Esther, Melbourne/Australia

"Simone and Giuseppe are amazing hosts! I've known them for four years after working with Simone for most of that, and am confident that anyone staying in their St Kilda flat will be made to feel at home. Being architects, the flat is stylish and well furnished, as is located in the heart of a vibrant suburb. Do yourselves a favour and give it a go - you won't be disappointed!"


Steffen, Singapore

airbnb guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Robe Street, St Kilda

"We really enjoyed our stay in Simone and Giuseppe's apartment. It's right in the heart of St. Kilda - which means one minute to Acland Street where all the bars, restaurant and cake shops are. I especially liked the interior and design of the place - we felt like home immediately.


LInda, Australia

airbnb guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Glenhuntly Road, Elwood

"A wonderful apartment only a 5min drive from the main St Kilda strips and the beach with all the furnishings one would need for a short and even extended stay. It is equipped exactly as stated, clean and comfy. The bedrooms were well sized and the bedding was comfortable. There was certainly no shortage of pillows. Also, the blinds allowed all the light from outside to be shut out of the bedrooms, which ensured a good night's sleep. The hosts were very friendly and easy to contact. I was able to book and extend my stay at very short notice without any problem. It was all perfect. I highly recommend Living Like Locals if you're visiting the area!."



Mylinda, Australia

airbnb guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Elwood

"I booked this apartment for my parents to stay in, when they came to Melbourne to see me. They had a ball. Everything they needed was at their fingertips. We'd definitely book again! Highly recommend!"


Jen, New Zealand

airbnb guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Robe Street, St Kilda

"Tucked back off a quiet road, this apartment was in a great location for all that St Kilda has to offer. All we needed was in the apartment, and when we had questions, they were promptly answered. Thank you!"


Tolu, USA

airbnb guest: stayed in our studio apartment in Dalgety Street, St Kilda

"Arrangements were fairly easy. They were very accommodating (we arrived pretty late at night and someone was there to greet us and hand over the keys). The apartment is in good shape and is comfortable. The only downside is that you can sometimes hear the noise from the street but the apartment is on a side street so there is not much activity going on anyway.


Tegan, Australia

airbnb guest: stayed in our studio apartment in Dalgety Street, St Kilda

"Very clean and comfortable apartment with all the emendates you could ever need. Great hosts who are easy to contact, replies promptly and very accommodating. No hesitations in recommending!! Tegan.."


Brett, Australia

airbnb guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Robe Street, St Kilda

"Our hosts were very easy to communicate with. They made sure everything was prepared for our arrival and came by to make sure we had settled in ok. The unit itself is ideally located and is very pleasant and clean.."


Milan, USA

airbnb guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Inkerman Street, St Kilda East

"Lovely East St Kilda apartment. Nice & spacious, close to Balaklava coffee shops & bakeries. Very quiet, clean and convenient stay in Melbourne. Hosts were terrific and very accommodating. We loved Melmourne and wanted to extend our stay. Since apartment was available host were very prompt to respond. Would stay in this place again, highly recommended."


Pierre, Canada

airbnb guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Robe Street, St Kilda

"This is a fantastic little appt, super clean at a very reasonable cost. It is fully equipped (even has a washing machine) and nicely renovated older appt in a pretty quiet area. Overall it is a truly exceptional value for Melbourne, especially if you are traveling with 4 people. The kitchen has full utensils, pots & pans are new, small fridge is clean and works great, toaster and kettle are new & work great. Through all the small details, you can tell that the hosts care about the comfort of their guests and have a passion for hospitality. We spent 3 nights in Melbourne using the appt as our home base. Within 10 minutes walking distance on Acland street there are many funky places to eat, coffee shops & bakeries and there is also a Coles supermarket on the same strip. It is a 10 min walk to the beach and the warm baths of St-Kilda or just for a nice morning run on the boardwalk. 2 short blocks away, Tram # 96 gets you to the CBD in 15 min outside of rush hour, and in less than 30 during rush hour. We used the trams every day to get to the sights around the city - they are clean and efficient. The beds in the 2 rooms are new and super comfy, nicely appointed with warm comforters and soft pillows - sleeping was a dream! The bathroom and sink + shower (mini-bathtub) and toilet area are both spotless. The provided Wireless Internet was fast and the large screen LCD TV is great + the hosts have even left a few DVD's and recent magazines for their guests to enjoy - very thoughtful. They also left us a bottle of wine, mineral water, some coffee and snacks - WOW!!! 5 star hospitality in my book :) Thanks again to Susanne for providing us with such a great residence - I hope others will read this review and get to take advantage as well, while also respecting the place so others can enjoy it."


