Cosy terraced cottage on a residential street home swap
We are looking for a London exchange from late April 2017 to May 11th 2017.
Home is an 1895 terraced cottage, with high ceilings and polished floorboards throughout, in Queens Park, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, halfway between the city and the beaches. We can offer a very clean, comfortable, cosy and welcoming family-friendly home,
Build on a slope, the house is single level at the front, and two levels at the rear. There is level access from the street to the ground floor and on n this level is a study/sitting room, with comfy seating, Foxtel tv, and a gas fireplace.
Along the hall is the family bathroom (with bathtub) and small bedroom with two bunk beds, then the cottage-style kitchen, in the middle of the house. Through the kitchen is the family room/dining, which leads to the deck overlooking the courtyard downstairs.
Upstairs is the main bedroom, with en-suite, and very comfortable king sized bed (or two singles) . It has limited views of the city, and the Blue Mountains are on the horizon.
Downstairs, at courtyard level, below our kitchen/living area, is our basement studio flat, currently occupied during the week by a doctor who works at the hospital and goes home to her family in Newcastle at weekends.
About the location
Queens Park (NSW 2022) is a very convenient, safe, area. We have young families living either side of us.
We are just 3kms/4 metro stops from central Sydney, and a 20 minute bus ride to Circular Quay, the Bridge and Opera House. You could even walk there, through the park and along Oxford Street in Paddington, full of trendy shops and cosy cafes, although the train and bus stations are only a few minutes walk from our house..
Also within 5-10 minutes walk there are all the conveniences you could wish for including an enormous, prestigious shopping mall, stunning Centennial Park, Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, and Tamarama Beach, which are all just half an hour's walk away, or, if you wish to drive, we have a permit for you to park at those beaches for free. If you fancy snorkeling in clear, safe waters, you could drive to Clovelly beach in ten minutes.
Linking Clovelly with Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi beaches is a superb cliff walkway, with stunning views over the ocean and beaches, or you can turn right at Clovelly and head for Coogee beach along the same path - the choice is yours.
Should you like to visit a market, Paddington has one every Saturday which is well worth a visit for its arts and crafts alone, while the weekly produce market at Fox Studios, the other side of Centennial Park, is also worth a visit on Wednesday mornings. Or the huge, indoor Paddy's Market in Chinatown might be of interest too.
A visit to Sydney wouldn't be complete without a ride on the ferries. You could take the bus to Circular Quay from here, and catch a ferry all around points of interest in the harbour, particular over to Manly, or on to Watsons Bay, to enjoy the famous Doyles fish and chips. [INVALID]natively, you can drive to Rose Bay, 10-15 mins, and check out the sea planes, before hopping on a ferry there, either to Watsons Bay,or into Circular Quay. We have a parking permit for the Rose Bay RSL, so you can park indefinitely for free.
One of our favourite things to do is to walk down to Bronte Beach for a coffee, watch the world go by there for a while, then head along the cliff path to Bondi Beach, and have lunch at the Icebergs Swimming club. This is a members only club, but which allows visitors from more that 5kms away, so you can just sign yourself in and enjoy the breathtaking view over Bondi Beach, while choosing something delicious from the sensibly-priced menu.
Further afield from our house (should you ever run out of things to do locally!) you could drive for an hour down to Wollongong along the very pretty coast road, and marvel at the magnificent Nan Tien Buddhist temple, or take a look the hang-gliders taking off from Stanwell Tops. The Blue Mountains are an hour and a half drive away, or you could take the train from the city if you prefer.
Conditions of home exchange