Top floor in a sunny townhouse complex....10 mins from downtown by transit or less (20 mins walking). Many small shops and restaurants nearby. 10 mins from Pan Am Games - great location for all sites.
Welcome to Corktown district in Toronto (Downtown East). Nice, residential street but so close to the action and pulse of the city.
Come and share my space in Toronto. I am a non-smoker. If you wish to smoke, only outside on the patio/balcony.
My calendar is always current, even if it appears as "last update x days ago" which means I most likely have had no changes in that period.
Wake up ready to start your day with fresh, hot coffee and the newspaper! Yes, an actual paper on the doorstep daily at 6am. Just like when we were kids....
My house is a mixture of Spanish, Mediterranean and Latin.
Yes, I love the sun THAT MUCH!
10 minutes to centre of town or less! And a bike is included!!!!
I speak English fluently and French (not fluent).
In my kitchen is a plaque "mi casa es su casa".
GUESTS (there are no strangers for they are only people whom you have not yet met). HAVE FULL ACCESS TO THE HOUSE. Cook, relax, watch tv, put on some music, dance, LIVE!!! Lounge, dining area, patio, etc.
Canadians pay a lot for internet and cellular services. If planning to use your phone here, ensure that you request a roaming package from your carrier before arriving. I also have a laptop in the living area with a guest account if required for email, etc.
MONEY AND CREDIT CARDS
US dollars accepted everywhere. we do not use the penny so items are rounded up or down.
Contact your credit card issuer before arriving to advise when you will be using your card in Canada.
SPEED LIMITS ON ROADS
Our roads are in KILOMETERS and not miles so 60 km = 35 miles, 80km = 50 miles and 100km = 60miles on the freeways.
Our tax rate is 13% and not included in anything except cigarettes, gas and alcohol at a store. food at a grocery store is not taxable. of course, junk food is taxable.
Subway less than 10 minutes away. Grab a day pass for $11.50 approx and traverse the city. You may purchase at the drugstore on the corner. It's good for two people on a holiday of a Sunday. Toronto Transit Commission provides our transit system.
To arrive by airport, train, etc please see the directions and house rules sections (for confirmed guests). About 10 minutes taxi from the bus station and train station.
Very gay-friendly area!!
Close to funky Leslieville and Riverside (10 minutes east on foot over the bridge); enjoy many unique, small businesses in those areas.
Cabbagetown and Distillery 5-10 minutes away, northwest southwest, respectively; the gay village "Church Wellesley" 10 minutes away.
Top floor of a sunny townhouse complex, 30 seconds from 24 hour transit.
West-facing bedrooms; 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment, garden patio with east sun and lots of plants!
It is about 27 steps up inside the house to the top floor (self-contained entry to the house). Great downstairs neighbours and in the complex.
Front shared garden - join the neighbours for coffee, a glass of wine, etc if you wish.
Hardwood floors, wood furniture, cotton slipcovers, cotton rugs in case you have allergies.
YOUR PRIVATE SPACE:
Private bedroom with double bed (super comfortable) full linens, towels, shower supplies, soap, toothpaste, etc...hey, we all forget something when traveling, it seems.
There is also a single inflatable bed in the room for your use.
About 120 square feet / 12 metres squared.
Lots of hot water and looooonnnnggggg showers are not an issue at all! Speaking of showers, the North American standard is a lever which controls hot and cold water (we seldom have two water taps in the shower). Just turn it to the left for hot water.
Make yourself comfortable, put your feet up after a fun-filled day and relax.
Individual heating and a/c. Heating controls are on the walls of each room.
WIFI thoughout the house
Digital TV with many channels in living room - tv/dvd for the bedroom available - just ask!
THE APARTMENT (includes full usage):
-Full Kitchen - food negotiable; coffee, tea, fruits, etc aways available
The Dining Room / Living Area:
Comfortable dining chairs and table with extension leaf for more space as required.