Silke, Germany

wimdu guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Robe Street, St Kilda

"We had a lovely time at St. Kilda. The appartment was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed being right in the middle of the St. Kilda buzz, a short distance walk from the beach, shops, restaurants, bars and the tram into town. Having internet access, a TV and VCR, the place felt like home to us and both our kids. Thanks to our hosts- we will come back!"


Gisela, Holland

wimdu guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in St Kilda East

"This apartment was a lovely place to stay. It is just as spacious as the pictures on the website show. All newly furnished and big windows provide you with lots of light. It is situated at the edge of the cbd, so 10minutes by car or tram is a piece of cake. The landlord(s) were very nice and helpful when we needed them. A very nice stay and I would definitely recommend this apartment!"


Kelvin, China

airbnb guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Elwood

"A charming place in a quiet neighborhood, but super close to a street of cafes and restaurants. And if you walk just a bit further, it's the beach! Wonderful 2 weeks here. Highly recommended!"


Tonia, Italy

airbnb guest: stayed in our studio apartment in Dalgety Street, St Kilda

"simone, susanne and giuseppe are the perfect host, clean and friendly...and st kilda was and is incredible,full of people. it was a excellent experience."



Jeannie, Australia

wimdu guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Glenhuntly Road, Elwood

"Clean and well decorated. Nice neighborhood, near beach, we truly enjoyed staying there! If you look for a relaxing holiday house, strongly recommendable. Such a lovely place! Thanks."


Maximilian, Germany

airbnb guest: stayed in our studio apartment in Dalgety Street

 "Very good apartment in a nice neighbourhood. super equipped kitchen! Simone is a perferct host. Srong recomendation." 


Marilyn, France

airbnb guest: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Robe Street, St Kilda

 " A very nice welcome and the apartment was very clean. It was good located in st Kilda as well. If one day we will come back, for sure, we will rent this apartment again."


Keith, Australia

found us on gumtree: stayed in our studio apartment in Alma Road, St Kilda East

"Simone, we have now moved into the apartment...its' great. Thank you very much for the time we spent in your accommodation. Thank you. Keith"


Ralfo, Brasil

found us on gumtree: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Elwood

"I'm very happy, I really liked your flat and you are very friendly. Thank you very much!!!



Jordan, Canada

found us on gumtree: stayed in our studio on Alma Road, St Kilda East

"Thank you, everything is wonderful with the flat and I am settling in nicely. Thank you.


Alexa, England

found us on gumtree: stayed in our 2 bedroom apartment in Elwood

"We absolutely loved the apartment and would hav loved to stay longer to be honest!! Many Thanks. Alexa"


Peter and Lena, England

found us on gumtree: stayed in our studio on Alma Road, St Kilda East

"we would like to thank you for providing us with such a lovely apartment at a reasonable price during our elective stay here in Melbourne.

Thank you again and best wishes,

Peter & Lena"

Mikael, Sweden

We had a great stay at both the Inkerman and the Glen Huntly apartments. Arrangements were easy and Susanne and Giuseppe responded very quickly to our questions, which we very much appreciated. The Inkerman flat was very bright and spacious and had everything we needed. The location was very good in relation to trams, trains, shops etc.
The Glen Huntly apartment was, although a bit smaller, in a very nice neighborhood. Close to the beach and the lovely Ormond road. A perfect location when traveling with kids as there is also large park areas just around the corner.  Thank you - We would love to come back!
Mikael with family



Comments: 11 (Discussion closed)
  • #11

    Cintia (Saturday, 04 May 2013 04:36)

    We enjoyed staying in Simone & Giuseppe's apartment ar Robe St. The location is great and the apartment is nicely decorated and clean. They also provide everything you need when you stay in self contained accommodation. We highly recommend it.

