The SpaceLarge architectural-style brick home with high (cathedral-style) ceilings in common areas, polished wooden floors in most living areas, and wallpaper (very rare in Australia). There is a roof deck over the garage, and it is set on a raised section with distinctive brick boundary fence.
The private guest room is a more basic room with beds, desk (one or two, negotiable), wardrobe, power point, light, and heating vent. Guest AccessYou have your room to yourself, but it's not lockable.
Shared access to lounge, dining, kitchen, toilet, bathroom (shower & washbasin).
Negotiable access/use of laundry, formal dining, and storage area. Interaction with GuestsWe prefer quiet guests, and leave them to themselves; but if you want help, one of us will be around most of the time, and we'll see what we can do. Example help include transport to nearby railway stations, directions, public transport info, shopping or tourist recommendations, help with crashed computers, recommendations for SIM cards (cell phones/mobile phones). The NeighborhoodVermont South is a mostly residential, quiet, upper-cut neighbourhood. In common with most parts of Melbourne, you take sensible security precautions (eg. REMOVE your ignition key from your car when filling with petrol, or paying), but there are very few crime problems here.
There's a shopping centre next to the tram terminus, and two larger ones a quick bus or tram ride away. German supermarket Aldi is here, along with the more expensive Coles, and a surprising array of fast food chains, fish-and-chip, Thai/Indian/Chinese restaurants, post office, and others. The only bank here is Westpac.
More sophisticated eating options are a quick bus ride away, either in Knox, Glen Waverley, or Nunawading. Burwood One (formerly K-Mart Plaza Burwood East) is a quick tram ride away. There's also Forest Hill nearby but buses are infrequent. These places have the other banks, movie theatres, bigger supermarkets, libraries, money exchange, and government services.
There's no real night life here, but a 24-hour supermarket is at Burwood One, and Glen Waverley buzzes until about 23:00 (11pm) 7 days a week.
The Dell (Bellbird Dell) is our medium-sized bush park which is very nice to walk or cycle through, and a much larger park is the Dandenong Creek trail, about 3km away. Getting AroundTrams go to the city, via Camberwell (route 75). Frequent buses go to Knox (Tram link 732), Box Hill (732), Glen Waverley (902), Nunawading (902).
WARNING: You cannot buy or recharge your ticket on the tram, and tram cops DO frequently patrol the trams.
Refer to detailed ticket & public transport information provided on request.
I've hardly used taxis - you could try Silvertop - ph 131008. There's no car rental to speak of here, so best to organise it in the city, or pay more at the Airport.
There's no problem with parking around our house. If driving to (from) the Airport, I go through Bulleen Road/Greensborough Bypass/M80 Western Ring Road. Other Things to NotePlease save water. Town water is connected, but there are city-wide saving rules in effect.
Mobile phone (cell phone) reception is sometimes problematic in the house. Either choose Telstra, or refer to detailed information provided on request.