About this listing
Enjoy the gorgeous backyard lounge outside this little Italy family home in a central location with all of the amenities you need to explore the city (Centre Island, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum).
Available in the fantastic neighborhood of Little Italy in downtown Toronto is a 3 bedroom & 2 bath home. Our home is on a great tree-lined street. Enjoy the gorgeous backyard lounge outside this little Italy family home in a central location with all of the amenities you need to explore the city (Centre Island, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum).
We're located just up the street from trendy College Street and the culinary delights on Ossington Ave., plus this house is very close to several neighborhood parks and central to the rest of the city and Greater Toronto Area. You'll be close to so much:
Retail / Food / Entertainments
* Metro grocery store (open 24 hours)
* Shoppers Drug Mart (open until midnite)
* TD, Scotia, BMO and other bank branches
* Green grocer at the corner of Beatrice
* Bar Isabel; Regina Trattoria & Pizzeria; Lit Espresso; Easy Restaurant; LCBO – the liquor store (College Street)
* The Beer Store; The Black Hoof (Dundas Street); Cafe 668 (Vegetarian Asian on Dundas Street)
* Ossington Ave.: Pizza Libretto, Fish Bar, BQM (Burger Quality Meats), Golden Turtle pho noodle soup, Lower Ossington Theatre, and lots more.
* Dufferin Mall
Meditation & Recreation
* Kadampa Buddhist Temple
* Octopus Garden yoga studio (College Street)
* Bickford, Trinity Bellwoods (public pool) and Christie Pits Parks
* Revival and Mod Clubs, College (website hidden), Bar Italia, Andy Poolhall
* Royal Cinema and Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
* Toronto Public Library
* TTC Subway stations at Christie & Ossington (approx. 7 minute walk)
* College Streetcar (runs 24 hours; approx. 3 minute walk)
* 94 bus (Harbord/Wellesley; 2 minute walk)
Our home was built in 1914, but features the modern conveniences you need for comfort.
All bedrooms have hardwood parquet flooring; the master bedroom has a large Ikea Pax closet system that will be available for you to use. Other rooms have places for you to store your things and hang your items.
The chef's kitchen is gorgeous and has a convection oven, coffee maker, toaster, and everything you need to cook, bake, or make some drinks. Through the kitchen is a powder room (bathroom) and a full backyard with wood deck, patio furniture, BBQ and parking for up to two cars.
The downstairs living room features a sectional sofa, stereo with CDs and iPod dock and a 42 inch flatscreen (with Apple TV and Netflix), with an electric fireplace. Next to the living room is a multi-purpose room for work and computing, and a kid's area for play and arts and crafts.
We have two beds for adults and ones for children (1 queen bed, 1 double bed, and a toddler bed (crib is also available). We also have an air mattress, if needed. All linens are provided.
The second floor bathroom has a nice big tub for when you need a soak.
Wi-fi internet access throughout the house, and local land-line calls are included. Non-smokers only. No pets, sorry (we are allergic).
3 night minimum. Cleaning fee included in the price.
Near: College and Ossington
You will have complete access to the home and backyard area!
Interaction with Guests
We really like to meet our international guests, but sometimes we're off traveling and Airbnb-ing ourselves...
Little Italy is lively and fun for families staying here, as well as for those without kids. You could not ask for more - College Street has great food, drinks, and shopping. You can even catch a movie at the 1-screen Royal Cinema, or swim at the YMCA. As a base to explore other neighborhoods, the city, or the region you will find that our 'hood is easy to get to by car or public transportation.
There are many ways to get from our place to almost anywhere in the city: the College Streetcar, Harbord bus, and the Bloor subway are all within walking distance.
For those driving in, we have off-street parking available - please ask!
And for those of you flying to Toronto's Pearson International or Island (Billy Bishop) airports, we are very close to major highways. We are about 30 minutes driving from Pearson airport and about 15 minutes from the island airport.
Enjoy all of our house as if it is yours but no smoking allowed and no pets. Please turn off all appliances, lights, lower air-con, and remove all garbage (place in bins outside the house) when you leave. This is a residential neighbourhood and guests are asked to respect our neighbours: no loud noises after midnight.Thank you.
We were in Toronto for a family wedding and Vinita and Joe's centrally located home was a very good base of operations for the five of us - my husband and I, our adult daughter and my sister and brother in law. The house was comfortable and clean and had 'good vibes' and we enjoyed our five day stay - even in the middle of January. Though the house was warm inside, I imagine it would be even more appealing to stay there in warmer weather (sitting on the front porch, strolling through the neighbourhood). We had a chance to meet our hosts when we first arrived and they warmly welcomed us and showed us around.
We stayed in the lower level apartment for four months, August to December 2013, and we've had a great time. The place is very nice and well maintained with an equipped kitchen and large bathroom. The apartment has everything we needed for our longer stay. Joe and Vinita were perfect hosts: We could always come up for questions or just to chat, and during our stay they even made some furniture improvements in the apartment to make it even more comfortable, like new lamps, and extra shelfs in the walk-in closet.
The location further is perfect, the street is quiet though around the corner you can find many shops and restaurants at college street. Public transportation is good as well. The university is only 10 minutes away, and in case you think about cycling, there are many good bikelanes in the area.
All in all a great place, hosts and location that we highly recommend and would come back to if we visit Toronto again!
We had a lovely time at Vinita and Joe's house. We were in town for our son's wedding and the location couldn't be more perfect for all the little errands we had to to do in the week leading up to the big day. We met Vinita and her adorable baby briefly but . communicated via email and phone. There were some changes from the photos but for the better! Newer furniture and dining room now devoted to children play.
Our daughters joined us for a few days and the house accommodated us all very comfortably, contributing to a wonderful family reunion and wedding. Thank you Vinita and Joe!
I had it for a whole week (7 nights). The place was clean, beautiful and in a great location.
Unfortunately, I couldn't meet the hosts as they were not there, but anyway the communication was good.
Vinita and Joe have a lovely home in Little Italy, which is a really pleasant part of Toronto to stay in. They couldn't have been more accommodating, and made things very easy for us.
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This house has a very comfortable, lived in feeling. It was clean and the location is central and walking distance from many cafés and restaurants, not to mention a really nice neighborhood. The bedrooms are on separate floors which let our third guest sleep soundly when our baby woke up at night. Vinita and Joe were very sweet and helpful.
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About the Host, Vinita + Joe
Our house is a calming place to relax and as your hosts we endeavour to provide a healthy and clean environment: organic and natural products are used whenever possible. We enjoy travel and have been to the Caribbean, South Asia, East Africa, and Taiwan and China in the past few years.
You will find a wide range of books, music, magazines, toys and other fun stuff for you and your family to enjoy while home away from your home. We have two flat screen TV's; one connected to an Apple TV and the other to local cable.
We enjoy food + drink and take pleasure in having a wide assortment of spices, sauces and other ingredients to cook and bake with, as well as some nice glasses for you to use while enjoying some wine or a cocktail on our front veranda or beautiful outdoor living room in our garden.