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.
If you want the whole place to yourself, book at: https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/1881832
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.
Guests have access to:
- 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!)
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.
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.
Good Apps to download are:
* The Thousands and/or Broadsheet
(and obviously G**gle Maps if you haven't already!)
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.
Loren was a fantastic host and her flat was super convenient to reach. It was a very cute find!
Loren was a great host with heaps of local knowledge. We really enjoyed our stay with Loren and will hopefully stay there again next time we are in Melbourne! The location was ideal with plenty of public transport nearby and the accommodation was clean and comfortable. Thank-you Loren we had a lovely time staying with you.
Trés charming indeed !
Lauren's house is wonderful , and in such a neat location.
the tram is right outside the house.
We already have our favourite restaurants in the neighbourhood ( go an try the pork buns at "I love dim sum" , and grab a coffee at "morning gorgeous" ) .
The house itself is very clean and has lots of interesting antiques and knick-knacks .
Thank you, Lauren, for a wonderful stay !!
Great host and a charming location! Very clean and comfortable. We felt as if we were at home.
Loren rocked our socks off. Super energetic, witty, and a great help to a couple travelers looking to make their home in Melbourne for a year. She knows a ton about the city and has well deserved her 100+ reviews. Bed is really comfortable, WiFi works fine, and plenty of hot water. And the location can't be beat. Right off Bridge Rd...which is jam packed with cafes and restaurants. A stone's throw from Victoria with more Vietnamese than you can imagine. And trams are 2 min walk away...which take you right into the city and all points imaginable. Seriously, stay here.
Loved it!!! Honestly, perfect location, perfect host, perfect room, everything was perfect!
Loren made sure we had everything we needed, and gave us the perfect tips on where to go and what to see. She's an amazing person, and we loved getting the chance to talk with her over a bottle of wine. Count yourself lucky if she can spare a minute or two while you're there.
As for the room, it's exactly as advertised. Plenty of parking right out front, easy access to the tram lines, walking distance to everything, and really close to an awesome breakfast spot, Gypsy & Mosquito! Eating there is like the perfect extension of the hipster decor in Loren's place, so it's a must.
Anyway, if the rooms available, take it, you won't regret it!!!