Central City Warehouse Apartment

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Rankins Ln, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia

Absolutely in the centre of Melbourne, this converted, open-plan warehouse is full of natural light and character. Easy walking distance to all points in the city as well as Southbank, Docklands, Carlton and Fitzroy. One of a kind laneway experience.

Your host, Michelle
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Absolutely in the centre of Melbourne, this converted, open-plan warehouse is full of natural light and character. Easy walking distance to all points in the city as well as Southbank, Docklands, Carlton and Fitzroy. One of a kind laneway experience.

The Space

One-of-a-kind warehouse conversion in an unbeatable city location for shoppers, foodies and culture lovers.

See a video of this apartment on the Sydney Weekender website when it was featured by AirBnB. Search for AirBnB and Melbourne and it should come up.

NOTE: Bookings for two nights only might be considered if only 4 weeks out and guests are prepared to pay for cleaning.

My apartment is located seconds from the official centre of Melbourne, yet it's in a quiet lane with excellent natural light. The centre of Melbourne is known for it's many laneways which are full of chic bars, cool cafes, art galleries and some world class graffiti art. One of the nations premier coffee houses, Brother Baba Budan (aka the cafe with the chairs hanging from the ceiling) is located on the corner of the laneway.

The apartment is the top level which is level 2 (Ground, 1 then 2) and is the only residential floor is this building dating back to 1887. It's an open plan set-up with a spacious mezzanine bedroom, separate toilet and somewhat over the top bathroom with a large sunken spa bath. The main space measures about 7 metres by 14 metres. There's no lift and quite a few stairs so it isn't suitable for anyone with compromised mobility.

The apartment has a King size bed, TV, DVD, wi-fi, hair dryer, hair straightener, full laundry facilities and a swing in the middle of the living space. Access is by stairs only. No parking included but plenty of car parks nearby. If 'no parking' is a deal breaker then let me know as I might have a solution.

Melbourne's public transport system operates as a hub with all trains and trams radiating from the centre so getting around is easy. Plus there are a couple of bike helmets if you'd like to try Melbourne's great new bike share system. The closest supply of bikes is just across the road.

A few people have asked me about window coverings: The apartment has no window coverings however it isn't really an issue. The city lights aren't very bright or close by the apartment even though it is right in the centre of town. And the bedroom is higher than the top of the windows so in the mornings the apartment is light but not bright and there is no direct sunlight into the bedroom area at any time

Special rates apply for the Australian Open, Grand Prix and Melbourne Cup Week.

NOTE: A remote part of the rooftop is now home to a beehive as part of the Rooftop Honey project. The bees don't come in or near the apartment however Matt and Vanessa, the beekeepers may need occasional access to tend to the hive.

The apartment appears this year in the film Predestination starring Ethan Hawke for whom the apartment served as his NYC loft home in the 1970s.


AFL Grand Final - September 27
Derby Day - November 1
Melbourne Cup - November 4
Oaks Day - November 6
Stakes Day - November 8

Guest Access

NOTE: Television reception is bad and it is unwatchable in the city due to the many and increasing number of tall buildings and my apartment being in the centre of these buildings and relatively low. If you are expecting or needing access to to the free to air channels then this isn't the apartment for you. A WD TV Live device is available for ABC iView and many other on-demand channels and some shows and channels provide streaming over the internet.

Interaction with Guests

Interaction at their initiation and at check in if I am in the country.

The Neighborhood

The apartment is located in the centre of Melbourne, not just the CBD but the actual middle of everything. Plus it is in a laneway, one of Melbourne's most beloved features with two excellent cafes, one at each end.

Getting around

Yes, minutes to trains, trams and buses but most places are an easy walk including Fitzroy, the Queen Victoria Market, MCG, Docklands and the convention centre.

There is no train service between the airport and the city but the Skybus leaves every 10 minutes and stops just 15 minutes walk away. Skybus offers a shuttle service to city hotels so if you don't feel like the walk tell them you're staying at City Garden Hotel on Little Bourke St which is just 50 metres from the apartment. Skybus tickets can be purchased online in advance which I recommend to avoid queuing. It's sad watching the bus leave while you're waiting to buy a ticket.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $39 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1596 /week
Monthly Price: $3869 /month
Cleaning Fee: $87
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Michelle kindly answered my last minute request for a long-term stay in minutes. She took the time to great me and gave me plenty of recommendations on places to eat, drink and ways to enjoy Melbourne as she is the 'ultimate Melbourne guide' to discover this amazing city.

    This is the perfect city loft experience with access from a typical Melbourne lane. Very well situated, with a unique caracter and soul, spacious and peaceful. You wish this was your home!

    Many thanks Michelle.

    July 2014
  • The appartment was the perfect choice for a holiday in the city. Great location close to great food. Michelle made everything easy. Amazing design, fabulous natural light, comfy bed, luxurious spa and rooftop with a view. What more can I say!

    June 2014
  • The apartment was great! It was comfortable, the location was excellent, the area was safe, and the hostess was very accommodating! It was perfect to show my family funky Melbourne. Didn't even need to take the tram as we could walk everywhere. Highly recommended!

    May 2014
  • My girlfriend and I had an amazing time staying here! It's so close to everything in the CBD and there's a wealth of amazing cafés just nearby! We loved the whole house, and Michelle couldn't have been lovelier. Thanks again! We hope to be back soon.

    May 2014
  • A fantastic apartment, in a fantastic location, cared for by a fantastic host. This was our first airbnb experience, which I suspect will be hard to beat. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and appreciated the small touches by Michelle such as the public transport cards.

    May 2014
  • A perfect place to stay in Melbourne! We loved the space for work and play. It had everything we needed and was a great space to hang out in and have a swing! The apartment is close to everything including a fantastic coffee shop in the lane. Michelle was a great host. Highly recommended.

    April 2014
  • Michelle was a great hostess; always available to answer my questions and overall wanting to ensure I was enjoying myself; which I most certainly did. The apartment itself is such an experience: with the swing, rooftop, and the charming character of the warehouse conversion; all my guests and I were absolutely enthralled by the everything. Situated almost in the center of the CBD, you cannot ask for a better location. It was close to public transport and to numerous fantastic restaurants and cafes. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Melbourne as it easily showcases the best that Melbourne has to offer. Michelle was a pleasure to work.with and I would not have changed a thing.

    March 2014
  • Amazing apartment, great location. I think that sums it up.

    March 2014
  • Absolutely loved our stay in Michelle's apartment, so much so we didn't want to leave! All the essential amenities and more. Awesome location just near Hardware Lane, so loads of eateries and bars close by. Would recommend it to anyone :)

    March 2014
  • This is not just a very iconic, beautiful warehouse in a cool part of town but also a very cosy and comfortable place to stay. There were many highlights - including the bathtub, the rooftop, the large windows and the skyline views. Michelle was an excellent communicator from beginning to end, and made us feel incredibly welcome. We would definitely recommend and return to this place.

    March 2014
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