ST KILDA RETRO PAD - GREAT LOCATION

House - Private room · Barkly Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182, Australia

The Space

MY HOME :
Enjoy vibrant St Kilda, and Melbourne whilst basing yourself at my stylish ( retro / mid-century modern style ),
2 storey townhouse.

My home is within easy walking distance to all that St Kilda has to offer. It is conveniently located only a block from famous St Kilda beach, cafes, bars, and shops, yet it is wonderfully quiet, as it is set well back from the noise and traffic of the street, ensuring a good night's sleep.

The area is very well connected with public transport, with a bus, train and tram stops close by. There is also a great network of bicycle tracks around the city and along the bay to explore - and free use of my bicycle!

As a guest in my home you may share my living space, or have as much privacy as you desire. I have 2 living areas both with televisions, so a certain degree of autonomy is possible, however the kitchen and bathroom are shared.

The shared bathroom has a reliable hot water supply, and is fitted with a bath tub, separate shower, and vanity unit. The toilet is separate from the bathroom.

There are 2 toilets - one downstairs and the other upstairs,
so I can offer you the private use of the upstairs toilet during your stay if you would prefer ( i.e.: I can use the toilet downstairs most of the time if you request this ).

The kitchen is due for an update, but is perfectly OK in its' present "original 1980's" state. Despite being dated, it's clean and has a dishwasher and everything you may need if you are wanting to cook, however from my experience, that is the last thing you need to do on your holiday, especially when there is a plethora of restaurants and cafes nearby to satisfy all tastes.

My home has a sunny front courtyard, and a large lush back yard for you to enjoy also.

The bedroom itself is upstairs, and is bright, quiet and comfortable, with a lovely private leafy outlook from the window. The bed is a very comfortable double mattress on a futon base. There are also 2 bedside tables, a small desk, full length mirror and ample hanging and drawer space. Suitable for a couple, or single person, the room is cosy, yet spacious enough for you and all of your luggage. A small television, and a quiet fan is also available for your use in your room.
I provide clean towels and sheets etc., and I can provide some basic toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and soap etc. just in case you forgot to pack yours.

OTHER POINTS WORTH NOTING :
- I pride myself on keeping a clean and tidy home, and hope this is respected by my guests
- I am pet friendly. Small to medium sized, clean, non-aggressive house-trained dogs are welcome, and will have a safe and secure enclosed backyard to enjoy, as well as a local dedicated "dog beach" and parks nearby. Owners are responsible for picking up their dog's droppings, at my home, and when out walking.
- I have a very cute small dog, 12 years old, with one tooth and a slightly "grumpy old man" attitude...but harmless!
- FREE basic self-serve breakfast of tea/coffee, toast
and/or cereal.
- FREE Wi Fi internet connection.
- FREE laundry facilities on site – washing machine, clothes-line and drier.
- FREE use of my mountain bike - take advantage of the great network of bike paths around Melbourne and the bay.
- FREE off-street "guest parking" for those with a car. There are 4 guest spaces that are shared with the other 5 townhouses on a “first in - first serve" basis, therefore availability is possible but not guaranteed.
- gas wall heater warms the whole house on those cold days
- Original 1950"s fans in both living areas for those hot days
- Close to St Kilda's famous Acland and Fitzroy Streets.
- Close to the city – only 20-30 min to the city by tram
- Close to the fashionable Chapel St Prahran shopping/restaurant/clubs
- I am open to people of all cultures, creeds, and I am gay friendly.
- Unfortunately my home is not really set up for young children, therefore only well-behaved children over the age of 8 years are welcome.

A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF :
I am a well-travelled adventurer, and have lived and worked in Italy and Hong Kong. I am self employed, and work from home therefore I will be around during your stay. I am very interested in diverse cultures. I have a keen interest in photography, design and graphics. I speak Italian, and can manage to make myself understood with Spanish.

