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Sydney Opera House Studio.Minutes 2 City.Travel Ferry. 1 Mile as the crow flies.

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 6 nights

About the property

1 Bed Apartment Studio, (Queen bed sleeps 2) 1 x shower/basin/WC

TIP. Click on the 'location' tab which takes you to MAP and 'drag the Pin to the LEFT boarder, to the 9 o'clock position and the CITY OF SYDNEY , Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Opera House etc appear.

That's how close you are to everything. Now read the rest below or go to reviews and come and stay with us. It is a unforgettable location. Or even quicker view the aerial photo posted. We Are Here.

Charming Garage to Studio apartment conversion with great City views and shared house entry gate (electronic) from the street. Perfect for up to 2 pax.

Fully equipped kitchenette though best for clients who prefer to eat lunch and dinner out or buy take away and use the microwave.

Everything you need: one Queen bed, shower and Wash machine, living and dining combined, 2 x spacious wardrobes, TV, Fan, Heater and balcony.

Shower and WC are have glass panels so if you have ‘modesty issues’ this studio might not be for you.

Wifi provided FOC. High quality linens, furnishings, microwave and kitchenware though most of our clients eat out.

Outstanding central location with all amenities so close by including cafes, restaurants, boutique shopping, harbour frontage, recreation facilities, public transport and entertainment.

Sydney, the gateway to Australia, is one of the world’s premier destinations. It is a city of spectacular natural beauty and stunning world famous architecture. Above all, it is renowned for its free-spirited outdoor lifestyle.

Overseas visitors delight in the diversity of walking opportunities that exist within easy reach of our home. So close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge (SHB) and the Opera House (OH) the Rocks and Botanical Gardens (BG).

Discover the charm of this magnificent harbour alone or on on guided walks that hug the coastline. Watch world-class yachts sail by as you hike along the high sea cliffs at the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Museums, Beaches, Art.

Take a guided tour and learn about Australia’s early history as you stroll through the alleys and laneways in the now-eclectic Rocks district. Just a short 12 min Ferry ride from our home that passes under the SHB and right by the OH. And guess what? Taking the Ferry is by far the preferred option of residents in this area. It’s just a ‘spectacular’ way for them to start the working day.

If you need convincing about our location then I suggest you take time to read though our many reviews.


Self contained one bedroom water view apartment. Common entrance shared with house.

IF YOU COULD WALK ON WATER IT IS 1 KM TO THE CITY. IT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE STUDIO. If, like us, you can't walk on water the following will help.

• Bus stop on corner. 10-15 min to City

• Ferry: 12 minutes to city centre which takes you under the SHB & past the Opera House. WOW.

• 10 minute peaceful walk to ferry.

• TAXI's always close by

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

•AIRPORT 20 min by Taxi

• Easy parking - no traffic problems

• Sydney Harbour views to City Skyline, Darling Harbour and Anzac Bridge.

• Direct east facing, sunny, balcony onto views, east and south.

•Located on a corner with no other houses to the right. Just garden and more Inner Habour views.

• Equipped with all necessities for modern studio kitchen

• Shower / toilet mosaic tiled white. Note that the WC/shower has frosted glass walls and is partially open so not to restrict your view. Please review the photos and if you have 'modesty or privacy' issues you may want to reconsider.

• Area: 30m^2 (interior) + 4 m^2 balcony. Spacious.

• Fast free internet

• Experience Sydney and Sydney Harbour at its best.

• Floor to ceiling sun block roller blinds.




Just 15 km or 20 mins by taxi from Airport. Transport is virtually at your doorstep; to take you anyway you wish, fast and easily by Taxi, Ferry, Water Taxi, Bus, or an easy bike ride. 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, The Rocks, Casino, Aquarium, Chinatown, Fish Markets, Barangaroo, Cruise Terminal, Balmain Village atmosphere. A brisk walk to the Ferry Wharf would take you just 9 minutes, while a walk to the nearest bus stop would take 2 minutes.

A 12 minute direct ferry ride to the City takes you past two of Australia’s and the World's most recognized icons. Under The Sydney Harbor Bridge and right past The Opera House. From the Opera House you can take a spectacularly scenic walk along Sydney Harbour or through The Royal Botanic Gardens.

The studio faces due East allowing you to enjoy the morning sun and a folding arm awning to control the sun on those hot summer days. Are you ready?

