This uniquely decorated home is centrally located on a large private oasis. The garden and hot tub are the highlight of relaxation. Transportation is easy and direct to all the tourist sights. Great hostess and comfortable clean living.
Cozy 1900 sq ft Rancher with beautiful private garden and hot tub. Price includes ALL TRANSPORTATION to and from airport and to and from the skytrain.. Two double beds and three foam singles make a perfect family location or a comfortable place for a couple to relax and enjoy. Kids playroom with toys if needed - converts into a games room with a treadmill. Babies are welcome and supplies are available to accommodate the needs of all ages. Bedroom 1 has an electric fireplace and a feather bed with heated mattress. Very private and comfortable. Bedroom 2 has a very comfortable custom made queen size bed,and an electric fireplace. Both bedrooms have air conditioning and down comforters. The house is decorated in country cottage by the ocean theme and has been described by other guests as wonderfully welcoming. Lots of comfortable places to sit in front of a fire with a good book. I have heated foot spa's to comfort your tired tourist feet when you come home. I am a very good cook and am happy to provide you with some of the meals you may need, we can talk about that. I love to have people in my home. I have a suite in the front of the house where I will stay so you will have the privacy of the whole house to yourself. I am located in the central Fraser Valley, 10 minutes to the train station and 20 minutes on a direct train to downtown Vancouver. I am 15 minutes from White Rock and the ocean, 1 hour from the hot springs and as mentioned transportation to and from the train is included in this price. If you ski I am centrally located from Grouse, Seymour and Cypress Mountain. I have a 6 passenger comfortable van with DVD player for the children which I use to transport you to and from the airport or skytrain. I have a professional drivers license and am happy to take care of your transportation needs if you require something extra. I can accommodate those who want a private vacation as well as those who want to be included in our lives, meet our friends and live like a Canadian. You tell me what your dream vacation looks like and I will see what I can do for you. I am familiar with many beautiful non-tourist spots for picnics, hiking or pictures. There are three bikes that are available for your use and if you want to try camping, talk to me. I can arrange all the equipment and give you a real Canadian wilderness experience. We can be as rough or as comfortable as you want. I know the special camping places that the tourists don't know about. I could be persuaded to take you to Whistler if you are nice to me and buy me dinner when I get there. (3 hours of the most beautiful drive you have ever been on). The entire house and yard have wireless network. My home has two large screen plasma TV's with DVD, Blueray, VHS and Apple TV with access to Netflicks, Youtube and a gazzion movies. On the front deck are large Adirondeck chairs. A great place to have your morning coffee in the sun. In the back yard is a pond, a swing seat, a gazebo surrounded by a beautiful garden and outdoor fire pit. On the back deck is two large BBQ's and a warm private hot tub which can be enjoyed with bathing suits or otherwise (with advanced warning preferred). House and yard have wireless internet access. Washer, Dryer, Microwave, Blender, Juicer, Coffee Maker. It is the kitchen belonging to a die hard foodie so it truly has every kitchen gadget ever made. Close to shops and farmers markets. Kitchen can be fully stocked upon request. Mini Bar available upon request. Please let me supply your shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, housecoat, slippers and winter coats and boots if needed. The less you have to carry the better your vacation will be. Anything else I can provide that will make your vacation wonderful - talk to me. Even if you don't decide to stay with me, email me if you have any questions about the area. I am happy to help. I can tell you exactly where the lodging is located in reference to where you want to be. Let me help. To stay with me you must like animals as I have two rabbits (outdoors) and a number of cats. The cats are mostly outdoor and are not allowed in the main parts of the house but they are friendly and may want you to pet them if you are sitting on the deck. I also have two small dogs but I will be taking those with me into the suite so they won't be bothering you. I am completely and utterly anal about cleanliness. My house is scrubbed, dusted and washed regularly. You will not find one cat hair - you have my word. I don't mind guests being messy so feel free to toss your stuff around anywhere you like. I am within walking distance to both Chinese and Greek restaurants. 10 minutes to the best Irish pub in Canada and I can direct you to the best live music in the area and probably introduce you to the band if you are so inclined. I am close to walking trails of every kind from beach front to rain forest and I know them all well if you want a guide. My home is located on a commuter street which makes it easy to find and give easy access to the freeway or the beach. I have lots of parking and a full security system for your use if you prefer. My home is recently fully renovated and very well maintained. Please contact me and let me help make your vacation absolutely wonderful. I want you to come back again and again and tell all your friends about your wonderful trip.
Guest have access to everything in the house. I do have to feed the cats so I come to the backyard in the mornings and attend to the animals and water the garden so I guess you could say the back garden is "shared" but I try to give you as much privacy as I can. There is nothing off limits. What is mine is yours.
