Balmain Cottage, Sydney, 2k, W - House

Australia - New South Wales - BALMAIN

Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,View from rear
View from rear
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,View from road...a Tardis house!
View from road...a Tardis house!
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,Backyard
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,View to city, top floor
View to city, top floor
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,View to ANZAC Bridge, top floor
View to ANZAC Bridge, top floor
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,One of 4 bedrooms, 2nd floor with balcony.
One of 4 bedrooms, 2nd floor with balcony.
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,View of large main bedroom, upstairs, with balcony
View of large main bedroom, upstairs, with balcony
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,Main bedroom, top floor.
Main bedroom, top floor.
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,Ensuite bathroom
Ensuite bathroom
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,View of lounge area from stairs.
View of lounge area from stairs.
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,Lounge area, bedroom to rear
Lounge area, bedroom to rear
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,Separate, roomy kitchen, lots of light.
Separate, roomy kitchen, lots of light.
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,Our family...the children have grown a bit!
Our family...the children have grown a bit!
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,Leafy Stewart St. We are 3rd house up, on bend.
Leafy Stewart St. We are 3rd house up, on bend.
Home exhange in,Australia,BALMAIN,House photos, home images
  • Sleeping capacity7
  • Bedrooms4
  • Bathrooms2

Simultaneous Home Exchange

Weekend Home Exchange

Long-term Home Exchange

Hospitality Exchange Offered

Youth Exchange

Pet Care Needed

Smoking Not Allowed

Children Welcome

Use of Personal Car is possible

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We are looking for a home exchange in ...

Open to all dates NSW, Australia | Victoria, Australia | Ireland

Our Home For Exchange

Description of the home we are offering for exchange

For 2 adults, we are looking for:
1. Long weekends to a week in NSW or Victoria, particularly country areas
2. Two to three weeks in Ireland as first choice.
However all offers in other European countries and elsewhere will be happily considered!

We live in a quaint Balmain semi-detached wooden cottage in a quiet one-way street, 5 minutes walk from the centre of the village. It is a home with individuality and rustic character, comfortable and family orientated. The original part of the house is 140 years old, hessian 'wallpaper' and all, but bathroom, sunroom and extra bedrooms were added 15 years ago and now an upper floor with sweeping 180 degree views of the city. There are 4/5 levels, laid out in a spiral design but with generally only a few steps between each. The kitchen is light filled, modern but with a country feel.... we do a lot of cooking! Each bedroom has either a verandah, balcony or small courtyard. There is also a sunroom with huge floor to ceiling windows and a separate eating area, leading to the garden.

WE are virtually as close to the City of Sydney residentially as you can get; the bus leaves from the end of our street, taking around 8-10 minutes via the Anzac Bridge and we are also serviced by the Balmain ferry over to Circular Quay. This is a wonderful 20 minute scenic trip across the harbour, taking in Luna Park, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Balmain, for all its proximity to the city is incredibly leafy. Our garden has a number of very large gums, attracting many interesting birds, possums and fruit bats which we love. The master bedroom upstairs is indeed like a tree house!

Balmain itself is widely known as an historic and popular 'lifestyle' suburb with its vibrant, buzzy inner-city character and hub for excellent restaurants, galleries, pubs, cafes, eclectic architecture, historical walks and harbour view parks. It is very central located, close to Glebe, Annandale, Leichhardt, Rozelle, a short drive to the Harbour Bridge (visible from many parts of Balmain) and the northern suburbs and perhaps a 10-minute drive to the eastern suburbs via the Cross City Tunnel where many beaches including Bondi are located. Lovely Balmoral Beach in the north is only 20 minutes away,


House - 2 or more floors/ Main Residence


  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes Washer
  • Microwave Oven
  • Peaceful Surroundings
  • View
  • Fireplace
  • Privacy / Seclusion
  • Equipped for Children
  • Garden
  • Heating
  • Terrace / Patio