A LITTLE ABOUT ST KILDA :

Here are a couple of websites worth checking out :
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for info about St.Kilda and
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for info about Melbourne - it has a helpful month by month calendar listing all events and attractions

St Kilda is an inner city bayside suburb, and is one of the most interesting and popular tourist destinations in Melbourne, and a must for all those wanting to experience a creative, vibrant multi-cultural area where the young, and young at heart enjoy an idyllic "bohemian" lifestyle by the (website hidden) Kilda is also home (email hidden)ly and diverse live music scene, with many venues within walking distance. Some of the many local attractions are: Luna Park, Palais Theatre, St Kilda Botanical Gardens, St Kilda Sea Baths, St Kilda Marina, Acland St. cafes and cakeshops, Fitzroy St. restaurants and bars, Sunday Market on the Esplanade, Summer Thursday Night Market, St Kilda Festival in February, and the Midsumma Gay Pride festival, etc..My home is also within walking distance ( 20-30 mins walk ) to the Albert Park Formula One Grand Prix held in March.

I am happy to help with any advice you may need during your stay. I would like to make your stay in St Kilda as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
looking forward to meeting you !

cheers
Dallas

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $529 /week
Monthly Price: $2018 /month
Security Deposit: $288
Cleaning Fee: $29
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • We had a great stay at Dallas's "pad". Her place is a marvel of retro art and crafts and we really enjoyed it. Dallas is a wonderful host - charming, helpful, and oh-so quiet in the evenings and early morning. We slept beautifully. During our week's stay we whiled away the days in St Kilda - a great destination all on its own. Plenty of restaurants and shops nearby - as well as the beach. Would we return on future visits to Melbourne? Most definitely!

    April 2014
    Dallas
    Response from Dallas:

    Thanks Lisbeth, lovely to meet you both - all the best for the rest of your trip.

  • The accommodation was very clean comfortable, spacious and close to all facilities. Dallas was a great hostess making us feel very welcome. We took advantage of her bright and cheerful kitchen for a basic but adequate breakfast. Highly recommend.

    March 2014
    Dallas
    Response from Dallas:

    thanks Jen!

  • Situated in a calm & nice spot in St. Kilda, Dallas' house is a very special and cozy place to stay. The room on the upper floor is very quite with comfortable bed, nice bathroom and a lot of privacy. At the same time, Dallas makes you feel at home instantly, is a very nice communicator, caring and interested. The location is super - very close to beach and St. Kilda's cake-street :). Thank you for having me, Dallas - I very much enjoyed my stay, take good care of yourself, all the best!

    March 2014
    Dallas
    Response from Dallas:

    thanks stefanie! So glad you enjoyed your time here. it was lovely to meet you.

  • This accommodation exceeded our expectations in all respects. It was ideally situated as a base for exploring St Kilda and Melbourne generally. The accommodation was comfortable and furnished in an exotic style that reflected the interests of the owner Dallas. Dallas proved to be a wonderful host, looking after our every need. She was a mine of information on the local area. We were made to feel welcome throughout our stay and would definitely recommend this accommodation and host to anyone looking for accommodation that epitomises St Kilda.

    January 2014
    Dallas
    Response from Dallas:

    such a lovely review - thank you!

  • We came to Melbourne from Qld., to re-locate. We had some ideas of places where we were going to live, but after staying in Dallas´s great place, it could only be St. Kilda!

    Dallas was a wonderful host, and extremely patient with our grumpy rescue dog. She was a mine of information, and made us feel very welcome. The location is just fabulous - you really are a part of the vibrant atmosphere of St. Kilda, yet Dallas´s place itself is so quiet, you would think you were in the country.

    We were initially attracted to Dallas´s place, because it was dog-friendly, but what a bonus it was! We never thought we could stay in such a great place with our dog!

    Thanks so much Dallas! And thanks also Cosmo, the little-gentleman dog!
    Cheers
    Joan & Gerhard

    January 2014
    Dallas
    Response from Dallas:

    thanks for the great review - so glad you enjoyed your time at my place. See you around the neighbourhood now that you are locals now too!

