About this listing
Great for families or small groups, our cozy 2-bed apartment occupies the ground floor of a beautiful Edwardian-era red brick house in Ottawa's Centretown on a quiet residential street. Close to Chinatown & the Glebe. Be downtown in minutes!
Our house was built in 1904 on a street originally set aside for railway engineer's residences. Its character has been preserved over the years! :)
We live in the upstairs apartment with two small children and two cats, and have set aside the downstairs unit entirely for our guests to enjoy. It is fully furnished, and has hardwood floors on the ground level. Have a look at our floor plan sketch to get an idea of the layout.
The large south-facing living room features an old electric fireplace & mahogany mantlepiece, and a south-facing window looking out over the street. A great place to curl up and read a book, have friends over to chat, or pull out the laptop and get some work done. Note that we do not have a TV.
There are two bedrooms that will comfortably sleep 4 people.
The master bedroom (12' x 9.5') has two single beds that can be pulled together to form a king size bed for a couple to share.
The second bedroom (11' x 9.5') has a double bed that can comfortably sleep a couple.
The self-catering kitchen has brand new wooden countertops, slate floors, and a gas cooktop & oven. All the essential tools are available: fridge, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, cutlery, dishes & cups, and cookware. There's usually tea and coffee around, but please remember to bring your own food & drinks.
There is a back entrance with covered outside storage area that houses rubbish & recycling bins.
The 3-piece bathroom includes a bathtub / shower and dual-flush toilet.
We provide the basics (hand soap, toilet paper, hand towels and bath towels). Please remember to bring your own shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
The basement is unfinished (but clean), and houses the laundry room with a new washer & dryer. It also has tons of storage space for guests that stay around a bit longer.
Heat, cooling, water, electricity, gas & internet are all included.
Please note: the apartment does not include a TV.
Families with children: we can provide booster seat/highchair, travel cot, baby bath, potty, plates, cups and cutlery for the wee ones, safety gates and a variety of toys.
Guests have private access to the entire apartment:
* Living room
* Dining room
* Master & second bedrooms
* Laundry room (in basement)
* Front porch & entrance
* Back yard
* Driveway (parking available on request)
* No small children in the basement, please
* Furnace room (in basement)
* Unfinished cellar (in basement)
Interaction with Guests
We live upstairs and are easily contactable when we're home. Of course, the keypad access on the front entrance means you don't have to speak to us if you're feeling shy ;-)
We live in a quiet & friendly neighbourhood at the edge of Centretown, in downtown Ottawa. Picturesque houses line the streets, preserving the beautiful Late Victorian & Edwardian era architecture of the area.
Here, we enjoy easy access to shops & restaurants (Chinatown and the Glebe are both within walking distance). We're also close to the Rideau Canal, which is a great place to go jogging, cycling, or skating in winter.
There are a lot of families with young children in the area. We have several small parks within a 5 minutes walk. McNabb has play structures and an outdoor wading pool, a great place to take the kids on a hot summer's day! Bigger parks are within walking / cycling distance.
As far as work goes, being in Centretown means we can get out to client meetings in minutes without a long commute! If you've got business in downtown Ottawa, this area is perfectly located.
Being in Centretown has its advantages! Walking is a great way of getting around, if you feel like stretching your legs you can get to:
* The Glebe (10 min)
* Chinatown (10 min)
* Parliament Hill (20 min)
* Byward Market (40 min)
* Dow's Lake (20 min)
* Ottawa University (30 min)
* Carleton University (30 min)
Bring your bike and cycle around Ottawa. We've got lots of cycle paths, and some beautiful spots to stop for a picnic along the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River.
There are several OC Transpo bus stops within walking distance. Buses go direct to downtown, and Carleton University.
For inter-city travel, Ottawa Central Bus Station is a 5 minute walk around the corner.
Located just north of the 417, our apartment is 2 minutes from the highway, and easy to get to.
Gatineau Park is a 20 min drive away, and is a great place to visit. If you're around in September / October, be sure to take a peek when the leaves change colour... stunning!
Taxis are an affordable way of getting around Ottawa quickly & hassle-free. Blueline Taxi and Capital Taxi are well-respected companies.
The airport is a 20min drive away, and couldn't be easier: there's only 1 main road out of the airport, and it takes you right into our neighbourhood!
No smoking, please.
Please help us keep the place clean by tidying up after yourself. For longer stays (2+ weeks), take garbage & recycling out on Thursdays.
Please use shared internet responsibly (no illegal sites or activities).
From Aug 11 - 15, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Absolutely a fantastic place to stay! The house was wonderful, it had character, it was clean, had a well stocked kitchen (we prefer to buy groceries and make dinner at 'home'), and is in a good location (our kids loved the nearby parks). There was plenty of room for us and our 2 kids. The owners were very friendly and helpful. One our best finds on airbnb (especially when traveling with kids).
It was a pleasure to stay at Nika and Steve's. They contacted us prior to our arrival to see if there was anything that we might need. They had plenty of toys, a playpen and a high chair for our grand-daughter. The apartment was in a perfect location. The neighbourhood was quiet yet close to Bank St. and highway 417 for easy travel. We would certainly stay here again.
Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit in Ottawa. Das Apartment hat uns gut gefallen. Es ist sehr groß mit einer super ausgestatteten Küche. Ins Stadtzentrum kann man in ca. 20 Minuten laufen. Falls wir noch mal nach Ottawa kommen würden wir gerne wieder hier übernachten.
Merci Nika pour ce week end, l'appartement était vraiment agréable et bien placé pour faire des balades en vélo. Je recommande :)!
There were 3 of us staying in Ottawa to attend some World Cup soccer games. The Location of Steve and Nika's place was perfect as we could walk to the stadium and just about anywhere else we wanted to go such as the nature museum and restaurants. The place had a well equipped kitchen which was nice so we could cook some meals and not eat out ALL the time. We definitely enjoyed this experience more than a hotel.
What a lovely place! We had a great time in this place - it was spacious, warm, and quiet. Nika was a very helpful host as well. I'd recommend to anyone.
We had a great stay here! Our children appreciated all the toys left out for them!:) There is also a great park around the corner. The apartment worked well for our family of 5.
About the Host, Nika & Steve
In our previous lives (ie. before we had our lovely little girls) we enjoyed travelling backpacking-style and were fortunate enough to be able to tour the world a couple of times. Our favourite moments from these travels include awkward misunderstandings in China, seemingly suicidal hiking trips in Taiwan, and the thrill of "catching a wave" in Hawaii.
These days we consider ourselves lucky if we survive a weekend of car-camping in the hills of nearby Gatineau Park, as this is all we seem to manage with two jobs, two kids, and two cats.
Our friends would probably describe us as easy-going, approachable, and a tad nuts, if in a good way. We can't really sit still, love tinkering around the house and socialising with our fantastic family, friends, and neighbours.
We both work in IT, like all sorts of (more or less) electronic music, and have been known to watch 5 episodes of Supernatural in a row on a school night.
Since we have always been exceptionally well received by locals and friends during our own travel adventures, we would like to return the favour by offering travellers to Ottawa the same warm, secure, and enjoyable welcome.