About this listing
Large bright private room, 12 X 15 ft., located at the front of the house in 2nd floor apartment.
Classic Victorian house, more than 100 years old. The bathroom is modern and the house has many upgrades but it is not entirely renovated.
Quiet relaxed peaceful atmosphere. Jazz, folk, world and classical music plays.
The room is fully furnished and comfortable, with double bed, dresser, desk, chairs, bookshelf, carpet.
Hardwood floors, high ceilings, closet, stained glass, west-facing window, French door out to your own private balcony.
Bedding and towels provided.
High Speed Internet/WiFi included.
Window air conditioner and fans are provided - sorry, no central air conditioning!
Use of fully-equipped kitchen, with your own space in cupboards and fridge. The fridge is new - my beautiful turquoise vintage fridge, seen in the kitchen photos, died during the extreme heat wave in Summer 2012.
Bathroom with a sublime deep soaker tub and shower with good water pressure. Bathroom has a sliding pocket door.
Washing machine has cold water only. No dryer. A drying stand, iron and ironing board are provided in the room.
Small Living Room with sofa and dvd player.
$12 extra/night, for a 2nd person.
The house is in a wonderful and vibrant area of west-end downtown Toronto, between Roncesvalles and Parkdale residential neighbourhoods. If you are driving, you can easily arrange a city permit for street parking. Easy access to all downtown attractions - short walk to all streetcars to nearby downtown and subway system, many cafes and restaurants - live music, interesting shops, small galleries, parks, library, cinema, grocery stores, swimming pools, and Lake Ontario.
I have lived here for over 20 years and have rented the room to many people over the years. I am a friendly, progressive woman. I have travelled many places and love meeting people from around the world. Also living here is one sweet, friendly and curious tabby cat who will certainly make you her own!
I am a Toronto native and I enjoy hosting visitors to the city. I look forward to meeting you!
Please wear indoor footwear only. Please remove outdoor footwear when you enter the apartment.
I visited Lorna for an evening as I needed a quiet place to complete some recordings. I live in a noisy neighbourhood and needed some peace and quiet, and Lorna's place was perfect! The room is so nice and if it hadn't been raining, I probably would have spent more time sitting out in the balcony. Lorna is very nice, attentive and an excellent host. I found the environment to be very relaxing. :)
I couldn't ask for a better place to stay in Toronto that Lorna's house. She's so kind and full of experiences that you just want to talk with her.
I really enjoy my time in her house. The room is very comfortable and full of light. You have your own space in the kitchen and the bathroom, despite of the door that needs to be fixed, is also comfortable. The neighborhood is amazing, full of little shops, restaurants and close to the streetcar.
I'm going to miss Lorna and her cat Zora. They're like my torontonian family.
Even before arriving, Lorna kept in touch and helped me route my way to her place. The room itself has wonderful light and Lorna's place has a fantastic atmosphere -- probably due to Lorna's presence! It was such a pleasure meeting Lorna and Zora the kitty! Definitely hoping to stay with Lorna again soon =)
Lorna was just wonderful! She is an open-minded, caring woman and welcomed us with a cake! Her flexibility concerning my earlier departure was beyond all comparison.
She has travelled lots of countries and has met lots of peoples from all over the world.thus, she knows much about different cultures, habits and languages. She recommended lots of sights, bars and restaurants.
The room is bright and lovely furnished. Unfortunately, the balcony could not be used, due to its winter sleep :D
There were no loud noises during the night–absolutely nice. Same with the neighborhood, which is save and placid. The streetcar is a ten minute walk from the house. There are plenty of cafés and little shops as well as supermarkets in close proximity.
We spent some nice evenings in the living room watching movies together. Thanks for the great week!
Lorna is wonderful to deal with, and her cat Zora is adorable and very friendly. The location is also really convenient, near the streetcar and any stores/restaurants you need.
Lorna was a warm and gracious host. She was responsive to my messages both before and during my stay. Zoro the kitty is a pleasantly goofy addition to the apartment and Parkdale is a very charming neighborhood.
Everything was absolutely wonderful. Lorna and her cat Zora were very welcoming. I would definitely recommend staying here :)
About the Host, Lorna
Hi everybody! I am a friendly progressive woman and a Toronto native, in my early 60s. I have travelled to many places in the world, and am always very interested to meet people from everywhere. Toronto is said to be the most culturally diverse city in the world!
I am semi-retired now, and have worked as a social worker, child care worker and ESL teacher.
My house is in a wonderful neighbourhood of downtown-west Toronto. I like to cycle, and enjoy cooking, eating at fantastic ethnic restaurants, reading, film, live jazz and most other kinds of music, art galleries and museums, walking in parks, going swimming. I love to go out and hear live jazz and I sing in a community choir. I do yoga and meditation. Some of my favourite times are when I have camped and canoed in the Ontario wilderness of forests and lakes. But, not to give the impression that I am super-active, I can often be found reading and watching DVDs and falling asleep on my living room couch!
I believe that the purpose of life is to enjoy it, care for our gorgeous earth and nature, and make a positive contribution to the world while I am in it. Issues of social justice are important to me. I try to be optimistic and down to earth and hope I am not too obsessive about anything. My home is quiet, peaceful and the look of it reflects me. It is comfortable and a little cluttered. I am not a neat freak but it is clean.
If you stay at my home, you will enjoy peace, quiet and privacy, and the company of my sweetie cat, Zora.