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Sydney OPERA HOUSE & HARBOUR BRIDGE- 1 mile (12 min by Ferry). Best Location +++

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property


Sydney is the Capital that all other cities love to hate; with glorious weather, glamorous people, stunning beaches and great surf, world-class restaurants and outrageously fashionable bars, the city seemingly has it all. And, dam it, don’t we know it. You won’t want to leave. Read the reviews and see.



•AIRPORT 20 min by Taxi

• Ferry: 12 minutes to the City centre which takes you under the Sydney Harbour Bridge & past the Opera House. WOW.

• Bus stop on the corner. 10-15 min to City, Darling Harbour an Chinatown.

• 10-minute peaceful walk to ferry.

• TAXI's and Uber always close by

• Quiet and tranquil. you would never know you are so close to the City.

• Free street parking outside the house.

• Sydney Harbour views to City Skyline-Chinatown and Darling Harbour.

• Direct east facing, sunny, balconies onto views, east, and west.

•Located one house from a corner with no other houses to the right.

• Fully equipped modern kitchen

• Shower with Bath

• Area: 115m^2 (interior) + 4 m^26m^2 balconies + 24m^2 Rooftop Garden.

Built around one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, Sydney’s shimmering soul reveals an iconic landscape that to many signifies ‘Australia.’ The Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, myriad sandstone headlands, lazy bays and scalloped shorelines are breathtakingly beautiful. Sydneysiders know that there is more to this city than its good looks. It’s Australia’s oldest, largest and most diverse city, with captivating monuments, urban galleries, magnificent museums and outstanding sandstone buildings, a vivacious performing arts scene and an edgy multiculturalism that injects colour throughout the community.

At the heart of the city is Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson) ; the city centre runs from The Rocks and Circular Quay to Central Station in the south. The Harbour divides Sydney into the north and south, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Harbour Tunnel connecting the two shores. Immediately to the West, (East Balmain) is where we are located with Darling Harbour also close by. You are literary just minutes from the city centre, accessible by Ferry (Darling St Wharf) or bus. The ferry passes under the Harbour Bridge and right by the Opera House to Circular Quay in 12 minutes or to Darling Harbour in 5 minutes. What are you waiting for? We have two properties side by side, VRBO 360715 and 618362, so if the one you are looking at is already booked, then check the other one. Still not sure? Then go and read our reviews.

The house is fully furnished. Hotel quality white linen and towels, china, glassware, flatware and cookware. Set on two levels, three, if you count the rooftop terrace. On the ground level is the kitchen, a combined pantry and laundry with WC, then the formal dining room and elegant living/lounge room with French doors leading on to a front patio with unobstructed City and Habour views. Both rooms have white Carrara marble surround fire places. Upstairs the 3 bedrooms are each furnished traditionally and complemented with original brass bed. There is an ensuite bathroom off the rear bedroom. Both front and rear bedrooms have sizable wrap around balconies offering extensive views to The Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Anzac Bridge, Darling Harbour and the Sydney City skyline itself with cruise liners berthing directly adjacent to the house.



More Details

Lyn or Giacomo
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were lucky enough to call this house "our home" for 7 days. 12 friends rented all three properties to celebrate New Years Eve. The location is perfect. We didn't need to leave the houses to see the fireworks. Lyn and Giacomo are wonderful hosts.

My Response

Thanks Joy and John, Not an easy task for you to organise 10 others to meet and celebrate Sydney's NYE world famous fireworks but you managed it. We are glad it matched your expectations and thanks for choosing us and showing such great respect for our houses. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
Dec 2016
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Balmain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Trash to bins located on the sidewalk by the trailer. Leave the premises clean , tidy , dishes washed & correctly stowed.Used towels on laundry floor.
  • STRICTLY TOILET PAPER ONLY IN TOILETS. NO biodegradable wipes of ANY KIND, NO makeup wipes, NO hygiene wipes, NO Nappies, NO pads of ANY KIND.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Downstairs toilet and laundry / pantry combo
  • 1.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 4 Poster Brass bed with direct view to the City skyline.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 murphy bed , The middle room. Direct view 2 Anzac Brdge & Cruise Terminal
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , French sleigh bed, arched windows, balconies & harbour view
  • Queen size Beds (3) 3 x queen beds are provided, including a Murphy style bed in the middle room (see below),
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Organic Vegetable Garden, a separate studio with fold down 'Murphy' bed and well equipped self contained Kitchenette is available with the house should you require more space or it is rented on a stand-alone basis separate from the house. pls ask for details. Buses run every 15 mins. Ferries run every 20 mins to Darling Harbour & City (Circular Quay/Opera House, Manly, North Sydney& Parramatta. Water taxi service also available. Close attractions include: Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Casino, Aquarium, Chinatown, Fish Markets, Botanic Gardens, Theater, Cinemas, Balmain Village atmosphere. Sydney's hippest cafes, bars, boutiques and galleries in Darling Street . walk , bus or Ferry to everywhere!


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Sydney OPERA HOUSE & HARBOUR BRIDGE- 1 mile (12 min by Ferry). Best Location +++
average rating of 4.972603 based on 82 reviews
Macomb, Michigan USA

Over The Top Stay!

  • 5 of 5

I would have given you more stars if I could have! Your advanced information was spot on & very helpful. We could not have a better place to stay. Enjoyed our conversations, good surfing to you, and stay healthy...... Cape Kidnappers GC was an AWESOME experience!!!

