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.
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 room is 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.
Guests have access to:
- tea/coffee/sugar/milk/Vegemite/fruit etc
- 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 will be contactable immediately (via phone or email) if need be, but the space is very self-explanatory. I have a local contact if I'm out of the country for any urgent issues (but with over 400 guests and no problems, I like my odds!).
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.
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:
* The Thousands and/or Broadsheet
(and obviously G**gle Maps if you haven't already!)
The place isn't really child-friendly, so children - as much as we love them - aren't able to stay.
All we ask is that you respect our home, as you would expect of visitors in your own home. Easy.
Smokers can smoke in the courtyard, or out the front of the building (both very handy).
If you're going to eat whilst in the apartment, please don't do it in the guest room (especially the bed). There's a dining table that's perfect for eating at!
We were made very welcome by our host Loren. The apartment was perfect for our needs being 2 minutes away from our son's house and even closer to Bridge Road with all its cafes and restaurants. Also a short tram ride into the CBD and all the attractions of Melbourne City Centre. Absolutely perfect for our stay.
Loren was very quick in responding to my questions and prepared everything immaculately for my arrival. The apartment is lovely and matches in every aspect the description on her AirBnB offer. Great location only 1 block from 2 tram lines that link you directly to the CBD and all other parts of town. There are numerous restaurants and bars within walking distance as well as Coles and Dan Murphy. I am glad I made the choice of trying out AirBnB for the first time on this trip and lucky to have encountered a great apartment and and landlord. I can highly recommend it !
Loren's apartment was exactly how she described - clean, decorative and welcoming. It's the perfect location to stay in for a short or long trip as Richmond has some great places to eat and shop and is only a 10 minute tram ride to the city.
Loren was amazing as a hostess, she was extremely prompt with her emails and made sure everything was right for my stay. It was my first time using airbnb and she ensured that I didn't have anything to worry about.
Highly recommend the apartment as a place to stay!
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.
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.
Awesome and very convenient location,only about 10-15 minutes away from the city. The apartment and guest room's really cosy as well, and the neighborhood has tons of food and shops in the area. Loren was a really great host ,very friendly and personable with a lot of experience hosting people. Will definitely stay here if i'm visiting Melbourne again:)
Great stay! Loren is a very open and helpful person. Everything went smoothly even though she was not home when I arrived. No problems at all. The location is perfect with many restaurants and shops. Also easy to navigate to get anywhere in the city. The appartment is very clean and has an unique style.
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I'm 30, active, outgoing, open-minded, friendly and reliable. I took my time acquiring a double degree in International Business/Japanese and am now kept pretty busy directing a charity I founded in 2013. I have lived in lots of different cities around the world and experienced a host of very different living arrangements (pun always intended), so I was pretty well accustomed to this gig before Airbnb even existed.
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 like to run, work, travel, appreciate art, shop, wine, dine and play board games. I get my kicks from real-life auctions, discovering exotic fruits and vegetables at my weekend farmers market, and meeting interesting people.