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!
The house is amazing and has huge potential but is too expensive for reasons I will explain below. Never met Jen but she responded quickly to questions via Airbnb. We met the two other hosts. The girl (Christie I think) was friendly, but we didn't interact with her much. The guy (Sven I think), who had his neices over at the time, was super friendly, conversational and amazingly helpful (he took great effort to helped me find a personal item I had lost in the house just as we were leaving).
However, as of now, the house looks like a frat house with areas full of stuff all over the place that look disorganized and abandoned. Considering the price we paid for our rooms, this should not be the case. For example, next to the stairs going up upon entering the house there is a table full of items that seem to be tossed there and forgotten about. The living room to the right at the front entrance is full of dismounted gym equiment that seems to be abandoned. The attic is full of boxes and packed items. The garden is full fo stuff everywhere that makes it somewhat uninviting. The only nice area is the lounge area with the aquariums and breakfast table (the one in the photos). Considering the price we paid for our rooms, I found the price charged to be excessive. The owners should either clean up the place and organize all the stuff or charge hostel prices, not hotel prices.
I would recommend the place (in its current state) if it were cheaper. At the prices we paid (60€+ per night), it's not in the proper conditions. It's too bad because the hosts (especially Sven) are good people and the house could be amazing...
The house is beautiful and the housemates are super friendly, helpful, and fun. This is an idyllic place to stay. Great backyard, lots of inviting common space in the house, and a gecko and catfish! It's a pretty and quiet street that's a short walk from a lively neighborhood, and an easy bus ride or half hour walk downtown!
I was welcomed by Christy (about 5 people live in this house, it seems that anyone could be greeting you). Christy showed me the 2 fish TV, pointed out a rare sighting of Fabio (a white gecko), explained the kitchen where everything is labelled, the huge fridge where you use a marker to indicate your stuff, the secret staircase with the wonderful painting, and each of the three floors. What an amazing house! It is old and different. I loved it except for feeling a bit lonely after the tour. But the next day I met Christy again and she shared her coffee with me and then it took me a day or two to meet the others. On my last evening the "kitchen conversations" were happening and I had made some friends and had to say good bye with a bit of regret of leaving already.
I decided really last minute to go to Edmonton for a night and booked a room at the Healing Arts Heritage House. The house is awesome, full of character, creaks and groans and all those specific little details that makes it so unique. Jen was warm and friendly, as were the other room-mates. However, you're kinda left to yourself, which is what I prefer anyway, so I was quite content and happy. The house is located like a 5 minute walk from Whyte Ave which was great. All said, I had a very pleasant stay, and would definitely want to stay here again whenever I'm back in Edmonton.
It's creaky house with historic status that's been re-purposed for commune-type living. The front door and the bedroom door don't have locks, but close securely. Voices carry up from the kitchen two stories down, but residents are respectful. On the stairs leading up to the loft there's a mural of Falcor from "The Neverending Story". There are a few open-space rooms on the top floor, while the Tower Room and adjacent washroom are the only doors in the loft. There may or may not be other guests in the loft. A window on the bedroom door had to be covered with a towel for a more comfortable level of privacy for me. The washroom does have a latch to lock it from the inside. Overall, it's an inviting and open environment. If you want more privacy and extra security, this might not be the right place for you. But if you want a relaxed place to stay, go for it. While I never did meet Jen, she referred me to Sven and Christy, and they were both very helpful hosts ... as were Jesabelle and Jared and ...
One of Jen's housemates welcomed me at their eclectic heritage home. It is a labyrinth in the best of ways, full of secret stairs and comfy nooks for hanging out. A warm and hospitable stay.
The house was beautiful and historic, and was an ideal location to the pride festivities taking place on the street. Jen was very flexible to my plans and check-in / out times. Upon arrival, Jen's boyfriend greeted us and gave us a friendly tour of the house and its amenities. Bed was comfortable.
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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!