  • #10

    Sarah (Wednesday, 27 March 2013 19:04)

    I stayed in Simone & Giuseppe’s apartment while visiting Melbourne with my parents. The apartment was very clean and comfortable. It is located in the heart of St. Kilda. Acland Street and Fitzroy Street are a short walk away so shops/bars/restaurants are close by. The tram line to the city is only a five minute walk from the apartment too. The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, TV/DVD and laundry facilities which made our stay all the more comfortable. Simone was very helpful and accommodating. We really enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it.

  • #9

    Rob (Tuesday, 05 March 2013 03:58)

    We stayed in the studio on Alma Road,St Kilda East for 6 weeks.We found that it was a very friendly neighborhood and safe area. The apartment is ideally located near trams and trains as well as within walking distance of shops and parks. The apartment was clean an tidy. We had on road parking and internet access. The landlords, Guiseppe and Simone were friendly and keen to make our stay great. We loved Melbourne and the apartment was a great base to see it. Thank you :)

  • #8

    Lea & Imran (Sunday, 26 February 2012 10:33)

    Dear Simone & Guiseppe,

    Thank you so very much for our wonderful stay at your Alma Street apartment.

    We cannot recommend your service enough! The apartment was perfect for us in so many ways:

    1) its central location
    2) brilliant access to transport links
    3) amenities within walking distance included several grocery stores, launderettes, cafes and restaurants / bars
    4) super-fast internet connection
    5) our hosts! nothing was too much trouble and they were always on hand to answer any of our questions

    All I can say to any prospective guests is look no further, you can't go wrong with livinglikelocals!! We would have no hesitation in booking with you again.

    Best wishes,
    Lea & Imran, London

  • #7

    Michael und Uta, Hamburg (Wednesday, 25 January 2012 08:14)

    Zu Beginn einer 4-wöchigen Australienreise erholten wir uns Anfang November 2011 5 Tage in der gut ausgestatteten Wohnung Inkerman St 2, genossen das Stadtteilleben und entdeckten Melbourne und Umgebung.
    Dankeschön an das Team von "Living like locals"!

  • #6

    The Hewletts (Monday, 31 October 2011 04:08)

    We stayed in the Inkerman St 2 bed apartment for 6 weeks with our young daughter. The apartment is very spacious, comfortable with all the mod cons. When we had a couple of minor maintenance issues, they sent someone around very quickly and resolved the problem. While it's not the quietest street to stay on (due to traffic noise), the location is great and you can get to the tram and train within a short walk. The shops on the Balaclava High Street are handy - some interesting boutiques and there's all the usual suspects (Coles, Woolworths, Fruit & Veg, Butchers etc). All in all, if you need a short stay apartment in Melbourne then this is great - so much better than staying in a hotel. Thank you to the crew at "Living Like Locals".

  • #5

    Vivek from Melbourne off to Overseas (Friday, 19 August 2011 02:36)

    My wife, my nearly-two-year-old toddler and I had a great experience renting from Simone and the gang at Living Like Locals. We had moved out of our apartment in preparation for moving overseas and needed a furnished apartment in a convenient area. We ended up living at their Inkerman St property for six weeks. Simone, Susanne and everyone else were great - they made us feel like we could treat the place as our own, and they were very responsive when we had questions or needed something from them. We thought that renting from Living Like Locals was a great value for us, and we highly recommend it for those who are considering an extended stay in Melbourne.

  • #4

    Julie, Auckland, New Zealand (Tuesday, 09 August 2011 05:55)

    Thanks for the fantastic stay.

  • #3

    Krystal & Matty (Monday, 08 August 2011 04:39)

    A cosy comfortable stay. Thanks again.

  • #2

    Fabio & Aki (Wednesday, 03 August 2011 02:48)

    We really enjoyed staying in this studio.
    Thank you for everything.

  • #1

    Ayaka from Japan (Tuesday, 12 July 2011 11:03)

    It was a wonderful stay! Thank you!!