About this listing
Welcome to the heart of Kensingtont Market, Toronto's most vibrant downtown neighbourhood! My bright, new apartment is tucked away in a courtyard steps from "mom and pop" food and clothing shops, trendy cafes, & the best people-watching in the city.
If you're looking for an oasis in the middle of Toronto's most vibrant neighbourhood, you'll find it here.
In addition to location (location, location), the apartment itself is a one-of-a-kind gem - a private walk-up in a brand new building set back from the bustle of the street. There is a full vegetarian kitchen, air conditioning, a laundry machine, and Wifi internet. There is a city parking garage about 20m from the apartment and there is 24-hour access to the apartment keys on the day of your arrival.
This listing is for the entire apartment - in that, if you book it here, I will lock up my room + stay elsewhere during this time. Unless you'd like me to stick around to offer more active hosting - in which case, I can do that, too :)
Since I'm usually here when I'm hosting, you'll find more reviews of this space under the individual room listings: (website hidden)_new/569339
Kensington Market (this place is located right in the heart of it) is one of Toronto's most interesting, eclectic, and friendly neighbourhoods. On most visitors’ list of places to check out when in Toronto, the area often ends up being the highlight. Home to a diverse community of artists, musicians and activists, Kensinton fosters a unique sense of community for locals and tourists alike.
Its variety of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and vintage stores are worth checking out, whether you're here for a month or a weekend. Just outside the apartment you can find all kinds of specialty cheese stores, dried goods, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stalls, and food from around the world. You can walk around enjoying the atmosphere or hang out in nearby Bellevue Square Park. Chinatown is right around the corner and the University of Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario and other attractions are within walking distance.
The market is always bustling with tourists and locals, and on summer weekends you can often find live music and performers on the street. If you happen to be here on the last Sunday of the month for Pedestrian Sunday (May-Oct), the market will be closed to cars and there will be a variety of musicians and performers lining the streets.
I am a queer/friendly Torontoian open to hosting considerate guests of any nationality, sexual orientation, etc., who are willing to respect my home and "house rules" (including not smoking tobacco indoors, eating/preparing meat at home, or making excessive noise). I will try to make accommodations for your comfort and abilities where possible, but for those with mobility issues, please note that the apartment is on the 2nd floor and accessed via an outdoor staircase.
Thanks for checking out this listing - looking forward to hearing from you :)
-no tobacco smoking indoors & no pets unless previously cleared (allergies!)
-vegetarian kitchen: no meat on house dishes/utensils (eggs, dairy, & some fish ok -please check if not sure)
-please be considerate and take care of my home/belongings/don't leave a mess
-no additional guests without prior clearance please
Coordinating the stay was super easy and Cara made us feel at home when we arrived. She is one of the most informative people I think I could have meet in Toronto! The place was very clean and Cara was nice and welcoming. The area was really cool also! If I have another trip to Toronto and she would have me I would stay here as my first choice. Much better than staying at a hotel.
Cara is a great host - super fast with communications, very friendly and respectful. She knows the area well and was able to answer any questions I had.
Her charming apartment is clean, nicely furnished, and in the perfect location - right downtown without being surrounded by skyscrapers.
Kensington Market is such a great area. So many funky little shops and cafes in just a few square blocks. You really could just spend the whole day walking around "The Market."
I would definitely recommend Cara and her apartment, and I look forward to staying here again in the future.
Had a wonderful time staying in Cara's apartment in Kensington Square. The place was clean and warm, and Cara had tons of suggestions of things to do and places to eat.
Communication was prompt and friendly, and we had no problems at all.
Cara was simply a fantastic host that I would not hesitate to recommend. She was highly professional, friendly, and responsive during the booking process, which included a phone call to outline some of the important factors for making my stay as smooth as possible. Cara sent me a comprehensive welcome package by e-mail, replete with photos, maps, and restaurant and tourist recommendations. I am from Toronto, and know that out of towners would truly appreciate the materials and engaging nature of this wonderful host.
Cara was also highly accommodating. My stay at her apartment had a unique purpose and I needed the flexibility to remain in the space a bit longer than the typical check-out time. Cara coordinated this favour seamlessly to accommodate my needs and be fair to the new guests who booked one of the bedrooms for the night following. That was truly appreciated. Cara even followed up after my stay to connect with me further.
In addition, the location is wonderful - you're in the heart of the market, and the place was very clean.
I'm sure you will enjoy! Don't hesitate to book.
Cara was very helpful in orienting us at her flat. She is kind and caring. The flat was a bit noisy but then it's location more than makes up for that.
This place is highly recomendable! Cara's flat has got nice light, a full kitchen to cook and space to sit and relax. Being in Toronto center we could enjoy of all activities around. You can reach many places easily by public transport or on walking. The many little cafés and shops around made us adapt easily to day and nightlife but without noise and stress.
Cara is an open minded host and finds solutions for every need! Thank you!
Cozy, Comfy, Hospitable! Great location, great neighborhood, and close to some of the best nightlife in the country. I will be back! Check Cara's place out!
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About the Host, Cara
I'm an interdisciplinary graduate student, holistic mind-body worker, community facilitator, and multiligual communicator living in the heart of Kensington Market (in my opinion, one of the most fabulous neighbourhoods in the whole wide world).
-Focusing (holistic mind-body wellness work -> if you're interested in booking a facilitated session while you're in town, please get in touch!)
-Banethi (or staff-spinning), on fire or not
-Words(mithing): English, Español, Français
-Being outside (especially when it's summery out)
-Playing in a fabulous community-based percussion (Samba) band (yes, I will invite you to shows, which are often free and wonderful)
-Connecting folks and ideas, theories and practices...