  • Dallas is an excellent host. We stayed 7 days at her 'retro pad' and it worked out great for us. It is indeed a great location, quiet and well off the busy street. Very convenient to reliable public transportation too. The #96 tram (20-25 min to CBD) starts its route less than 10 minute walk from the (website hidden). Kilda is a colorful, lively neighborhood. Close to the beach with plenty of good restaurants, funky bars and live music options every night.
    The room was bright, comfortable and clean. Dallas lent us her bike for a couple of rides (Great biking in Melbourne, btw.) We enjoyed our conversations with our well-traveled host and she provided a lot of good tips and insider advice for doing Melbourne. An unexpected bonus was learning how to make enormous, joyful bubbles in the back yard. The only issue was a very slow internet. Dallas apologized and assured us that was a one-time problem. In any event, we would definitely return to St. Kilda retro pad if we're fortunate enough to visit Melbourne again.

    December 2013
    Dallas
    Response from Dallas:

    Thanks so much for the positive review Marty. hope you have now caught up on your blog !!! and that you had a lovely xmas and new (website hidden) : the internet issue has been addressed and resolved - no problems now. apologies again for any inconvenience caused during your stay.

  • great place, very welcoming and comfy, great location!

    December 2013
  • We loved staying with Dallas. She is a fantastic host along with Cosmo the wonderdog. The room was large, clean and very comfortable.
    Dallas has a gorgeous inner city haven, very quite and peaceful. The garden was lovely to sit in and we enjoyed great breakfasts surrounded by trees. She also has a fab herb garden.
    The location is perfect, a quick walk to Acland street and it's many shops and cafes. Public transport is close by.
    We would not hesitate to recommend Dallas as an airbnb host. She was warm, welcoming and we felt extremely comfortable in her groovy home. Brilliant stay, see you when we are in Melbourne next!

    November 2013
    Dallas
    Response from Dallas:

    awwww shucks guys - thanks for the lovely review! Coming from airbnb "super hosts" as yourself, means a lot to me. So glad that you enjoyed your stay with me. hope to see you again one day.

  • Dallas is wonderful!!!
    We've just found a friend...The location is perfect,5 minutes walking from the beach and Acland Street, the heart of SANTA KILDA :)
    The house is very big, beautiful and furnished with style.
    If the weather is good you can enjoy the courtyard for breakfast or for a candle light dinner .
    Cosmo Superdog will love you if you provide him some rosty chiken :).
    Dallas is a very nice, funny and discrete person and she can give you advice about everything.
    Se non capite un c***o di Inglese parla anche ltaliano
    Grazie Dallas! Ti vogliamo bene!

    October 2013
    Dallas
    Response from Dallas:

    LOL !!! thanks for the lovely( and funny) review, and thanks for bringing the spirit of Italy to my home. Good luck for the rest of your year in the land of OZ.
    See you around SANTA KILDA!

  • We went to Melbourne without any plan. It was a quick decision. After we looked at the website, we booked Dallas's place because its look great and cool. When we were there, we can see the real place is not only what you see on her photos. The place is very clean. You can sleep in a quiet room even its closed to the community zone that you can walk to and enjoy your time. You can walk to the beach only 5 (website hidden).kilda is awesome. Dallas is nice and helpful host. Cosmo is cute >.ll be back again next time. :)

    October 2013
    Dallas
    Response from Dallas:

    thanks Prusanee, I'm so glad you enjoyed your short stay in st kilda - next time longer OK?! See you then...

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I am a "young-at-heart" middle-aged woman from Melbourne Australia. I live in the vibrant inner-city bayside suburb of St kilda in Melbourne. I am a professional photographer, and love graphic design and architecture. I have lived and worked in Italy and Hong Kong, and I am a seasoned traveller, with a preference for warm destinations, where I can swim and snorkel. I have a keen interest in all other cultures. I am a respectful and responsible guest and host.
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