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.
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 just now 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. (It's summer time in Bondi after all :-) 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.
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.
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.
Very good place.Near the beach, beautifully designed, and nice house lord. We had a very good time here.
Kerry's house is lovely and in a great location in Bondi not too close and not too far from everything. Kerry was a great host we only met briefly but was welcoming and offered to show us around so we felt comfortable in his house.
Kerry è una persona squisita, gentilissimo, accorto. È un padrone di casa perfetto, educato e riservato. La casa è meravigliosa, le foto e la descrizione sono perfette. Un'esperienza da provare
We didn't had the pleasure to meet Kerry, but his place is absolutely the best you can get in Bondi! We really loved the Japanese inspiration decor, impeccable taste and you really feel like in home. We didn't wanted to leave, we really enjoyed our stay in his place and his french housekeeper, Corinne was lovely and really helpful! Its like staying in your home but with the best facilities as staying in a hotel. It really feels like home and definitely would come back. The place is absolutely great with great spaces and wonderful opened kitchen. Simply the best!!!
Corinne the housekeeper was lovely and explained everything to us!
The residence itself was lovely and exactly as described. We would definitely recommend staying with Kerry and Corinne without a doubt. Fellow travellers were also friendly and welcoming. Only a few minutes walk from Bondi! Could only be described as beautiul.
Thank you again Kerry for having us to stay !
Excellent communication, everything was very smooth. Location of the house is great, short stroll to Bondi Beach. The house itself is lovely and modern - the bed was really great and the rain shower was excellent. Kerry's housekeeper was kind enough to let us leave luggage in the house after our checkout and even use the downstairs shower. Will use again when back in Sydney, thank you.
My stay was just perfect! Kerry is a very kind and generous man, and happy to leave you to your privacy, or engage in conversation. His house is spectacular - spacious, beautifully designed, and extremely clean. I doubt you will find higher quality. The room was completely private with a lock on the door, and totally luxurious, including ensuite bathroom. The bedroom was huge with built in couches, so you really feel like you are staying in your own apartment. I highly recommend it!
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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.