This is the front gate to the property. I only photographed it because I made it and it took ages.See the blue door? That leads into the studio/apartment building. To the right is the house where we live.
Massive Warehouse Loft Apartment
Verhuurd door Scott
Scott is de verhuurder.Scott is een SuperHost.
2 gasten
1 slaapkamer
2 Bedden
1 bad
2 gasten
1 slaapkamer
2 Bedden
1 bad
Je wordt nog niets in rekening gebracht

Now that Instant Book is being forced on hosts, you and I might not have a chance to chat before you book. Read the FULL description and look at the photos carefully before you book. It's a big space on the first floor of an old warehouse. Downstairs is a working art studio. Guests love our place - read the reviews. The guests who love it most are the ones who like the idea of staying in a warehouse flat on top of a studio and engaging with our odd extended household and neighbourhood.

De ruimte

A while ago, Airbnb sent a New York photographer/artist/writer called Todd Selby around the world to stay in 5 Airbnb properties. He went to London, Paris, LA, Tokyo and....... Marrickville. Airbnb and Todd thought ours was the most interesting Airbnb property in Sydney.

Then last year, when Qantas did their frequent flyer partnership with Airbnb, they picked this property as one of the best in Airbnbs in Sydney. I think it got the 'quirky' vote.

Yes, it does seem strangely inexpensive compared to many other Airbnb listings considering how big it is. Keeping the price down means we attract more interesting people.

You’ve already decided to come to Sydney, so there is no need to tell you about the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, art galleries, those pesky kangaroos and all the rest. Sydney is a great city. I would love to see it as a tourist.

Marrickville is an older suburb not far from the city – maybe 4 miles (7klm). The city is where the Opera House and Bridge and all that stuff is. It’s a 15 minute train ride into the city from Marrickville – I work in the city, so I know. (And the train station is a 7 minute walk from home.)

In the 1950s and 1960s, lots of Greeks settled in Marrickville. Then in the 1970s it was the Vietnamese who ended up here. So the suburb has an interesting mix of people and there is great (and cheap) food available in walking distance from home.

The airport is very close, but it’s still a $30 taxi ride – they must take the long way.
The apartment is on the top floor of a two story building attached to our house that was built in 1895 as a bakery.

Downstairs in this building, my wife (the artist) has her studio, so if you feel like mucking around with some paint or clay, she’ll be happy to muck around with you. (If you’re an artist yourself, you may never want to leave.)

The pad is a dedicated holiday rental. Nobody needs to move out for you to move in, so you won't find drawers filled with other people's underpants and stuff like that. The staircase between the two levels is open, but the apartment is private. If Lisa and friends are in the studio downstairs, you will here a bit of chit chat. The apartment is one room about 95 sqm. Yep, it’s a massive room. There is also a mezzanine with a single bed and ladder access. The photos show very well what the space is like. There is a fully equipped kitchen with decent knives and saucepans etc. It has a proper bathroom (behind the sliding red wall).

The apartment has wireless internet and a television and DVD player, but for those like me not into new gadgets, there are books to read and a turntable with a couple of hundred 70s and 80s records (they’re those big round black things that people used for music last century). The furniture is very last century, too.

You can see the double bed in the photos. It’s a proper bed – not a couch. There is also a single bed up in the loft.
On the downside, because it is a big space in an old building it can get a bit cool in the middle of winter and a bit warm in the middle of summer.

In the backyard there is a vege garden, chickens and a hammock. It’s a pretty typical and slightly unkempt inner suburban backyard, not one of those fancy manicured ‘outdoor rooms’ you see in magazines. It’s so messy I didn’t even photograph it. You can smoke out in the yard – and do a bit of gardening if you’re inclined.

The separate house next to the bakery building is where I live with my family. There are four of us – two adults and two kids aged 14 and 16. The apartment is NOT a safe space for kids, even well trained ones. The open stairs and ladder to the loft are not kid safe.

We can supply some bread, butter, vegemite (of course), tea bags, sugar, milk and that sort of stuff for when you arrive to get you started. But 200 metres up the road is a huge supermarket that stays open till midnight most nights.
The apartment is exactly how it looks in the photos. It's a cavernous space in an old industrial building with an eclectic collection of stuff. If you feel more comfortable in 5 star hotels where people put little chocolates on your pillow, this might not be the place for you.

Feel free to ask questions if any of the above is not clear enough. It’s probably best that we correspond by email before you make a booking so there are no surprises or disappointments for either of us.

Toegang voor gasten

The stairs up to your pad are in the art studio, so you will pass through that space often. You are of course welcome to hang around and have a chat and a drink and maybe make pot or something.
The backyard has a hammock and chairs and is a nice place to sit in the afternoons. If you are a gardener and missing your garden, I've got plenty of tools you can use. If you are a DIY guy and missing your shed, I'm always keen for company in my shed.

Interactie met gasten

Our house is attached to the warehouse building. We are around all the time. After 6 years of hosting, I am pretty good at helping people - and I enjoy it.