Sink into the sofa as you browse through television, watch a movie or use the stereo...just turn on the power bar beside the tv in the armoire. I have computer speakers to use the tv for better sound, the laptop for radio, music, etc.
Lots of east sun for morning coffee, breakfast, sunny and warm at lunchtime so grab a bite and a beverage, beer/wine/cocktails mid-day, etc.
BBQ Grill also.
78 square feet / 7 metres squared
Lattice privacy walls and decking (nice and warm) with lots of plants. An oasis in the heart of downtown!
Two great male felines, Smudge and Pudge, on premise just waiting for your affection - they also love to snuggle in bed and are very social.
The complex is 35 years old and on a very quiet street.
Smoking outside only. No other pets, please.
There is free parking on one side street directly opposite the house.
On our street, free between 10am - midnight so street permit parking is available if there are no 24 hour free spaces on above side street (normally lots of room) a better idea. Parking in the back lot behind the house is available. Parking is in the back lot past the second row of townhouses...make a right into the second lot past the playground and the top right-hand spot with a wheelchair spot #32 is the one to use if you have a handicapped sticker and if not, spot 30 should be fine.
Grocery store, pharmacy, bank all within 5 minutes walk, or less......please keep reading.....
THOUGHTS TO PONDER:
It's your experience so decide where your interests lie. Cultural, theatre, shopping, nightclubs, pubs, bars, people watching, nature, cycling, sports?
If you need an itinerary, let me know and I can indeed assist.
Sample sights to experience:
Indoor Public Swimming Pool
Just a few minutes walk north is a FREE new public pool with lockers, changerooms, showers, etc. Bring your swimwear.
Outdoor ice skating on a public rink at City Hall (Bay and Queen West - 10 mins away).
Biking trails in the Don Valley are 2 minutes away and a great way to get some exercise car-free! Many bike lanes in the city on main streets.
Cabbagetown has the largest amount of Victorian Houses outside of San Francisco . The 65 Parliament bus will take you there in 7 minutes or a 10 - 15 minute walk.
Distillery District is just south on the Parliament line and an exciting attraction set in a former whiskey plant; cobblestone streets, coffee shops, shopping, theatre, etc.
Ripley's Aquarium is a new addition to Toronto and costs $30 to visit. It's located near Rogers Centre and the CN Tower. Allow about 2 hours to visit.
The #1 market in the world, as per National Geographic, is The St. Lawrence Market at Jarvis and Front - about 4 streets south and 7 streets west. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Movie theatre across the street from the market is $5 on Tuesdays.
Grab a TORONTO CITYPASS for $65 approx and gain access to 4 or 5 attractions. Saves a lot of money!
Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum are an easy 15 minutes away on transit or bike.
The Canadian National (we call it CN) Tower allows panoramic views of the city. Check out the outside observation deck and the glass floor, if you dare...
Seasonally, Panorama at Bay/Bloor has north and south patios, both outside on the 51st floor. This is 15 minutes northwest. Just a few subway stops away and a quick bus or streetcar ride.
Liberty Village is 20 - 25 minutes west and an urban village. Lots of shops on King and Queen West.
Niagara Falls is 90 minutes by car or two hours on train for $20 each way approx. Spend a great day there and walk across the bridge - one foot in the USA and Canada at the same time! Get another great view when you cross the US border by foot, if you wish.
Chinatown and Kensington 15 minutes west - an urban market with lots of shops, butchers, cheese shops, coffee, clothing....quite bohemian and fun fun fun!
City Hall, Eaton Centre (300 shops+) are an easy 15 minute walk.
BASIC INFO, STORES, ETC
One minute west at Parliament and Queen you will find a drug store, bank, a few restaurants, the bus, streetcar, etc.
Shopper's Drug Mart at Parliament and Queen for light groceries. Hours are 8am - 8pm most days. They sell transit tokens and day passes ($11 approx and good for two people on weekends and holidays).
