About this listing
A beautiful and spacious classical apartment in a restored 1940's factory that's set right in the centre of wellington's cuba quarter, the art and dining heart of the city.
This wide and spacious 145 square meter apartment is set in the top floor of a restored 1940's building just off Cuba street and is in the centre of Wellington's Cuba quarter, the artistic hub of the city. The apartment is very warm & quiet & has a large main bedroom with a queen sized bed and a second screened area off the side of the huge living space that functions as a guest bedroom. It sleeps four easily, but there is also a sofa that converts into a bed if you need to sleep more. There's a bath and shower, a large fully equipped kitchen with double fridge, breadmaker, espresso machine and dishwasher, and a separate laundry. The apartment is less than a minute's walk from the center of Cuba Street.
I work out of a studio on Cuba Street, so I'm only a few minutes away, but tend to live on an old yacht at the moment when I'm in town, so I don't stay in the apartment more than one or two nights a week. ( maybe more if it's stormy )
The building has been strengthened and converted into apartments in the early 90's, but retains its classic features such as a high (16 foot!) stud, sweeping brass-railed staircases, and a set of original vintage elevators. In the 1960s the building was a storehouse for New Zealand's National Archives, and so is very well constructed, and the apartments here were all built before the apartment boom, and so have space in a way that nothing built recently would have. When living here I grew to love the sweep of space towards the balcony that looks out over the alleys and rooftops of upper Cuba Street and the feeling that you were living in a slightly furnished art gallery. But it's a ridiculous size for just one person to live in, so now it just really houses all my books and furniture.
You're a minute's walk from Wellington's best dining district, and five minutes walk down Cuba Street from the theatres, the main art galleries, and from Te Papa on the waterfront.
The apartment has unlimited fibre broadband wifi which anyone staying is course able to use.
There is a secure indoor car park on the ground floor of the building that can come with the apartment, should you need it, just let us know a little in advance so that we can make sure it's clear. It generally is, but won't fit large vehicles unless you're very good at parking.
There are towels, linen, cutlery, plates, a stereo, and everything most people need. There's also generally food in the cupboards that you should make free with (because it's for eating).
And there's also strange old bits of art on the walls and more books than most people read in a lifetime.
Interaction with Guests
As much as they want really. The apartment's available when I'm out of town or on the boat, which is most of the summer these days.
I love living and working out of cuba street, which is why i still hold onto the apartment even though i'm not in town all that much anymore. Another place like this would be impossible to find, and if i'm in wellington i don't want to be in the suburbs, i want to be able to walk or cycle everywhere. The cuba area is the heart of this strangely crowded little fishing-village of a city. Parking's impossible here, so everyone walks, and the place is about a 22-hour-a-day bustle of music and cafe's, galleries and theatres, bars and studios, all jammed up against each other in a rambling warren of hundred-year-old buildings.
You're about ten minutes walk from anywhere in downtown wellington or the waterfront, and five minutes walk from courtney place, which is the nearest major bus hub that'll take you direct too or from the airport.
No smoking in the apartment please (although the balcony is fine) and not too much wild partying with loud music late into the night :) Our neighbours are fairly sedate and quiet folk :) Oh, and please don't borrow the books without asking... but go nuts reading them if you wish.