Bondi Junction - restored period house with pool

Bondi Junction - restored period house with pool


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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms

About our home


Our Victorian-era home was built in 1892 and renovated 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 distinct living areas - one at either end of the house - so plenty of room to spread out and enjoy quiet time.

In the old section, which is at the front of the house, there are three bedrooms, plus a double living-dining room with antique furniture, piano, stereo and gas "coal" fire, and a lovely private verandah leading off it.

The main bedroom has an Australian king-sized bed (183cm wide x 203cm long) and the second has a double bed (137cm wide x 187cm long), plus a desk. The third bedroom is currently used as a child's playroom, with a sofa which folds out into a double bed. We have a wooden baby's cot which, if needed, can be assembled in this room.

All bedrooms have built-in wardrobes (those in the second and third bedrooms are partly used for storage but there's plenty of space for guests' clothes). None of the bedrooms has an en suite bathroom, as we didn't want to spoil the original character of the house.

The new section, with tiled floor, 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. It opens via glass bifold doors on to a dining terrace, with mains gas barbecue, overlooking the 9 x 3-metre solar-heated saltwater pool.

There's a lockup garage, accessed via the rear lane, with a small bathroom attached - perfect for showering after a swim.

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, toilet, washing machine and dryer.

Our automatic, air-conditioned Honda CRV is sometimes available for exchange. While not new, it's roomy and reliable.

Our 14-year-old cat, Smudge, is a free spirit who pops in twice a day to be fed. 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. During longer stays, we also ask that you water our front garden once a week, especially during warm weather.

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. We have a team of four cleaners who come for an hour once a fortnight and, if needed, we can arrange for them to continue this service, at your expense. They currently charge $125 per service.


More about us

  1. After long careers in journalism, Alan has retired, while Kerrie works part-time.

  2. We have three adult children and four young grandchildren. Our daughter, her partner and baby live in North London, and we try to meet somewhere in the world each year, generally in Europe or North America. If any of the family were going to be travelling with us, we would, of course, mention that when discussing an exchange.

  3. We have enjoyed 20 home exchanges since 2010, with a further 3 scheduled for 2019. While our house can be available at any time of year (except Christmas), please note that we don't want to visit Europe or North America in winter, so if you want to come to Sydney in our spring-summer, exchanges would need to be non-simultaneous.

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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, lively markets on Friday (food), plus Saturday and Sunday markets for clothes, jewellery, artworks and bric-à-brac.
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 kayaking or, on the harbour, swimming, sailing, kayaking 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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