We've just spent a tad under $1 million transforming our whole-floor, house-sized apartment into a magnificent, luxurious and sumptuous home and the benefits are now all yours to enjoy. It's so spectacular, Brian Chesky - the co-founder, co-owner and CEO of Airbnb - brought his family from San Francisco to stay here for two weeks (and he has over two million properties around the world to choose from!).
"Harbourview" is in the heart of Darling Point - two minutes walk to the harbour side parks, yacht clubs, buses, trains and ferries and just ten minutes to the heart of the city. The apartment takes up the entire top floor of a 1920s mansion, yet (because the rest of the house is lower than the road), the entrance to the apartment is level with the street: just 5 metres from the off-street car parking and you're straight into the apartment's own front door.
You'll enter (using your electronic swipe card) into an art-gallery of a hallway which draws you straight through to the open plan kitchen, dining room, sun-deck and living room - all with magnificent views across the harbour.
The kitchen's perfect for entertaining: it's equipped with two massive fridges, European appliances, vegetable steamer, Billi hot and chilled water tap, two ovens, pantry, and, of course, microwave, dishwasher and gas cook top. One push of a button and a glass wall magically disappears opening the whole kitchen/dining area onto the sun deck area: comfortably shaded in summer, and beautifully sun-drenched in winter.
The living room's star attraction is the built-in Bang & Olufsen system including a monumental 65" plasma cinema screen, powerful B&O amplifiers, media-distribution system and sub-woofer.
The master bedroom is connected to the living room by a sliding wall: with the wall open you feel as though you're in the most enormous bedroom imaginable; with the wall slid shut you're in your own private sanctuary complete with a sumptuous walk-in wardrobe with oodles of drawers and hanging space, and a travertine bathroom to die for. Underfloor heating, a wonderfully comfortable "egg-shaped" bath, twin basins and a rain-forest shower - what more could you want?
The second bedroom also has a sumptuous ensuite bathroom (complete with a Miele laundry and rain-forest shower) but it also boasts a very handy kitchenette just in case the kitchen feels as though it's too far away!
Outside there's off-street parking for two cars. Needless to say, there's reverse-cycle air-conditioning throughout the house and, in winter, a really cosy gas fire in the living room heats the whole place. Included is free wifi, Netflix, and free phone calls within Australia.
Darling Point is truly one of the best places to live in Sydney: so close to the city, equally close to Bondi, and in just two minutes you're in Rushcutter's park with the coffee shops and yacht clubs. 500m away is Edgecliff Centre with the bus and train terminus, supermarkets and shopping centre. And then within a ten minute walk you have the restaurants and night life of Potts Point, or the shops and cafes of Paddington.
Two fabulous king-sized and queen-sized bedrooms (both with ensuite marble bathrooms); sensational weather-protected sun deck overlooking Sydney Harbour; sumptuous chef's kitchen; luxurious air-conditioned living areas with Bang & Olufsen stereo and TV; wifi; parking place.
Interaction with guests
We'll be on the end of a phone to sort out any queries.
We'd love you to stay in our apartment but experience has unfortunately taught us to make guests aware of the following:
The apartment is a family home in a building occupied by two other families. The apartment is also fitted with high quality fittings and furnishings. As a consequence we are unable to allow parties to be held in the apartment, or gatherings of more than 12 people at any time. Any such gathering will be immediate cause for revoking the rental agreement. Please also avoid making excessive noise which could affect the neighbours.
Please do not smoke inside the apartment (you're welcome, of course, to smoke out on the balcony).
No pets are permitted.
Please treat the apartment with care and respect - it's our home.
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I'm a TV executive, owner of a media company, and a creator of TV shows within Australia and around the world. I also have an internet startup business and I'm a commercial skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.
I love sailing, being on Sydney Harbour, and sharing with guests the wonderful place we're privileged enough to call home.