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Sydney Opera House & Sydney Harbour Bridge just1 KM as the crow flies.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Harbour and City views. Can accommodate 12 pax in 2 adjoining homes.

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 lane ways 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 through our many reviews.



•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

• Area: 115m^2 (interior) + 4 m^26m^2 balconies

The house is fully furnished. Hotel quality white linen and towels, china, glassware, flatware and cookware. Set on two levels with internal wooden staircase . On the ground level is the kitchen, a combined pantry and laundry with WC and shower, 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 faux fire places. Upstairs are the 3 bedrooms each furnished traditionally. Front bedroom has a King size French Sleigh bed. There is an ensuite bathroom off the rear bedroom , which also has a French Queen size Sleigh bed. The middle bedroom has a double sized antique brass bed.

More Details

Lyn or Giacomo
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 24, 2017


Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Taronga Zoo
Darling Harbour & Haymarket
Sydney Aquarium
Blue Mountains
Opera Bar
Sydney Tower Eye
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Manly Ferry
Palm Beach Sydney
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney Harbour
The Bathers' Pavilion Cafe
Circular Quay
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
Cockatoo Island
The Argyle
North Bondi RSL
Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Mascot (SKS) International and Domestic
Nearest Barpub
900 Metres
The London
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Darling St Wharf East Balmain
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
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, The Rocks, Casino, Aquarium, Chinatown, Fish Markets, Barangaroo, Cruise Terminal, Balmain Village atmosphere.


Balmain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1291 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
  • Remove Trash to appropriate bins located on the sidewalk. Leave premises clean, tidy, dishes washed and 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:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 upstairs - toilet , tub , shower , This is a large bathroom shared between Bedroom 1 and 2
    Bathroom 3 Downstairs - toilet , shower , This is the spare bathroom with laundry next to the kitchen.
    Bathroom 2 located ENSUITE - toilet , shower , Ensuite rear bedroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 upstairs Middle room - 1 double , Antique Brass and Porcelain bed.
    Bedroom 3 Upstairs with AC and ensuite - 1 queen , French Sleigh Bed queen size
    Bedroom 1 Upstairs (AC) City and Harbour views with balcony - 1 king , Great views day and night. French sleigh bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
This house is listed in conjunction with listing 360715 and has an interconnecting external French Doors in the rear patio garden area expressly for the purpose of a larger group occupying BOTH properties to interact. It is locked on Both sides so that it cannot be accessed without prior arrangement.


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Sydney Opera House & Sydney Harbour Bridge just1 KM as the crow flies.
average rating of 4.964286 based on 56 reviews

Property is a safe ideal location to tour Sydney!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of the property are exactly as reported. We loved the lock box as we had 3 couples that shared and we were able to come and go as we pleased. We had come off a cruise and therefore had laundry to do..also ideal! The kitchen had everything we needed and the 3 bedrooms all had very comfortable beds..3 bathrooms also ideal. We loved that the deck overlooked the skyline of Sydney and we enjoyed the fireworks one evening. The property is a short walk to the ferry where we were able to access the inner harbour and everything we chose to tour. We even took the bus closer to property one night instead of walking...the transportation system is like clockwork here and very organized. We appreciated that the grocery store was a short bus ride away where we were able to stock up but the owners really had all of the staples so you only had to purchase a few things. We especially loved that the owner had Opal cards for each of us that we could simply load up with $$$ and continue on our travels for our 4 day stay. The owner was there to greet us and walk us thru all of the house and also able to give us some sound advice on travel, what to see and how to make the most of our 4 days. We loved Sydney and will gladly return to this property if its still available in the near future. You could not ask for better hosts. We are Canadian and can only say that the Australian people were so accommodating ,friendly and their country is a great adventure!. So much to see in Sydney--wish I would of stayed longer but loved seeing different parts of Australia as well. You will not be disappointed and the decor boasts some nice antiques as well.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandra you and your party really made the most of your stay and I know just how much you all enjoyed it. Understandably it is difficult for clients unfamiliar with the layout of Sydney to REALLY KNOW just how well we are located for visiting tourists so reviews like yours really help other potential clients. All our reviews reflect this and it was a pleasure to have you all stay and take such good care of our home. For the benefit of other clients reading this should this property be booked we have another property reight next door. Search VRBO 360715 Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Wonderful home, wonderful hosts, wonderful neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Two Hearts for a week in October 2017 and felt like we were full time residents of East Balmain. Staying at Lynn and Giacomo's place was so comfortable and their home had everything we needed. Giacomo went above and beyond in helping us with our stay; from providing a cot for our last minute extra guest to our Opal cards for public transportation and even a lift into town for grocery shopping.

I highly recommend staying in East Balmain. The neighborhood is a quick ferry ride away from all the tourist spots and provides a real respite from being in the thick of tourists at the end of the day. The downtown area is an easy walk away and has everything travelers could possibly need; grocery store, liquor store, pubs, bakery goods store, coffee shops etc.

