Sunny room w attached balcony in no-smoking, scent-free clean townhouse on quiet st in downtown. Short walk to attractions. Historic areas, parks, river & lake, University of Toronto and Ryerson. High-speed wifi. Kitchen access. One cat in the house.
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My house is a charming two-bedroom townhouse built in the mid-80s. It's within easy 24-hr public transit access and walking distance to downtown attractions and hubs, but situated off the main streets for peaceful sleep at night. The bedroom you'll be staying in is sunny and bright, furnished with what you would need, and has an attached balcony. You will get bed sheets and towels and a large closet to keep your stuff organized in. Two large windows let in lots of sunlight, and the balcony is a great open air extension.
The idea is to be mindful, organized and clean so we can enjoy our shared time and space and cultivate health and well-being. There are lots of plants and sunlight in the house, and it is smoke-free, drug-free and scent-free. I consciously cultivate a calm and mindful energy which my guests enjoy and often comment on. Pishou, the resident cat, adds playfulness. Like many Canadian houses, we leave outside shoes in the foyer.
There is high-speed wireless internet, and if you don't travel with your own laptop I can place my old laptop in your room so you can check your email or browse the web as you need. The laundry facility is inside the complex. The bathroom is clean and tidy and shared. There are a couple of shelves for your toiletries. You will get towels, shampoo, conditioner and soap. You are requested to use only unscented products for your other needs.
You are welcome to use the kitchen. It is equipped with stove, oven, fridge, toaster, coffee grinder, kettle, blender and lots of pots and pans and dishes, and there is space for your groceries. Your morning coffee/tea is on the house and you can make it in your own time when you get up. There will be breakfast for your first few days until you find your way and get the food you prefer. There (email hidden) store within a minute walk, a few supermarkets and East End China Town only a few blocks away. If you're here between May and October, you could get great organic local produce at the Riverdale Farmers' Market on Tuesdays.
You get a house key. Access to kitchen, bathroom, living room.
I'd be happy to answer your questions about the city, help you find your way and suggest places to visit. Good conversations would be nice when we're both around.
My house is a short ride or walk from Dundas Square, in a diverse, multi-cultural, family-oriented, queer-positive, safe neighbourhood. Ryerson University, University of Toronto, George Brown College, Ontario College of Art and Design, Eaton Centre, Dundas Square, Financial District, Leslieville, Beaches, Little Italy, Little India, West End China Town, Kensington Market, Danforth and Greek Town, Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum are all within a short and straight streetcar ride from the house (or 15-30 minutes walk if you want to exercise as you enjoy the sights:)
Regent Park Cultural Centre, Centre for Social Innovation, and Native Arts Theatre are all within 3 minutes walk from the house.
From here a few minutes' walk will take you to the large, hilly and green Riverdale Park, the Riverdale Farm (where you can get fresh eggs every morning) and the historic Cabbagetown District. If you like to jog and explore you can get to the Lower Don bike and foot trail along the river in about five minutes. A new addition to the neighbourhood is a large aquatic centre with a great pool less than 5 minutes walk from the house. There are a couple of small yoga studios also within easy walking distance.
You can reach diverse restaurants, eateries, bars, two big grocery stores, pharmacies and health food stores within 5-10 minutes walk. There are several small flower and fruit shops 3 blocks away in East End China Town. There are also two public libraries within 3 blocks of the house. Artsy Distillery District, funky Queen East, the vibrant gay village, beautiful Allan Gardens and historic East End China Town are all within easy walking distance. There is a very nice wi-fi equipped free-trade coffee roastery and shop within 5 minutes walk where you can hang out and read or work while you sip coffee. If you're into hard-core coffee and hobnobbing with some of Toronto's own writers and artists, Jet Fuel is only a few blocks from the house.
The house is very easily accessible and the area well-served by public transit. There are 4 major streetcar routes, two of them with 24-hr service, within 1-5 minutes from the house. Single adult fares are $3.00. You will find more info on Toronto Transit Commission's website.
Two blocks west, at Parliament and Dundas, there is a BIXI bike rental station. A 24-hour subscription is $5.00, and a 72-hour is $12.00. Once you buy a subscription, you can use the Bixi bikes to ride around the downtown area and park them at any Bixi station. The first 30 minutes of each ride are free, and then additional charges apply.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$304 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$981 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
I stayed at Gita's for 6 nights and I felt like I was staying with one of my best friends. Gita is really caring, generous, and has a wealth of knowledge to share. Gita leaves you do at your own pace, enjoying your privacy and autonomy. It is a real live-and-let-live environment. But what I have enjoyed the most is having the opportunity to share life experiences and world views. Whether chilling out at home, cooking, or preparing to tour around the city, I have felt very comfortable and very well looked after. The place is very well situated. I have walked to the city, the CN tower, kensington market, china town, etc. while still enjoying a quiet environment. I can only say that I'm going to miss both Gita and Picchu lots!
I had a very good experience staying with Gita for 3 nights. She was warm, welcoming, helpful, and made me feel comfortable. Her home was very well organized, clean and peaceful. Gita is a lovely person (her cat was cute too!) and I would definitely stay there again!
Gita's a very accommodating/informative/helpful host with a place ideally located for a visitor to Toronto. Pishoo the cat's a delight too. Comfortable and well appointed.
I stayed with Gita for 2 nights while attending a dance workshop. This was my first experience with AirB&B and Gita's set up was perfect for me. Gita has organized her home so it's very convenient for a visitor to settle in. I appreciated being able to prepare food and soak in the tub. Gita was very helpful with any questions I had. The neighbourhood is quiet with transit, shops and restaurants close by. I would stay with Gita again, for sure!!
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Quite central yet very peaceful area on the East side of the city. I enjoyed walking to work daily (about 20 min brisk walk to Yonge and Dundas). Gita's home is cozy and provides all the convenience of home. I would definitely stay there again.
Gita was very hospitable and quite thorough in providing information for a newcomer to Toronto. The room is very clean, quiet, and bright, with excellent Wi-Fi, and the location was convenient to downtown. I just wish I had more time to explore her neighborhood.
My mother came from France for 3 weeks and stayed at Gita's ! She enjoyed the serenity of the place and the proximity to downtown. Gita is a wonderful person, very low key and always available. The room is very clean and the little balcony to the side is definitely a plus !
I couldn't agree more with Vladyslav comments, plus there is lovely cat in the house.
Gita is a friendly host and she will give you a good crash course on getting around downtown Toronto. The house is located 20 minutes walk from the downtown core. A street-car station is 2 minutes way. The whole house is neat and tidy. This is a good choice for cost-effective, but comfortable lodgings.
I stayed in Gita's home for 5 days while searching for more permanent lodgings in Toronto (I am an international student).
Gita's place is amazing, if you are a passionate about art and pictures, you will love the how gita have decorated the house, the room is fantastic for one person and the location is in downtown (isn't that great!), I loved the cuban art and display in the bathroom (I could continue, but take my word for it this place is fantastic!) as a personal note Gita is a wonderful person and an amazing host (she will suggest you which places to visit in Toronto and useful guidelines) I really had a great time in here.
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