A very sunny light-filled charming 1930's flat in East St Kilda. Just 5 minutes walk to the fantastic Balaclava shops (cafes, delis, restaurants & more) + tram stop and train station very close by. In 10 minutes you can be in the city.
Old style (1930s) one bedroom flat in East St Kilda / Balaclava area, just metres from busy shopping and cafe strip Carlise St.
Carlise st has great cafes (Batch is very close by) as well as bakeries (famous Jewish bakehouse Glicks around the corner), fresh vegie shops and clothes shops all nearby.
The apartment is located very close (5 mins) to tram stop and train stations (10 mins train ride to city) and 10 mins walk to St Kilda beach and Acland st (Luna Park). Downtown St Kilda (Acland st area) is very cosmopolitan and busy especially in the summer.
The flat is light filled with polished wood floors and garden views, and is ideal for a couple but also is fine for 2 friends (with one on the sofa bed in the lounge). The flat is not big enough for more that 2 adults but a couple with a small child would also be comfortable.
Located on the first floor, the apartment looks out on a beautiful garden setting. Garden is full of flowers and well maintained.
* Sheets & Towels
* Fully equipped kitchen (fridge, stove, microwave)
* All kitchen utensils
* Coffee, oil, basic cooking necessities
* Wifi internet throughout apartment
* Library full of interesting books
All amenities including shared laundry facility (out the back), and 24 hour wifi Internet included. Flat is unrenovated and in almost original condition (ie - not slick!), but everything is working and it is very charming.
Whole flat is for rent including WIFI throughout, full kitchen, bathroom + communal laundry out the back of the building.
Interaction with Guests
I will not be in Melbourne when guests are staying.
Balaclava / East St Kilda is a fantastic neighbourhood, the Carlisle st shops have everything - delis, fruit + veg, great bakeries, supermarkets, banks etc. plus great takeaways (lots of sushi!), cafes & (website hidden) Kilda beach is 10 mins walk away.
The nearest tram stop is just 30 metres from the flat and train station (Balaclava) is a 5 minute walk away.
Other Things to Note
WIFI is available throughout the flat 24 hours. There is also no TV!
Smoking is OK on the back porch (but definitely not inside). There is a compost bin (out in the garden) which you can use for vegie scraps. Washing machine and dryer are communal and located at back of flat.
We spent 5 weeks at Orange Grove. The apartment is at the back of a very quiet block, the neighbours are all welcoming and it is in an awesome location - 1 minute walk to the tram stop to the City/St Kilda. Balaclava was a wonderful surprise, the cafes and restaurants were of a high standard. We'd recommend, Ziggys for a great burger, Lava has an extensive range of great food, Tom Yum Thai does a great chicken fried rice, Glicks for bagels and Aunt Maggies for exceptional organic meat and vegies.
The apartment is indeed 1930's retro however there is a difference between retro and dirty and we found the apartment to be very clean and homely. In fact upon entering we immediately felt relaxed. The kitchen is well stocked if you wish to do some cooking. Chelle's book collection was extensive and keep any reader with too many choices :)
Chelle is very responsive and extremely accommodating, all our interactions with her were very pleasant and prompt.
I would have no hesitation either staying at the apartment again or recommending it to others.
Chelle's place is in a fantastic location, easy strolling distance to great takeaway, restaurants and public transport to take you wherever you need to go. She was very accommodating, easy to communicate with, and the apartment is charming despite its age.
We spent 3 weeks in Michelle flat in Balaclava. It is in a nice red-bricks building, surronunded by a colorful garden. The apartment has a charming European touch and is full of interesting books, unfortunately the hygienic condition on the arrival was not optimal (especially in the bathroom).
Michelle has been helpful expect on the day we left the: we asked her if we could leave the luggage in the apartment for few hours (we had to leave at 12pm and we asked her to store the stuff till 5pm) while grabbing the keys for the next place we rented. She replied to leave "immediately" in quite a nasty way in our point of view.
We left flowers on the table.
However, the apartment is in a very handy area, well connected with the city centre and in the shops down the roads you can find whatever you need.
if you are there don't miss the St. Kilda Botanical gardens, a few minutes walk.
I extended the stay for Francesca and Luca twice - the second time I gave
them a date and time they had to leave the flat (a week before). On the
morning it came for them to leave they told me they needed to stay for
another five hours, which given they'd had a weeks notice of leaving time
was surprising to me. I told them they would have to leave at the time
agreed. The flat was perfectly clean on their arrival, as it always is. The
flat is old and not renovated so some places in the bathroom have some
paint peeling off. They may have mistakenly see this an 'unclean' or
'unhygenic', but it was perfectly clean.
I am a well-travelled multilingual Australian who has now been back in Melbourne for four years after spending ten years in Europe (mostly Spain). I run an online magazine / digital hub about yoga and spirituality (The Global Yogi) which is worldwide so I travel quite a bit for that. I do lots of yoga, am a writer and also a musician.
OK life motto: Lean into your fears and your uncertainties, do it anyway and don't be afraid to fly! :)
Come and stay in my retro (1930s) one bedroom flat in East St Kilda! I look forward to hearing from you soon!