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STUNNINGLY SUNNY RETRO ONE BEDROOM FLAT
STUNNINGLY SUNNY RETRO ONE BEDROOM FLAT

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Available from May 20th 2017. Long term bookings preferred - 31 night minimum booking, which should work out to around $2000 per month. *EDIT - TEMPORARILY AVAILABLE FOR SHORT BOOKINGS UNTIL JUNE 20 2017

The space

A beautifully renovated and light drenched retro apartment in Melbourne's trendy inner north, Coburg. Accommodates maximum 2 adults. Retro renovated kitchen/lounge, modern bathroom, bedroom, separate laundry and study. Perfect for temporary workers and post graduate students, travellers and professionals.

Wireless internet, large lounge area with piano, books, records and cds for guest use. Lounge bookshelves and furniture is custom designed by Heather for the space. We've also made the balcony a private garden space with plants, a seat and rustic bamboo fencing. Kitchen has custom breakfast bench, gas stove, microwave, fridge, and all cooking equipment. Open plan lounge/kitchen has a new Daikon Air conditioning/heating split system. Separate laundry room holds the fridge, new microwave, washing machine, ironing board and cleaning equipment. Keeps open plan design more peaceful.

Leigh's brother welcomes guests when we're away. Leigh is contactable at all times via email and is happy to help with suggestions of where to eat or shop. Close to Coburg's many cafes, shops, tram line 1 (to city) and Merri Creek we hope you'll have a peaceful and enjoyable stay.

The apartment block is nestled in gardens, it's pretty quiet and all rooms have views and morning and sunshine. The bedroom is sun drenched in winter. Bedroom has ceiling fan, oil heater, wardrobe and drawers and a brand new comfortable bed.

Details are as per below:

THE BEDROOM
Large bedroom with queen size bed, fan, oil heater, wardrobe with hangers and chest of drawers and views. We most liked watching the sky in bed!
Full size mirror, bedside tables and lights, coffee table and cd player/radio.

THE BATHROOM
Large bathroom with WC, bath, shower and vanity.

THE HALLWAY
There's an inbuilt storage cupboard for provided linen and space for a desk, chair and printer.

THE KITCHEN

Wonderful open-plan and fully equipped kitchen to cook in. Gas oven and stove top with Miele extractor above, fridge, microwave, Bialetti coffee pots, cupboard pantry, rice cooker, utensils, saucepans, fry pans etc.

LOUNGE AREA
Living space with custom designed book shelves, day bed and coffee table. Professional piano, antique writing desk with chair, and sliding door to private balcony garden with seat. 1 x vintage lounge which seats 4, and day seat. WIFI for WIRELESS Internet. We welcome guests to enjoy (with care) our instruments, books, cds and records and get your tv fix with unlimited wifi.

HEATING + COOLING

New Daikon heater/air conditioner split system in the living/kitchen area makes the apartment lovely and toasty in winter and cool in summer. Bedrooms are warmed with direct winter sun and an oil heater if more heat required. Split system Daikon is our air conditioner in main living area and fans in both rooms.

LAUNDRY

Located in laundry room beside kitchen.
Large washing machine, portable clothes line with pegs. If long stay - there are clothes lines behind the building in full sunshine.
Fridge and microwave are in laundry room. (So kitchen is quiet and spacious)

GUEST ACCESS

Key pick up will be arranged directly with guests. We supply you with our contact number and email to contact us at any time and are available 24/7. We are keen to help with any suggestions/information you may need during your stay in Melbourne.

Coburg (like any inner northern suburb in Melbourne) is a great place to live and stay, and maintains its wonderful multi-cultural vibrancy.
It has easy access to the city and airport and has so much character to seek out.

Coburg is home to the lightest, fluffiest falafel in all of Australia at one of the many reasonably priced Middle Eastern food shops. (Leigh's favourite!)
The Cornerstone Pizzeria is our great newly opened family restaurant. (Right downstairs!) Post Office Dining Hall/Cafe and Hotel is stylish modern cuisine and a 15 minute walk (great place to have dinner, listen to fantastic live music or sit in their awesome leafy beer garden with a pint).

There is a lovely retro style cafe just around the corner called 'Rubys Café' with great food and we love visiting Becky there.

'True North' is just over Sydney road and a great example of a perfect Melbourne café.

The 'Eastern Block' and 'East Timor' are 2 other great cafes nearby. There are new cafes popping up everywhere at the moment! The quirky Woodlands Hotel is also nearby and well worth a visit.

And then, Sydney Rd and Lygon street are fantastic and well worth an explore when you're on your way to the city with lots of No. 19 tram stop-off points! Be sure to visit Green – a cafe at the end of Sydney Rd in Brunswick for some amazing home-cooked goodness at cheap prices or 'Ray' for breakfast.

CERES, an environmental park with a cafe, farmers markets/stalls, a fantastic nursery and community vegie patches/initiatives. The gardens where they grow their terrific vegetables are at the corner where Harding St meets Merri Creek and you can buy at the farm gate on Saturdays!

There is also a COBURG FARMERS MARKET. It's on every 2nd and 4th Sat of the month at Coburg North Primary School - lots of awesome produce.

Our inner neighbour, Brunswick (Moreland Road is the border) is full of trendy bars, cafes, shops, pubs, restaurants, food trucks, parks etc. Brunswick's the hippest place in Melbourne and we love our custom t'shirts "Coburg it's practically Brunswick" - got 'em at A Minor Place cafe.

