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.
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, 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 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 organic local 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. 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.
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 loved my stay at Gita's place. She is a wonderful host. We had a lot of interesting conversations about culture, politics and international relations. She gave me great tips about different things to do in Toronto. Her apartment is very clean and neat. It is located conveniently near downtown and a lot of good restaurants. I think my trip to Toronto would not have been as great as it was if I stayed at a regular hotel.
Gita showed me around, not missing a detail in what a visitor might need. From maps and booklets provided in the guest room, to the location of the coffee, the compost and an excellent, clearly worded list of house rules. She offered information on where to find items I might need in the neighbourhood. The room was clean, quiet, comfortable and nicely arranged. There was access to a washer and dryer.
Gita is a professional host who has a good and reasonable set of house rules. She communicates timely and clearly about whatever needs to be discussed in order to ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay. She also offers a wealth of local knowledge that can enhance your trip experience in Toronto. I recommend her place and her as a welcoming and accommodating host.
I've been there for 2 months. Gita is a very friendly person that knows how to make people feel at home. She is quiet, and let me my own space but she was always there for anything I could need. The house is very clean. There are few shops in a walking distance and a free swimming pool in the nearby. It is just 10 minutes by streetcar (tramway) to got to center downtown. The room has sunlight, a comfortable bed and a table where I could study. The only little trouble (it was not for me but it can be depending on your sensibility) is that you can hear the parkway from there.
Thanks, Diana! It was pleasure to have you here. It is a fact of living in an easily accessible place in downtown that you can always hear the street. Because my house is on a residential street the hum is distant. It can be heard only when the window is open and it's easy to tune it out like waves or river sound. When the window is closed it's all very quiet. I'm sure not as quiet as your mountain-top house in Barcelona ;)
Gita was so kind to put me up last minute and even had the beautifull room ready and welcomeing. The house is very nice and you have everything you need. Gita and Pishu the cat are very nice hosts who give you privacy and Information at the same time. Thanks for having me Gita and enjoy life :)
I stayed with Gita for about a week and had a great time! Gita is a very lovely and inspiring Person! The Appartement and the room is really nice, clean and comfortable. The neighborhood is pretty close to everything, very convenient, but as a single woman I wouldn't walk around past dark, using the streetcar is totally fine though!
I would definitely stay with Gita again!
Arriving at Gita's after a long trip was just perfect!
Her house is beautiful and calm. It is a great place to rest and be concentrated.
Gita is very well organized in welcoming her guests: the rules of the house make everything easy, the spaces are extremely clean and well distributed.
The area is safe and well connected with the public transportation. From her place you can go anywhere easily.
I highly recommend Gita's place!!!
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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.