The apartment is 30m square. Free WI-FI and phone.

Converted from garage to studio just recently with polished concrete floor it is completely self-contained, with washing machine, 2 induction cooktops, fridge size to suit the apartment , crockery and cutlery. It sleeps two comfortably in a new memory foam queen sized bed.

Quality white cotton linens (flannel for winter) and towels are hotel standard and it is so comfortable with great City and Harbour views from the bed or from the patio bifold doors. The doors have reflective film on them, just like City High Rise offices, so that during the day no one can see in but you can see out. At night though, if you wish to maintain privacy we advise clients to draw the blinds when the lights are switched on. Two large custom made cupboards allow ample space for you to unpack your things and stow your bags out of sight and out of the way behind the floor to ceiling curtains. The open WC, hand basin and shower are all high quality fittings mounted on classic white Italian mosaics.

Set in one of the world’s most beautiful cities we are located very close to The Sydney Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, TheAnzac Bridge, Darling Harbour, and Sydney’s CBD. All in fact visible from the house. Balmain has an enviable lifestyle due to its location on Sydney Harbour.

Formally a waterfront working man’s suburb with traditional Victorian Terrace houses and cottages and proximity to the City. It also boasts some of Sydney’s finest views.

This architecturally designed and decorated one bed studio apartment sits at the back of a fabulous Victorian Terrace house and though often rented to clients who rent the house itself, it is also sometimes available on a stand alone basis with common entry and garden. It is set up similarly to places I have enjoyed in other parts of the world such as France and Italy and is clearly inspired by those experiences.

Restaurants, cafes, providores and bars, elegant architecture, boutique fashion and home wares abound in this suburb all within very easy walking distance so popular with visitors and celebrities alike.

More Details

Lyn or Giacomo
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Giacomo & Lyn

i'm so sorry i did not come & say goodbye & thank you both for the

wonderful hospitality you both gave during our stay it was a little

hectic trying to get 9 women organised for an earlier pick as they had

changed our flights at the last minute

you both went beyond our expectations especially Lyn helping us trying

to get our booking sorted for our bus trip we were very stressed trying

to find our booking & Lyn came to our rescue and came up with a solution

for us only to turn around and find the original booking

your house is beautiful & we will be recommending our friends to stay

when they visit Sydney. We loved the Studio too. Thanks for the extra bed.

i do hope the younger members of our group did not keep you awake too

much over the weekend

again thank you for providing such wonderful place & the service was


ps i will stop looking for the key

Caroline & Barb
May 2015
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

Sydney Opera House Studio.Minutes 2 City.Travel Ferry. 1 Mile as the crow flies.
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 55 reviews

Cozy apartment

  • 5 of 5

We loved the apartment. It had everything we needed. The hosts were very knowledgeable and friendly and helped us find some hidden gems in Sydney.

We would highly recommend their place and definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing us Colin and looking after the Studio. Sorry to have missed you before you checked out. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Secret Garden on the City's Edge.

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th visit to Giacomo and Lyn's beautiful property in Balmain. My wife and I love visiting here.

Entry to the property is through a secure gate into a small tiered garden which is surrounded by high walls. It enjoys its very own micro climate. Truly a private "secret garden" flush with colour and Mediterranean style. The studio is so clean and well equipped - everything is there - you will want for nothing. And the hosts, Giacomo and Lyn, are so welcoming and friendly that you will soon feel like one of the family. Perhaps you might even be tempted to just 'stay home'. But the village of Balmain deserves to be 'walked' and appreciated. It has a great selection of coffee stops, cafes, pubs and historic architecture. All set in a very safe and atmospheric suburb which is virtually surrounded by the harbour and a number of wonderful parks. If you want to go into the city (or further afield) the area is well serviced by public transport. Though there is available street parking just outside the property a car is not really needed. Ferries and buses are a very casual 15 minute stroll away, then only minutes to the city. The bus is a quick trip across Anzac Bridge to the centre of the city. The ferry is a wonderfully relaxing way to appreciate the city skyline and the great Sydney harbour. So, if you are planning to stay in Sydney on business or for pleasure we strongly recommend you put this property high up on your preferred list of 'where to stay'. You will not be disappointed. In fact you will be so very pleased you chose to stay in Balmain at Giacomo and Lyn's property.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are flattered by your comments and thank you for choosing to stay with us. You are always welcome an we look forward to having you stay on your next visit to Sydney. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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  • 5 of 5

