About This Listing
Welcome to my castle!
And enjoy your own cosy and clean bedroom and private bathroom. The bed is really comfy and always down even though it say's in the listing that it is a sofa bed. (If you really want a fabulous bed just like the one you left at home, then please pay the extra $50 a night and book somewhere else !)
You also have the run of the whole house and garden. So please make yourself at home, "mi castle es su castle". If you don't feel like going out for breakfast I will make sure there is no shortage of toast and fruit, and the tea kettle is constantly on!
This town house is in what I consider to be the best location in the downtown core, a five minute walk to both English Bay and the beaches as well as the busy shopping area of Robson Street. Vibrant dining areas such as Denman Street and Davie Street are only minutes away too. Historic Gastown is a healthy 30 minute walk through the centre of the business and shopping areas, taking you past places like the Art Gallery and Granville Street on your way there. At the bottom of Robson Street you will find the sporting hub of Vancouver with both BC Place and Rogers Arena, home to the Canucks, Whitecaps and BC Lions.
You really can't beat the location!
I generally work from home as I am a freelance artist. So I'll be either busy drawing on my computer or in the garden painting a canvas.
Should you need a parking space there is one secure 'underground' spot available to you while you explore by foot or by bike. I have 2 bikes that you can use should you choose to go for a ride around the seawall that loops around the stunning and famous Stanley Park. (Cost for parking and bikes = 1 bottle of wine !)
The apartment has wireless internet as well as cable television. Definitely home away from home!
Cypress, Grouse and Seymour Mountains are approximately 30 minutes away and Whistler is a scenic 2 hour drive .
The neighbourhood is surprisingly quiet at night considering the amount of people that live in this geographically compact area.
Vancouver has many diverse, interesting and historical locations for you to find. I can always give you some of my local knowledge tips to smooth out the bumps of being in a new and exciting place.
Arrive as a guest, leave as a friend.
Guests will have access to my secure personal parking stall, as well as any of my 3 bicycles, should you want to have a quick zip around the sea wall, which is spectacular ! You can also use anything you like in the house from a teaspoon to the TV.
Please make yourselves at home.
Interaction with Guests
I will interact with guests as much as I think needs to be done. (If you talk, I talk !) I'm quite wise about keeping my distance, but I know when to interject when necessary.
I've taken guests for sushi dinners, to see friends bands play, gone around the sea wall on bikes, sorted them out kayaking trips with friends, gone to the pub for poutine, taken them on firework watching cruises on a mates yacht, helped with getting their heavy bags back to the airport, blown up a sofa bed with my own breath (nearly passed out 2wice !) so that guests friends and children are comfortable, given countless bottles of wine and beers to guests and sat and enjoyed the company of people from all over the world !
All of which I have loved doing.
Please let me know if you need anything else !
The neighbourhood is very vibrant and alive 24-7, so please don't be shocked by a skateboarder skootlin down the street at 4 in the morning ! I love having Stanley Park so close and adore going round the sea wall on my bike whenever I can.
It can be surprisingly quiet at night despite the densely packed residential area of downtown.
If you love energetic city life then this is definitely the spot for you.
Public transport is so easy from my place. Buses or Sky train services are so close you'll love it !
Walking around is easy. Everywhere is within 30 or so minutes or if you like you can grab my bikes and tootle off on them to explore the city.
Respect my home and above all enjoy your stay.
Marcus is a friendly, witty artist who is happy to share travel advice with his guests. We enjoyed chatting with him, perusing his collection of paintings and borrowing his bikes to explore Vancouver. The private room was clean and comfortable, matching what we saw in the photo. We would gladly stay with Marcus again during our next visit.
Marcus was again a very gracious host. Flexible and considerate - I'll definitely be back next time I'm in Vancouver.
Marcus as a cozy and beautifully decorated home with his artwork coloring the walls. Marcus is super friendly and accommodating, we only wish we arrived during the weekend and would have loved to hang out with him as he sounds like he knows a lot about the city. The parking and having the bikes to get around were a BIG plus for us and really made our trip to Vancouver memorable and worthwhile. I would recommend staying with Marcus if you are going to Vancouver!
Upon our arrival at Marcus’ house we have nothing but good things to say.
Marcus is a very sociable guy and easy to talk to. A very good addition that he added was that we had our own washroom and shower. Marcus was good at letting us know what sites are good to see. He even let us borrow is bikes to do a tour of Stanley Park.
Coming back to Vancouver, we would definitely go back to stay at Marcus’. Great person, great Artist and great host.
Marcus was a great host, waited up for me to arrive, was warmly welcoming when I finally did arrive went well beyond what I expected. The accommodation was very much as described. Very happy with my stay and will be back soon :)
About the Host, Marcus
My name is Marcus and I am from Yorkshire, England. I'm an artist who has done everything from Marilyn Manson album covers through to award winning video game concepts and large canvas paintings. I play football (soccer) and coach a women's team. I enjoy biking and being around happy and sociable friends.