Welcome to the Green Room! Bright, airy, and cozy; it includes a double bed, large closet, and a desk to catch up on some work during your stay.
Built in 1912 by Strathcona's first mayor, William Sheppard, this stately mansion is now an oasis of culture, filled with dynamic, spirited individuals - ready to welcome you into our home!
Enjoy a massage from one of our on-site masseuses, lounge and chat in our sun-soaked community room, or utilize one of our art studios and unleash your creative side! Explore our luxuriant garden on your way out to stroll around Old Strathcona, Edmonton's premier arts district, and come home to opulence and comfort. Walk the river valley trails and watch the sunset over Edmonton's brightly lit downtown core, and relax your muscles afterwards in a rejuvenating steam shower. Wake up early and wander down to the one of many cafés scattered walking distance from our beautiful brick abode, and taste some of Edmonton's finest coffee and baked goods.
Amenities include free wifi, access to our community kitchen resources, steam shower, claw foot bath, access to our community library and many cozy reading nooks, and much more!
Interaction with Guests
All the roommates of the S.O.A.L. House are friendly and helpful, but all of us have jobs (some of us have more than one!) so we are not always right in front of our guests. I am always reachable through my cell (text preferred) to help with any questions or concerns - guests are welcome to contact me at any point during their stay for any reason they might have.
Check out the calendar of events in Old Strathcona & see why they call Edmonton the city of festivals! Or walk Whyte Ave and experience Edmonton's most unique shopping experience. Enjoy drinks and appetizers on the patio at one of Whyte's many top-notch bistros or special-interest restaurants.
Old Strathcona is one of Edmonton's most sought-after neighbourhoods, and it's easy to see why! Our incredibly walkable area allows guests to explore without the headache of parking, and get the most out of any time spent here. Lush, old-growth trees line the streets, and gorgeous architecture invites you to wonder about the history of the area.
We are lucky enough to be located in a very central area, with readily accessible public transit - you can get to most areas in Edmonton easily by bus or LRT.
Other Things to Note
Of note: we have 1 cat, 2 snakes, 3 aquariums, 1 leopard gecko, and a plethora of plants. While wonderfully full of life, we understand that it can be less wonderful for people with certain allergies or aversions. We are able to host people with a lesser degree of allergy, but it all depends! The snakes and the leopard gecko are all kept in secure enclosures, so there is no danger of unwanted encounters. If you are feeling curious, please let us know and we can facilitate some one-on-one time with one of our menagerie if time allows. Our biggest aquarium (48 gallons) is located in the sunroom, surrounded by plush couches and our community library - chillin' with the fishies is one of everyone's favourite past times! Our sunroom and certain bedrooms have plants in them, but they are fairly innocuous and shouldn't trigger any allergies. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me to discuss how we can make your stay perfectly comfortable and absolutely amazing!
What a great place to stay in Edmonton! My partner and I stayed here for 6 nights and it was comfortable, cozy and welcoming. Having space in the fridge and access to the kitchen made our stay much more comfortable since we didn't have to eat out all the time!
We are both graduate students and were in town because I had an interview for a PhD position. We both had quite a bit of work to do and found the sunroom and house in general very peaceful.
Any issues we had were addressed promptly and remedied within minutes. I strongly recommend any guests read the welcome booklet carefully. There is a strong community of people in the house from handymen to massage therapists and the booklet gives you contact info for all of them!
Location is perfect. We walked almost everywhere, the university was only a 25 minute walk away! Awesome old movie theatre 15 mins away. Stellar places to eat are also super close on Whyte Ave.
Tomato the cat is a sweetheart, even if he sounds a little angsty. Just pick him up and he'll give you one of the best kitty hugs ever. He really eased my missing my own cat at home.
Thanks Jen and housemates! Will definitely stay here again.
I really enjoyed staying in the house. The housemates were very friendly and helpful. Beautiful building and great location.
