If you like experiencing interesting architectural spaces – especially modern design influenced by Japan - I think you'll love my new Drew Heath designed Bondi home. The bamboo garden on a moonlight summer night will take you half way to heaven. We've designed everything from the king-size beds in all bedrooms to the underground music room/theatre to make your stay as gorgeous as we can. Three rooms are available (Sanctuary, Skylight, and West Wing) and all are listed separately. This listing and availability calendar is for the SANCTUARY room. (Click on my photo for other room listings and availability.)
I'll give you some details in a minute but first let me tell you where it is.
Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte
I told my Brisbane cousin once that Bondi was the centre of the universe and he said “It might be the centre of your universe maybe.” But honestly, being in the heart of Sydney's three iconic eastern beaches is the best possible place to stay in Sydney. Each beach has a completely different feel from the others and they're all connected by a stunning cliff walk (with an aboriginal carving of a whale if you know where to look). From my home on the ridge between Bondi and Tamarama, you can walk to Bondi beach in five minutes (500 metres), Tamarama beach in five minutes, and Bronte beach is five minutes along the walk from Tamarama. I swim at one or more of these every day so I know how long it takes.
The city is a short bus or bus/train ride away (or 15 minutes by taxi) and many of the beautiful places of Sydney – Hyde Park, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Art Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, Centennial Park – are on this side of the city.
I have a real espresso machine here and I'll gladly make one for you but we're surrounded by great cafes and restaurants. Some of the best breakfasts and salads are literally just around the corner at M Deli Cafe and then there's the Three Blue Ducks restaurant at Bronte which is brilliant and surprisingly affordable. It was started by some surfing friends who all studied with Tetsuya. (There's some snapshots of these and other places above.)
But about the house...
Wide open multilevel space, king-size beds, en-suites...
Drew (Drew Heath, interesting Sydney architect who has just won the state's top residential award) has designed the house with exposed steel columns and beams and walls of multi-hued glass louvres. It's full of light and ocean breezes.
There are three bedrooms available. Each one is huge and has it's own en-suite and king-size bed. (Reminder: this listing and calendar is for the SANCTUARY room. :-) The en-suites for Sanctuary and West Wing have heated floors and towel rails and both these rooms have bay windows. The Skylight bedroom has ventilating skylights. (My bedroom is also available if I'm not here and that has a balcony overlooking the bamboo garden.) The bedrooms have naturally oiled timber floors – mostly spotted gum and recycled Ironbark from an old wool shed in Dubbo.
The house is spread over multiple levels so you've got no problem in having space to yourself. If there's four of you and you want two bedrooms and a self-contained private area, we can shut off the part containing Sanctuary and West Wing with a heavy sliding divider.
The living space is huge and on the lower level, opens out to the bamboo garden. This kitchen/dining area has a Jarrah slab table that can comfortably seat 12 people.
There's an underground music room and theatre with big screen and surround sound for a rainy day. And a DVD rental store a couple of hundred metres away with any amount of films and a big section of foreign ones.
Shopping, Cooking, and Eating
Around the corner on Bondi Road (about two minutes walk) there's a great organic food store, a fruit shop, a bakery, newsagent, two convenience stores, a gourmet pizza shop, and several coffee shops. Bondi Junction at the top of the hill has about everything you could possibly need - cradle to grave.
If you like to cook, I've got great kitchen facilities (ovens, cooktops, dishwashers) and plenty of fridge space and two big dining tables to eat from. Actually I should mention that almost every Saturday, my friend Yoshiko, the exquisitely creative chef and author from Healthy Soy Cooking, is teaching cooking classes in the Jarrah kitchen. The classes are fusion and Japanese and the dishes a mix of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-, yeast-, and dairy-free. Extremely healthy and very tasty. You're welcome to join the classes and Yoshi offers my guests a 20% discount but you do need to book in advance. Classes are from 10am to 2 or 3pm. That means the Jarrah kitchen is not available during those hours (plus an hour or so before and after for preparation and cleaning) but the other main cooking area is available.
From the Airport and Getting Around
A taxi from the airport will cost approximately $45 and take around 20 minutes.
A bus from the airport will be $8 to $9 and take around 45~55 minutes.
Buses run up and down Bondi Road to Bondi Junction and the city 24 hours a day. All buses stop at the express stop just around the corner on Bondi Road. Bondi Junction is a few minutes away at the top of the hill. From there, trains run to the city and beyond every 10~12 minutes from 5:00am to midnight.
You can buy combined bus/train/ferry passes at the local newsagent that are great value.