We totally enjoyed our stay & your warm & friendly hospitality! You were so informative about the Sidney area! We absolutely loved walking into a beautiful country kitchen! Your historical home is gorgeous! We loved how close everything was to the area. You also had everything a traveler needed with those extra touches! Loved going up to the roof top to watch the sun rise & set & watch the cruise ships quietly coming in & out of the Harbour! Thank you so much for A “Dream come true vacation”!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely having you stay Chet. So glad we did not disappoint in any way. The location alone is something that ALL our clients love. Thanks for taking such good care of our house Giacomo
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This property is absolute gorgeous. Linda and Giacomo are the perfect hosts.!

  • 5 of 5

This property is perfectly situated to take you all around Sydney. The house is absolutely gorgeous and very comfortable. A short walk to the ferry takes you to every nook and cranny of Sydney. Belmain East is a beautiful hamlet of Sydney with fantastic restaurants and shopping. We came with our three children and had an absolutely wonderful time. I would highly recommend this location as well as this home .

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lima, Peru

Amazing views and beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

Every two years or so I come and stay in Sydney. I love it. Sydney is Spectacular.

I always choose to stay at Lyn and Giacomo’s (two houses to choose from) for the following reasons:

LOCATION: Perfect 5 Stars

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Too easy and Spectacular by Ferry. 5 stars.

HIRE CAR: onsite if required. 5 stars.

FACILITIES: Perfect .5 Stars.

AMENITIES: Perfect .5 stars

VILLAGE Atmosphere: Lovely. 5 stars.

SAFE: 5 stars.

VIEW: better than NYC from Brooklyn. 5 stars.

Variety of Retail shops: Everything I need and so close. 5 stars

RESTAURANTS AND BARS: Exceptional variety: 5 stars.

HOSTS: Lucked out. 7 stars.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for always choosing us Marjorie. So glad you love the location and amenities etc. See you again in a couple of years. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Beautifully Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We didn't get to meet Lyn, but Giacomo was the perfect host! The house was just wonderful and perfect for our needs. It's within walking distance to the Ferry and the view was incredible! Being from Alaska, we really appreciated the air conditioning as it was a record hot week!

It's 3 bedrooms in this location, the old world feel and the gardens made this property one of the very best I have ever stayed in! We will rent this again if we come through Sydney again!

Thanks to Giacamo and Lyn for sharing their beautiful property!

Laura from Alaska

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Laura, It is just great to know that along with all our other clients you found the place that suited your needs both by our superb location, facilities, and all the amenities we provide. So nice to know you loved it all. Though you did not meet Lyn some of her skills have rubbed off on me so thank you for the complements. Best Regards Giacomo
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Brillant !!!!

  • 5 of 5

Without doubt the perfect location with more than enough amenities to make our party of five comfortable and at home. You are located in the INNER CITY. Safe, clean and vibrant with great views to top it off.

Using public transport is so easy and efficient and made even more so by this location. Travelling by Ferry to the City is so spectacular, passing under the Harbour Bridge and right by the Opera House and so easy and so close. Connections to other ferries, trains and busses are all in this location. It’s perfect for the tourist or business traveller. The Village atmosphere in Balmain has a distinct presence all its own, brimming with many great shops, restaurants, bakeries, cafes, pubs etc.

The house itself is great, well provisioned and very comfortable.

You could not choose better and the hosts are really ‘on it’.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks JC. Like all of the other reviews before you we agree. It’s a great location and we are so pleased that we more than lived up to your expectations Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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A little bit of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the Villa! It has wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces with beautiful views! The owners were delightful and very helpful with suggestions of things to do! It is only a 15 minute walk to the ferry and 5 minutes to the buses - transportation system in Sydney is outstanding! I would highly recommend this Villa!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Jean. When our clients expectations are meet or exceeded we are pleased as it clearly assists other interested parties. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Taronga Zoo
Darling Harbour & Haymarket
Sydney Aquarium
Blue Mountains
Opera Bar
Sydney Tower Eye
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Palm Beach Sydney
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Ferry
Sydney Harbour
The Grounds of Alexandria
Circular Quay
Sydney Darling Harbour
The Bathers' Pavilion Cafe
Royal Botanic Gardens
Chinese Garden of Friendship
The Rocks
Hyde Park
St Mary's Cathedral
Australian Museum
Sydney Cove
Balmoral Beach
Museum of Contemporary Art
Powerhouse Museum
The Strand Arcade
Archibald Fountain
Sydney Town Hall
Sydney Wildlife World
Martin Place
Cargo Bar
Luna Park
Sydney Festival
Parliament House
Sydney Fish Market
Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre
Australian National Maritime Museum
Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Mascot (SKS) International and Domestic
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
The London
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Balmain East Darling St Wharf
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Lilyfield light rail, Town Hall station City
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Western Distributor
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Ciao Thyme, Viva
Nearest Ski
500 Kilometres
Cooma Thredbo & Perisher Valley
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Buses run every 15 mins.

Ferries run every 20 mins to Darling Harbour & City (Circular Quay/Opera House, & North Sydney.

Water taxi service also available.

Close attractions include Harbour Bridge, Opera House, The Rocks, Casino, Aquarium, Chinatown, Fish Markets, Barangaroo, Cruise Terminal, Balmain Village atmosphere.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Children 12 and over welcome.
Please avoid CARELESS or WILLFUL DAMAGES. Read the information sheets we send you and in those located within the premises.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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