We were met by Sven who welcomed us, showed us to our room and then around the kitchen and lounge. He was very pleasant. The bathroom was down the hall. Healing Arts Heritage House provided a welcome print package outlining expectations of both host and visitor. The atmosphere was friendly casual. The room wasn't at the level of a hotel room, more like a college dorm, but the overall experience of staying at the Healing Arts Heritage House was positive.
I stayed at the Healing Arts Heritage House for one night while in Edmonton for an interview. The Ambiance Room where I slept was warm and comfortable. The rest of the house was charming, complete with wood architecture and with creaky stairs for a historic feel. There was a faint scent of incense which I personally liked. I wish I had had more time to explore more of the house. Although I did not use the steam shower, that option was available to guests. I did not have the opportunity to meet Jen during my short stay, but her housemates were friendly and quiet. The neighbourhood was calm, with plenty of places to eat within a couple of blocks.
Thank you! We stayed one night and it was very nice. The place was easy to find and the people on the house very friendly!
We didn't get to meet our host as she was away during our stay, but she was informative about the house and area and did recommend a great cafe/bar to dine at, which I appreciated. Upon arrival our room wasn't ready but two of the other housemates were very prompt to fix it up and give us a quick tour of the house. I'll be honest, it's not the cleanest house I've stayed in, but it has everything you need for a curious or creative holiday. The steam shower is enjoyable and the room gets good sunlight during the day. The housemates are very quiet but there were some loud disturbances in the street throughout Friday night. The location is nice to walk through during Fall and close to Whyte Ave.
The "Healing Arts Heritage House" is a beautiful old redbrick home with a lovely porch. It's in a great location - the artsy area of Old Strathcona, there are many restaurants and bars nearby, as well as a bus service direct to downtown and one to the West Edmonton Mall. The price is good. Our bed was comfortable and the shower was wonderful. Jen very kindly waited up for us - we were travelling from Vancouver by train, so 27 hrs. The train was 2 hours late and there was no wifi on it, so we had no way of contacting to let her know. We ate our breakfast on the porch the first morning and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, the temperature dropped significantly the third day we were there (it was late September) and the third and fourth days of our stay, our room was noticeably cold, particularly when we woke up, in the mornings. Jen was very friendly, as was Jenna...but it seems that neither of them live at the property. There were several other people at the property during the day, none of whom made any effort to speak to us. They typically didn't greet us, even when we were both using the kitchen at the same time, which I thought was bizarre...and when we smiled and said "hello", they responded "hello" and that was the end of the conversation! I think based on the previous reviews we expected a much more friendly community feel to the place: It had a real feel of "insiders" and "outsiders"...and we were definitely "outsiders".
I'm sorry to hear that part of your experience with us wasn't what you expected. Living in a large community home is wonderful and vibrant and interesting, but just like life, it has ups and downs. At the moment we are going through some major stress as a group (growing pains, if you will), and I am so sorry that translated into 'flat', disappointing interactions for you. We are constantly doing our best to be friendly and welcoming to everyone, I will bring it up at the next meeting that we need to keep that more in mind. In our year of doing this we have reconfigured our roommates about 7 times to try to find the right combination, it is such a process but I feel like we are getting closer all the time. Getting through to every different person/personality type has been such a learning curve!
For the record, I do live on site, I am just in the basement area. Jana does not, she lives a few blocks away. I am always available through text or email as it says in the welcome booklet, or by knocking on my door downstairs as illustrated in our maps. I wish you would have let me know about the cold! We have many space heaters on the bedroom level for that reason, I would have been more than happy to grab one for you. Our guests' comfort is very important to me, which is why I have tried to make my contact info so available.
My apologies again, I hope that your trip home went smoothly and was on time! Thank you for the feedback, it is always appreciated and taken constructively.
This host has 99 reviews for other properties.View Other Reviews
Hi! I'm Jen. I love marketing, good books, documentaries, making people laugh, and being creative. I'm excited to be opening the doors of our beautiful mansion to a wide array of travellers!