Interaction with Guests
I am available to interact if you initiate it but I want you to have the vacation you want to have so I am happy to leave you alone too. I live in the suite in the front of the house so you can reach me by knocking on the door but the main part of the house is very separate from the suite so I don't really hear anything or see anything other than the front door so you can be as noisy or whatever as you like, (please consider my neighbours though). I really enjoy meeting new people and I have taken my guests on a night on the town with my friends. I have cooked dinner for my guests and once had guests cook dinner for me which was nice. On the other hand I have some guests I saw one time and not again until they leave so it really is up to you.
I live in a central location, walking distance from shops, restaurants and the pool. I am on a major transportation route so access to the bus and train are easy but I am across the street from a farming community so you can take a nice walk through the fields with an outstanding mountain view. My house is easy to find and close to the border, the airport, downtown and the valley.
I am on a major bus route. My price includes transportation to and from the Sky train but if you want to take the bus it stops literally across the street from my house.
Other Things to Note
Airport drop off is included in the price of the house as is all transportation to and from the sky train.
The sky train line takes you directly into downtown Vancouver and it stops at most tourist destinations. It is $3.50 each way to ride the skytrain and it is a safe and interesting way to travel.
I offer a tour guide service which is $25.00 per person for the entire day (Minimum $100). I will take you anywhere you want to go, stay as long as you want to stay, drop you off door to door or join you if you want a personal commentary about the attraction. This includes trips gold panning or downtown Vancouver or to the local beach.
There are three main tourist attractions that you cannot get to by the sky train. One is Grouse Mountain. If the weather is clear it is a beautiful way to see the city and there are some interesting exhibits but everyone must be ok to ride in a gondola. You can catch a bus to Grouse Mountain from the Skytrain which cost about $10.00 each and the ride up the mountain is $30.00 per person. (website hidden) grouse Moutain.
There are two suspension bridges. One is free but you need someone to drive you to it as it is difficult to find. The other one is also about $32.00 per person. Here is the link (website hidden) Cap Bridge for this one.
(website hidden) Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge for information about the free bridge.
The biggest tourist attraction is Stanley Park which is a beautful 6 km walk. If you are up to walking it or walking half of it then you don't need a car but the easist way to see it is to drive through and stop at the various photo stops.
The last suggestion is a day in Whistler. It is the scene of the Olympics and it is a wonderful drive and a beautiful way to spend a day. It is a three hour drive with some good hikes and stops along the way if you know where to look. It is the jewel of the Pacific Northwest and a must see if you are looking for an authentic B.C. experience.
You can take a tour bus from Vancouver to
Whistler and back for 182.50 (this would include all the sight seeing in Vancouver as well the lynn canyon bridge.
There is a cheaper option which is $35.00 per person but the bus is old and creaky and there are no stops. Just there and an hour later back on the bus to come back.
I charge $250 for a day in Whistler. This includes everyone the van can seat (6 passengers) for a full day. Includes all the stops you want on the way, gas up and back and we can leave as early in the morning as you like and come back as late at night as you like.
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ENJOY YOURSELF - My home is your home. Relax - put your feet up. Smoking in back dining room only. Be considerate of the neighbors when in the hot tub late at night. Be kind to the animals.
I am very thankful that I had Shara's house to start my vacation. it is perfect for our family. We are 6 people including 2 elderly and 2 young children, and every body feels like home. Shara keep the house so clean, so cozy and so lovely, not to mention the gorgeous garden, the gold fishes in the bedroom, and the hot tub! we enjoyed every inch, every corner of the house. Shara gives us a very warm welcome by prepare the breakfast for us, it really helped us a lot because we didn't know the area and have 2 young kids with us. In all, we had a wonderful vacation and Shara's house is part of our beautiful memory! Thank you Shara!
We loved Shara's place. Her house was cozy and comfortable, and set up with all the amenities. Plus a number of extras. In addition, she kindly put out lots of welcoming goodies for us and gave us full access to her house. We also LOVED her beautiful garden, which was an oasis, especially after our long drive up and later on, when we'd been out all day. I always looked forward to hanging out on the swing by the fountain. But the best part for us (being animal lovers) was her family of feline friends, as well as the bunnies, dogs and fish. They were lovely, friendly guys, and we were very sad to leave them.
Shara's house is on a main arterial road, which is very convenient for accessing other places from, especially if you don't know the area. Once you get in the house and garden, you don't notice that you are on a main road. We had a car with us, which was very useful, so we never needed to take Shara up on her offer of rides. I do think you have a lot more choices if you have a car than if you don't. However, I am not familiar with the public transport there and never used it.
Shara was great. She was friendly and helpful, provided us with information when we needed, had a GPS and extra phone we could borrow, got a juicer out for us so we didn't have to brng ours up, etc. We really felt as if we'd found a home away from home. This was our first Airbnb experience, and I must say it exceeded our expectations; we were VERY glad we had not taken a hotel. In short, we had a wonderful stay and highly recommend Shara's place.
our stay at Shara was awesome. she made us feel at home right away and provided with more that we needed or expected.
Shara is an excellent host, we loved her house and had everything we needed.
