Welcome to the Ice House! Our historic and modern apartment in Riverdale features a reclaimed wood Queen bed with 5ft high headboard, pillow-top mattress and fresh linens for a restful night's sleep. A full kitchen with stainless steel appliances and caeserstone countertops. A rain shower with heated floor. Hardwood floors throughout. Canadian art and photography mixed with vintage and industrial accessories. 3 min walk to trendy restaurants. 7 min walk to subway and streetcars.
Enjoy your stay in a historic Ice House apartment. Prior to the invention or wide spread availability of refrigerators, ice houses stored and sold blocks of ice for use in cold drinks, the preparation of ice cream and sorbets, and to help keep food fresh. Now, it is a stunning and modern home that has been featured in a number of design publications and TV shows, including Divine Design with Candace Olsen.
Your new 400 sq ft apartment with 6' 7" high ceilings includes a reclaimed wood Queen bed with a 5 foot high headboard, pillow top mattress, down-alternative pillows, and soft fresh linens. A spacious, custom-made, set of bedroom closets in high gloss white, with ample room for hanging and folded items. Your own kitchen with stainless steel kitchen appliances and caeserstone countertops to prepare a meal using ingredients from nearby farmer's markets. LED lights throughout the apartment that are all on dimmers.
Free high speed Wi-Fi with a U.S. DNS so that you can watch Hulu, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, etc on your laptop, tablet or phone.
You'll have access to a dedicated basement apartment through a shared front door. The front door opens to the main hallway and a stunning concrete, glass and stainless steel staircase to a basement apartment.
Interaction with guests
We will be available to welcome you and show you the apartment and its ammenities. We are also available 24/7 through the Airbnb app and our mobile phones, should you have any questions or need assistance prior to your arrival or during your stay.
We've also prepared a detailed guidebook, including maps of (and recommendations to) all the neighbourhood hot spots, art galleries, restaurants, bars, farmer's markets, beaches, skating rinks, etc. We're less than 100m away from a wonderful neighbourhood coffee shop, and minutes away from fantastic restaurants and bars on the Danforth and in Leslieville.
Other things to note
My family lives upstairs on the main and 2nd floors of the home, and while the apartment is separate and self-contained, we ask that you be respectful of your neighbours (us), and we'll certainly do the same. Thanks!
The apartment has a 4-cup coffee maker, organic dark roast coffee, a variety of tea bags, sugar, tea kettle, microwave oven, pots & pans, mixing bowls, kitchen utensils, cutlery, dishes, colander, corkscrew, wine glasses, water glasses, kitchen knives, a cutting board, paper towels, salt & pepper, olive oil, hair dryer, iron & ironing board.
We also have a map of Toronto, a listing of festivals and art galleries, and an extensive list of restaurant recommendations.
If you require something that is not provided, please don't hesitate to ask and we'll do our best to help.
This is our home and we ask that you treat it and our surrounding neighbors kindly.
- Please remove your shoes at the top of the stairs.
- Please wipe up any liquids that spill onto the floor as quickly as possible to avoid damage to the wood.
- Please do not smoke inside the apartment.
- Please do not light candles inside the apartment.
- No parties, outside visitors, or overnight guests without previous approval from your host.
- This space is for a maximum of two people only.
- Please use the recycling and garbage containers provided.
- Please use items in the apartment gently. If you break or damage something, please let me know and arrange for its replacement or repair.
- No pets. Sorry, Rover has to stay home :(
- No illegal activities.
- Please turn off the lights when you leave to help conserve energy!
note: If you require something that is not provided, please just ask, we will do our best to provide it for you.
We are an adventurous family that has traveled extensively throughout the world - from Borneo, Peru and the Galapagos Islands to Switzerland, India, and Cambodia, and many places in between. We use Airbnb when we travel and appreciated the hospitality so much that we decided to host.
We love meeting people from around the world and sharing our love for Toronto (and our neighborhood) with them. We know what it is to be a great guest and aim to bring the same level of care to being great hosts.
I am a social entrepreneur and purpose-driven marketer, and my wife is a talented educator. We’re passionate about doing well by doing good, design, technology, comedy, food and family.
We’ve lived in the neighborhood for over 10 years, love to discover new places and share our recommendations with others; you'll find this represented in the Guidebook we've prepared for our guests.
We would be delighted to host you and facilitate a fantastic trip to Toronto.