About this listing
See other listing to book main floor if dates not avail for upper suite during summer 2015. Daily price is seasonal and ranges from 115 to 145/nt, weekly and monthly prices similarly fluctuate with discounts from daily price. Longer stays negotiable.
This is a newly constructed up/down duplex house with two suites that will be achieving LEED Gold certification as a pilot home in the Canada Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program. This home rental will be of particular interest for those seeking to experience or learn more about building a similarly sustainable home as it incorporates technologies such as vegetative green roofs, greywater reclaimation, rainwater harvesting, hydronic heating, hotwater heatpumps, and more passive design elements for natural ventilation and daylighting of this healthy home.
Upper suite (currently available on airbnb) has open living room/kitch with patio doors extending living space onto green roof garden, awesome afternoon sunsets and bbqs. Bath is large wet room with unique open shower. Giant master bedroom with beautiful morning light. Upper suite has queen in master bedroom; sofa in living room doubles as trundle bed (2 single beds), perfect for kids or additional guests.
Main floor suite (not currently available) has large open space living room/kitchen, large bath with steam shower and separate sunken tub. Master bed has queen excellent morning sun through skylight, room in rear contains two twins. 16 ft of sliding glass doors lead out to rear patio with BBQ, covered seating area and native plant garden. Lots of blueberries!!!!
Both suites are tastefully furnished with heated floors for added comfort. New, high quality linens are provided and both suites have their own washer/dryer. Kitchens are well-appointed with full cooking tools and ample glass/dinnerware. Suites have new appliances and bbqs.
Well-mannered pets are welcome, but advance notification is appreciated :)
So close to downtown, fernwood village and major transit routes, car is not all that necessary, but on-street parking is avail if required. Ground level bike storage also available.
Two blocks from Royal Athletic Park for Rifflandia festival Sept. 12-15th, beer fest Sept 6-7.Nearby and throughout summer include public market at the Hudson, Moss st market on saturdays, Highlanders football (soccer) club, victoria harbour cats (baseball) and much more.
Other nearby and key summer events include: much of jazzfest can be heard from home june 21- july 8, Pride week June 30-july 7, moss street paint-in July 20th (5 minute stroll away), Buskers festival July 19-28 (taking over downtown streets, so fun) , Blues bash (aug 31-setp2) and symphony splash (aug 4th) in inner harbour, Fringe fest Aug 20th-Sept 1st.
Private, peaceful, spacious and bright suite with insuite washer dryer and other appliances and great southwest facing deck.
my neice 15yrs old is also available to babysit for $12/hr when available.
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little interaction as you want. the suites are up/down. When i'm living in one or other of them that means we may see each other coming or going, but that's about it. Generally i don't see people or interact with them other than to coordinate meeting and maybe answer questions via text throughout their stay. But i'm also happy to provide more advice about your visit or talk about the design and build of the house if that interests you as well.
walk and bike is perfect way to get around victoria. every bus route is within 5 min walk from the house, and there is room to park your car directly out front of house if you want to drive over here. but you absolutely don't need a car to enjoy victoria and i highly recommend biking as preferred way to get around. there are car rental companies with pickup locations within 10min walk as well if you want to tour vancouver island. but ferry from vancouver is unnecessarily pricy to bring car over for if you just plan on touring within victoria in my opinion.
pretty easy going around here. just leave the place tidy and help me out by putting your sheets/towels in the wash upon leaving if time permits. oh, and please let me know if something could improve the stay for the next guest. and take 30 secs to write a review of the place after you leave, i'm really enjoying having the suite as a vacation rental, but i can't afford to have too many vacant days, reviews will help.
Finally, kids/families are welcome, but please do let me know if your party is greater than 2 people upon booking, no extra charge, but I'll be able to advise as to whether will be comfortable and prepare the suite appropriately for your arrival.
Please note, cat is in downstairs suite only.
