Très charming in fabulous Richmond

Apartment - Private room · Gardner St, Richmond, VIC 3121, Australia

Awarded the best Airbnb listing in Australia by Airbnb's CEO Brian Chesky and major investor Ashton Kutcher, we pride ourselves on value, communication and comfort. We're in an excellent location and provide all the makings of a really pleasant stay.

The Space

If you want the whole place to yourself, book at:

Please note that, for obvious reasons, I prefer to accept bookings from those who have a decent Airbnb profile. So BEFORE booking, please write to me with a little bit of a background (especially if you don't yet have a substantial Airbnb profile).
With the CBD just 3km away (either a short tram trip, bike ride or lovely half-hour walk), Richmond is the best place to experience Melbourne.

Our place is surrounded by cafes, restaurant and shopping strips (Bridge Road, Swan Street, Victoria Street), shops, boutiques, bars and pubs. We have a lot of natural light, in a very well-maintained building, full of classic antique and vintage pieces.

The guest rooms are bright and well-furnished, and guests are provided with towels and locally-made organic soaps. We have a Lonely Planet, Frommer's and lots of local guide books, booklets and maps. I'm a public transportation guru, so I can answer any questions re getting around.

There's kitchen cupboard space for guests who want to do some of their own cooking, and you're welcome to my impressive array of condiments.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Guest Access

Guests have access to:

- wifi
- tea/coffee/sugar/milk/Vegemite/fruit etc
- parking permit
- kitchen and laundry facilities
- hairdryer and straightener in the top drawer of your Art Deco dresser
- travel scales (to avoid any nasty surprises at the airport!)

Interaction with Guests

I work Monday to Friday, 9amish-5pmish. I leave the apartment about 8am most mornings, and am often out of an evening. When I'm home it's generally to shower, eat and sleep, but if you're around I will happily answer any questions, have a chat, and share a beverage (if you're into that kind of thing). Definitely not an invasive host - I get that you're here on a holiday and I don't want to get in the way of you exploring this great city! The space is very self-explanatory so you definitely don't need your hands held.

The Neighborhood

Bridge Road (once famous for discount shopping, now known more for cafes and restaurants) is literally at the doorstep, then Victoria Street ('Little Saigon' - the best Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine outside of Asia) is just a few blocks away, as is Swan Street (the grungier side of Richmond with great pubs, cool bars, live gigs and sports fans from the MCG). The three strips are parallel - needless to say we have loads of great places to recommend - check out the Guidebook in the profile.

Supermarkets, convenience stores, delis, chemists, specialty produce shops, liquor stores are scattered all throughout the vicinity.

Opposite the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground is AAMI Park, the Melbourne Tennis Centre and Olympic Park - hosting almost every sport you can imagine between them.

Getting around

There are two tram lines right outside the apartment on Bridge Road, both of which take you directly into the city. Extremely conveniently, the #48 tram will take you to/from the Melbourne Airport shuttle (SkyBus) and the #75 to Etihad stadium.

I'm a walker, myself, and on a sunny day prefer to stroll into the city - virtually a straight line down Bridge Road, past the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, through the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens (home to the famous Fairy Tree, Captain Cook's Cottage and a gorgeous, free, Conservatory). It takes about 30-40 mins but is an excellent way to see Melbourne.

The tram to St Kilda (which goes along the entirety of renowned shopper's delight Chapel Street) stops a 5-minute walk from our door, and the very cool Fitzroy and Collingwood neighbourhoods are just the other side of Victoria Street - a few kms away. That's where you'll find an abundance of galleries, cafes, artists haunts and the amazing Abbotsford Convent (yoga, vegetarian social experimental restaurant, markets, outdoor cinema, beautiful gardens and the animals from the next-door Collingwood Children's Farm). All about a 30 min walk around the river, which is a lovely way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening.

Other Things to Note

Good Apps to download are:
* TramTracker
* The Thousands and/or Broadsheet
* Urbanspoon
(and obviously G**gle Maps if you haven't already!)

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Loren's apartment was perfect for a weekend in Melbourne. It has a lot of character and charm, it's clean, and very accommodating. It's small, but it has more than enough space for a couple to share with the welcoming host. The room is a great size and the bed is super comfy. It's very conveniently located, with a tram stop 2 minutes away and a lot of shops and restaurants on the main street.

