Guests love staying in this very cute, cozy & comfortable loft. The skylight provides wonderful natural light & the space is very well laid out to create your own private little nest! A large desk, comfy bed and leather reading chair await you!
This bright loft is equipped with a large desk, wireless internet (with access to a printer), a very comfortable single bed with a reading light and bedside table, shelving with baskets for storing clothes, comfy leather recliner beside bookcase with interesting books. Privacy blinds and curtains have been added for your comfort.
Self-serve breakfasts include a variety of warm and cold cereal, brown eggs, toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, juice, tea, coffee or milk and often some baked goods. Long-term guests typically buy their own food and have kitchen privileges, including some storage space in the fridge and cupboards.
My townhouse is located in a park-like setting in NW Richmond, on a bus route, only 10 minutes from the Richmond Centre Mall and the Skytrain that takes you to downtown Vancouver or to the airport. I am located within walking distance to the North and West Dykes (beautiful to walk along the ocean). Shopping is nearby as well. Charming, historic Steveston (where the hit TV series 'Once Upon a Time is filmed) is just down #1 Road, a few minutes away by bus.
I've gathered lots of tourist information including maps, guidebooks etc. They're awaiting your arrival :)
I love hosting people from all over and really enjoy younger guests as well more mature guests. I speak French and English.
Airport pickup (if I'm available) is $25.
I have a loving cat named Fabio who loves to meet new guests.
If the loft is not available, please check my other listings, which are all the same price:
Cosy, Corner Room - Double Bed https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/3480257
Artistic Room - Double Bed https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/4285130 (NOTE: due to a glitch from AIRBNB, I had to re-create this listing, so the 5-star reviews for this room are located at https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/604350 beneath the description)
NOTE: This is a non-smoking home, so no smokers please :) I'm allergic!
Short-terms guests will have access to most of the house, with the exception of others' bedrooms, and the living room. Longer term guests, also have cooking privileges (simple meals that take under 30 minutes to prepare) and can store some food in the cupboards and fridge. They can also access laundry. All guests are welcome to enjoy the outside patios and garden areas.
Interaction with Guests
I interact with the guests as I would with anyone living in the house, but respect the level of privacy and interaction that each guest is comfortable with. Some guests love to chat and receive suggestions of things to do, places to go, etc. while others prefer to be very independent. I provide all the tourist information of course, but I'm readily available to interact more socially if that's what my guests enjoy.
What I love the most is that I am only a 15-minute walk to the ocean and the extensive dyke path that surrounds the North, West and Southern borders of Richmond.
I'm in a very convenient location, with easy access to public transportation, within a kilometre of two shopping areas, each with a large grocery store.
It's very quiet and peaceful here and the grounds are well maintained with lovely mature trees and landscaping.
Public transit is only 2 minutes away and the bus comes every 15 minutes during rush hour and every 1/2 hour for most of the other hours. The 401 bus ride North is only 10 minutes to the Skytrain, which takes you downtown Vancouver in about 25 minutes.
If you take the 401 bus South, you arrive in charming Steveston Village, a former fishing village where you can find great restaurants, a variety of boutique shops, used bookstores, thrift stores, etc as well as a lovely board walk along the water and an active fishing wharf where you can purchase fresh fish and seafood right off the fishing boats.
Parking is included in the price and if you're taking public transit from the airport it's a short trip on the Skytrain to Brighouse stop and then about a 10-minute bus ride on the 401 route. Taxi from the airport takes about 15 minutes and costs about $25 including tip.
Other Things to Note
This is a non-smoking home, so no smokers please. I'm allergic!
The Rules are pretty straight-forward and common sense.
I believe in energy conservation and in being environmentally conscious. I recycle, compost and do what I can to conserve energy and not waste water. I would expect the same of my guests. This means turning off the lights when not in use, not leaving the tap running when brushing your teeth, not having long showers (5 minutes or 10 for women with long hair) being conscious of water use when rinsing dishes, etc.
Please clean up after yourself by leaving the common areas in the same clean condition they were in before you used them. Please put away food items, rinse and put dishes in the dishwasher and clean up kitchen after use. Please hang up wet towels and rinse out the sink & shower after use.
Please leave your shoes by the front door. Wet umbrellas can dry outside.
Please respect others in the house in terms of noise levels. If you're using the kitchen or bathroom outside of normal hours, please be especially quiet to respect others that might be sleeping. I prefer that guests take showers and use the kitchen before 10 pm.
No smoking or smokers please :)
Let me know if there is anything that you need (I can't guess...) Pretty easy-going!
Karen was an excellent host. Although I did not get chance to meet her, she was very good at following up and arrange prior to my arrival. She wrote very detailed explanation for check-in which made my arrival effortless.
Karen's house was carefully decorated and the Lofty room was a nice and cozy space. I really felt at home here. Would love to come back when I'm in town next time.
The place is lovely. Karen kindly upgraded me to a private room when I arrived and she provided lots of useful information about the city. Everything is well prepared and exactly as described. In all this is a great place to stay.
If you desire a calming and comfortable stay, then look no further than Karen's beautiful abode. The bed was very comfortable and although it is in the loft that overlooks the family room, privacy was not an issue. Access to Vancouver and airport was very good (less than 30 mins).
Karen provides cereal, bread and fruit and has various tour brochures to peruse.
It was great to chat and connect with Karen, her kind heart is very welcoming. Fabio, the cat, is divine too. Thank you Karen. I hope to see you again one day.
Thanks for the review Clare. It was awesome meeting you and I wish you all the best on your world travels. BTW - I also offer eggs & yogurt for breakfast along with tea, coffee, juice or milk! I even have Gluten-Free bread and non-lactose milk like almond or cashew milk.
Karen was fabulous! Her place is really close to transit, which makes life way easier. The loft was one of the most relaxing and welcoming place I've ever stayed. Her warm smile and willingness to help truly made my stay incredible. Thank you Karen!!
As usual, Karen was a wonderful, accommodating and thoughtful hostess. I felt very comfortable and enjoyed my stay. I would stay with her again.
It was such a wonderful time staying with Karen, the house is beautiul, clean and homey. Karen was welcoming, warm and caring, we exchanged many life stories and I so look forward to seeing her again for my next visit!
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Originally from Montreal, I have lived in BC for the past 25 years and absolutely love it here. Richmond has so much to offer and my townhouse is my haven. I enjoy getting out, exercising, reading, learning new things, spending time with friends and my young adult children and working on my new business - a membership website on personal development and being the best you possible! I'm very young at heart and stay in shape.
I love music of all kinds, enjoy shows like 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' where we watch the progress and hard work these young people put in. I don't watch a lot of TV as I'd rather read or listen to something inspiring, but I do enjoy some of the better drama series. I'm an avid reader and enjoy both fiction and non-fiction.
I've owned several businesses and have done lots of business consulting over the years. Actually, I've done quite a few things so far in life including being a musician in an orchestra (cello), ran a child care agency, worked as a banker, fundaiser, teacher and have been self-employed for many years. I love the freedom and flexibility this gives me. I currently work mainly from home as a business consultant and Life Coach.
I am also an ESL teacher, so I can help you with your English if you like :)
My life motto is: "Life is supposed to be FUN!" I am a big believer in the Law of Attraction and have a very positive outlook on life.