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 kitchen with all the usual appliances but only a plunger coffee maker. Too many awesome cafes to justify an espresso machine.
NOTE: This listing is booked through until the end of October 2015. Bookings resume November 2015.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Whatever gets taken up to the roof must be brought down. Special care needs to be taken to ensure that nothing is left that can block the drains.
Amazing host! Amazing place! Amazing location! Five stars. Highly recommend!
Michelle was very nice about having to wait an hour or so longer after my plane was delayed. The space itself is spectacular, as you can see. A perfect location close to some great cafes and in the centre of town. Heaps of Melbourne guides in the space and helpful written advice too. I highly recommend (though I think it is going to be rented for the rest of 2015). Thanks Michelle!
Michelle 's apartment is great. Location is fabulous- right in the middle of the CBD and close to more bars and restaurants than you could ever need, including the best coffee at Brother Baba's! We used the trams to get around which were v easy.
It's a lovely space and we enjoyed the views over the city, especially at night. Very well equipped with everything you need, including a/c over the bed and fans. A shame the roof space can't really be used but I'm guessing this might happen in the future.
Easy to find and on the second floor with the tattoo parlour below you (they were lovely neighbours!)
Michelle was super helpful and answered all our questions while we were there.
This was our first time using Airbnb and we were thrilled with the experience. Michelle met us and could not have been more helpful and welcoming. The apartment itself was awesome. In terms of the accommodation itself, the location and the atmosphere it was brilliant.
The apartment is spacious and insanely cool. There was a cool coffee shop a stone throw away and we were surrounded by great restaurants and shopping. However this apartment was tucked away enough that it was a fabulous haven after a busy day of eating, sightseeing and shopping.
Can't wait to head back to Melbourne soon and hope we are lucky enough to stay here again. Thanks heaps Michelle!
Michelle was incredibly helpful and accommodating. The place was spotless and very beautiful. Highly recommended!
Michelle was out of the country when we arrived but arranged key pick up that was easy and no stress. She allowed early check in and late check out for us which really appreciated.
Great attention to making sure I could get access to keys, and advice re entry etc. Extremely helpful overall. Great central location, and overall a great experience - many thanks!
Melbourne girl, business owner (Deck of Secrets guides), publisher, traveller, wannabe gardener and dog owner (but not).
Current mission: Pursuing a luxe minimalist approach to life. The pursuit of great life experiences over acquisition of stuff. Digitising photos, music, movies, documents and getting rid of stuff. Travelling, a lot. Thanks to AirBnB I'm 'living the dream' which generally excludes cliches.
As a guest I'm super low maintenance. I'll be happy with a the wifi password and a place to sleep. And chances are I'll have a big list of underground places to visit before I even arrive.