A charming chalet in the middle of the city, with all the amenities and comforts that living downtown offers.
Unpack your bags and stay in style in our downtown oasis. Enjoy a large, comfortable unique bedroom, complete with a big screen TV, Netflix (US) and more. Sip your coffee in your own private lounge area overlooking a private courtyard, hidden away from the noise of the city, yet easily stroll to the clubbing district, Dundas square or the Eaton Center in just minutes.
- It accommodates up to 5 people
- 2 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- 2 balconies
- 1 queen size bed
- 1 double bed
- a comfortable sofa, can sleep an adult or child
- queen size air mattress if needed
- Private lounge area with coffee table & uber comfortable seats
(yay, soaker tub!)
- Free Super-Duper High Speed internet (50/mbps)
- Netflix, Apple TV + library of movies
- Secluded and quiet spot
- Private gated community
- 10 minute walk to the Eaton Centre, St.Lawrence Market, Queen St Streetcar, subway
- Modern kitchen and living room (excellent for story telling!)
- 1 Parking spot
- Very lovely hosts who are there to ensure you have a great time
Interaction with Guests
We love getting to know people because we are infinitely chatty, however we are also respectful and are perfectly okay with slightly shy folks/folkettes. Don't worry, you're in good hands!
We live in a developing neighbourhood, a departure from Toronto's posh west end. Because of its grittiness our neighbourhood is often the setting for many Hollywood movies. There are more homeless shelters on the east side of Toronto than on the west side, so if seeing homeless people makes you, dear guest, uncomfortable, you would be best to look for accommodation on the west side of Yonge St. Despite the delicate social challenges we Torontonians face, please be assured that Toronto is by far the safest metropolitan city in North America, and we encourage all our guests to explore the city by foot, as it is meant to be discovered.
Our section of the Garden District is soon to be designated a Heritage Conservation District. HCDs are designated because the areas they protect are considered to be historically or culturally significant and require special care and attention in the planning process to ensure that they are preserved for future generations.
Stroll through one of the many parks and green spaces in a newly designated area in Toronto known as The Garden District. The district is located between Wellesley and Queen streets; Yonge and Sherbourne streets and encompasses many gardens and parks.
The focus of the area is Allan Gardens with its abundance of gardens in the summer and a greenhouse packed full of plant life in the winter. The area is a blend of old and new, residential and commercial, houses and high rises, history and new sites all mixed together. Full of historical churches, restaurants, shopping and many other unique venues the area is one of Toronto’s hottest new spots to live and work.
The east of us one can find Dundas Square and the Eaton Centre, easily within a 10-15 minute walk. The Eaton Centre presents many shopping opportunities for those willing to indulge in high fashion and deal hunting. Dundas Square serves as our national Time-Square. It features rows of lit fountains set directly into the pavement which serve as excellent cooling spots in the summer. It is also home to many free concerts and its a fun place to spend an afternoon, sipping coffee and people watching.
To the south of us one can find the St.Lawrence Market. National Geographic has ranked Toronto's St. Lawrence Market as the world's best food market, beating out New York's Union Square Greenmarket and St. Lucia's Castries Market (Take that St.Lucia!). It is a delicious place to eat, among the many stalls of food, tasting cheeses, prancing by the amazing bakery smells, sampling some of the BBQ on offer.
A region with over 100 distinct neighbourhoods, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is a modern multicultural urban center with something for everyone. Year round, the GTA offers a unique mix of historical attractions, seasonal celebrations, family fun and a safe, walkable downtown core (I totally plagiarized that, shhh!). Toronto is a major scene for theater and other performing arts, with more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, two symphony orchestras and a host of theaters.
The cuisine of Toronto reflects Toronto's size and multicultural diversity. Different ethnic neighbourhoods throughout the city focus on specific cuisines,such as authentic Chinese and Vietnamese found in the city's six Chinatowns, Korean in Koreatown, Greek on The Danforth, Italian cuisine in Little Italy and Corso Italia, and Indian in Little India. Numerous other world cuisines are available throughout the city, including Portuguese, Hungarian, Japanese, and Caribbean. Toronto's large Jewish population has also ensured a variety of Jewish restaurants and delis, with varying adherence to kosher (website hidden) addition to ethnic cuisines, Toronto is also home to many fine dining establishments and chain restaurants ranging from fast food to casual or upscale dining.
The low crime rate in Toronto has resulted in the city having a reputation as one of the safest major cities in North America. It is highly recommended that to sharpen your walking stick and explore the city by foot, especially because of the PATH.
