Charm and seclusion and lots of space. Private parking included. Close to Toronto live music venues Cadillac Lounge, Drake Hotel and Lula Lounge! Touring musicans receive a 10% discount: ask me when you book, or instant book and I'll send you the money back.
Smack dab in the pulsing heart of Parkdale, Toronto's newest and most cutting edge arts/food/retail scene. This apartment is a dedicated lodging space, not my personal home. That means a nice open feel, lots of storage that's yours alone and no clutter. Like a charming hotel, combined with your own private apartment amenities. Enjoy the secluded, flowered backyard complete with BBQ and patio furniture.
Make Toronto your base for a night, weekend or settle in for a month...Host friends and family at your own Parkdale pad. Great for home-cooking - or eat out locally at some of Toronto's best restaurants.
I'm happy to be your 'Toronto concierge'. Iron and board? Tip for the best croissants locally? How to eat at Grand Electric without a lineup? Flea Market insidership? Want some local, organic beef for the BBQ? Ask me - I live 6 blocks away.
Toronto's newest and most-loved 'food hub', the West End Food Coop, is literally a 3 minute walk away; you can shop there without being a member. An easy walk to Lake Ontario. Super close to Liberty Village and Exhibition Place. (Hello, One-of-a-Kind exhibitors!).
Space is the entire tall, calm, inspiring main floor of an extra-wide Victorian house on Parkdale's most sought-after residential street. 680 square feet.
The flat's very inviting; wonderful proportions, lots of space and loaded with vintagey style. A swellegant vibe: comfy, stylish, lots of colour and charm, candles, antiques and fun touches, awesome art and craft touches and a couple of pieces of great 1930's chinoiserie.
Parking is free of charge and right on the premises.
Fireplace (non-working but pretty).
120 year old pine and hardwood floors.
Huge stained glass window.
Slate and handmade subway tiles in bathroom.
Chic simple eat-in kitchen with midcentury East German 'Casala' resin dining table and chairs.
Huge sitting/entertaining area with concrete coffee table and brand new, comfortable pullout sofabed.
So affordable for its size, location and quality.
Within a 2 minute walk, you've got the best vintage stores in the city, the West End Food Coop (100-mile gourmet healthfood and healthy food hub for many Parkdalians of all income stripes), cool hair and nail salons, renowned indy boutiques and some of the most inventive cuisine in the most happening spaces in the entire city. Hey there's even a floatation tank experience a mere 5 minutes away. Walk score is a "walker's paradise" of 94% and transit score is a perfect 100%.
Toronto's "it" boutique hotels, the Gladstone and the Drake, are a short walk away.
Kids more than welcomed - we can lend extra bedding and/or a crib, moses basket or a pad for the floor.
Ideal for one person on a business trip, a couple coming into the city for weekend fun, or a small group of friends reconnecting. Also a really sweet spot for a Toronto 'staycation' for rest-of-Torontoites.
Great also for older singles, couples or friends who want an easily-accessible calm and generously proportioned private Toronto base (large, quiet, nicely heated, high quality main floor and just one small step up).
Nobody else on your floor - you have the grandest, best appointed storey of this huge house all to yourself for half the cost of a very average hotel room.
Beautiful, secluded patio-style backyard with charcoal Weber BBQ.
High threadcount cotton linens on your bed, organic cotton towels. I use only non-toxic laundry soap, dish soap and cleaning products - and never use petrochemicals or chemical air fresheners. I try to line-dry wherever possible.. All paper products in the flat are environmentally friendly and we encourage recycling (and make composting easy).
Note: bedroom is at the front of the apartment, and forms part of an open concept space, divided by a vintage room divider. Living-bedroom space is huge but bedroom itself doesn't have much privacy. 2nd bed is a new sofabed and 3rd is a pullout chaise: firm but comfy, single-size.
LCBO, Grand Electric Tacos, Dandylion, Electric Mud, Duggan's Brewery, Porzia, Chantecler, the Drake and the Gladstone are a pleasant few minutes' walk away.
What the space is NOT: A condo. Beige. Supershiny, new, suburban. Anonymous. Air conditioned. Boring. Stainless steel applianced. On the 49th floor. Concierged. Boring.
Sorry: no TV!
Tenants upstairs: friendly and grownup but you may hear them in the hall, and above you.
Fully furnished, towels, fluffy robes and linens included, new kitchen appliances, pots and pans and wine glasses, laundry onsite.
Your own private offstreet parking is included in your nightly rate.
Friendly owner - ready to give Toronto tips and advice if needed.