Getting around the Sydney area is so easy. The information Lynn and Giacomo provide prior to arrival has everything you need for a successful and stress free stay. Taking advantage of their expertise and guidance was really helpful with our day to day plans. Public transportation is extremely easy and very reasonably priced. Our group found Uber to be especially convient in the evenings after dinner in Sydney.

I enthusiastically recommend staying at this property! If you need a bit more room check out their sister property which can be attached via the back patio's. They are both beautifully appointed and absolutely adorable.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Colleen nice to have our clients confirm our own assessments of the location and amenities we provide. Your family really made the most of it and clearly you all had so much fun here. It was a real pleasure to have meet you all. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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5 Wonderful Days in Sydney

  • 5 of 5

This property was a great place to vacation if you would like a neighborhood community and still be in a large city. We loved Sydney AND we loved exploring the local neighborhood (East Balmain) where we stayed. Our location was close to the bus stops and ferry stops. Taking the ferry home on some evenings passing the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge was a big thrill we will always remember.

The property was perfect for three couples -- large kitchen and dining area, beautiful bedrooms, living room, and spectacular views of the city. The first night we watched fireworks over the city skyline from our front deck!

Lyn and Giacomo made every effort to make us feel comfortable and answered any questions about what the city had to offer. We took their advice on restaurants in our neighborhood, grocery shopping, transportation around the city and places to see.

One suggestion that is a must: use the Hop-On-Hop-Off Red Bus to familiarize yourself with the city.

As you can tell, all six of us had a great time at this condo and in Sydney!!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Judy and Ben, It's always great to know that the amenities we provide and the location is second to none. so important to have our clients engaged with the proximity to all the tourist attractions just minutes away by Ferry or bus. Best Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Wonderful place we really enjoyed our stay here!

  • 5 of 5

This Place Was Awesome! The description on the Home Away web site was very accurate, in fact pictures really don't do it justice. The lay out of home was perfect for my friends and I. All the amenities of a hotel room and more! Large kitchen stocked with everything you need to cook a large meal, laundry machine and three bathrooms. The place is located on a corner lot and has unobstructed views of downtown Sydney. What we really loved was at the end of the day it felt like we were coming home rather than back to a hotel room.

The place was clean and well maintained, The ferry to Sydney and beyond is 10 to 15 min walk from the home. The main street to downtown Balmain (Darling st) is a short walk - plenty of pubs, coffee house and shops.

Lyn and Giacamo were great hosts and a joy to converse with. They gave us passes that we were able to use for all public transportation.and were very helpful with recommendations for places to go. I would highly recommend this place to family and friends.

Lastly, there is plenty to do and see! I would recommend The Sydney Eye, Climb the Bridge, and a great little coffee shop walking distance from the place - Berlin.


  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Allan, Thanks for choosing us and glad you found everything and 'more' during your stay. We understand how difficult it is sometimes to choose the 'right' location when visiting a City you are not familiar with and we are always confident when our clients arrive that, like you, they won't be disappointed. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Wonderful Home in Balmain - Great Owners

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent eight nights at two properties that Lyn and Giacomo own at 12 Grafton Street in Balmain. We were in Sydney to cheer on my son and his Stanford University Football teammates as they took on Rice University in an American Gridiron contest. We wanted to be in close proximity to downtown Sydney but not stay in the heart of the city. Lyn and Giacomo's homes are perfectly situated in Balmain, just a short ten minute ferry ride to Circular Quay or downtown Sydney. From Circular Quay you have easy access to all of Sidney and the surrounding towns. Balmain itself is a great little town with good restaurants, bars and shopping.

The houses are fully equipped with every amenity you would need while on vacation. The view from the rooftop and front windows is an amazing site of the harbor and the city of Sydney.

In addition to your wonderful accommodation, you'll have the pleasure of meeting Lyn and Giacomo as they do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. Both went out of their way to familiarize our family with Sidney and recommended many things we should do during our stay.

I would highly recommend their homes. When I come back to Sydney I'll be staying at Lyn and Giacomo's.

Tim Sweeney & Family.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tim and Susan, seems like we meet or exceeded your expectations. Glad to have you come and stay again on your next visit. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Adored this property!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful time we had at Lynn and Giacomo's place!! The apartment is enormous, beautifully designed and decorated, with great natural light and fabulous views. We loved using the ferries to go to downtown Sydney, and then escape back to the wonderful area of Balmain. The kitchen equipment was first-rate and made cooking a real joy, not always the case in rental places. Fantastic restaurants, coffee, and massages to be found on Darling Street in Balmain. Lynn's suggestions were very useful and the food from Indian Palace was especially memorable. There were four of us (two couples) and we all adored everything about our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All the positive points you list about the location are well known to us and that's why we chose to live here all those years ago and it just keeps getting better all the time and it is so great to know that our clients love it as much as we do. Glad you had a great stay and liked the kitchen facilities too. Regards Giacomo and Lyn
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 20.0%

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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