About this listing
Ever wanted to sample life in a traditional Queenslander? The top level of this cottage still has original features with modern additions. Known to locals as The Gingerbread House due partly to the use of colour but also because it is so inviting.
The top section of this recently rejuvenated worker's cottage is settled in the Greek/Vietnamese and traditional Aboriginal Communities of Brisbane.
Famous for quirky cafes and a wide range of excellent restaurants of every style. A favourite haven for students and hippies too. Walking distance from the river walkways and 2.5 kms from the city centre (less to the cultural centre)- yet in the centre of a quiet street that was, thankfully, untouched by recent floods.
You will have access to 1 Master bedroom with a double bed and 1 small bedroom with double bed. An additional single bed is also available if required. There is a bathroom and an open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen with access to a back entertainment deck and lush landscaped garden that lights up at night.
Parking for one vehicle can be arranged on request. A bus to the city leaves the bottom of the street every 5 minutes peak hour and 10 minutes off-peak and the city bike scheme operates within walking distance too.
You will have access to the top level of the house including the back verandah. You will have access to a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom - both for your exclusive use. The downstairs is private for use by the tenants renting that space - there is no access to the remainder of the house via the internal stairs.
Interaction with Guests
I am currently based in Sydney but can be available by phone and will ask a friend or family member to greet you.
There is a particular charm about West End that makes many of our visitors take home We 3 West End t-shirts! A unique blend of the old and new. Elderly Greek immigrants with their gardens full of figs, pomegranates and olives, Vietnamese grocers, bakers and restaurants, blends with new vibrant hang outs for the young (or young at heart) being a popular place for students and artists. It is also sacred land for our Aboriginal forebears with the name Kurilpa meaning Water Rat.
We are well placed for city, parks, culture and river - all walking distance but...if it is steamy hot you can hop on the 199 bus at the Vulture Street end of our street. Our end the bus will take you to the West End Ferry and Orleigh Park, outside the West End Primary School it will take you through West End past the Cultural Centre, through the city on Adelaide Street and then Fortitude Valley (China Town) before terminating at New Farm (where you can visit more quirky cafes, the Powerhouse Arts Centre and get the City Cat back from the New Farm ferry stop). You can also hire City Cycles online from Brisbane City Council and pick them up around the corner on Hardgrave Road, Jane Street or Vulture Street. We strongly recommend that you purchase a Go Card either from West End Newsagents on Boundary Street or at the train station - closest one is South Brisbane (opposite Cultural Centre) or South Bank - reached by walking 20 mins away from the river along Vulture Street.
Other Things to Note
The driveways either side of the house are private. They are used by our neighbours and must not be blocked at any time. As we are in the Central Business District parking is strictly monitored on the street for a maximum of 2 hours. Please request, use and return your visitors parking voucher. It is not disposable and is a closely coveted privilege! For the benefit of overseas guests please park only on the street side opposite the house and (this is important) facing the same direction as you would be traveling down the street. It is traffic offence to park facing the opposite way which bears a hefty fine. There are 2 small very affectionate dogs who live downstairs from time to time. They are great guard dogs but do let me know if they disturb you too much. There is a large mango tree in the garden. It is great for cooking to make chutney but not to eat raw - you are welcome to pick them but I would suggest you do this in the day or you will be competing with the fruit bats and possums who fight over them at night.
While Children are welcome it must be noted that there is no fencing preventing access from the back of the house/ garden onto the street & internal stairs are ungated.
If parking on the property, only the demarcated parking spot can be used, when available, as the driveway is shared with my neighbour.
Parking on the street is only possible if the resident parking permit is diplayed otherwise fines apply which it is expected that you would honour.
There are 3 tenants living below who have their own independent access to their rooms. Please remove shoes and carry luggage to minimise noise and protect the polished wooden floors. There is no access to other parts of the house via the internal stairs.
Use of candles must be supervised carefully as this is a timber house.
Brisbane operates water restrictions please minimise water usage as fines also apply.