Most people go on Airbnb to book a standard apartment or guest house for the weekend. But if you happen to be near Melbourne, Australia, you can rent out an entire historic 1920s tram, complete with ramshackle charm, chipped paint, exposed wooden flooring, and all the original ambiance.
About a year ago, Angela Henley bought a piece of property about an hour outside of Melbourne. The property included a one-bedroom shack and a glorious mint green and cream tram, which has remained parked in the same spot. It’s definitely no longer operational as a form of transportation and hadn’t been restored in decades.
She dug in and started to renovate the space. Over the course of the last year, she has created a complete rural, low-tech getaway and nicknamed the space Jean Claude Van Tram.
According to Apartment Therapy, her inspiration stemmed from “old caravan parks, scout camps, and the bonfire nights my family and friends used to regularly have when I was a kid.” She also says her fantasy home has always been the resort in Dirty Dancing.
These influences show up her in her part-time home that she also rents out on Airbnb. If you decide you need a slice of 1920s charm, her property sleeps eight guests. Along with the tram and the one-room shack, she also has a 1952 Globetrotter trailer set up for company. And she even transformed an old shack into a tiki bar.
However, the tram is the true star of the show. Natural light and a wood-burning stove create a warm space. The natural wooden floors, peeling paint, and rustic furniture make you feel as though you are staying inside of a piece of history.
Despite its rustic roots, there’s something magically homey about the spaces Henley has created. She even has a beautiful bonfire area set up for chilly evenings.
Henley tells Apartment Therapy restoring the W-Class tram cost a “bucketload” more than expected. However, the end result was definitely worth the efforts.