About this listing
An open plan apartment, which opens onto a spacious garden. Self-contained, bathroom, 1 double bedroom, plus 2 single beds in the open plan area. Mosman is a smart Sydney suburb, the harbour on 3 sides, 15 - 18 minutes from city centre by bus route 243.
Studio Yindi is a self-contained open plan studio apartment on Level 1, which opens onto a spacious garden. It includes bathroom, and a fully equipped basic but practical kitchen for self-catering.
There is 1 Queen size double bed in a separate bedroom. The 2 single beds are in a screened area, that is part of the large open plan area.
The beds can be moved around in the open plan space to meet the needs of your group, for acoustic or visual privacy that best suits you.
We recently installed a second gas space heater that quickly makes the Studio snug after you come home from a long day touristing or working in the winter.
Please be aware that the Studio is at the rear of of our house, which you access via a path down the left side of our house. There is about 6 steps at irregular spacing down the pathway.
There is one step into the Studio, then 2 more steps between the living area and the kitchen/dining and sleeping areas.
Finally the bathroom is 2 steps up from the kitchen/dining area.
These steps mean Studio Yindi is not suitable for guests confined to a wheelchair, or need a walking stick for personal mobility. Having said that our 2nd guest more than 3 years ago now was an 85 year woman, who was perfectly at ease navigating the internal and external steps.
There is a 2 ring electric cook top, electric frypan, rice cooker, microwave oven, refrigerator and small freezer compartment, pots, pans, wok, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, glasses, etc to make preparation of meals very easy. Some of our guests have stayed as long as 3 months and found the kitchen very satisfactory.
N.B. there is no conventional oven.
FOOD AND SHOPPING
Lots of interesting cafes and restaurants within 15 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive at Mosman and Cremorne. Many food places offer home delivery, if you want it.
Excellent choice of quality supermarkets, fresh meat and vegetables 7-8 minutes away by bus or car at Bridgepoint Spit Junction, Cremorne and Neutral Bay. And a FoodPlus store 8 minutes walk up the hill for the basics and the morning paper, if you need it.
Mosman is a up-market Sydney suburb, with Sydney Harbour on 3 sides. Mosman's shopping centre has a unique village feel that makes it popular for fashion and food shoppers from all over Sydney.
But there is lots of natural bush and wildlife in Mosman too - the kookaburras and lorikeets are guaranteed to give you a noisy brilliant early morning or dawn chorus in the summer time! Our location is convenient for a harbour edge walk to Manly, and visiting Sydney's famous Taronga Zoo.
Studio Yindi is a great base for seeing Sydney in detail. Owners are regular oversees travellers themselves, and we enjoy the variety, surprise and informality of AirBnB accommodation. The Studio is very suitable for children, with direct access to a lawn and garden. Balmoral Beach, which is less than 10 minutes drive away is a very safe beach for children of all ages.
Several guests have chosen Studio Yindi for long working holiday stays in Sydney. There is lots of space for working in the Studio using our free WiFi Internet connection, including a large work table, which is height adjustable. We can even give you access to a printer, if you need hardcopy.
The quiet setting and sunny garden is an excellent work environment. It is also easy to get into city centre, North Sydney or Chatswood by public transport for meeting clients, Partners or suppliers.
Distance to Sydney airport: 18 km, 30 minutes in average traffic. Taxi fare is now between A$65 and $70, depending on traffic conditions.
Distance to city centre: 7 km
Bus for city: 2 minute walk to bus stop, route 243, then a 15 minute trip, A$3.50 fare.
Bus for Mosman,Spit Junction: 2 min. walk to bus stop, route 243, 5 minute trip.
Buses to Taronga Zoo, Balmoral Beach, Manly and many northern beaches: 10 mins walk away up at corner of Military Road and Laing St, Mosman.
Mosman also has a free bus service - Mosman Rider - that takes you to the world famous Taronga Zoo, Mosman village shopping centre, and Balmoral Beach. Nearest pick-up point to Studio Yindi is about 7 minutes walk at corner of Ourimbah Road and Cowles Road, Mosman.
There is lots of street parking available in our quiet suburban street, if you have a car.
Guests are welcome to drive their car down to the front of the house for unloading and loading of their luggage, then park their vehicle up on the road again.
Studio Yindi can be booked for 2, 3 or 4 people, for a minimum of 2 nights.