Freshco at Parliament and Dundas (5 minutes north) - large supermarket. 8am - 10pm most (website hidden), WINE, SPIRITS
These are generally not sold in corner stores or supermarkets in Ontario. There is a beer store 5 minutes east at Queen and River. The LCBO is our liquor store (also sells beer) at Parliament and Winchester (10 minutes north) or near Sherbourne and Front; 5 streets west and 5 streets south.
Take in a baseball game, enjoy basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey depending on the season. Many games priced fairly. Hockey tickets very expensive.
Many festivals all weekend during the summer months (May to end of September): Pride, Luminato Arts Festival, Jazz Festival, food, music, Nuit Blanche, etc.
Many pubs, restaurants, bars located in Corktown, Cabbagetown, Entertainment District, Church Wellesley, Yonge Street, etc.
Lots of restaurants, bars, entertainment in this city.
Here are some of my faves, within walking distance:
Magic Oven at Parliament and Queen St (Corktown – two mins from the house). Best: Wednesday is all-you-can-eat pizza and salad for $14.95. Great back patio also
Amazing - a large order is good for two people....or not....
Smoke's Poutinerie on Bloor West and Jarvis/Dundas. YUM!
Indian Hut at Church and Hayden – just north of the village. $17.95 dinner buffet after 5:30pm. Large patio. $12.95 for weekday lunch 11:30 – 2:30.
BURGERS AND FRIES
No Bull Burger corner of Queen and Parliament - shared with the souvlaki restaurant.
The House on Parliament has great food, local beer and two patios. Award-winning for sure. Just north of Gerrard on Parliament (10 mins to walk or less)
An Sibin Irish Pub and Prohibition Pub
On Queen Street East near Broadview (just east over the bridge). Good food, live bands and great local beer.
SOUTH ASIAN AND CURRIES
Rashnaa at Parliament and Wellesley. Lunch and dinner specials. Yes, it is THAT good! Patio.
Flying Beaver at Parliament and Carlton (Cabbagetown - 10 minutes north on Parliament, just past Carlton on the west side across from TD Bank). Great back garden patio! Gay-owned.
Many entertainment events for $10 - $20.
Stout Irish Pub @ Parliament and Carlton (just east of Parliament, south side) in Cabbagetown - 10 minutes north on Parliament.
Jersey Giant in St Lawrence Market – Church and Front. Half-price chicken wings Monday and pints at 2 for $11.
A little further out……15 minutes west on the streetcar along Queen Street in the SOHO district. College is about 10 streets north of (website hidden)
Souz Dal at 622 College Street (Little Italy). Open at 8:30pm nightly. It’s a real treat to sit in the back area. GO GO GO while it is still warm!
ROCK BAR – NIGHTTIME
Tattoo Queen West – 20 minutes west on the 501 streetcar. 567 Queen St West. Friday and Saturday nights after 11pm. Concert events often on Fridays with more of an urban feel.
POOL TABLES AND LOUNGE
College Street starting at Bathurst is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
Andy Pool Hall on College/Bathurst
GRUNGY College-age bars
Sneaky Dee’s at College and Bathurst.
Free Times Café on College. $12 a pitcher from 5 – 8 approx daily. Daily specials with 2 bottles for six bucks.
Tortilla Flats at Queen West and Augusta for Tex Mex and a nice back patio. Amsterdam Beer (great local brew) for $10 a pitcher on Sundays.
Cameron House on Queen West
DANCE CLUB (I work for a large entertainment corporation)
UNIUN at Adelaide and Portland - many international guest DJs. 19+ Fridays. 25+ Saturday
Interaction during your stay:
Friends are always welcome in the house and I am quite social. As much interaction or as little as required will be accommodated and respected.
Anything not covered above, just ask.
Cheers and thank you once again.
Guests have access to everything in
the house. Cook if you want, relax, watch tv, browse the internet, etc.
Interaction with Guests
I am available to interact as much or as little as possible as everyone has a different requirement. I am normally working through the week 10am - 6pm.
I love that my neighbourhood is small and friendly with unique local shops. I am a huge supporter of small business.