Landed in Sydney after 20+ hours flying. Charming. Peaceful. Clean. comfortable. Everything we needed to settle in after tiring travel from the US. Instructions for directions, check-in, etc were easy to follow and spot on. Owner engagement was ideal. Perfect size with all of the right amenities for a couple. Dishes/kitchen appliances for managing snacks and cocktails. A view of Sydney skyline from the patio. VERY comfy bed. Quiet for catch up rest. A FANTASTIC shower. An absolutely beautiful and darling garden walk way/surround. And, last but not least a 100% perfect location for walking to Balmain shops/cafes that have the very best vibe and best coffee and fantastic food choices. If we were to relocate to Sydney, we would buy a flat here. When we visit again, we'll include this stop in our itinerary. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Melissa. It was lovely dealing with you and I am so glad the Studio and location was such a great delight after such a long flight and that you enjoyed your stay. My wife and I love the studio ourselves and the bed is just so comfy. Best Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Great Place. Great location. Comfortable. Great views.

  • 4 of 5

The studio apartment was very clean and had everything I needed. The view of the harbor and downtown were terrific, especially at night. The hosts went above and beyond to make sure everything was there I needed, and even checked throughout my stay to see if I needed anything. The material they provide about transportation, restaurants, etc was invaluable. Id stay again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing us and leaving the studio in mint condition. Regards Giacomo
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Sydney skyline at it's finest

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I can't thank Lyn and Giacomo enough for their hospitality and accommodations - just a short ferry ride from our favorite sites in Sydney. The quiet days and nightly views of the harbor skyline were just the therapy we needed after a long trip from the States. The refreshing shower and crisp comfortable bed were the ideal retreat after touring the local area each day. I especially appreciate the attention to detail for getting to/from the airport and the great recommendations in the intimate community of East Balmain. Stopping by the local market early in our trip, cut down on our food costs as we cooked breakfast and warmed meals on the speedy cooktop provided in the unit. Small details like the Ferry schedules (Opal card locations)/attraction maps, yummy soaps and even an umbrella or two in case of a light shower made our trip that much more stress-free. Anyway, I would definitely recommend this studio for anyone looking for a get-away with character and amazing customer service. We hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again so much Lori. We are so glad you and Megan enjoyed it so much. Naturally you are both always welcome. Perhaps we will see you in CA later this year. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Perfect for Business and Pleasure

  • 5 of 5

I previously submitted this review on 3rd of April and received acknowledgement from you only I have been advised by the owner that it has not been posted. Can you explain why?

I have been a very regular client in both houses Lyn and Giacomo have listed so when my business interests required me to travel from interstate on a weekly basis, I had no hesitation to book the studio as my base for a six (6) month period.

Like the houses the studio is well appointed and meet all my needs. From a tourist and business point of view the location is both perfect and quiet. Public Transport covers everyone’s needs with both the City, business and tourist attractions just 10-15 minutes away. I had my car parked outside but very rarely had to use it as all my business interests were close by. The view always lifts the spirits and you never grow tired of.

Since 2014 when my business partners and I first started staying here and meet the owners we have been very impressed with the way they have grown and developed, continually improving and evolving, always adding value. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tim, we appreciate you staying with us so regularly. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Sydney Kingsford Smith (SKS)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Darling St Wharf
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
City or Central
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Western Distributor
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The property is well located to take advantage of the many city tourist facilities with bus, ferry, bicycle and taxi transportation within easy reach.

All major tourist attractions are within 15 min by Ferry Bus or Car.


Rates & Availability

Balmain Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
6 night minimum stay
Christmas New Year
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 2 2019
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 18.0%

Summer (High Season) length of stay negotiable if OUTSIDE DATES Dec 19 to January 6th. WITHIN these dates though minimum stay is 6 nights.
EASTER minimum stay is 4 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Balmain Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 30 m²
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is semi open so as not to interrupt the line of view to the City. The shower is frame less frosted glass. See pics.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Bed (1) The mattress is made of memory foam, an invention by NASA, & is really comfortable. Sheets provided are regular hotel quality white cotton .
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Communal garden. 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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