Fuller breakfast, snack basket or grocery basics happily supplied and ready for you for a very reasonable extra fee.
If you want true hotel service, daily or weekly linens-change is happily provided for a small extra fee. Laundry too. Just ask.
Ask me about leaving you extra sheets and pillows so you can accommodate a guest ad-hoc!
Ask me if you'd like me to arrange an onsite session with a local RMT, esthetician, craniosacral or shiatsu therapist, or acupuncturist. The space is perfect for this.
We'll babysit if you need, or arrange accredited local babysitters to come right to your space: ask me about fees and credentials!
Always let me know prior to booking, if you would like these extra services. I'll send you a 'special offer' that will include all the extras.
PLEASE NOTE: Please don't try to get into your apartment through front door of the house (17 Melbourne) as this is upstairs entrance exclusively. Also, please don't go to to their entrance looking for me. I live 6 blocks away and am accessible any time by phone: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Interaction with guests
Total privacy is yours if you need it - I can hide the key for your arrival or meet you and show you around. Your preference.
I'm happy to give local insider knowledge, recommend a swimming pool, library, restaurant, food delivery, taxi company or a gym etc - but only at your cue.
What makes me happy is knowing you're comfortable and having a good time.
Note on number of guests: base rate is for 2 guests. $20 extra per guest after 2. Extra bedlinens and towels are included in this price. At a pinch and if you don't need a lot of personal space, the apartment sleeps 5.
Other things to note
Your main entrance is on the side wall of the house towards the REAR. Open the metal gate between the houses and walk towards the backyard; your door, to the kitchen, is on your left near the back.
Laundry is in the basement - space and shared with 3 friendly tenants upstairs. (Ask me before using laundry: I will show you around) (the basement is very...basementy).
Towels are on the BACK of the bathroom door. Robes in your closet.
Any special cooking needs: just ask me - I can lend appliances, cake tins etc.
Hair flattening iron, blender, juicer and more, ready to lend: just text me.
Please note: one guest has mentioned noise overhead from tenants upstairs. They are quiet, professional people and not partiers, but you may hear footsteps as they walk back and forth. It's an old, creaky house. If this will disturb you, please think twice before booking. Thanks a lot!
My sheets and towels are always freshly washed. If you expect brand new chemically washed linens you might be disappointed: cleanliness is all, to me, and that includes using clean products not harmful ones, and not replacing every few months and sending stuff to landfill.
No copyright infringement: that means no downloading 'file sharing' or 'bittorent' movies, games or music. You will pay any fines associated with doing this.
Please take a good read of your Itinerary before your arrival and contact me if you have any questions not covered there.
Guests should respect neighbours and apartment-dwellers above, and keep it down after 11.
Well behaved, non-clawing, non-barking, housetrained pets ok but check with me first. I always try to remove allergens (decent vacuum cleaner, thorough dusting) between guests.
NOTE: I provide a little Dyson cordless vacuum. If you bring a shedding dog, please whisk up his or her hairs before you leave as a courtesy. Thank you very much from a fellow dog-lover.
Please do your own dishes and leave the flat pleasant and tidy. My cleaning fee just covers my time to make the space ready for next person.
Please remove your shoes.
Please text me the day before or morning of your departure so we can make a plan. Default plan if we aren't in touch: leave key on the kitchen table for me.
Please remember not to waste energy: leave lights off when you go out, and shut heating registers if you're too warm - don't open windows in winter.
Feel free to ask me about earlier check-in or later checkout: you never know - I might be able to accommodate.
Pet friendly but PLEASE MENTION ALL PETS WHEN YOU ENQUIRE. Cats not allowed.
IMPORTANT SMOKING NOTE: Not allowed indoors. If you smoke outside please put butts in the garbage. I'm getting weary of picking up soggy butts.
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We are an easygoing, literary, life-loving family of 3. We are based in Toronto but have strong family ties to Europe and also own a place in Berlin. We are flexible, kind, peaceful and creative and our homes show this; we revel in cooking, relaxing in serene and carefully-curated surroundings, and are houseproud in an eclectic, stylish and not too rigid way. We know that when you make our homes yours, you'll want comfy beds, utmost cleanliness, caring little touches and that extra hosting 'mile', like restaurant tips by text, a few goodies in the cupboard, excellent coffee and appliances and comforts that are up to date and properly working. When you're in our space, we do all we can to ensure it's a great experience for you, even if we're far away and never even meet you personally.
Can't live without: coffee, music, yummy bathroom, colour, kindness.