If coming by car, the parking in the street is restricted to 2 hours but there is unlimited parking in the adjoining streets. The problem is that it's in high demand and at night the closest spot may be up to 200 meters away .
Hmm... what else...
If you want to work out, my recommendation would be the Bondi Icebergs (5 minutes walk away) for swimming laps. They also have a gym (extra cost) and a sauna. But of course there's the beaches for soft sand running and there's various exercise equipment along the cliff walk between Bondi and Tamarama that you can use for free. And free filtered drinking water fountains too. How good is that? The government is interested in your health!
For picnics, Bronte beach is my favourite. Or the hillside at Bondi. They're both magical in the late afternoon when the pine trees cast long shadows over the grass. There are barbecues at Bronte and Tamarama.
We've got fast wifi here of course and if you need one, I can loan you a Nexus tablet while you're here.
The house is equipped with a keypad entry system. When you book I'll set a key code for you and email it to you. No need to worry about keys.
I can't think of anything else just now. If you've got any questions, email me. Either I or Lindsay or Rie (my friends and caretakers) will respond. One of us is almost always here.
Love to see you.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||No Charge|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$559 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2050 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
We were lucky enough to stay in the Bamboo Gardens Sanctuary room for a whole month as we attempted to settle following our migration from the UK. After all the stress of trying to find jobs and a permanent residence, the sanctuary room really lived up to its name. A beautiful house with fun and friendly staff always willing to help. Massive thanks for a great stay to Giles, Corrine and I course Kerry! Thanks guys!
What can I add to all the others! Staying at Kerry's place is the best of both: hotel luxury with the intimacy of someone's own home. Kerry can move up to the next booking site: HeavenBnB!
Lovely house, great position - room very comfortable. We would stay here again
My fiance and I stayed at Kerry's place in the Sanctuary Room for 9 days over New year period and had a great relaxing stay. The house is stunning, very clean and modern with all the equipment. Loads of natural light from cool little windows which make up the walls. The bed was super comfortable and big. Everything is great apart from one thing - no aircon so had to keep the windows opened all the time which meant it could be a little noisy sometimes and mosquitoes kept getting in occasionally.
Kerry is a really cool guy and shared some good knowledge with us. He was a great host letting us use the house even after we checked out for the rest of the day. Would definitely stay again!
Bondi Bamboo Garden was great!! We were so lucky to stay in these amazing place. Only few min. walk to Bondi beach, a stylish room with a super comfy bed..Kerry was nice and friendly. We'll def. come back!!!
It was great to stay at Kerrys place / Bamboo Garden. The house is nice and we loved the interior design with a functional plan and a lot of space. The athmosphere is very relaxed an harmonic. Kerry was very helpful an generous and we will be happy to come back some day even if Australia is far from Sweden .. :)
Great House, Great value! I felt like in a 5stR hotel room. Kerry was not in the house during my stay but the house keepers dis always their best to make me feel like at home. I shared the huge kitchen with other guests and everything was perfect. Bondi beach was around the corner. The Bus station to bondi junction too. If I come back to Sydney I will try to stay in the same place. Kerry, thanks for sharing your house with foreigners!
We stayed at Bondi Bamboo Garden mid November for 8 nights in the Sanctuary room on our first visit to Australia and our first experience of Airbnb. Although Kerry wasn't there for our visit Rie, Agata and Corinne were fantastic hosts. The house was as advertised and more, clean, spacious with great facilities. It was an ideal location for Bondi beach and the coastal walk being only a 5mins away. We can highly recommend Kerrys place to anyone for a beach or city holiday ( buy a Multiway Travel Pass, great value for bus,train and ferry ). Wishing Agata a speedy recovery from her broken leg. Regards Matty and Sue x
I had my dad over for 9 nights. my dad (in his 50s) was highly satisfied. Kerrys house is a 4-5 star hotel equivalent! highly recommended
Bondi Bamboo Garden is wonderful. The location is excellent, 7 min walk to Bondi beach, 12 min walk to Tamarama beach, 3 minute walk to the bus stop, where you can catch the 380 & 333(express) to Bondi junction, Paddington or the city.
The room itself and the bathroom are modern, very clean and has the design of the house carried through. The shared kitchen downstairs offers the option to self cater, there is also a wicked coffee machine for you to use.
Kerry as a host is as good as they come. Kerry responded within a few hours and was always more than helpful and very polite.
We both enjoyed our stay and we look forward to staying at Bondi Bamboo Garden on our next trip to Bondi!