Our apt is in a complex that includes pool,spa,gym and tennis courts. It is secure with only 2 apts per floor. It is absolute waterfront and is very...
Victorian house with modern extension and pool
Victorian house with modern extension and pool
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- 3 Bedrooms
- Sleeps 6
- 3 baths
About our home
PLEASE DON'T REQUEST AN EXCHANGE OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD AS WE ALWAYS SPEND CHRISTMAS AT HOME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Our home was built in 1892 and renovated by us in 2007, retaining its charm and original features. We added an architect-designed extension to the rear which, while modern, is sympathetic to the older part of the house.
There are two bedrooms in the old section in the front part of the house. The main has a king-size bed and the second has a double bed, plus a desk. There is a studio above the garage with a queen-size bed and freestanding air conditioner, plus table and chairs, suitable for use as a work station. We have a wooden baby's cot which can be assembled in any of the rooms.
The bedrooms in the main house have built-in wardrobes. Neither has an en suite bathroom, as we didn't want to spoil the original character of the house.
This part of the house also features a double living-dining room with antique furniture, piano, stereo and gas "coal" fire, with a lovely private verandah at the front.
The new section comprises a large open-plan kitchen, casual dining area and family room, with 106cm flat-screen TV, DVD player and stereo, plus many books, CDs and DVDs, as well as a gas-flame fireplace. This room opens via glass bifold doors on to a dining terrace, with mains gas barbecue, overlooking the 9 x 3-metre solar-heated saltwater pool.
The garage, which is accessed via the rear lane, has a small bathroom attached - ideal for showering after a swim and for use by the studio occupants.
Back indoors, the main bathroom has a large tub and separate shower stall, while the second bathroom, which doubles as a laundry, has a shower, washing machine and dryer.
We have a 12-year-old cat, Smudge, who is a free spirit but would appreciate being fed by you twice a day. If you're allergic to cats, we can arrange for neighbours to care for her.
We also ask that guests water our small herb/vegie garden and potplants.
We do not want to have to clean at the end of our stay, so are happy to pay for a professional - and assume this would be reciprocated - or swap cleaning services with you.
- Main home
- Cable TV
- Equipped for kids
- No pets
More about us
- We would like to re-visit NEW YORK CITY in 2018, preferably for several weeks. Two of our favourite destinations are FRANCE and GREECE. but we are open to other suggestions. We are also keen to visit BERLIN.
- We are semi-retired journalists, with three adult children and two young grandchildren. If any of them were going to be travelling with us, we would, of course, mention that when discussing an exchange.
- We only wish to visit the Northern Hemisphere during the warmer months but are happy for NON-SIMULTANEOUS exchange, if you would prefer to visit Sydney during our spring-summer-autumn.
Where is it?
- Buzzy restaurants
- Opportunities for eating out (or ordering a home delivery) are seemingly endless. Within walking distance you can eat Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, Italian, Israeli, tapas, burgers, pizza, fish and chips ... We have compiled a list of our favourites for you.
- Cool bars
- We are well served for both pubs and bars, many of which are in prime beachfront or harbourfront locations. Recommendations available.
- Cozy cafés
- Sydneysiders are obsessed with drinking good coffee and going out for breakfast/brunch, so café culture is alive and well - again, often with fabulous views. We can steer you in the right direction.
- Retail therapy
- The shopping mecca of Bondi Junction is a level 10-minute walk away (this is also where you'll find our railway station) and includes a large cinema complex. A half-hour downhill stroll will bring you to fashionable Double Bay or you can catch a bus. Trendy Paddington is a short bus ride away. Numerous bus routes run past the top of our street but, thankfully, not along it! The Sydney CBD is 5km away or 3 stops on the train. As for food shopping, while you can find pretty much everything you need in the supermarkets, delis, specialty shops and farmers' market in Bondi Junction, there are other farmers' markets nearby, depending on the day of the week.
- Bit of culture
- Major attractions are easily accessible by public transport, including the Australian Museum, NSW Art Gallery, Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Sydney our World Heritage-listed Opera House, as well as many other theatres and concert halls. The Rocks area, at the other end of Circular Quay from the Opera House, is the site of early European settlement. As well as the Art Deco Museum of Contemporary Art, there are many preserved colonial buildings, restaurants and music pubs, and a lively Friday night market.
- Walks in the park
- Our area is blessed with an abundance of parkland, including the 190-hectare Centennial Park, where you can ride a horse or bicycle, marvel at the myriad species of birds or picnic in the shade of tall paperbark trees. Or you can walk to Double Bay through beautiful leafy Cooper Park, beside a sparkling creek. Nearby Sydney Harbour National Park contains natural bushland and wonderful swimming beaches. Our ocean beaches also have parks, with barbecue and picnic facilities. The Botanic Gardens, which lead from the NSW Art Gallery down to the Opera House, are lush and tranquil year-round.
- Spot of exercise
- There is a 4km level walking track around Centennial Park. A favourite with both locals and visitors is the oceanfront clifftop track from Bondi to Bronte Beach, with exercise stations along the way. Then, if you have the energy, you can keep going to Coogee Beach. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to stop for a coffee or cold drink en route. Then there's the 5km Federation Walk, which stretches from Dover Heights, just past North Bondi beach, to idyllic harbourfront Watsons Bay (great pub here for fish and chips), taking in some breathtaking ocean vistas. There are tennis courts in Cooper Park and elsewhere, an abundance of golf courses, a skate park at Bondi Beach and many other sporting facilities. Not surprisingly, the beaches are a major drawcard: for swimming (there are public baths at Bondi and a magical free ocean pool at Bronte), surfing and ocean kayakking or, on the harbour, swimming, sailing, kayakking and cruising. If you have a special interest, please let us know and we'll find out where you can pursue it.
- Day tripping
- Catch a ferry across the glittering harbour to any number of great destinations, including Taronga Zoo, which is involved in breeding programs for rare and endangered species, so you'll often see newborn animals. The setting, high above Sydney Harbour, is breathtaking. Don't miss the seal show, wild bird show and elephant playtime. The wonderful wineries of the Lower Hunter Valley are just over 2 hours' drive or you can take a day tour from Sydney. The nation's capital, Canberra, about 3.5 hours away by car, is also well worth a visit.
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