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..! :-)
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Extra people:||$19 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$949 /week|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Super funky pad right in the heart of Fitzroy. Relaxed and generous host. Felt thoroughly spoilt with the extra bonus of having the cat around. Highly recommend it. Thank you!
The reservation was canceled 6 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
This apartment in the heart of Fitzroy is an absolute gem. Very quiet, clean and quirky. Just right for a weekend away. Douglas is a very obliging host, quick to answer emails, texts or phone calls. Nothing was problem.
Loved the fruit and bread that was left for our use.
The reservation was canceled 2 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
We loved this place. It's just as it seems on the site. High walls, great couch, a million books...and still warm and cosy in the middle of winter. This is a very relaxed, peaceful, comfortable and inspiring space ideally located between Smith and Brunswick. Douglas was a treat to interact with at all stages before and after our stay. A local artisan loaf was there for us on arrival, along with a bowl of fruit and instructions to help ourselves. You will feel right at home. If you are a cat lover, you can possibly ask Douglas to leave Pusskie behind. We did and had a delightful time with a very beautiful and odd ball of fur.
The reservation was canceled 10 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Douglas was an excellent host, who was very helpful, but who left us to get on with our holiday - there when you needed him and not there when you didn't!
The apartment is great, lots of funky details, and in a great position, just a short walk to both Brunswick Street and Smith Street. There is also a cat and a fish tank, which greatly entertained our two small young boys (though not sure if the cat was so thrilled!). We would definitely stay there again.
I'm a bit reluctant to write this review as I don't want Douglas' place getting too popular. I want it to be free next time we are in Melbourne :).
This is one of the most awesome and inspiring places we've stayed at. So cosy (but spacious), fun and the decor is amazing. Fantastic location - so close to everything, yet really quiet.
Douglas was always really quick to answer any questions we had, he also left us some beautiful bread, butter & milk which was lovely. Highly, highly recommended.
Pusskie the cat was also a highlight - what a sweetie. If you get a chance to look after her then do it.
A Great Apartment which worked well for 4 adults for a long weekend. location between Smith and Brunswick was perfect, with great cafe just around the corner. Cute wee cat made the place feel even more homely... she got spoiled rotten. The interior design of the apartment including all of Douglas's bits and pieces had a spectacular effect and were well suited to this warehouse apartment. Did not have time to make use of the great "commercially styled" kitchen. In short a top place to stay in a great area.
My 15 year old son and myself stayed here for a wonderful weekend. Perfect way to experience funky, colourful, vibrant Fitzroy. This fantastic warehouse apartment reflects Fitzroys spirit. Douglas was away for the weekend, he was a wonderful host, all arrangements were made before our arrival. We loved our stay. Thank you for sharing your amazing space with us!