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 Jul 7 - 18, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Tout était parfait ! Une maison incroyable , propreté irréprochable, des lits très confortable, une cuisine très bien aménagée , rien de manquait. Parking dispo à coté de la maison, accès facile à la machine à laver et au sèche linge,salle de bain nikel, tout est conforme à la description . Le quartier calme et on se sent en sécurité. Arrêt de bus pas très loin à pied , on se ballade facilement dans Ottawa .
Nika est très réactive pour répondre aux questions, et tout était très bien organisé.Nous n'avons pas pu rencontrer Nika et Steve, mais ce sera peut être pour une prochaine fois :-)
Nice place to stay when you want to visit Ottawa. Everything provided you need for 4 persons.
Our hosts were very welcoming. They emailed us with instructions and directions that were very helpful in finding their place. While we were there they made themselves available if we needed anything. I only had a chance to meet Nika and she was wonderful. At one point I need a hairdryer and she was very accomodating and brought one for me.
The apartment was very clean and accurately depicted in the photos. In fact I would say it's even nicer in person. I would definitely stay there again.
Nika is a very adorable and nice hostess!
She is very reachable if you need anything.
the house is lovely and very clean! we slept very well, beds are very good and we had all the stuff we needed!
the location is good but maybe a little too far from the center of ottawa, but you have an easy acces to take the bus!
I recommand Nika's place for your long stay at ottawa!
Très bon accueil dans un super appartement.
Tout était parfait : localisation, installation, chambre, salle de bain,...
Ce fut un séjour très agréable.
Je le recommande vivement pour votre passage à Ottawa ! :-)
Merci pour tout.
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.
Local corner store, great for last-minute supplies.Gladstone Ave Ottawa ON K1R 5P2
A nice little park around the corner to take the kids. It has a play structure, and a few shared toys left by those of us who frequent it... affectionally called the digger park :)Arlington Ave Ottawa ON K1R
This is a great park to take the kids to: * Play structures (toddlers younger kids) * Wading pools for hot summer days! * Picnic area * Swings * Outdoor ice rink in the winterOttawa Ontario
Best spot for breakfast in a 5 min walk from our house! Its small, and very popular... so get there early.479 Bronson Ave Ottawa ON K1R 6J7
Good for last-minute supplies, milk is better here than at Domestic foods. If youre filling up, Drummonds usually have better prices.Bronson Ave Ottawa ON
Sprinklers! This park is another great place to go on a hot summers day. Swings, play structure, and sprinklers of course :)Ottawa ON
Nice little café nearby with good coffee food.Gladstone Avenue Ottawa ON K1R 6X5
Drummonds usually have the best gas prices around.Bronson Ave Ottawa ON K1S 4E7
Hartmans is the biggest grocery store within walking distance, and it has a great selection of food.Bank St Ottawa Ontario K2P
Loblaws is just close enough to walk to (though not as nice a walk as Hartmans), easy to drive to, and has a decent selection of food.Isabella Street Ottawa ON K1S