A Private Rooftop Helps a 344-Square-Foot Apartment Feel Much Larger

published Sep 29, 2023

A Private Rooftop Helps a 344-Square-Foot Apartment Feel Much Larger

published Sep 29, 2023
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“I was desperate to move out of a dungeon of an apartment I had moved into in Rushcutters Bay; I must have inspected it in the one hour of natural daylight it had and needed to break out and find some sunshine,” explains Charlotte Ree, of her last living situation.

So, she checked every day until she came across this apartment for rent. “The New York loft style is what immediately caught my eye, but the private rooftop stole my heart,” she explains. “I was lucky that inspections took place in the thick of Sydney’s second lockdown and so, I wasn’t competing or rushing when I went to view it — it was just me, there, swept up in my hopes and dreams. I could see myself living in that apartment and so it became not a question of if, but when. I was a woman on a mission.”

Ree has now been renting this 344-square-foot apartment for two years, and while the inside of the home is tiny, the private rooftop offers up nearly 430 square feet of additional living space.

Charlotte Ree has worked in book publishing, and is currently the head of marketing at a big publisher in Australia. In May, she published her memoir, Heartbake, which “documents her journey to self-love following divorce and the unmistakable role food has played in her life, and how cooking has ultimately healed her.”



  • Bronte Beach oil on canvas — Bluethumb
  • Vintage vase — A gift from my mum
  • Books — Collected over the years
  • Light — IKEA
  • Frida Kahlo print — Gift from my mama
  • Assisi — Purchased in Assisi
  • Pink Lake, Yorketown — Mitch Payne
  • Katie Marx chrysanthemum print — Skinny Wolf
  • Portrait of me, oil on canvas — Fiona O’Byrne 
  • Venice watercolour — Purchased in Venice
  • Oil on canvas landscape artwork — Belonged to my grandmother
  • Woman covering face photograph — Etsy
  • Woman swimming photograph — Etsy
  • Picture of me in gold frame taken by Dane Tucker
  • Table — Glicks
  • Linen pillowcases — Bed Threads
  • Other pillows — Kmart


  • Original vintage Ladderax shelving unit
  • 1960’s Johannes Anderson original dining table
  • Bentwood dining chairs
  • Cast iron pots — Chasseur
  • Copper double boiler — Williams Sonoma
  • KitchenAid in Almond Cream
  • Collection of vintage coloured glassware — Sourced from secondhand markets, estate sales, and collected from my grandparents throughout the years 
  • Maison Balzac pink jug
  • Original cake artwork — Rachel Castle
  • Razzia vintage pasta poster — The Ross Art Group
  • Unknown portrait of woman, oil on canvas
  • Lifetime collection of cookbooks
  • Eye, oil on canvas by Liam Nunan 
  • Mixed bowls — Dinosaur Designs
  • Candles — Nonna’s Grocer
  • Linocut — Allie Webb
  • Spice rack — Kmart
  • Olive oil — Goldi
  • Copper pepper mill — DEA store
  • Artwork — Evi O


  • Spindle bed frame — DOMAYNE
  • Bedding — Bed Threads
  • Knitted blanket — Handmade
  • Sub Rosa framed print — Rone
  • Frida Kahlo print — Purchased at Frida’s house in Mexico City
  • Lights — Kmart


  • Pink terrazzo table — Fenton and Fenton
  • Skincare — Tatcha 
  • Skincare — Aesop

Thanks, Charlotte!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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