My wife and I stayed and Penny and Leon's two-bedroom terrace house (with 1.5 bath) in the Inner-West suburb of Glebe during a month-long work assignment in Sydney, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay from beginning to end. The house is the end unit of a row of houses that shares a common terrace of herbs and vegetable plantings, and is located mere steps away from a Light Rail station, which is visible from the house and takes you to Darling Harbour in less than 10 minutes, and Chinatown/George St. in less than 15 minutes. Glebe Point Road is a two-minute walk up the hill, with buses to all major stops including Circular Quay, and ample conveniences like the city library, grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants.
The house is on a one-way street that forms a cul-de-sac in a residential block, which means peace and quiet. The back of the house is on a north-facing slope and gives a clear view of Sydney’s downtown. A small courtyard and a skylight brings in plenty of light and airiness into the space. The two bedrooms are on different levels. The downstairs bedroom opens onto the sunny terrace where you can sit and enjoy the view, or hang dry the laundry. The upstairs bedroom gives a better view of downtown because of added height. The owners have decorated the house tastefully with an eclectic collection of antique furniture, textile, and various pieces of art and photography. A small study is stocked with a sizable library of books and a cozy couch.
The kitchen and bath are completely modern and fully equipped, with all mechanics in good working condition. We arrived in winter, but the gas heating was powerful and we never had any problem with climate control. The washer and dryer are next to the bathroom.
Leon and Penny kindly allowed us the free use of cooking necessities like cooking oil, spices (Penny stock more varieties than a small store), nuts, jams, etc., and gave us clear instructions on how to use equipment like the oven, dish washer, etc.. Topping this, Leon has compiled a ‘bible’ with names and phone numbers of importance when something breaks, or we lock ourselves out. He also several pages of good suggestions for things to do locally and in slightly more distance suburbs.
Leon and Penny were very easy to deal with throughout, before and after our occupancy. They always answered my e-mails promptly, and were extremely reasonable in all aspects. My family and I could not have asked for a better place to enjoy our four weeks in Sydney.