  • Computer available
  • DVD
  • Internet access
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Wireless Internet (WiFi)
  • Family Room / Playroom


  • Use of bicycle(s)


  • Urban


Description of our neighbourhood and surrounding area

The local neighbourhood, situated on a peninsula adjacent to Sydney Harbour, has an inner city, cosmopolitan vibe with the centre of Balmain village just a 5-minute pleasant stroll away. It is well known for its good coffee, restaurants, many pubs, galleries, specialty shops, scenic parks and views of the water and Harbour Bridge. The City of Sydney is at your fingertips and Balmain attracts many weekend visitors. It also has a large number of gracious old buildings - historical walks operate at weekends as the area represents an eclectic
range of fascinating architecture and social change in Sydney over the century, in narrow streets from an older era ripe for exploring.
Our neighbours are also delightful and friendly and available to help you out if needed.
There is a ferry service at the bottom of Darling St, the long road that runs through the Balmain Peninsula. Ferries run every 20 minutes or so to Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.
Free, public tennis courts are just a minute away around the corner; we have racquets for your use. Dawn Fraser Pool (saltwater) on the harbourside is a 10-minute walk away and Barangaroo in Darling Harbour has just opened a new netted public swimming area. Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre is less than a 10-minute drive.

Outdoor Activities

  • Biking
  • Cultural Events
  • Fishing
  • Gym / Health Club
  • Tennis
  • Public Swimming Pool
  • Sailing


  • Park / Playground
  • Cafés
  • Gym / Health Club
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping
  • Park / Playground

Cultural Activities

  • Concerts
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Opera
  • Popular Monuments
  • Theatre

Transport Nearby

  • Bus
  • Train Station
  • Tram

Neighbourhood Services

  • Bakery
  • Corner Shop
  • Pharmacy
  • Supermarket


Our home exchange - places to go and things to do while staying in our home

Attractions include all places of interest in Sydney as we are so close to the city.
Views of beautiful Sydney Harbour are also a feature of Balmain.

Our favourite restaurants

Cafés & bars

Special places to shop

  • Woolworths is a 5 minute walk away for all your food needs.
  • The Source Bulk Foods is fascinating if you are a Foodie
  • Brays Books and Hill of Content are a delight for book lovers

Leisure and cultural activities

  • Visit the old Balmain Watchouse or take a walking tour to explore the history of Balmain
  • Bustling markets are held in nearby Rozelle as well as Balmain on Saturdays and Sundays
  • There are many small art galleries dotted all over Balmain and Rozelle

Walks or jogging paths

  • Tom Uren walking trail is relatively new. His old home is marked by a plaque in the street adjoining ours.
  • Joggers will find many pathways that run beside the water as we are on a peninsula.
  • It is possible to walk or cycle into the city via the Anzac Bridge on safe pathways all the way.

Health or fitness clubs

  • There are numerous gyms, yoga classes and the like.

Interesting day trips

  • Anywhere around Sydney. Try the Sydney ferry system from the wharf at the bottom of Darling St. It will connect with some amazing trips around Sydney Harbour

Our Preferences

Our home exchange - here are our Preferences and House Rules

We have completed well over 40 exchanges now and always ensure we leave a house the same way, if not better, than we found it. This we always ask of others and have never been disappointed!
Exchange-wise we are free to travel overseas now as our youngest are no longer at home. Anywhere within NSW, Tasmania or Victoria (Australia) would be desirable for long weekend to weeklong stays. We are open to all suggestions really.


  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Allowed
  • Smoking Not Allowed
  • Pet Care Needed
  • Plant care is needed inside
  • Plant care is needed outdoors

Use of Personal Car

  • Use of Personal Car is possible

Home Exchange Type

  • Simultaneous Home Exchange
  • Weekend Home Exchange
  • Long-term Home Exchange
  • Hospitality Exchange Offered
  • Youth Exchange

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