Visiting Ballarat? Local, and just interested in finding out more about resilient living and what goes on here?
I’m always up for a cuppa, a chat, and a tour of the house and garden. I also love sharing skills with people, so we could arrange an afternoon of gardening, food preserving, making clothes, or any of the other handmade/from-scratch activities that go on here.
If my spare room’s free, like-minded folks are welcome to stay overnight in exchange for something homemade or sharing your knowledge and skills. (If the spare room’s not free, there’s also crash space with a mattress on the floor.)
Use the contact form to get in touch, or reach out via social media.
Stay (short-medium term room for rent)
Come and enjoy a simple, DIY lifestyle in the heart of Ballarat: grow, eat, create, learn, share, and be part of the local community.
I have a room available for short to medium term sub-tenants (2 weeks to 6 months) who want to share this lifestyle.
Current availability: available from Saturday, 13th August, 2016.
- Small bedroom off the kitchen, with single bed, bedside table, and plenty of shelves/cupboards/hanging space.
- All bedding and towels provided (including a brilliantly warm goose-down doona), as well as a pedestal fan, small heater, and electric blanket.
- You’ll also have a semi-private sitting room with sofa, coffee table, shelves – could easily fit a desk, musical instruments, etc.
Shared spaces and facilities
- Bathroom with shower and vanity – you’ll get your own drawer/shelf space
- Separate toilet
- Enclosed back porch (can be used for secure bike parking)
- On-street parking available
- Laundry with front-loading washing machine
- Outdoor clothesline and indoor clothes airer
- Large shed with storage space if needed
- Epic backyard with extensive veggie garden, fruit trees, greenhouse, picnic table, hammock, etc
- Basic bike maintenance/repair equipment available
- Kitchen is fully equipped with gas stove, microwave, fridge/freezer, quality cookware, all crockery and cutlery, etc.
- Large pantry and coolroom, well stocked with staple and home-preserved foods
- Living room has a large dining table, two 3-seater sofas, gas heater, and a generally cosy atmosphere with wood-panelled walls and period features
- Board games, books, media library and craft tools available to borrow (note: no TV, but you can put one in your sitting room if you want)
- NBN internet/wifi
- 100% renewable electricity
- 2 blocks from Sturt St shops, buses, etc
- 1km from hospital precinct
- 2km from Ballarat train station
- Best local pub is “The Mallow” 3 blocks away (featuring good veggie menu options, craft beers on tap, etc)
- Easy bike ride/longish walk to Lake Wendouree, independent supermarkets, farmers markets, etc
- A few blocks to Yarrowee Creek walking/bike trail (part of the Great Dividing Trail)
- Provided: a folder of maps and guides to the area
Lifestyle and activities
- This is a non-smoking household. Alcohol is consumed in moderation. The house is also pet-free, in case you have allergies.
- Evening meals are eaten together at least a few nights a week, sometimes with guests. You’ll be expected to cook your share of meals. If you’re not much of a cook, you can either take the opportunity to learn, or trade off by contributing something else to the household.
- Breakfasts and lunches are informal. We have fair trade tea, homebaked sourdough bread, homemade jams and preserves, homemade muesli, and other goodies. Lunches are often leftovers; packed lunches for work are easily arranged.
- As food is sourced from the backyard, foraging, food swaps, markets, etc you should expect to participate in this process. This is a great opportunity to connect with where your food comes from! We usually visit one of the local farmers markets each Saturday, and buy a few things from the local independent supermarket and other vendors. Harvesting and foraging are seasonal and peak in summer and autumn; veggie gardening activity occurs throughout the year.
- Much of the household food is also made from scratch: baking bread, preserving fruit and vegetables, making stock for soups, fermenting, and so on. Please expect to spend some time on this each week, especially in summer and autumn when preserving crop gluts is a major activity.
- We minimise waste as much as possible, by rejecting packaged goods, creatively reusing as much as possible, and recycling what’s left.
- During the days, I work outside the home 3-4 days a week, and the rest of the time you can find me around the house and neighbourhood. You might have a day job, casual work, be studying, work for yourself, or be on a break – any of these are workable.
- In the evenings and at other times, the living room is a comfortable place to relax, read, write, do some art/crafts, or commune with your laptop. Please feel free to use the shared spaces, not just your own sitting room.
- You are welcome to have friends visit but please no overnight guests without prior arrangement. (A foam mattress is available for guests if needed.)
- The house often hosts community groups, social events, and other activities. Please join us!
What to bring
- Your clothes, toiletries, and personal items
- Warm pyjamas, dressing gown and slippers in winter
- Old clothes, workboots, and sun protection for working in the garden
- Your bike, if you have one
- Myki card, if you have one
- Crafts, projects, musical instruments, or whatever you like to do with your time
- Skills, enthusiasm, and positivity!
Rent is at market rates for a share house room in this area ($160/week including utilities) plus groceries as mentioned above.
Rates can be negotiated depending on circumstances, especially in exchange for skill-sharing or work on projects around the property. Part-time arrangements are also a possibility (eg. you are in Ballarat for half of each week).
Get in touch if you’re interested.