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What I Rent: Lucy, £1,180 a month a month for a one-bedroom flat in Bondi Beach, Australia


What I Rent: Lucy, $2,172 a month a month for a one-beedroom flat in Bondi Beach, Australia - lucy reading a book in her sunroom

Meet Lucy, 36 (Picture: matrixpictures.com.au/Metro.co.uk)

Welcome back to What I Rent, our weekly series that explores the ins and outs of renting.

Last week we were in Canning Town, London, where yoga studio owner Oriana rents a one-bedroom flat.

Today, we’re on the other side of the world with Lucy, 36, who rents a one-bedroom flat in Bondi Beach, Australia.

Lucy is a writer and book blogger at The Literary Edit.

She’s been living in Bondi for almost seven years, with three-months stays in LA and Bali, and multiple trips back to the UK (where she’s originally from) in the midst.

Here’s what Lucy rents.

Hey, Lucy! How much do you pay to live here?

The rent is $2,172.62 (£1,186) a month, and bills average out around $150 (£85) a month, which includes gas, electric and internet.

And what do you get for what you pay?

There are four rooms in total in the apartment – a large, open plan kitchen-sitting room, the double bedroom, a bathroom, and my favourite room of all – the sunroom, which has a gorgeous window seat that’s perfect for reading.

In case you hadn’t guessed, she likes to read (Picture: matrixpictures.com.au/Metro.co.uk)

Do you feel like you have a good deal?

I know lots of people think Bondi’s expensive, but when I compare it to what I could get in London for the same price, I think I’ve got a great deal.

Considering what a beautiful flat it is and how great the location is, I’m pretty happy with it.

Whereabouts is your home based? What do you think of the area?

I’m a ten-minute walk from the beach, and I absolutely love living in Bondi. Getting to watch the sun rise over the water every morning is something I’ll never tire of, and it’s a really safe, beautiful place to live.

I’m within walking distance of most of my friends, endless coffee shops, yoga studios and bars, and my second home, Gertrude & Alice, which is a café-come-bookshop where I host The Bondi Literary Salon and a place I visit most days.

Lucy is originally from the UK, but rents a one-bedroom flat in Bondi Beach, Australia (Picture: matrixpictures.com.au/Metro.co.uk)

Who lives here? Do you rent alone or share?

I’ve been living here alone for almost two years, until a couple of months ago when my boyfriend, Nico, moved in with me.

How did you find the flat?

A friend of a friend knew the landlady – who also lives opposite me.

I wasn’t really looking for my own place when I arranged a viewing, but as soon as I saw the gorgeous the wooden floorboards and the window seat, I put in an offer.

How have you made this place feel like home?

Books, books, and more books. I’m really lucky that the place came unfurnished, and given the white walls and wooden floorboards it was something of a blank …read more

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