About this listing
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 WEST WING room. (Click on my profile 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 WEST WING 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. 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.
Comments about WEST WING room
The West Wing Room is proving the most popular and is probably the biggest room by area (it has two bay windows) but there's two things you should note about it. One is that it has huge amounts of glass and louvres so it's very light and the second is that it's closest to the street and thus the most exposed to street noise. Happy, loud, young people sometimes walk past late at night on the weekends, particularly in the peak of summer time (January/February). If you like to go to bed early and get up early, one of the other rooms might suit you better.
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:
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 if other guests regarding the shared kitchen/dining areas.
Kerry was a warm and engaging host who made us feel very welcome. A beautiful spacious and impeccably clean room was better than the 5 star hotels that we stayed in with a great ensuite. Everything was close by. 5 minute walk to Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte Beaches (2 minutes if you are an Aussie). I would highy recommend a stay here. It is like living inside a magazine spread!
Kerry's house was in the perfect location. Only a few minutes walk down the hill to Bondi beach, and a few minutes away from a strip of shops with bakeries, good cafes, shops and restaurants. The room and house was just like the photos, and it was a really beautiful and comfortable stay! We loved our interactions with Corinne, and unfortunately just missed Kerry on our stay. We'd highly recommend this to anyone wanting to visit Bondi and would love to stay again!
Thank you so much to Kerry for having me to stay in your beautiful house and thanks to Corrine for your amazing hospitality. I loved staying so much that I didn't want to leave; so I ended up staying for over 8 weeks. The house is an amazing space to come home to, the facilities you provide are formidable and the amenity to Bondi and everything it has to offer is fantastic. Thanks for letting me live the dream, topped off with early morning surfs as the sun rises before work. I will be back again for sure.
We definitely recommend Kerry's house in Bondi!!! It's very modern and clean, the bed is very comfortable. We didn't have a chance to say goodbye to Corinne when we left on the last day.. Thank you for guiding us kindly about the house. Unfortunately we couldn't meet Kerry this time, but we look forward to seeing you next time!
Kerry’s house is amazing. The setup for each room being private with its own bathroom, coupled with beautiful common areas such as the kitchen, allows a back and forth between serene privacy, and the opportunity to meet fellow travelers over an espresso or dinner. A wonderful combination. The location is excellent…walking left to Bondi, or right to Bronte beaches. And a three block walk to an express bus that had me in downtown Sydney in 25 minutes for $2.00. I was in the front room (West Wing) and true to the description, there was some limited street noise, but for me that was not a problem. This was more than made up for by the louvered walls that could be turned to let in the light and breeze, as if I was sleeping on a porch…wonderful to wake to.
Can’t say enough about the accommodations or the hospitality of Kerry and Corrine. Wonderful experience all around.
This house is PERFECT - spacious, bright, modern, well designed & fully equipped - there is everything you need.
AND always clean & with fresh flowers - BIG THANKS to Corinne - lovely housekeeper.
Great located - Bondi & Tamarama Beach, Coastal Walk in about 5 minutes. Many restaurants & groceries shops are very close.
And the host Kerry - lovely, helpful & kind.
We loved to stay there & felt very welcome.
Corinne & Kerry make this property to a special place.
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About the Host, Kerry
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.)
I'll be based in Bondi much of the year. Come and visit if you can.