The SpaceThe thing to note is that the flat is small and not really suitable for more than 2 adults, 3 tops. You could wedge in up to 3 kids in the little room, on the sofa bed and on a mattress on the floor...but it sure would be cramped. It would be perfect for a couple who would use the little room as a dressing/luggage room. It's our home, and we'll try to leave surfaces clutter free, but the wardrobe and cupboard space is very limited.
There's a separate laundry but there's no clothes dryer. This is because there are good outdoor and undercover shared washing lines downstairs. Guest AccessThe flat is self contained and you would not be sharing with anyone. Interaction with GuestsWe'll only lease this place when we go away so unless our departure and your arrival are simultaneous, we'll have to leave you in the hands of a proxy host. The NeighborhoodCentennial Park the suburb consists of just a few streets, named after the actual park. A real gift. Explore it on the net before you come. An enormous space so close to the city. It has cycling and running tracks, ponds with ducks and black swans, a cafe, an outdoor cinema in summer....oh and the trees - paperbarks, eucalyptus, figs and ferns.
To have this on our doorstep AND so many urban offerings is really unique.
Adjacent suburbs within walking distance are Paddington (Saturday markets, cafes, trendy clothes, a dozen pubs and the Oxford St vibe), Woollahra, Randwick (Racecourse and University of NSW beyond), Moore Park (The Sydney Cricket Ground and Football Stadium, Fox Studios and the Entertainment Quarter - loads of cinemas and bars) and Bondi Junction (mega-mall and train station). Getting AroundGetting around is really easy once you've got your Opal card and done a little homework on the buses. They go every few minutes along Oxford St, 7 mins away.
The flat is between the city and eastern beaches of Bondi, Bronte, Coogee etc.
Our street sits between two main transport corridors - Oxford St and Anzac Parade with frequent 24hr buses in both directions. Try the Trip Planner at the Transport NSW site. It will suggest ways, and how long it takes, and how much it costs, to get to your place of work/family/interest. Highly recommended before you make a decision.
From the city, catch a 333, 380, (from Circular Quay to Bondi Beach via Bondi Junction) M40 (from Chatswood and North Sydney to Bondi Junction) or 440 (from Central Station to Bronte via Bondi Junction) to the corner of Oxford St and Jersey Rd, Woollahra/Paddington - it's a 7 min walk from there.
These buses are very frequent - all but the M40 run until midnight. The 380 is 24hrs. Less frequent daytime buses also run to/from Marrickville/Newtown/Alexandria/Bondi Junction (355), Marrickville/Newtown/Sydney Uni/Surry Hills/Bondi Junction (352). The 440 doesn't only go to Central, it continues to RPA Hospital, and Leichhardt. The Eastern Region Guide is an excellent document for getting orientated. It's all available online (try the Sydney Buses site - you'll find timetables here too) and there are apps galore.
For the diesel heads, there's an under cover car space. Other Things to NoteHere are some reasons why this might not suit you (yes really!);
You're very tall and you've always had queen or king beds. A double bed could be a problem.
Heather's an informal kind of person who doesn't iron the pillowcases or fold the end of the toilet paper.
The place is smoke and pet free
There's no gym or pool or other mod cons. The kitchen is not stainless steel or caesar stone and does not have Smeg appliances, a dishwasher or a clothes dryer.
The shower is over the bath and your knees don't bend like they used to...so getting in and out of the shower might be difficult.
You'd prefer a gas rather than an electric cooktop.
You'd rather have something with more personality - high ceilings and french doors...This is in a tower block built in about 1980.