GETTING AROUND

Our apartment has excellent fast access to transport of all kinds. Firstly, trams are just around the corner and train isn't too far, so it's easy to get into the city or other places along the way such as Brunswick (neighbour), Melbourne University, the hospitals, Queen Vic markets for fresh food or the Royal Melbourne Zoo!

In addition, Merri Creek has a bike track which goes into the city (with great stop-off points along the way like CERES and North Fitzroy!)

Whether you're seeking op-shopping, unique, independent fashion, boutique wine bars, great pubs/live music, restaurants, coffee, fabric, gardening, parks, vintage, jewellery, bridal wear, Melbourne-made craft, the Melbourne Zoo, or record stores, there's something for everyone on this side, if not on Sydney Rd, Lygon, Nicholson or Brunswick Street. Go explore to find those places tucked away in little lane ways and unexpected places that no travel book will know about.

TRAM

No 1 tram (to city) 2 minute walk - (Nicholson Street stop - Corner of Harding Street and Nicholson Sts)
OR, No 19 tram Sydney Road (Sydney road to city) - (Corner of Sydney Road and Harding Street), 10 minute walk.

TRAIN

Coburg Station (20 minute walk or 5 minute drive), a little further but great for the Zoo and train to city.

FLYING

We loved this apartment as an ideal location for flying to and from interstate/overseas as it won't cost much for a cab being roughly halfway between the airport and the city.

DRIVING

No. 12 covered carport for personal parking. There are no permits needed to park outside (on-street parking). Opp. side unrestricted, our side two hours. Access to the 'CityLink' freeway which makes getting into the city, Flemington, Docklands, the hospitals, the Hume Hwy or west, east or south Melbourne convenient. It takes about 15-25 mins from the house to the city (offpeak), depending on which time and route you go.

Other Things to Note

Merri Creek paths and playgrounds both north and south.
Local food favourites: Rubys café. Cornerstone Pizzeria restaurant.
Sydney Road end: True North Café and Two Monks Café. The Deli Coburg 401 Sydney Road, and loads of great food places.
Excellent local hairdresser Ninja Hair 140 Nicholson St and check out our great local flower shop next door.

No 1 Tram on Nicholson and Harding Street Corner - 1 minute walk.
No 19 Tram on Sydney Road - 10 minute walk.
Train to city/Flinders Street Station - 20 minute walk Coburg Station.
15 minute drive to Tullamarine Airport.

The L-shaped building was built in the mid 60's and we've renovated ours to maintain it's character and solidity. I love refurbishing and re-using furniture and fittings so have designed the space myself and refurbished whatever parts I could to maintain the character of the place. It is an artist's combination of Retro, Japanese and rustic Australian design. The shelves and day bed are custom built to maximise use of space and light in the living area.

This apartment is our home in Australia that we'd like to share with you. Please enjoy the contents of the apartment, and leave things as you found them. Anything missing after your stay will be charged in full.

Guest access

The entire apartment EXCEPT smaller second bedroom, which is storage (you're not sharing with anyone the whole place is for you!)

Interaction with guests

As often as required - email, phone, instant message available 24/7


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 112
Security Deposit: 2234
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules

This apartment is strictly not to be used as a party house. Please do not book this apartment if this is your intention. Any evidence of it being used as such will result in immediate termination of the stay and the bond withheld. There are friends in neighbouring apartments who can report ill use to us immediately.

Strictly NO SMOKING inside the property or on balcony. Any evidence of doing so means you forfeit the security deposit to allow for additional cleaning.

In staying at 'The Retro', you agree to keep moderate noise/voice levels at all times, respect the neighbours and refrain from playing loud music at night.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
30 nights minimum stay

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Bina User Profile
July 2017
Leigh's home is full of light, has a pleasant ambience and is so very comfortable with every little thing you might need. Great books and music to browse through. It's in a super convenient location (close to the tram), and was so perfect for a long stay that we hope to come back!

Sandesh User Profile
June 2017
Firstly Leigh is a friendly host and appreciate the way he and his family handled our last minute booking so smoothly. Everything was well organized and has private secure parking within the premises. Well connected by public transport and a kilometer away for the supermarkets, freshproduce market, restaurants , shops etc. Would definitely love to stay again and highly recommend others.

Shirley User Profile
January 2017
Leigh's place suited our needs perfectly for a few days in Mebourne. It's a comfortable, light-filled apartment with views in all directions due to its being on the second (top) floor of the building. Access to the city by tram is excellent, while the train is a slightly longer walk away. The main shopping strip of Sydney road Coburg is nearby with everything you could possibly want. Cute retro cafe Ruby's is just a few minutes away. Even closer is a pizza/pasta restaurant. Access to the airport and the Hume freeway is very good, and so is well suited to those coming by car or plane. We managed a few strolls along Merri creek nearby which is a great amenity in a big city.. We had a very good stay. Hope we can return one day.

Ellen User Profile
July 2016
The host canceled this reservation 42 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Zainah User Profile
July 2016
The host canceled this reservation 10 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

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Leigh User Profile

I'm 34 Year old double bassist and professional Jazz musician from Melbourne, Australia. Married, father of two, homeowner, and love to travel. Often I am combining work and travel at the same time!

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