24 hour transit 30 seconds from the house
Other Things to Note
Transit to the house is easy via taxi, public transport and driving. Note that there is no longer an airport shuttle bus from the airport into the hotels downtown. Public transit takes about the same time anyway.
NO smoking in the house. No other pets, please.
Other than that, relax, put your feet up, turn on the tv, computer, stereo, grab a drink, a beer, whatever you need and enjoy your time in the house.
Stay home on the porch and balcony or go out and enjoy the city.
Curfew? Not here. Life is too short to be bothered by time. If coming home after 11pm, just be quiet up the stairs in the house.
That is pretty much it. Really. I would rather spend the time relaxing and having fun than worrying about the little things.....
We had a great experience staying in Sean's place. Sean was very nice and helpful. The place is clean and cozy. Very welcoming. Accurate description. flexible check in time.
I loved staying at Sean's place. I immediately felt welcome in a city where I'd never been before. The apartment is lovely and very welcoming. The bed was very comfortable, and I slept very well. I loved the colors and the tropical theme of the apartment. Sean is very flexible to your travel plans and will accommodate accordingly. I really felt like I was staying with an old friend even though we had just met. He knew everything I asked about the area and gave great recommendations about places to eat. I will definitely try to stay here again when I come back to Toronto.
Sean was just simply amazing.
My boyfriend and I's first time with Air BNB and Im happy to say it was an exceptional start.
We only stayed for a night but Sean was so accommodating and even helped us out by lending us his two bikes to get us to St Lawrence Market and Kensington. I would highly recommend using the bikes if youre going to these same areas. His place looks exactly like its depicted in the photos. In my opinion, best way to describe, it's as if you went on vacation for spring break to a tropical area- cute and colourful interior. His two cats are ameowzing. Smudge is very welcoming so be expected to be greeted. As soon as we got in, Sean kept in contact with us and already said we could help ourselves to some beers in the fridge.
overall, if youre not looking for anything super fancy, want a chill place to stay, very reasonable price and thats close to a majority of shops and sites- id say this is it- hands down.
Very welcoming people-oriented host, great communication ahead of time. Relaxed atmosphere in a funky neighbourhood (in a good way) with great transit..easy access to AIrPort Rocket via streetcar/subway.
In short: excellent value for money and a great springboard to visiting the city.
Sean was a very gracious host. He kept in contact with us and made sure we arrived ok. He had everything nicely set-up for us and was very friendly and sweet. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay with Sean again :)
Sean war ein herzlicher und hilfreicher Gastgeber. Er hat, obwohl ich spät dran war, auf mich gewartet, und mich gut in Empfang genommen. Seine Tips waren sehr zutreffend und gut.
If you travel to Toronto, there is only one place to stay: Sean's cozy house! Our eight weeks with Sean and his two pretty cats went so fast. He's definitely a great host, he always tries to make you feel comfortable and is always there, if you need any help.
The guestroom has a nice view over the street and makes you feel like being at home.
You can reach almost everything within an easy walk or even faster by streetcar; the stop is just a few meters away.
Don't hesitate! Sean's house will be the right choice. :D
Working in the entertainment industry (office). 2 pampered and friendly felines (cats). I love cycling, the beach, beer on a patio, trying to shoot pool. Traveling to the sun is my passion, esp, Mexico and California and have yet to make it across the pond.....laid back and welcome guests worldwide to learn and experience different things. 420 friendly.
Cannot live without books, beer, bicycles, beach, sun!! Prefer to experience a locale like a local. No hotels for me! I am a Toronto native and can provide info on the city, attractions, etc and also note that this location is not far at all from many sights, etc. My street is quiet even though a main strip with 24 hour transit is 30 seconds away (15 if you run!!). I have hosted guests from Germany, France, Holland, Brazil, Spain, Korea, Australia, England, Wales, Ireland, USA, Italy, Slovenia, Estonia, Taiwan, China, Japan........
Please come, relax, enjoy......you're on vacation after all.......