Relax in a colourful, older style character filled apartment in leafy, bayside suburb that still has great access to the city/CBD. Easy going, relaxed respectful guests welcome.
Currently the whole apartment is available 6-8 March (Labour Day Weekend), 3 - 6 April (Easter) and 23 April to 14 June. At a later stage it will most likely become available mid June to late August.
Minimum bookings of 3 nights.
Close to beaches, public transport and cafes, the apartment is a two-bedroom ground-floor flat built in the early 1900s, in the leafy Melbourne bayside suburb of Elwood.
It has unusually high ceilings, large windows and natural wooden floorboards. The lounge and bedrooms have plenty of light whatever the season.
The kitchen is new. It features a drawer dishwasher, new stove, slim silver fridge, wooden floor and yellow and blue walls. It is well-equipped with a lot of quality cooking utensils and quirky crockery and cooking in it is fun.
The apartment has a high-speed internet connection which guests can use for free. I have no TV, by choice. Lots of music though, with a stereo in the lounge and a lovely retro-posh radio in kitchen. And quite a few books and games (monopoly, scrabble, backgammon etc).
The flat is light-filled and airy with relaxing, colourful decor. The spacious lounge room is the perfect place to relax, with two large windows looking out to the front garden and side gardens with its mix of native Australian and European trees. The front patio is good for bicycle storage and porch sitting.
The bedrooms each have a queen sized bed. The bedroom featured (smaller bedroom) now has a higher bed - not a futon but an extremely comfortable latex bed. It has a chest of drawers but no wardrobe. The larger bedroom is huge and has a large desk and wardrobe.
The pink bathroom features a big, deep, claw-foot bath with an original early-1900s shower. It's got great water pressure and the hot water is plentiful. The front-loading washing machine is efficient and easy to use. I have a dryer out the back that can be hooked up for long term guests paying for their own utilities.
Elwood is leafy, relaxed, close to the tourist spots of St Kilda (Luna Park, beach, Salt Sea Baths) and the more culturally diverse Carlisle St (Easter-European delis, cafes, supermarkets, train station) and the quiet, old-world Ripponlea (Jewish Orthodox, train station, and the excellent Melbourne restaurant Attica).
The beach is just a 15 min walk/7 min cycle away; the apartment is close to both St Kilda and Elwood beaches.
It's close to the train and tram, taking you into the city in 20 by train, 30 minutes by tram, 20 -30 min by car depending on traffic or a leafy 30min bike ride.
This apartment suits respectful and clean guests who like an abode that is comfortable and bohemian without being five-star and modern.
Please note that guests need to leave the flat in a tidy and clean state - rubbish thrown out, linen stripped off beds, no perishables left in fridge, all dishes away and furniture left where you found it.
Open to people of all cultures, sexualities, ages and so on! The flat has two small steps at the entrance and the shower is in the bath so unfortunately it's not ideal for people with physical access challenges.
Please note that it's first in first served with bookings so if you are keen to stay please book as soon as you know you want to.
Either single room (access to whole apartment except for second bedroom) or if its for the whole apartment then both bedrooms etc
Interaction with Guests
If you have the whole apartment then we will be interacting online. If you are booking the single room then I shall be living there too -very friendly but also laid-back.
Neighbourhood is a highlight! Elwood is the green, quieter, graceful partner of St Kilda (St Kilda is bars, Luna Park, Salt Sea Baths, restaurants, sex workers, street life), Balaclava (grocery shopping, community life, cafes, restaurants, library, Jewish community), Ripponlea (quaint, orthodox Jewish community), …….Green leafy streets, close to bay, close to funky shopping areas, multicultural (European mainly but some Indian folks too), parks, close to St Kilda. Close to multiple public transport options. My favourite parts of Elwood are walking around the tree lined streets of eclectic architecture, the stroll down to Elwood beach and the community life of Carlisle St in Balaclava.
Tram, train, bus and cycle paths are all on hand. The numbers 67 and 3 tram are at your doorstep, the 246 bus is a little further. The Sandringham train line has two nearby train stations within 7-10 minute walk - Ripponlea and Balaclava. I generally cycle into the city if its good weather - it's just one road along Brighton Road which becomes St Kilda road with a bike path straight into the city.
Parking is on the street and free - so you can leave your car there and head off on foot or other means. It's a safe area - I have never had any trouble with leaving my car in the street.
The flat is a 30- 45 min drive ( traffic dependent) from the airport. A taxi will cost $50 - 65 depending again on traffic. Best option is the Sky Bus (about $15) to the city and then either a taxi from Southern Cross station ( about $20) or, if you have little luggage, a Sandringham train to Ripponlea station then a 10 min walk to the flat...
Other Things to Note
I have been really impressed by Airbnb guests - always had lovely, interesting and respectful guests. My philosophy is that generosity begets generosity.
Please strip the beds of linen and place in the washing machine, with towels, before you leave and put them in the washing machine and put it on. This way you will know if you have left anything precious of yours at the bottom of the bed and it will help the cleaner as they can hang out the washing as soon as they get there. If you can also put kitchen linen in that would be great. If anything is broken please let me know. Thank you!
Guests who are respectful of a space, open and friendly and who look after other's things are great guests!
Bree is a very nice host, she was waiting and welcome us when we arrive, her apartment was very convenient and clean, close to Tram and Train station, we have a wonderful week at Bree house and will recommend to our friend's when visit Melbourne!
Cozy and nice place to stay. Close to public transport and close to city as well. Excellent host, respond to your need and request promptly. Highly recommend this place to stay during your visit to melbourne.
We stayed 10 days in Bree's house. It is a well located, artisticly decorated, beautiful house. We had some problems with the hot water but Bree was very responsive and did her best the fix the water boiler as soon as she can.
The house is a high ceiling, older house. It was quite chilly at first. But we used the heaters in the house to warm it up.
We had a confortable stay.
Je suis ravie de cette première expérience avec AirBnb. L'appartement style art deco de Bree est très sympa et le quartier est très agréable , tout près de St Kilda. Les arrêts de Tram et de train à côté sont super pratiques pour aller directement en centre ville.
Je n'ai pas eu l'occasion de beaucoup voir Bree mais elle a toujours été la pour répondre à toutes mes questions. C'est une hôte très avenante. En résumé, ne pas hésiter à choisir cet appartement !
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Had a lovely stay, place was great, close to shops, restaurants and the beach. Would recommend bayside Elwood and will def be back.
We spend 5 nights in Bree's apartment. It is very comfortable and perfectly in tune with our design taste. The house is full of everything you can need (as cooking but also relaxing with music or interesting readings). It is located in a very cool zone, St.Kilda that is the perfect mix of surf and trendy atmosphere. on the other side, it's super easy to reach the center of Melbourne just with 1 tram run. For sure we loved this experience and we will re-contact Bree if we hopefully will be back in Melbourne
Easy going, considerate house guest and host. I like art, social justice, happiness, architecture, film, design, ideas, cooking, laughing, being in nature, passion, travel, people, solitude, beauty...