The PATH is a 28 square kilometer (17 mi) network of pedestrian tunnels beneath the office towers of Toronto. According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with 371,600 m² (4 million sq. ft.) of retail space.
The PATH network's northerly point is the Toronto Coach Terminal at Dundas Street and Bay Street, while its southerly point is the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's Convention South Building. Its main axes of walkways generally parallel Yonge Street and Bay Street.
The closest entrance to the PATH from us is 15 minutes away in the Eaton Centre or slightly less by the way of Dundas Station entrance.
-- credit goes to Wikipedia and the creators of cut/paste. Thank you, I couldn't have done it without you guys.
There are street cars both north and south of us, and the Metro/Subway stations are a 10 minute walk away.
Other Things to Note
Update: Our living room has just been featured in a promo for the musical Annie on the Family Network. Ask us for a link to the video!
Our house is not perfect. It is a work in progress. We are still looking to renovate the downstairs bathroom now that we've finished renovating the upstairs one. Vanessa would like a new kitchen (and that's the point where I cross my arms and say no, sternly) however we've done the best we can with what we have. It's a labour of love, and we hope you enjoy it too as much as we do.
We can rent a MicroSim/Nano-Sim to our guests for 5$ per day, giving you unlimited data/talk/text in the city. If you need a smartphone as well, add 4$ per day.
The apartment is located in a residential building, so we would please ask our guests to observe the noise laws and be respectful to the residents. We don't want to be known as "those awful people who bring noise to our building" to our neighbours.
Calin and Vanessa were lovely to deal with. Calin's humour was top notch and Vanessa was so pleasant. Their house was in the perfect location for us, near to city center and easily accessible from YCC. We were in town for business and worked 10-12 hour days for the duration so we were really only able to use the place to unwind and sleep which made it's only major draw-back - the beds, a bit more pronounced. We are not sleep diva's by any means but found both the guest and main bed to be hard, lumpy and unforgiving. If you have trouble navigating stairs (there a several steep flights) or have a sensitive spine, this chalet may be best overlooked. Otherwise the house is sunny, the courtyard is beautiful and your hosts will be a joy to deal with if this is the place for you.
Calin and Vanessa were amazing hosts! Very friendly and accommodating. The house was perfect- all of the essentials plus some pretty fun gadgets (very Mac friendly). The location was prime, right in the heart of downtown. We would definitely stay with them again!
O apartamento é maravilhoso, super bem localizado, perto de um dos principais shopping centers de Toronto (Eaton Centre). Quartos confortáveis, banheiro impecável, cozinha bem equipada, condomínio seguro. Fomos na época do inverno e o aquecedor do apartamento funcionou perfeitamente bem. Não temos absolutamente nenhum comentário negativo a fazer. Os anfitriões foram solicitos e atenciosos, tudo saiu como combinado. Super recomendo esse imóvel. Pode alugar sem medo de surpresas!
Calin & Vanessa's place was great. There was plenty of room and everything we needed, lots of natural light, it was clean. Importantly for us, the internet worked well, and they even left an ipad for quick information. They were pleasant hosts, quick with recommendations, and quite friendly. The place has off street parking in an underground garage, is a short walk from downtown, and is an even shorter walk to the street cars on either Queen or Dundas. I would definitely recommend this place to friends or family when visiting Toronto.
Calin and Vanessa's apartment was perfect for two people, very comfortable and conveniently located downtown. I definitely recommend!
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I tend to fidget. Its a thing I do. And I like to straighten pencils. First perpendicular, then horizontal and finally I balance them straight up. I'm five foot seven, two eyes, one nose. I store food in my cheeks (for the winter). I collect colorful shoes.. for example.. I have multicolored collection of All Stars, Ed Hardy shoes, Blue Lizard Shows (made from real lizards!).
I also like making wild claims that cannot possibly be verified. Why ? Because as a youth I used to play for Chelsea F.C in their under 15 team and I feel pressured now to live up to that expectation. Also I'm half sewing machine.
Just kidding! Ignore everything I've written above and concentrate solely on this paragraph. Vanessa and I are avid travellers. We know that getting oriented in a new city can be as tough as it is exciting and we are here to provide you with the guidance you need to find what you are looking for. We enjoy adventures in food and can suggest a few authentic places to try. Of course, you may be of a different opinion as to what constitutes "great food", so we will annoy you until you relent. Yeah. We're weird food snobs.
And this is why I'm not allowed to write profiles.
I've realized I really dislike the term: "Heart of Toronto". Its really overused. What about the "inner Toronto sanctum" ? or "The discreet inner tip of Toronto" ? Lets give that a go for the next decade and then we can have that whole "heart of Toronto" thing back, a la retro.