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 it's classic features such as a high (16 foot!) stud, sweeping brass-railed staircases, and a set of original vintage elevators. In the 1960's 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 st and the feel 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.
From mid-october 2014 we're getting rid of the intermittent CBD wifi that seems to go down when it's windy (which is most of the time) and getting unlimited fibre broadband installed, which anyone staying will of course be 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.
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
the home of marcus was a special thing, in a good way.the arriving was so easy and stressless.and the idea with the lockbox-really cool. the apartment was big and i had two different bed just for my self.-)...and a pet in form a nice tiger...the whole equipment worked very good ( i cooked, i washed my clothes and the best: i could take a bath every evening...) i just can recommend to stay in this nice home.if i come back to wellington one day, i hope , i can stay there again...thank you very much marcus, greetings from auckland
Lovely, spacious apartment, close to everything! Thanks to Marcus for accomodating us on such a busy weekend!
Marcus's place was great! Fantastic location, great directions (and very easy to find). Would absolutely recommend.
Cool and very spacious flat. We enjoyed that Cubastreet with its many bars and lovely restaurants was just around the corner. Free garage was very comfortable. We didn't meet Marcus in person - but everything was arranged very well. A place we highly recommend to other travelers.
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 :)