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. 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.
There's an underground music room and theatre with big screen and surround sound for a rainy day.
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 big dining tables to eat from.
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.
At convenience stores you can buy travel cards (called OPAL cards) that cover buses, trains, and ferries.
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; 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.
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.
That's about it I think. Come and enjoy.
Just a few things to mention:
Timber Floors and Jarrah Table
I really like to look after the beautiful old wood so no outdoors shoes on any of the upstairs timber floors (bedroom areas) please. We keep all areas - upstairs and downstairs - very clean so that you can pad around in bare feet if you wish. We do. Slippers also OK.
No smoking anywhere indoors please. And please don't discard butts in the garden.
You're very welcome to watch a movie if you wish. Please let us know though so we can coordinate with other guests.
Espresso Coffee Machine
Please allow us to make you a coffee if you'd like one. It's a little tricky to use.
That's about it. We know you'll be respectful of other guests regarding the shared kitchen/dining areas.
Kerry's house in Bondi was everything we had hoped for from the listing. Clean, light, spacious, well positioned, extremely well decorated.
It had good access to Bondi and Tamarama beaches. Cafes/resaurants/shops close by.
Kerry was a gracious host and we were made to feel very welcome. I'd recommend this accommodation to anyone.
Everything was perfect: warm welcome, discription how to get there, location close to the beaches and bus stop, architectur and interieur, kitchen and italian espresso maschine, guestroom and bathroom. Kerry is the perfect host you can wish. The next stay in Sydney, we will book it again. Thanks for all.
I had a fantastic time staying at Kerry's Bondi house. His place was everything you imagined it to be, large, spacious and designed perfect. This was a nice 5 minute walk to Bondi beach and surrounded by all that is to offer on Bondi Road or Hall street, close to cafes, restaurants, bars and shopping. I would recommend anyone to stay here and have a good chat with Kerry on anything, he was welcoming and available for any questions I had. Loved staying here!
Our host welcomed us in a friendly, relaxed way, showing us all the facilities and telling us about the house. The area had very easy access to the beautiful beach near by and plenty of cafes and shops within walking distance. An extremely comfortable and cool place to stay in Bondi.
We could not have been more happy with the Bondi Bamboo Garden.
Amazing a house. Clean, fresh and a great location. I don't think we will ever book a hotel in Sydney again. Thanks Kerry.
If I had a beach house I would want it to look like this! It is spacious, serene, and only a few minutes to Bondi Beach. The house is fully stocked and Corinne was very helpful to show us around. We didn't have any trouble finding street parking near the property. It doesn't have AC, but it was actually pretty cool at night even during the summer so it wasn't a problem.
I am almost afraid to write a review because if I relate how very good this place is I probably would never get a vacancy again. It is first rate, full stop
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I'm Australian (Sydney is home) but spend much time in Japan.
I have a very small company in Osaka but my primary focus is working on projects to make democracy work better. (In particular a concept called Deliberative Polling. I and my Japanese colleagues introduced that to Japan.)
2014 is going to be a sabbatical for me to catch up on some things that I've wanted to do for a long time. I'll be based in Bondi much of the year. Come and visit if you can.