Shara made us feel very welcome, and was more than willing to help in any way possible. Some fresh bread and snacks welcomed us on arrival, and she had beds all set up for the kids.
Everything we could possibly need was available, though we did sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed by what could be described as over-preparedness with the amount and quantity of kitchen items. Minimalist" is probably not a word that Shara would use to describe herself.
The house was very clean and tidy (I hope we didn't mess things up too bad with our 4 kids!), though we found it a bit small for a family of 6. It would probably be better suited for a maximum of 4. We were aware and fine with the sleeping arrangements that had our youngest two in sleeping bags on foam mattresses, but there just wasn't really any space left over. With the amount of nick-knacks, pillows, books and such, it just felt a bit too full. The house is very neat and organized, just full.
There were more than enough toys and games for the kids - you'll probably find foam darts in the most unexpected places for months to come.
The beautiful back yard was a relaxing oasis with hot-tub, swing, deck and bbq which we did use and appreciate.
If we were to return to Vancouver in the near future, we would probably not stay here again - but that is mostly due to the size of our family, and we'd also like something closer to Vancouver proper - perhaps Burnaby. We'd not hesitate to recommend Shara as a hostess and her house as a place to stay, just be aware that the house is a bit on the full side, and a lengthy stay with more than 4 persons might leave you feeling a bit claustrophobic. Cleanliness and preparedness were superb - guests will lack nothing and Shara is eager to help make your Vancouver area stay a good one.
Sharah exceeded our expectations, we immediately felt at home, not like a hotel and that to us meant the world. When we needed rest Sharah left us alone, and when we needed to get somewhere, Sharah was up and ready to get us there. Sharah could give people lessons on how to be the best host/hostess possible. Gracious wonderful, friendly, and outgoing, thank you Sharah, look forward to staying at your place again when we decide to come back to Vancouver, and please say hello to the kitties for us, we loved them all!
Staying at Sharas place was a fantastic experience. The home is exactly as described, though the back garden photos do not do it justice. It is even nicer than than the photos portray, with lights illuminating the trees after nightfall, the hot tub, and a swing hammock to relax in. Brilliant place to spend the evening relaxing and soaking up the serenity.
As a hostess, Shara deserves a gold medal! Although she would have been quite happy to leave us alone to do our own thing, we were delighted to accept her offer of showing us around Vancouver and BC. She selflessly devoted her time to ensuring we had a wonderful stay in Vancouver. Shara and her son Aaron acted as our personal tour guides, exploring places and indulging in activities we would not have known of without their help. We even went out for dinner with her friends and enjoyed listening to a band she knew. She drove us everywhere we wanted to go, and accompanied us on our explorations and treks, enhancing the trips with her experiences and knowledge as only a local can do. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, and unreservedly give Shara the highest of recommendations. Not only does all the above apply, Shara and her son Aaron, are both very intelligent and stimulating people, and absolutely fantastic company! I can't recommend highly enough!
Shara was a great Hostess and very accommodating. She made us feel welcome from the start with homemade muffins, wine, cheese and crackers waiting for us. She also left us a nice, refreshing pitcher of fruit water which was incredible. She had anything and everything you could possibly need in her home. The backyard is a nice and relaxing oasis. I would highly recommend this home and look forward to visiting it again in the future. Thanks again Shara for everything. The Page Family.
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I am a single Mom with a great 19 year old son. I often travel with my son and my ex husband who is a very good friend or sometimes with other friends too. I live in Surrey, B.C.. I love having visitors to my home. I love to travel and learn about other people and their cultures. I am an active community volunteer. I work in the arts. I mentor new immigrants while they are settling in this country. Although I am allergic to animals, I have cats, dogs, rabbits and birds. I take a lot of antihistamines. I love life. I love to explore but I need a comfortable safe place to come home to when I am done.
Five things I can't live without....hm...well first is my hot tub. Second is my children (I was a foster mom so I mean ALL my children). My grandchildren....nuf said, my animals. How many is that - four. Ok last is my electric potato peeler....don't ask.
Favorite travel (email hidden)y place I haven't been yet.
Favorite books - to many to name...seriously. I always have three books on the go and I couldn't even begin to tell you about them. To many to name...for real,.
Movies - don't go- hate paying $5.00 for old stale popcorn. I watch documentaries on netflix. guess I am cheap.
Music - like everything. Food - LOVE FOOD.
When I travel i like to get to know the local people. I guess I value my privacy sometimes but for the most part - I really like people and I like them to hang around and tell me about what it is like living where they live. Tell me about your politics, your concerns. What really goes on in your town. I am really interested to get to know you.
My style of traveling is eclectic. I will rough it for awhile and then I can't stand it anymore and it's 5 star all the way...til I feel like camping again. I have enjoyed my Airbnb experiences so far. I am looking forward to meeting you and your family.
Do I have a motto....hmm. I say "just get on with it" to my kid a lot. Is that a motto? I guess it is. Quit whining and just get on with it.