Niet roken
Niet geschikt voor huisdieren
Geen feestjes of evenementen
Niet veilig of geschikt voor kinderen (0 - 12 jaar)

Now that Instant Book is being forced on hosts, we don't get a chance to talk before you make a booking.
This space is NOT suitable for children of any age.
The pictures show the space very well. It is a big, old space in a warehouse. Beneath the pad is a working art studio, so there are times when people are in there doing arty stuff. They like it when people come down for a chat and you might like to join in.
I hope you will respect the apartment.
It is a separate building, so you can come and go as you please.
It's not a place for parties, but I don't imagine many travellers have wild parties?
The backyard is for smoking. And gardening if you feel like it.
If in doubt about anything, you can ask us - we live next door.

Je erkent ook
Trappen klimmen is onvermijdelijk - It's one flight of stairs from the studio up to your pad. Have a look at the photos and you'll see them.
Mogelijk geluidshinder - Your pad is on top of Lisa's art studio. When we are downstairs sound travels up. You are of course welcome to come down and perhaps make something.
De accommodatie heeft (een) huisdier(en) - There is a cat, but it doesn't go upstairs.
Geen parkeergelegenheid bij de accommodatie - There is plenty of parking on the street, so you'll be fine.


115 recensies

Gebruikersprofiel Remie
januari 2014
What a great place! I stayed here for two months and the house was everything I could wish for. And it looks exactly like the pictures! Scott and his family are very warm and welcoming. Scott goes at great length to help you (took our overly large suitcase in for two weeks prior to our stay, picked us up from the airport, showed us the neighbourhood, gave us good traveling advice etc) I was often invited to join the family for an evening meal when I got back from work and I joined Lisa and her friends for some art making :) Marrickville is a nice and quiet neighbourhood, the train is close and I was happy with the free off street parking. I highly recommend this great loft! A big thanks to Scott and family for everything, I hope we will be able to return some time!

Gebruikersprofiel Anouk
maart 2012
We absolutely loved this place!!! It was obvious that the owners have put a lot of love in it, paying attention to every detail. We especially liked the beautiful ceiling and the artwork. The place is even more spacious than it looks in the pictures. We got a very warm welcome from Scott and he and his wife really made us feel at home. We enjoyed Marrickville, and had nice cheap dinners at the Thai and Indian restaurants just around the corner. The house is close to the train station so it actually didn’t take long to get to the center.

Gebruikersprofiel Jon
oktober 2017
Will definitely stay here again. Scott and Lisa were incredibly accommodating hosts and the room was beautiful. A really great area to be in also!

Gebruikersprofiel Cheryl
oktober 2017
Fantastic place to stay, close to restaurants and supermarket and a good walk to the station. City is only 20minutes by train. A very friendly welcoming space with so much history. You will love the place and the friendliness of the hosts.

Gebruikersprofiel Drew
september 2017
Wow! I have just spent 5 fabulous weeks here and truly enjoyed every minute. First and foremost, it is a beautiful apartment! It is quirky and fun with all standard amenities provided. There is a second bed on the mezzanine for an occasional guest but also very suitable if two friends are staying. Whilst this is not a 5 star luxury hotel, the photos very accurately depict how the spectacular living space has been put to such good use. The history of the furniture is fascinating and if you are an open minded individual you will enjoy staying here. It is, as described, above an artists studio, which adds to the charm and character of the place. You will have the opportunity to meet locals; Scott and Liza's friends are really genuine people and on the nights when there's a class going on, you are welcomed to take part. Scott went out of his way to make my stay special; always at hand to provide tips for things to do and recommend places to check out. Marrickville is an interesting suburb to visit; there are two stations nearby and access to the city is quick and cheap. Eating out is definitely worth while with many good restaurants and a cool bar not far away. Having said that the St George cooker is an amazing retro kitchen item and definitely needs to be used at least once during the stay. There's a (mostly) 1980's record collection to delve into, which includes classics like Another Brick in the Wall, Thriller or the B52s! The shower is good, the bed is comfortable, its near the airport and I cannot think of any negatives! Overall, if you need somewhere to stay in Sydney for more than a week and this place is available, just book it! You will probably remember the experience for ever!

Gebruikersprofiel Nick
augustus 2017
We really enjoyed staying at Scott's place. He was very helpful and the place was exactly as seen in the pictures and descriptions. Scott went above and beyond making us feel comfortable! This is a great place to stay for anyone staying in Sydney!

Gebruikersprofiel Michael
augustus 2017
First off i want to say thank you to Scott and his family! They made what would have been an amazing trip an absolutely magnificent and unforgettable experience. The space was just like the pictures showed and better! When I arrived in Sydney Scott was waiting for me to arrive to his lovely abode to show me his space and point out all the little details from where the silverware was, to quirkey old school light switches, etc, etc. Once there Scott took me and my cohort around his neighborhood telling us the history of the area, great places to eat, how to use the train and even had a couple spare opal cards! One of the things i really appreciated was that Scott gave me some quests! He printed me out a map and explained some amazing walks to really learn the city and sydney harbour as whole! His recommendations were absolutely stellar. This man and his wife deserves an award. I have never felt more at home while staying at an AIRBNB. When I return to Sydney I will 100% make an attempt to stay with Scott and his amazing place again!

Sydney, AustraliëLid sinds februari 2012
Gebruikersprofiel ScottScott is een SuperHost.
That's the only photograph I could find. Looks a bit corporate, doesn't it. I'll have to find one of the family or one of me doing something whacky. We live in the house next door to the building where the apartment is. Over the years, we've had various people living with us at…
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