    We couldn't have asked for a lovelier host or apartment.

    February 2014
  • My wife and i had a very nice stay at Loren's apartment. It is located in a very nice neighborhood in Richmond and very convenient for us to get around Melbourne city by tram.

    February 2014
  • HEY !! perfect !!

    Loren and Ruth were great host.
    When we arrive they directly tell us the best tips and place to go, they told us the best place to eat, shop and see !!
    We talk a lot and laugh that was very cool.
    Everybody who come to Melbourne you have to stay at Loren place !!

    very Charming !!

    December 2012
  • Loren and Ruth were the perfect hosts - so accommodating, friendly and considerate. A beautiful home with everything you need!

    December 2012
  • This was my first time using airbnb and the experience was perfect. Loren and Ruth have the most beautiful home, and they are wonderful hosts. They went out of their way to make me feel at home, help me find my way around on the public transport, and recommended great cafes and restaurants. Loren and Ruth are so fun, easygoing, warm and lovely. I can't recommend this place enough – it's a beautiful place, in a great central location. Next time I'm headed to Melbourne I'll definitely be booking to stay here again!

    November 2012
  • Loren and Ruth have recently been recognised by none other than Ashton Kutcher for being the best airbnb hosts in Australia and we must say we agree. They were kind and welcoming with an absolutely beautiful house. The bed was so comfy and you are provided with lovely handmade soaps and towels. They were very accommodating and gave really good practical advice about Melbourne. The location was great, less than a minute to bridge road with nice shops and cafes.

    November 2012
  • Me and my mum had an absolute great time staying at Loren and Ruth's house. It is just lovely, the vintage feel was awesome and we felt very much at home which was whats important. Coming home everyday from a long day out was like coming home to my own house coz it was that cozy and homey. The place is so near everything, literally a few steps away from the tram stops, cafes, restos and shops!! You wont get lost at all. Communication was very quick and easy between me and Loren and i felt comfortable already even if we hadn't met yet. It was nice meeting Ruth although it was quick but definitely would love to meet Loren on our next trip which i can assure you it is where we would stay again! Many many thanks again!

    November 2012
  • Beautiful clean house. Warm bed! Fantastically Easy!

    October 2012
  • I arrived at Loren and Ruth's place late on a Friday night. They had already informed me that they would not be in till late and most likely we would not meet till the morning. It was a surreal experience to walk into someone's home without them being there. But immediately their lovely place in the world felt warm and inviting. Lovely room, bed was fabulous and one of the best nights sleep for a while.
    They did come home before I headed off to bed and it was very nice to meet them. Great hosts, and I immediately felt comfortable.

    I ended up being in Melbourne for a family funeral and again the hosts were lovely and very personable.

    It made such a lovely change from the sterile environments you find in hotels these days. This was Loren and Ruth's home and you felt like a friend visiting. Not just a credit card.

    Definitely top of my list next time I need to stay in Melbourne..

    October 2012
  • I was initially rather nervous as I was a first time user of AirBnB, but everything went on very smoothly indeed. Loren was prompt in her replies, and very clear with her instructions. There were no problems in transaction, to getting to the apartment. The apartment looks just as it is in the photos, very cozy and full of character. Location is superb. A short walk away from the trams that will bring you straight to the city, very easy to get to Fitzroy (which we love!), and Richmond itself has alot to offer.
    Loren and Ruth are very good hosts - they are warm, hospitable and very, very funny! I am especially appreciative that they made my partner, Karen's bday a memorable one!
    Overall, I will highly recommend this place for its great location, the comfortable apartment, as well as the efficiency and hospitality of the hosts.

    October 2012
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関西外国語大学, Geelong Grammar School
I'm a late-20s, active, outgoing, well-traveled, open-minded founder and director of a charity. I took my time acquiring a double degree in International Business/Japanese to travel the world, and have lived in Japan, Canada, the US and Ecuador. Needless to say I experienced a host of living arrangements and was pretty well accustomed to this gig before Airbnb even existed. I also love puns. My partner and I bought a great little place in my favourite part of Melbourne a few years ago and have a beautifully furnished guest room. I'm as gracious a host as I am a guest. I run, (appreciate) art, shop, wine, travel, dine and play board games. I get my kicks from real-life auctions, never-before-seen fruits and vegetables at the weekend market and meeting interesting people.
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