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.
On-street permit parking is available; this is always a better idea. Not expensive, either. On occasion parking in the back lot is available but not guaranteed. 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:
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
Gourmet Burger at Parliament and Carlton (Cabbagetown - 10 minutes north on Parliament.
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).
Dominion on Queen
5 minutes east on Queen. Pool tables, 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)
The Guvernment at Jarvis and Queen’s Quay. Friday and Saturday nights. Crowd: early 20s and there are many international guest DJs.
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.
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
Amazing, friendly host. Relaxed atmosphere and Sean is very helpful and just a really nice person to share with. Will be staying here again.
I couldn't ask for a better host, Sean is awesome. He took me in when my hotel overbooked. Will definatly be staying with him again on my next trip to Toronto. There are no curfews, come and go as you please.
Sean was an excellent host, gave me great advise of the city also, and answered any question I might have of getting somewhere and prices of different places if worthwhile, place and area very clean and quiet, yet close to all forms of transportation, and if needed, at least in my case after a few days, felt comfortable riding bike(loaned to me by sean) due to the many bike lanes in this unknown city to me. would recommend to many for location, price and of course host there.
Thank you Sean for your kindness. We enjoyed our stay !
Sean was super friendly! He'd just gotten home from work about the time my partner and I arrived at his place. He was quick to get us oriented and offer us refreshments. Introductions to the neighbours were quick and a delightful bonus.
The neighbourhood is just off a main street but yet manages to be relatively quiet. Located a mere 4 city blocks from Yonge St. it was a lovely half hour(ish) walk to great shopping.
All in all, the place was exactly as advertised and I was super pleased!
We arrived late in the evening and found Sean waiting on his front porch for us. He greeted us warmly and showed us where to park. He was a super friendly and helpful host. The location is great too -- in a peaceful neighbourhood, just a few minutes' walk from the heart of downtown. Highly recommended.
Sean was the best! When we arrived we sat down and chatted, getting to know Sean and Smudge, and Pudge. Sean gave us pointers on where to go for Breakfast, and for sightseeing in the immediate area. He was like a long lost relative, and a delight to get to know him!
Sean is extremely friendly, easy-going and great guy, and host as well. During our stay he was always helpful and nice. Apartment is very good located (walking distance to the city centre). In a flat you can find everything that you might need. And even a sweet purring cat) I would definitely recommend anybody to stay with Sean.
It was really nice to stay at Sean´s place! He is amazing host and his apartment is very clean and relaxed. No stress is alowed there :) In addition Sean recommended us what to see in Toronto and how to do our visit easier, he lent us bikes, so it was nicer to reach especially the Toronto Islands. If anybody goes to Toronto, I would recommend to stay there!
Sean is the best host I have ever had. We only stayed one night and definitely will stay with Sean in our next trip. His place is well-located, clean and sunny. The room is so cozy and comfortable, especially with his outgoing cat, Smudge. We drove to this place around 11 pm, and Sean still helped us to find the parking spot (It's a easy parking area). We didn't use public transportation, but the Subway station is very close. Sean gave us some suggestion of great breakfast, and the neighbourhood is really nice with small local coffee shop. The distillery district is just 5-10 min walk, so we left our car on the street and walk to the distillery district. Great Airbnb experience!
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