The house is located on Euclid Avenue - the downtown edge of the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood - a lushly treed area that is a brief walk from the centre of the city. No need to have a car here.
We designed and did a lot of the building of the space. The original house is well over 150 years old and there are many of the earlier details incorporated within the house. I decorated the rooms often with items that reflect the history of the neighborhood. We have particular fondness for the battered, chipped front door.
The house is a duplex - my main living area is on the first floor. The room is on the second floor - next to the bathroom. It is the only bedroom on that floor. There are three other rooms for guests in the house. One on the third floor and two on the first (one is only available on weekends). Besides the bedroom, the rest of the second floor is common area to be used by guests and myself. There is a living room, dining area, kitchen, and deck. The kitchen is fully equipped. There is wireless internet access. Air conditioning when needed. We tend to be fairly quiet.
Public transit is only steps away, but you will be able to walk to most places. According to the Walk Score site, the house has a 95 out of 100 rating for walking - they say it is a walker's paradise - and achieves a perfect 100 for transit (with 19 nearby routes.) We are a couple of minutes from the Dundas, Queen and Bathurst lines. There is a Bixi bike drop a couple minutes away from the house. (Bixi provides bikes for short term use.)
It would take you months - more likely a year - to try all the restaurants which are a short walk away.
The house is one of the older homes on the street - originally a store in the middle of a residential block. Built on the orchard lands of the old Gorevale estate, it is now situated right in the middle of the most popular and hip neighbourhoods of Toronto (with walk times in minutes): West Queen Street West (5), Little Italy (5), Ossington (15), Kensington Market (10), Chinatown (15), King (15) and Dundas (1) to name a few.
We are walking distance from the University of Toronto (25), OCAD (20), Toronto Western Hospital (5) and the shuttle to Toronto General, Sick Kids, Princess Margret (or you can walk slowly to those in thirty minutes). We are close to the Toronto Convention Centre (35), the Eaton's Centre (30), the financial district (30), TIFF (30), AGO (20), the major and most of the other theater spaces (varies but under a thirty minute walk for me).
My first experience with airbnb was great and Caroline was a wonderful host. I had a quiet peaceful stay with a sound sleep. Close to many restaurants and shops-walkable.
Book a hotel. Caroline is nice and the decor of the place is cool, but it definitely felt more like a hostel than a B and B. If you want someone to talk to and an alternative experience of Toronto, this might be ok, but for us the overcrowding and bathroom sharing/bed quality is not worth the price.
I have had hundreds of guests stay at my house and have been truly impressed with the quality of the guests that I have hosted. Remarkably, there have only been a handful of bad guests in my experience. Up until now I have only written one bad review about a guest: I have now written my second.
Lauren and her husband stayed at my place for one night and it was not comfortable. I quickly understood that the experience was not what they wanted; they really wanted a hotel room and didn't like sharing a bathroom especially, as she wrote to me privately afterwards, with other men. I am not sure if other women guests were not supposed to object to sharing the bathroom with her husband or if I was supposed to provide gender segregated bathrooms. She also believed that I should have contacted her to inform her that I had rented the other rooms, which she knew about when she made the booking. It appears they were surprised when they arrived that the other rooms would actually be booked... on a Saturday night.
Granted, some people really need to stay in hotels or rent entire places. They don't like sharing space and my house is certainly not for everyone. They are attracted to the lower price point, but still desire the upscale hotel experience. Lauren could have learned something about her expectations as a guest and consequently gained a better idea of what she wanted next time she booked a place.
Instead, Lauren asserts that my place is "like a hostel" and complained it was overcrowded. I have four rooms, one only available on the weekend, spread out over three floors and the guest area of the house is 2,000 square feet, not including the 500 square foot deck. Perhaps the other guests were not up to her caliber; an academic presenting a paper at a conference, a european professional exploring the city before he returned home and a master cabinetmaker who builds the displays for two of the most beautiful museums in the city. As per Lauren's complaint about the quality of the bed, every other person who has booked that room has told me they slept well, as I always solicit feedback from my guests. Although Lauren thinks the quality I offer is not worth the money, my room prices are actually lower than the local hostels, I had made her bed up with new premium Italian high-thread-count cotton bedding that retails at $1,000 (I bought them wholesale). Some people are impossible to please and, yes, they should book a hotel.
I stayed 4 nights at Caroline's place. The location was great, the space was comfortable and pretty spacious, with all needed amenities. Full kitchen facilities were available, as well as a large deck. Caroline herself was a wonderful host, very sociable and friendly, as well as flexible and accommodating, providing options to make sure that everything worked out. I would definitely stay here again if the opportunity arises.
Caroline is super nice host. Room was clean, cozy and private. Renovated bathroom, spacious kitchen and beautiful patio. Really enjoyed the stay.
Great location. Would recommend to anyone.
Caroline was very flexible, on top of things and care about the guests. She made sure that I have the best possible room, in terms of air in the house, clean and comfortable bed sheet. Other guests were also very friendly and we went along together really well =) I recommend Caroline for your future stay in Toronto. Nothing beats the location of this gem.
Caroline was very accomodating, shared her favorite neighborhood spots, and was a very friendly host. Her house was super cool and very convenient to ossington and china town. Would certainly recommend, and will be back!
Caroline was very nice and extremely understanding on check in. My train to Toronto was 2 hrs late and she stayed up waiting for my bf and I to make sure we got in OK.
The room was very clean and in a great location.
Great place to stay if your headed to T.O :)
My stay at Caroline's was lovely. I chose the private room on the second floor, which was cozy (just as pictured), and next to the bathroom for easy convenience. I loved the modern bathroom and the back deck was a delightful treat. Caroline also has a clothing steamer, which I took advantage of. I unexpectedly got a chance to wear several dresses which had gotten crumpled up in my suitcase. I figured they were a lost case until I could get to an iron. Not so. Thanks Caroline for such an easy stay and a little oasis in Toronto.
My stay was delightful! Caroline was welcoming and kind. The house is comfortable and relaxed. The location is fabulous as well. A great first-time airbnb.ca experience for me.
Our stay with Caroline was fantastic. She has a beautiful place in a great neighborhood. It's a very custom renovated space, and peaceful to be in. Caroline was helpful with tourist info, and a skillful conversationalist with interesting stories. We'll definitely be back!