This is the main room with your host in a smaller bedroom. You'll have a bay window, two stories over looking Queen St. E., a block from the beach. There is a double futon, dark wooden blinds, a TV for laptops (no cable) stereo, and dresser.
Another shot of YOUR room with double futon, TV, projector screen (in case you bring a projector), stereo, table, and guitars.
We have a furnished apartment, one block from the beach and beautiful boardwalk, in one of the most fun and safe neighbourhoods in Toronto. 24 hour public transit, 30 mins to downtown. Street parking by permit is available. Taxis rove the area all the time. We have bike trails, cafes, boutiques, spas, pubs, restaurants, walk-in clinics, pharmacies, organics stores, Belgian chocolate makers, bakeries, home made ice cream shops, massage therapy, you-do or they-do laundry right down stairs, top Toronto coffee roastery with Wi-Fi also right down stairs, sustainable farming butcher, vegetarian options, two theatres, big library, free public skating in the winter, off-leash dog zone on the beach, bookstores, parks and mature tree lined streets.
We are up 35 indoor stairs. The main room with a double futon, as well as a full kitchen, bathroom and small private safe deck, are all yours to use with your host. Hardwood floors, yes. 32" flat screen with blue-ray and VCR, yes. Cable and phone, no. Helpful host for whatever you'll need. We have two small tabby cats. Tobacco smoking outside only, in our 4 unit historic building.
This is not a new condo. Our entrance way is a small unassuming door on (website hidden). E. The stairs could use lick of paint, but don't let that be your guide. Check out the pictures. This place is really cool. We're on the second floor. The style in "The Beach" community is primarily homes from the 1900's, originally used as cottages, by downtowners. The Beach maintains a village vibe, despite being so close to the downtown core. If you don't know Toronto well, you'll luck out by choosing this area. Even one neighbourhood away, the vibe is far different.
There is a fully stocked kitchen with a new floating wood floor, a new bathroom enclosure with hotel style shower curtain for extra room, and an enclosed deck/sun room off the kitchen. The deck has been enclosed with chicken wire and then clear plastic to essentially create a racoon proof greenhouse. There is ventilation so you can tan naked, go for a smoke or sweat it out, when the sun is shining. In the evening it is a wind resistant, rain proof, racoon proof space to chill.
24 hour streetcar line at your doorstep, to the heart of downtown, through colourful Toronto neighbourhoods. City-wide famous coffee/espresso shop downstairs. Solar powered laundromat next door. Natural foods store on the corner. Nearby fish and chips, Chinese food, Indian food, chicken wings, pubs, patios and convenience stores. The beach and boardwalk are one block away. Bike racks are downstairs on Queen St. E and around the corner.
Your host lives here, along with tabby twins Sidney and Victoria, and is available for assistance with directions, keys, difficulties etc.
Large living room/bedroom, bathroom, full kitchen and enclosed deck.
Interaction with Guests
You are free to keep to yourself, with a stereo in the main room, or share your play-list for the stereo in the kitchen.
I have lived in The Beach neighbourhood since 1976! Yes, I was a youngster, and the vibe here keeps drawing me back. The apartment is over an historic theatre and everything you could possible want, is here on Queen St.
24 hour public transit and taxis rove the area at all hours. Street parking is available, and permits are available for longer stays. So...do this:
When you arrive, park on BEECH AVE. Then, before midnight move the car and park WEST of Beech, on the SOUTH side of Queen. You're free there till 8am (Monday to Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday) At 8am, (1pm on Sundays) go back to Beech Ave. or other a side street 'till midnight.
Alternately, pay for a parking permit via the city of Toronto web site and print it out before you come. A 24 hour permit is $10, 48 hour permit is $15 and one week is $23. Then you can park on any side street in the neighbourhood, NORTH of Queen St. and come and go as you please without having to read any signs.
This is because...we are on a street that is used by commuters to get to and from downtown. So, EASTBOUND lanes which are the SOUTH side of Queen St. become a no parking zone from 4-6pm Monday to Friday. From 8am to 10pm (except during rush hour), it is paid parking. After 10pm it is free until 8am the next day. On Sundays it is free until 1pm.
All side streets are free during the day from 8am until midnight. After midnight you will get a ticket.
Queen St. between BEECH AVE to SILVER BIRCH AVE is permit parking ONLY between midnight and 8am (expect on Sundays it's 1pm).
WESTBOUND lanes which are the NORTH side of Queen St. become a no parking zone from 7-9am Monday to Friday. From 9am to 10pm, it is paid parking. After 10pm it is free until 8am the next day. On Sundays it is free until 1pm.
Other Things to Note
Two adorable twin tabby cats live here!
No tobacco smoking inside please. There is a stereo in the kitchen and living room, but please be mindful of the neighbours at night. You may leave items you no longer need for your trip, like tin foil, camping supplies, shower gels and such. If they don't make it into the communal pile, they will be donated to a local shelter, who are always thankful for that sort of thing. Feel at home.
Thanks to Rod and Erin for the nice welcoming !
Rod gave me precious help with parking which made it very simple and easy.
Erin was very helpful in giving me advice on public transit and she was very kind and quiet.
The cats were very affectionate :)
And the place is located in an AMAZING area : the lake just a few steps down is such a nice place to walk or just sit and do nothing.
Also, cafés and places to eat are all around the place.
I had a great time !
I was able to get in touch with Rod's roommate Erin no problem and she gave me instructions as to how to get in. Had no problem finding the place and Erin gave us a wonderful warm welcome. Recommended a few places in the area we could check out too! Super accessible by the 24 hour street car. Just a half an hour from Younge/Queen. Fantastically close to the boardwalk and lots of great restaurants/stores near by. We wanted to check out the Fox Theater just below but ran out of time. Would 100% recommend here for a weekend stay!
Great! I am so happy that you two had such a good experience in our 'hood. The beach area was cottage country for downtown business people back in the late 1800's and early 1900's, and the locals have tried to maintain a village atmosphere despite being able to see the downtown skyline. The Fox is fun, and sometimes runs overnight film festivals. Anytime you want to visit again, let us know! Cheers, Rod.
We stayed at Rod's appartment for one night. The location is very good, close to the beach and you can get downtown very easily with public transport. The appartment is pretty basic and it offers all you need for a comfortable stay.
We add a really good time in Rod appartement! Erin was a super kind and generous host. The location is great and we enjoy the presence of the two cats!
Perfect accomodation, super nice host, lovely room, good bed, and nice area around! Plus two amazing cats, all in all: GREAT!!!!!!!
Nice place !
Everything was like in the description and Erin is very pleasant !
The flat is really easy to access with the streetcar and close to the beach.
We enjoyed our stay !
We loved staying here! While we did not get to meet Rob, his roommate was home. She was warm and welcoming and had a lot of great recommendations for the area. The room in the apartment was lovely - very clean, spacious, and well-furnished. The bathroom and kitchen areas were clean and pretty as well, although the bathroom just has a curtain, no door (which we were fine with - but to others this might be a problem, I don't know). The area itself was really cool, literally a block away from the beach. I will say parking was a nightmare and we had to keep moving the car around and still ended up getting a ticket. That issue was resolved once we got a parking pass at city hall in Toronto, but it was still an annoyance. The Beaches are awesome. It had a community feel, especially at the local bars and shops. We would definitely visit again.
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Canadian traveling on and off. Health care and business administrator. Love the boardwalk and beach and bike trails. While traveling I try to sail or SCUBA dive.