The apartment is in a quiet residential area, only a few minute's walk from ever popular and always busy Brunswick and Smith Streets: cafes, shops, restaurants, galleries, factory outlets - one of the best and most interesting areas in Melbourne. A 5-10 min. walk gets you to Gertrude St, Melbourne's growing answer to New York's SoHo.
There are also three fantastic cafes just 30 seconds away i.e around the corner from the apartment (my favourite is 'Ici', French for 'here', although some (irony lovers?) like to call it 'Icky' :-) open for breakfasts and lunch in adjacent plane tree clad George and Napier Sts, serving gr8 food and coffees that Fitzroy and Melbourne are famous for.
Fitzroy pool (including yoga and pilates) is just a 5 minute walk away down Napier St and its only a 10-15 minute walk to Carlton Gardens and Melbourne Museum and Exhibition Building (world heritage listed Victoriana).
Fitzroy is Melbourne's oldest suburb outside of the CBD, and is the birthplace of Australia's first and only canonised saint (..!), Mary McKillop.
The 1930s warehouse originally belonged to the chocolate empire created by MacPherson Robertson. MacRobertson's Chocolates were responsible for the locally loved Cherry Ripe and Freddo Frog (a stocking filler in childhood Christmases); the company was taken over by Cadbury in the 90's.
Born in poverty and raised in a house in nearby Argyle St Fitzroy, MacPherson went on to become one of Australia's richest retailers, and most generous civic benefactors: MacRobertson bridge over the Yarra where Church St Richmond becomes Chapel St Prahran is his, as is MacRobertson's Girl School in Albert Park, a great example of early (1930s) Dutch inspired International Style Modernism in Melbourne (adjacent to Albert Park Lake where the Grand Prix is run in March each year). He is also one of the first to fly a plane solo from Melbourne to London mid last century. A biography of MacPherson Robertson sits amongst the many other books on my titanic bookcase (my wonky shelves have received many likes on the site 'Bookshelf Porn' (!)).
The apartment is fully heated so, winter bookers, rest assured: it's not one of those cold or drafty warehouse spaces - mine is extremely cosy and warm..! :-)
If you are interested to rent the apartment, please have at least one review or recommendation, or someone who can referee with name, address and phone number. Thanks and all the best!
PS!! The five reviews below concerning cancellations are an automated register of cancellations due to my severe ill-health I recently had for over 6 weeks. I am now back on board. The days mentioned are the amount of advance warning I gave - I did my best not too inconvenience anyone too much. Thanks everyone below for your very kind wishes and understanding..! :-)
Please be considerate of noise to others in the apartment building, strictly no parties(!) apartment is for renting guests only; treat me and my home with the respect you would your own, and enjoy your stay.
The reservation was canceled 24 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
I rented Douglas's beautiful apartment for two of my colleagues. The place is wonderfully located in one of the best neighbourhoods in Melbourne. Douglas was great in communicating before and throughout the stay, which was very appreciated. Thanks Douglas!
Fantastic location, so many great restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping options so close by.. 'Breakfast Thieves' in particular, brilliant. The apartment is full or colour and quirky art. A fantastic place to stay. Douglas a great host too.
The reservation was canceled 17 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
The reservation was canceled 4 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
The reservation was canceled 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Douglas' place was in an amazing neighborhood and spot. I loved the design and decor. He was a super thoughtful and kind host, leaving us bread and snacks and a very helpful guide to his apartment. I would definitely stay here again!
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Pretty easy going and no fuss - prefer people to relax and make themselves at home - as the Spanish say 'mi casa es tu casa' (my house is your house). My interests include: visual arts and design, writing, architecture, psychology, contemporary theatre, politics (don't worry, not too much) dance/physical theatre, music of all sorts (including pop, world music, jazz, some classical but not so keen on Romantic or Modernist; et al.), movies (probably more indie and arty, but not exclusively), reading (more non-fiction than fiction these days, umm, don't know why...), beach dwelling, snow skiing, swimming and anything to do with large bodies of water :-) Travelling: have done heaps - love to travel. And love eating: South-East Asian, Indian, and Mediterranean are my favourites. And of course you can't go past Ottolenghi's middle eastern/Arabic hybrid cuisine.
Currently back at Melbourne University doing second degree (career transitioning), plus working a few days a week teaching English as a second language to mature aged students at Victoria University to fund my education habit.
Speak passable tourist German, French and Spanish (Deutch, Francais und/et/y Espanol)