Added note which seems like it would go without saying for most, but as the market for airbnb matures I've learned this is no longer true in all cases, so bear with my little rant to follow. This particular listing on airbnb, and the reason i use airbnb, is to embrace and participate in sustainable consumption and the sharing economy and to offer a unique a local experience for visitors. If you are using airbnb to host a party and/or cram as many of your friends into a suite as possible, know that this place is not for you, and on a grander scale, that you are singlehandedly infringing on the potential of the sharing economy to radically transform the way people interact and trade with one another. And, in doing so, you are messing with the delicate balance of a network predicated on trust among strangers, which in this day and age is a pretty amazing thing to be a part of. Are you down with the program? If not, that's cool, just don't request a booking here, and maybe consider whether airbnb is the right place for you this time around.
A friend of Allison greeted us, and explained the place, including some good nearby eats. We loved the natural light, and cool polished concrete floors. The 'green' element is perhaps most obvious from the living balcony - fresh greens await, to complement your BBQ :-) Just mind the little garden-bed stones underfoot ... The place is well enough located, we were happy to park our car for our two-night stay, and enjoy long, leisurely strolls into town and the harbour, or to the coastal walk past Beacon Hill Park. Some good eats are located closer nearby, as is a grocery store.
We were bummed that Allison wasn't here while we stayed, mainly because my husband is an architect with interest in LEED building practices and it would have been wonderful to talk more with her about this space and the building, BUT her friend Leah made us feel welcome and showed us everything upon arrival - she even dropped off a design package on the house, which was wonderful. The space is perfect and perfectly located. We were travelling with a toddler - and the space was actually pretty perfect for her too. There are dozens of amazing restaurants and parks close by. I'm not sure I have enough space to list everything I loved - but here's a try. Beacon Hill Park and Petting Zoo. Fernwood Coffee Company. Stage in Fernwood Square. Fernwood Square. Leroy the Cat. Habit Coffee. Victory Barbers. Bastion Square. Little Yellow Water Taxis. Victoria Public Market. Carnarvon Water Park. As each of our evening's out and about came to an end and we told our toddler that it was time to go 'home' she'd fuss and say, "No, I want to go to Allison's house." Needless to say, she loved her stay here too.
Many thanks to both Leah and Allison for making our visit to Victoria perfect. We hope to be back soon.
Allison's abode was just as advertised: stylish, airy and modern with great access to fantastic coffee in a vibrant neighborhood. She is quick on the text draw, and was really helpful during our two stays with her. We appreciated her flexibility in regards to keys and check-in. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!
Allison was a great host! She's friendly and check-in with her was a breeze and hassle-free. Her property was beautiful, very roomy, located in a very quiet residential neighborhood, and closed to almost everything we wanted to see and do in Victoria. The free parking for our car was highly appreciated. She has everything in her apartment that we can possibly need during our stay. Her recommendations about cafes, grocery stores, and restaurants were valuable. Highly recommended place to stay when you're traveling to Victoria. Thanks for everything, Allison!
Great place. Bright airy and Allison was great. Very helpful. Overall my best Airbnb yet.
Awesome stay once again! Thanks Allison! Remember it's Allison with two "l's"
Arguably one of the most generous spaces we have stayed in. Beautifully designed and in a great location. If you like to walk to the downtown core and return home to a comfortable, peaceful flat with terrific outdoor roof deck you can't do better than Allison's home. Oh, and by the way, you could wash your smart car in the bathroom (LOL).
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About the Host, Allison
I'm a local Victorian, spent my 20s in Montreal and NYC, then came home to Victoria and designed and built this house. Initially obsessed with modern architecture, this passion met with a desire to live more lightly; this house project is my experiment with integrating greenbuilding technologies and practices and overcoming the technical, regulatory, and financial barriers preventing their mainstreaming. From this project, i have done some green building consulting for homeowners, developers and the BC provincial government. I'm currently working for local government as the environmental issues planner for Victoria and am responsible for developing the city's climate action program, both for its own operations and in partnership with the community to reduce energy and greenhouse gases in VIctoria. I love my job.
I also love this city, and giving visitors tips so they can enjoy a most local experience. Victoria is rich with natural and manmade bounty, there are outstanding small/local eats and cafes to be found in nearby neighbourhoods. i picked the location of this house to build because it's on a quiet deadend street, while being situated a 5min walk to core of downtown or to the heart of fernwood village. Located on the border of downtown and fernwood, this is an extremely walkable and vibrant urban neighbourhood.