The Beach House

On one of my recent Bondi walks, I decided to check out the new development between Gould St and Campbell Parade where the old bottle shop used to be.

Gould Street, showing the street level of The Beach House apartments

There is this kind of arcade now between Gould and Campbell, which also houses the entrance to the key aspect of this development, an apartment complex known as The Beach House.

View of the walk-through looking towards Campbell Parade from Gould St, June 2011

I have to confess that as much as I’d like the brakes to be put on all the development here in Bondi, from an objective point of view, the outcome of this particular development isn’t too bad. The walk-through is a bit dark and lifeless, but the upside of the destruction of the old “Bondi Tram” part of the Bondi Hotel, means that you can now see the Bondi Hotel’s side view which was previously obstructed by the adjoining part of the hotel. This new Beach House development has allowed that side view of the building to be visible and stand-alone. You can therefore appreciate the architecture of the southern side view of the Bondi Hotel more fully now. But unfortunately, I still think aesthetically, the look of the building from Curlewis Street is affected by this new development. I’d like to hear your comments on this.

I don’t recall seeing the Bondi Hotel like this before. If anyone knows, I’d be interested to know when this side aspect of the Bondi Hotel was first obstructed by the adjoining extension of the Hotel, i.e. in what year?

There are some pics I snapped of this development exactly one year ago that I posted on the page in this blog More Development Shvelopment. You can see the paint-job done on the Hotel. I think that is an improvement.

The new walk-through from Campbell Parade to Gould Street, June 2011

The Bondi Hotel, June 2011

The Bondi Hotel as seen from Curlewis St, June 2011


  1. Andy says:

    Thanks for the pics! I think the old Hotel looks much better and, yes, seeing a new side of the old gal is wonderful. I’m also a fan of the new development and I’m absolutely busting for the new Miss Chu to open (in the new walk-though). Best. Dumplings. Ever.

  2. bondimermaid says:

    Thanks for your comment Andy. I think the paint-job is a thumbs up. The pink-apricot colour didn’t do the Hotel justice. I haven’t heard of Miss Chu but undoubtedly will soon be introduced to it. 🙂

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