About this listing
Sunny room w attached balcony in no-smoking, scent-free clean townhouse on downtown residential street. Short walk to historic areas, parks, river & lake, Close to University of Toronto & Ryerson. High-speed wifi. Kitchen access. 1 cat in the house.
Another view of the room. All furnishings are wood. Most are hand-finished and free of chemical varnishes. A laptop for checking emails and browsing the net can be made available during your stay.
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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. It is near a main highway for easy driving access, but situated off the main routes on a short residential street. This is a peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling downtown Toronto. 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, scent-free shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion. 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 is a 24-hr 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 local organic produce at the Riverdale Farmers' Market on Tuesdays.
You get a house key. Access to kitchen, bathroom, living room.
Interaction with Guests
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. This is a rapidly changing neighbourhood with new buildings and shops going up every day, it seems:) 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 15-40 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.
Other Things to Note
There are lots of trees on the street, and the chirping of birds can get loud sometimes, adding to the urban soundscape.
You're welcome to come and go freely; but respect the space as you'd like someone to respect your own space. The idea is to share together an environment that fosters our health and well-being. You'll get a house key and the internet password upon checking in.
When you arrive, please do settle in and make yourself at home. Once you've gotten your bearings "be tidy". Keep your things organized so that we may enjoy the space through our respect and compassion for others. Shoes in the entryway.
Your morning coffee/tea will be on the house and you may make it when you get up. There will be some breakfast items for your first few days which you may also use in your own time when you rise. There are grocery stores nearby where you may get the food that you best prefer and are comfortable with. Keep all food in the kitchen and eat in dining areas.
Feel at home to use the kitchen. There will be space for your groceries so you do not need to keep food in your room. Keep the space clean and tidy so that we can enjoy the sharing. Avoid making heavy meat dishes (roasts, fried meats, etc) with strong smells. No food in your bedroom.
Be healthy, be safe, be well: Be smoke-free, be drug-free.
There are many places around here to meet and enjoy the company of your friends. It is best not to invite guests to the house so we can be mindful of different needs.
Enjoy the quiet and calm atmosphere of the house and be considerate with noise.
For optimum health of all, this is a scent-free house. You are requested not to bring and use artificially scented personal care and cleaning products inside the house (nor outside the house because traces will be brought in). Anything that lists 'perfume' or 'natural scents' as ingredient is unsafe for us and for the environment. These products include: deodorants, perfumes and colognes, shampoos and conditioners, detergents, soaps, hair sprays and gels, make-up, etc. Unscented versions of all of these products can easily be found in the same stores. Please contact me if you have any questions about this.
Be well and enjoy your stay.
I really had a nice time in Toronto. Gita is very warmhearted and considerate. The room is comfortable and cosy. love it so much. And her cat is very friendly. Thanks to Gita and I hope to see you again!
My host made me feel very welcome. I had an in-depth orientation to the space and neighborhood and felt very comfortable. As I had similar dietary restrictions it was a good fit. The location is fantastic, public transportation is a block away. The space is lovely and clean has great energy. If I am in Toronto I will come back.
Gita was engaging and happy to share her knowledge and experiences. I greatly enjoyed the conversations we had. Her recommendation for a Thai restaurant was delightful. I also enjoyed her recommendation For a trip across to the islands by ferry. Easy access to a convenience store, public transport but I was also able to walk to Dundas Square. Gita also contacted me before the trip to earn me of a 'heatwave' and giving me the option to change my choice of accommodation. I appreciated this and am very glad I did not.
J'ai adoré mon séjour chez Gita! Le lieu est jolie, verdoyant, lumineux et impeccable. La chambre est coquette, aussi lumineuse et le lit est confortable. Gita est une hôte consciencieuse, organisée et très généreuse. Pour qui conque est curieux des origines du lieux qu'il habite et aime les conversations riches, Gita est une personne avec qui il est agréable de partager un lieu de vie. Elle connaît son quartier et Toronto sur le bout des doigts et m'a recommandé une multitude de chose à faire et d'endroits à visiter. Travaillant à l'Université de Toronto, je m'y rendait tranquillement à pied en 40-45 min. Situé dans le centre ville, la demeure de Gita est au carrefour de plusieurs quartiers super chouettes (regent park, cabbagetown, china town est ) et à deux pas d'un magnifique parc (riverdale park).
Il ne fait donc aucun doute que c'est chez Gita que je passerai mon prochain séjour à Toronto!
Merci Gita pour se sympathique séjour !
good place too many rules to follow.
the house rules are some common-sense and practical guidelines to make it more joyful for us to share a space, and they are posted in the listing. the basic recipe is good communication and respect, seasoned with a bit of friendliness, flexibility and humour. could be used everywhere.
Gita is a courteous host. She was knowleagable about the city and where to find neat bookstores. Her home is a short walk to a grocery store, and closer still to public transit. Dundas Square is in within walking distance.
Gita is a phenomenal host! She welcomed me into her home with warmth and kindness. She is very easy to talk to, we got along very well very quickly. :)
Because of an unexpected incident, she actually took me in very last minute, for which I am extremely grateful. She is an extremely generous host amd she is super clean and tidy, which is perfection! Her cat is curious and quite friendly.
Gita's home is fantastic! It is furnished with beautiful treasures, and plenty of plants. I had a wonderful experience and I plan on staying with her in the future when I can. :-D
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About the Host, Gita
I welcome and respond to all inquiries within a day.
I'm an energetic, funky, world-conscious, environmentally-conscious, health-conscious independent artist, curator and writer. I've lived in three countries and traveled many more, and I have a genuine interest in people and places.
I live in a two-bedroom townhouse in downtown Toronto. I offer a fully set-up bright and sunny room (when the sun is out) with an attached balcony. My house is smoke-free, drug-free, and scent-free. There is a beautiful, friendly and healthy cat living with me.