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.
Marcus was away when we were in town but left the lovely Geraldine in charge, who was so very helpful! The location here is just incredible and the apartment is cool and really spacious. Can't fault it, if we came to Wellington again I'd just book straight in here again.
Marcus was an excellent communicator from the get-go. He answered all our queries promptly, and was terrific to deal with. The apartment was spacious, airy and perfect for our stay. It was 2-3 mins walk to the best part of town and the bed was so comfortable, we didn't want to leave! I had a question when we first arrived, and Geraldine answered it straight away, so we were taken care of the whole way through. Plenty of kitchen/fridge space etc - the whole apartment was perfectly set up for visitors to Wellington - highly recommended.
Super central location. Well equipped, quiet and a great place to stay in Wellington.
Lovely apartment, clean, spacious and well equipped, excellent location too! Thanks Marcus!
We were six mountain bikers starting a two month trip in Wellington. Marcus' apartment was ideal. Centrally located, spacious and clean. He also is a biker and gave us some great cycling tips. If you have an opportunity stay here. It's a great spot with a great host!
Marcus was incredibly accommodating and was very prompt when replying to messages, not to mention very informative.
The stay on Cuba St. was a delight! You couldn't ask for a better location; the cafes, shops and nightlight all a stones throw away.
The apartment itself was clean, beds comfortable and it had everything you could possibly need when holidaying. The view from the balcony overlooks parts of Wellington and the balcony a great place to sip coffee and soak in city.
I would most definitely recommend staying in this apartment!
Thanks for having us Marcus and Geraldine!
Great apartment in a great location. We really loved the spacious apartment and best of all was the proximity of Cuba Street where the street theatre and great restaurants were a revelation after three weeks in small towns on the South Island. Marcus was a great host with fast and straight forward communication
I work as a lighting designer for theatre and as a copywriter. I have a masters degree in philosophy that I'm philosophical about, and my interests include building bicycles, writing, sailing, cooking vegetables, and reading things worth reading. You can call me on (phone number hidden) if you need to :)