About this listing
Sunny artist's apartment in the uber cool inner-city neighbourhood of Fitzroy. Stroll to the delights of the CBD & some of Australia's best restaurants, shopping, street art & galleries. Free trams are a short hop. Super close to the Royal Exhibition Building, IMAX, Gertrude Street, Brunswick Street, Princess Theatre & Melbourne Museum. The MCG is lovely 30 minute walk through laneways and Fitzroy Gardens.
Our place is full of light and comfortable. It's furnished for a family of four with a mix of retro finds, Ikea, and stuff we've made ourselves. Our artworks are on the walls with the occasional trace of a child's texta mark. We love it because it's home, and hopefully it will feel like home to you as well.
Early check in or late check out is nearly always possible. Just ask!
Living room: seating for four and a dining area that can seat six at a stretch. We have a smart TV logged into our Netflix account
Balcony: our balcony garden has a breakfast bench with two stools, big views and lush herbs to pick
Master bedroom: queen bed with very comfortable mattress, dressing table/desk, views of Fitzroy & Carlton and high thread-count linen.
Kid's bedroom: Two single beds that can be pushed together to make a king
This room is generally not included in the listing, but we can make it available upon request. If want to use the second bedroom, send us a message and we'll leave clean bedding out for you. We don't charge for extra guests, or the use of the second bedroom, but you will need to make the beds yourself.
Bathroom: a very basic bathroom with a shower over bath and loo, there is a separate storage area for your toiletries. We provide Aesop toiletries and nice fluffy white bath-sheet towels.
Kitchen: surrounded as we are by excellent coffee and places to eat, you probably won't cook - but if you're inspired to we have fully stocked kitchen with everything you could need including rice cooker, dishwasher and microwave. Help yourself to herbs, oil and spices etc from our full pantry, there's room in the fridge for your food and we provide milk, cereal and coffee & tea for your first morning.
Laundry: the laundry is in the hallway, with washing machine, ironing board etc and a clothesline downstairs- you can also visit My Beautiful Laundrette on the corner if you prefer
There is on street parking, and we know a secret free car parking spaces that you can use too. Ask us for a visitors parking permit in advance if you need it - $50 cash deposit required
Ask about our artist studios in Brunswick when you book if you'd like a desk to work in or a meeting space.
We also are happy to provide phone numbers for babysitters. And you're staying in a family home, so help yourself to anything you find you need from panadol to olive oil, toys for the kids or good books to read at bed time.
Everything, make yourself at home. You're welcome to use any items that are at the apartment e.g. tennis racquets, banjo, pantry items - whatever you need.
You can also borrow bicycles from the bike share outside the museum or the library just around the corner. We have 4 x bike helmets that you can use.
*note, if you particularly want to use anything, please message to confirm it is available before booking as sometimes we take things away with us on holidays or items get broken etc
Interaction with guests
Call us or text us anytime if you need us, we'll let you know in advance if we're going to be camping and out of telephone range. You can also knock on the door of the apartment next door to ask our lovely neighbour for help or advice.
I moved to Melbourne in 1996 and I reckon that Fitzroy is the best place to base yourself to explore Melbourne, and our street is in the best part of Fitzroy. We'll leave a little package with maps and loads of local tips for you and secret spots to visit so you'll be able to fit right in like a local and get the best out of our wonderful neighbourhood.
Fitzroy is the uber cool little neighbourhood that is perched right on the very edge of the city centre and is famous for having some of the best restaurants, art and shopping in Australia.
From our place you can stroll to Paris end of Collins Street in the city, the Princess Theatre, Bourke Street, Chinatown and the shopping & restaurant end of the CBD through the gardens.
Or you can stay super local for the ridiculously good food and cocktails to be had on Gertrude, Brunswick & Smith Streets which are 2, 5 and 7 minute walks from us.
Slowpoke cafe, Lune Croissanterie, Marion's, Shop Ramen, Bad Frankie, Añada, Belle's Hot Chicken, Liberty Bar, Moon Under Water, Grub Food Van, Mario's, The Everleigh and Cutler & Co are just some of our favourite picks.
You can also walk west through the gardens to the riches of Carlton and Lygon Street like Market Coffee, Di Chirico Bakery & Milk the Cow and the fabulous Readings Bookstore.
For the kids there's the library, and 3 different playgrounds right on the doorstep, the world heritage listed Carlton Gardens and of course The Melbourne Museum, which is basically the world's best indoor play centre. Luna Park and the beach are an easy tram ride away and there's a choice of 3 swimming pools within walking distance.
TIP: to travel around the city for free just walk one block to the southern end of Carlton Gardens and you're within the free tram zone.
We provide Myki cards for you which should include enough credit for one trip, you can top them up at seven elevens and convenience stores etc
TripGo or Embark are both great apps to find your way around Melbourne via public transport, Uber, bicycle, taxi or on foot
Route 96 tram goes south to Bourke Street Mall in the city or north to Brunswick East along Nicholson Street (closest stop is 1 minute walk away).
Route 11 tram goes to Collins Street in the city, or along Brunswick Street to North Fitzroy & Thornbury (2 minute walk)
Route 12 on Gertrude Street, to to Northcote, Preston Markets or Bourke St in the city (5 minute walk)
Parliament Station (city circle train) is a 15 minute walk
Other things to note
We love our place - but here's the stuff that we think might not work for everyone. Our bed very comfortable, but it's low, so not good for our older parents for example. Our bathroom is very basic and the hot water heater is good for one good long shower, but then you've got to wait for 10 minutes to have another go. There's no lift, doorman or security entrance and our place in on the second floor.
Our house is a practical family home, so it's great if you want to relax somewhere pleasant, sunny and creative and not worry about breaking precious antiques - but it's not going to suit someone looking for pristine surfaces and luxury fittings.
There's no smoking allowed in the building at all.
It's not suitable for entertaining or events
- No parking on site. We have a parking permit available for street parking in residential zones, we can also point you to a secret car spot off the street. Also worth noting that unless you're planning suburban jaunts we are so inner-city that a car may be more hassle than its worth. There are car-share services nearby too.
- This is a no smoking building. There is absolutely no smoking anywhere at all in the apartment, on the balcony, in the building or within the boundary of the lot. They take this very seriously in our building, if you do light up expect to find people banging on the front door with torches and pitchforks. There's a nice pub down the street with a beer garden where one can smoke in comfort.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
We met and fell in love at the Builders Arms 15 years ago and we’ve lived here ever since. Now we’re raising our young kids here.
We think this patch of Fitzroy is one of the very best bits of Melbourne. It’s right next to the nicest part of the CBD with the museum, IMAX, Carlton Gardens and parks leafy trees galore. All the delights of Fitzroy, Carlton & Collingwood are on the doorstep and it's never far to stroll to find a cold beer or an excellent coffee.
We want you to relax, soak up the fabulous and enjoy living like a local when you stay with us.