Chris

Near DOWNTOWN+CAMBIE---PRIVATE BATH

Private room
2 Guests
1 Bed
$78
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Per Month
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WINDOW OVERLOOKING THE QUIET AND PEACEFUL BACK YARD

WINDOW OVERLOOKING THE QUIET AND PEACEFUL BACK YARD


The Space
Bed type: Real Bed
Property type: House
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $12 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $16
Security Deposit: $163
Weekly Price: $449 /week
Cancellation: Moderate

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1 night minimum stay

VIEW FROM THE STREET ...... FREE PARKING AVAILABLE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE

VIEW FROM THE STREET ...... FREE PARKING AVAILABLE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE

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February 2015
Chris
Response from Chris:

Shelley is absolutely right in her assessment that the downstairs kitchen was virtually unusable due to dirty dishes left in the sink for long periods of time, due to the two young couples staying there using the downstairs apartment as if it was totally their own, rather than considering that the kitchen + dining room are common, shared spaces.
I had tried to deal with the situation in the beginning, during the days before Shelley checked in, but since at least one of the two couples decided to just continue 'to do whatever they wanted', despite multiple attempts on my part to teach them a bit about cleanliness + consideration, and since these two couples were due to move out soon anyway, I decided to preserve my sanity by leaving them to their own devices, and take care of Shelley's kitchen needs in other ways (as outlined below).
Fortunately, these two couples are NOT long-term tenants, and one of the couples has left already by now, the other will go back to their home country in a few days.
In my defense, I did apprise Shelley of the situation when she first came to the house, and I actually ASKED her to NOT even use the downstairs kitchen / dining room.
To compensate for that, I had put some basic kitchen supplies, like dishes + cutlery, can + bottle openers, small appliances like a microwave oven + electric kettle, into her room, so that she could make her tea in the morning, and other basic food preparation, right in her room, and would not need to go to the downstairs kitchen for that.
I also left a note in her room with the request to text me if their was anything else she needed, as well as the explicit invitation to use the bright + spacious + clean upstairs kitchen ANYTIME she wanted to, for cooking or whatever she needed, and I extended the offer that I would give her a brief tour of the kitchen ..... since that kitchen is much larger, with more drawers + cupboard space ...... so that she would be easily able to find everything she needed without having to search for it. She decided to not take me up on that offer, so I assumed she had no need for a kitchen over + above the appliances she had in her (website hidden): the noise + the house not having much sound proofing:
I am truly sorry that Shelley was kept up by loud talking + door closings, but those are the type of noises that I believe would not be cured by even the best sound proofing in the world, as those sounds would just have travelled along the hallway from the dining room + kitchen to her bedroom, and were caused by young people that were either unaware of how their actions effected other people on the same floor (the charitable interpretation), or were simply inconsiderate + did not care how their noise levels effected other people in the house.
If Shelley had texted or phoned me as soon as she felt impacted by the sound level, no matter what time it was, even if it was happening early in the evening, and certainly if it was happening at normal sleeping hours, I would have intervened immediately.
I make it a high priority to ask all of my guests to be considerate of everybody else in the house, of other people's needs, especially since I quite often host doctors + nurses from the BC WOMEN'S + CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL close-by, and as is quite often the case, they might have worked a night shift + need to sleep in the middle of the day.
Of course, not everybody is genetically blessed with a naturally high 'consideration level', and some people seemed to not get it from their upbringing or schooling, either ...... there always seem to be a few people who seem to feel 'entitled' to do whatever they want, without any thought of how it effects other people.

Unfortunately, I was not aware of the noises that disturbed Shelley, as the house has a fairly large foot print, and my own room is on a different floor, and far away from where the noises originated.
But I always keep my phone by my side + turned on, for exactly these kind of matters, and any emergencies that might occur.
I can understand that Shelley might have been reluctant to text / phone me, so I think I will make it a point from now on to explicitly invite future guests to contact me immediately, even if they think a disturbance might be relatively minor, or of short duration, and they might be reluctant to complain.
It is truly important to me that ALL OF MY GUESTS feel comfortable + 'at home' in my house, and I will be more pro-active in inviting future guests to immediately contact me if anything is amiss.
Thanks for your comments, Shelley ..... they help to make all of us better hosts.
Cheers, Chris :)

February 2015

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Chris
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Member since February 2010
Response rate: 90% (last 10 contacts)
Response time: within an hour
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    CLOSEST BANK + BRANCH to our house. No line-ups, great customer service, even create your own coffee. OPEN until 6pm M-F, until 4pm SAT
    W King Edward Ave Vancouver BC V5Z 2E2
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    OPENING HOURS 7am - 12 midnight, 7 days a week. Everything you need in a grocery store. Great deli department if you want something fast without having to cook.
    West King Edward Avenue Vancouver BC V5Z 2E2
  • TD Canada Trust OAKRIDGE MALL

    BANK with GREAT OPENING HOURS: M-F 8-8 SAT 10-4 SUN 12-4
    W 41st Ave Vancouver BC V5Z 2M7
  • Choices Markets Cambie

    GREAT ORGANIC + HEALTH FOOD GROCERY STORE (including supplements)
    Cambie Street Vancouver BC V5Z
  • Safeway OAKRIDGE MALL

    It is located in the OAKRIDGE MALL, a big shopping centre with a lot of different stores, banks, services, restaurants.
    W 41st Ave Vancouver BC V5Z 2M9
  • Red Ginger Asian Cuisine Ltd

    FOOD .... ATMOSPHERE .... SERVICE ... The food is amazing, plentyful and very reasonable. Its a spacious, beautifully decorated place, with big tables, quiet enough for great conversations.
    W Broadway Vancouver BC V5Z 1K3

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