Though self-contained the Studio is also part of owners' home, and is located in a quiet and peaceful suburb of Mosman. We are anxious that guests do not disturb our neighbours with excessive noise.
We expect potential guests to send us brief personal profile information with their inquiry: number of people in your group, their ages, type of work you do, where you normally live, why you are visiting Sydney, for example. No profile means we will be less inclined to accept you as guests at Studio Yindi.
Studio Yindi is fully self-contained, with it's own entrance door. There is a key safe at the entrance door, so guests can arrive and depart independently, without needing to disturb the host and family who live upstairs in the same building.
Interaction with guests
We are happy to help guests with as much information as they need for an enjoyable tourist experience of Sydney.
We sometimes share a bottle of wine or a cup of tea/coffee with guests who have time to socialise. Other guests are on a tight schedule of things to do, including weddings or conferences to attend so we hardly see them.
We love having families stay with us. Children who are into skateboarding will love the sloping chicane course offered by the street where we live. 2 boys from Sweden got very involved with the local skate board mob, and were still in contact with the skateboard mates years after they went home to Stockholm.
Soccer, Aussie Rules football, or even cricket is often played by local children on our street, which has very little through traffic. But obviously children need to be supervised by their parents when they are playing on the street.
Other things to note
STANDARD OF ACCOMMODATION
We pride ourselves on providing clean, comfortable accommodation, that represents excellent value for money. We present Studio Yindi as the type of space we look for when we are travelling nationally or internationally ourselves. If we can find places to stay that are excellent value for money then it means we can spend longer travelling for the same budget amount!
If you comfortable with comfortable but sometimes recycled furniture and Ikea style kitchen equipment and do not expect an apartment styled ready to be published in a trendy home magazine then you will feel very much at home.
But if you are expecting a 5 star hotel standard of accommodation then you will probably be more comfortable staying at a much more expensive Airbnb site, or a 5 star hotel in the city centre.
Studio Yindi is located in a very quiet suburban area. We value highly the implied support we have from our neighbours. The most important thing you can do is to be quiet in the evening after 10 pm.
In particular do not stand outside chatting noisily to friends who may be arriving or leaving.
After 10 pm please do not chat outside in the garden. And please close all the sliding doors, so that any conversations you are having inside Studio Yindi are not heard by our immediate neighbours who are probably trying to sleep.
This is not a space you want to rent for a bunch of male or female friends, who want to let their hair down and party!
Simply treat our home the same way you would expect friends or strangers to treat your home when you have them as guests!
The Studio is self-contained with its own entrance, so you can come and go quite independently.
We are flexible about check-in times, and understand that many guests are flying into Sydney on flights that usually arrived between at the beginning of the day in Sydney. So unless the previous guests are checking out the same day as you arrive then we can usually let you check in from 0800.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
Faber est suae quisquae fortunae
We became Airbnb.com hosts back in December 2010. I was originally an architect, but worked in IT sales/marketing for the past 30 years. Semi-retired now, but still manage consulting projects involving the Internet for small-medium businesses.
I call myself an Internet Architect on my business card these days. Most of my current projects involve marketing using social media tools.
A born and bred Sydneysider, I lived in UK for 10 years till 1984. I have done lots of travel in Europe, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Japan, New Zealand, USA.
Studio Yindi incorporates the things I look for when selecting boutique hotels, pensions, hostels and B&Bs for myself - space, privacy, wifi Internet access, reading light at the bedside, comfortable and practical for working while "on the road", a bit unusual, a little surprise, value for money.
My own preferences are for adventure and off the beaten track, rather than luxury, international 5 star.
I love meeting travellers from all parts of the world, and helping them enjoy the experience of a first visit to Sydney.
Lots of experience assisting overseas based friends and colleagues to see the best parts of Sydney, using public transport, and avoiding the expensive tourist services.
Messing about on boats is one of my passions. I have a 7.2 m (24') yacht moored nearby on the harbour and know a lot about the nice parts of our extensive waterways, including its part in Australian history. I love sharing tips on how to see the best of the harbour, using inexpensive public ferries, plus strolls around Cremorne Point from Mosman Bay, or the 3 - 4 hour walk from the Spit to Manly, via Sydney Harbour National Park.
My major work project now as a volunteer Director of the Keeping Place centre for aboriginal art, culture and history. Our biggest challenge is finding a permanent physical home for 2000+ pieces of art and sculpture, plus 200,000+ photographs!