About This Listing
This listing is for the Tower Room - at the top of our mansion, this serene pink room is the perfect hideaway - semi-private bathroom complete with claw foot tub, and access to the loft space for yoga, dance, or reading whatever you wish!
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 beautiful, relaxing, welcoming home! We had an incredible short stay in this warm and cozy place filled with interesting and artistic hosts. It's close to all the great offerings of Old Strathcona, free parking, beautiful walks, great restaurants, everything you need if you want to go out, but the house also offers more than enough to keep you occupied indoors if you're looking for a quieter getaway. I would encourage anyone to experience this gem.
Jen wasn't around during our stay, but she did pass us on to the other guys in the house and made it very easy for us to get everything we needed. Christie welcomed us on arrival and gave us a tour of this beautiful historic home; it's well worth a visit just to climb the secret staircase to the tower! Plus, taking some time to relax in the steam room is a perfect start or end to the day. Every corner of the house was thoughtfully geared towards community living and we were provided with everything we needed. Although the house is massive and there are many people living there, we were made to feel right at home and had access to everything we could need.
Our room was warm and clean and spacious with a very comfy bed, towels, and plenty of books on the shelves to rifle through. The charismatic house cat Tomato was in there to greet us and settle us in.
A Huge thank you to everyone at the house for making our stay so lovely, and for creating a truly wonderful home community there. I will be coming back to the house as soon as possible for some tranquility in their yoga space, to get some reading done, and soak up the wonderful vibes of this sanctuary. Can't wait!
I had a great time at Healing Arts Heritage House with Jen and her community of lovely people. I felt warmly welcomed by everyone and felt at home. This is a lovely old house with many original features. There is a small garden front and back and a conservatory/sunroom facing the back garden which serves as a meeting and eating place for everyone in the house. You can make a cup of tea anytime and go sit in the "sunroom" and chill out chatting to other people as they pass through or come to join you. I like the fact there is no TV there to stop the conversation. There is a large fish tank that is very beautiful and relaxing and if you like you can sit and watch the fish swimming around!
There is a nice sense of community of maybe 8 people who live together and co-create this lovely home. Many are artists doing their craft in the house, there are also alternative therapists who see clients in the front room. I also enjoyed the company of the other airbnb guests who give an international flavor to the house. All of this and you are also in a real home!
Another plus is access to the airport, Jen is happy to pick you up at no charge (if it fits in with her schedule) and accepts a contribution to her gas costs. If that doesn't work the skyshuttle picks up at the Metterre Hotel which is 20min walk away on Whyte Avenue/82nd. Whyte Avenue is where it all happens in the neighbourhood- there are cafes, bars and all kinds of shops including food. If you walk in the other direction from the house is a small supermarket and a lovely bakery with eat-in cafe (about 10 min walk).
This is a traditional house and home in a real neighbourhood not far from the shops with an eclectic mix of people! Very cool!
It is 5 minutes of walking from whyte avenue....very nice house!!...Very nice and friendly people!!!
Great home within walking distance from Whyte Ave. We stayed in the loft with the Thai mattresses which were super comfortable. Just a word of warning if you don't like cats this may not be the space for you - there are a few hanging around the house that get cozy with guests. Super friendly, but if you're not a cat person then thats something to keep in mind.
Awesome for a weekend in Edmonton, will definitely stay again
Very nice and considerate people.
I plan on using this listing again when I have to visit Edmonton in the future.
Personally for me the hardest thing about leaving in the morning was the super nice friendly cats! (might not be the place for you if you don't like cats...but if you like cats the have the sweetest cats).
Very safe, secure, easy parking and easygoing.
Healing Arts Heritage House is amazing! The house is so historic it just feels like you are in the roaring 20''s! The people at the house are so warm and welcoming that it really feels like home as soon as you arrive. The house is clean and well organized. Also, if you need a professional massage, they have massage therapists on site. Also, there is a walk in steam shower. The house is well located near Whyte avenue's cafes and night life. I highly recommend this destination!!!!
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About the Host, Jen
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!