship's master and early settler Lieutenant James Ross Lawrence.

During the Edwardian and Victorian eras, St Kilda became a favoured suburb of Melbourne's elite, and many palatial mansions were constructed along its hills and waterfront. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, St Kilda served a similar function for Melburnians as did Coney Island to the residents of New York City and its history draws an interesting (website hidden) Kilda is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. It is home to St Kilda Beach, Melbourne's most famous beach, several renowned theatres and several of Melbourne's big events and festivals.

Guest Access

Guests access Arcadia via our driveway and Arcadia's courtyard. Hot water is the only shared amenity.

Interaction with Guests

We interact with our guests as much or as little as they want. With many guests we'll share a glass of wine in the courtyard, but if you'd rather be left to your own devices, that's perfectly fine with us.

The Neighborhood

We love being in St Kilda! It's full of people from all around the world and from all walks of life - and there's a friendliness and sense of community we haven't known elsewhere. The beach, cafes, markets, theatre, pubs and cake shops bring people here - and once here they don't want to leave.

Getting around

Several tram lines from the CBD find their way to St Kilda in around 15 minutes, via the South Melbourne Market, Casino, Exhibition Centre, Botanical Gardens, Albert Park Lake and MSAC. Three lines arrive at the end of our street (in front of Luna Park) and another is only 5 minutes' walk away. A bus from the other end of our street takes you to the MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Richmond. Balaclava train station is a 7 minute walk or 2 minute tram ride away.

Other Things to Note

Our cat Smuggler may wander into the courtyard occasionally. If that's a problem for you, just let us know and we'll keep him inside.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $954 /week
Monthly Price: $2794 /month
Security Deposit: $193
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • We spent 7 nights in this super accomodation in St Kilda, and would recommend it to anyone.
    Karen and her husband Ross made us very welcome, and the little touches - such as chocolates, fresh flowers were appreciated.
    The accomodation had everything we needed, and as we had just spent a couple of weeks in New Zealand, the washing and drying facilities were most useful.
    It was good to have parking in the busy Melbourne suburb, and once we had found our bearings, it was easy to get around.
    The location as of the property was brilliant for a multitude of activities; we enjoyed a lovely meal in the Stokehouse "pop-up" restaurant - despite the restaurant suffering a major fire a few weeks prior to our arrival.
    There were also numerous places to eat on Acland Street, good for both breakfast and coffee. In some places the cakes are "to die for"!
    Overall,we really enjoyed our stay in Arcadia - thanks Karen and Ross.

    March 2014
  • Staying at Arcadia was a fabulous experience, making our trip to Melbourne perfect. I love the property, so homely I wish I could've taken it back to London with me. Ross and Karen were the perfect hosts and added some lovely personal touches, including some much appreciated chocolates and wine. Thank you for an amazing stay.

    February 2014
  • This little place was so warm and cosy. Very well equipped and spotlessly clean. Brilliant location to mooch around St Kilda or get into town. Karen and Ross were very friendly but also not intrusive. Speedo the dog a wonderful edition!!

    January 2014
  • This place wins AirBnB!!! It's a charming little bungalow a skip away from all that St. Kilda has to offer. It's private, quiet, sweet, hip, and has all the conveniences of home. Our hosts were warm, good natured, and friendly folks who we'd gladly grab a beer with anytime. We give this spot a 10!

    December 2013
  • I had a wonderful stay at Arcadia. The apartment is beautifully furnished and very well equipped, with a nice outdoor seating area. It's also wonderfully situated, just a short walk from the beach, bars, shops and tram stop. Also, the hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay again.

    November 2013
  • I had such a lovely time at 'Arcadia'

    Everything was easy-- Karen was available for any questions i had which were pretty much non-existent because anything that i wanted/needed was already there.
    The place itself is homely, warm and stylish. It felt cosy and yet didn't feel small at all. I will stay here again. It is so close to everything in St Kilda and you also have your privacy and peace there. Thanks for such a nice stay!

    April 2013
  • A very pretty place to stay in Melbourne, and St Kilda is a very nice area with everything you need to enjoy the stay.
    Thanks again to Ross, Karen (and Speedo!) for their kindness and their help.

    March 2013
  • Karen and Ross were wonderful, friendly and most helpful hosts and finding Arcadia was very easy with their instructions. Arcadia is in a great location in St Kilda with lots of restaurants in walkng distance and good access to the city centre and coast ande countryside beyond. Highly recommended.

    February 2013
  • Wonderful. We've had many positive Airbnb experiences, but this was the most well thought out space we could imagine. From fresh flowers to cushions for the spa to mosquito repellent lotion, every nook and cranny has something in it to make your stay better.

    February 2013
  • Lovely apartment with a very convenient location.

    January 2013
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I'm a marketing manager who loves to get out of the city with my husband of 30 years. Our children are all grown up and live overseas and interstate, even though we're only 50! So we travel to see them and love to discover new places while we're there. We love architecture, landscape, photography and history. And we never stay in big hotels - that's too much like work! Barcelona and Florence are our favourite places, but we also love it when we find little villages or B&Bs that let us get to know the real culture of a place. We live in St Kilda - a vibrant, arty and backpacker-filled seaside suburb not far from the centre of Melbourne, but also enjoy getting away from it all in our little country cottage near the wild coast of South Gippsland. We rent out an apartment at the back of our house in St Kilda and the house in South Gippsland, but would also be open to having people stay in our old house in St Kilda while we're away.
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