About this listing
This is an odd listing meant to accommodate the needs of my guests. My house has become extremely popular and many guests have extended their stay with me. This listing is to address issues of people wanting to stay and willing to room hop to do it. Also to accommodate those who are flexible on what room they end up staying in or those looking for two rooms or more to keep their party together. For fuller viewing of the individual rooms please look at my other listings posted on the side.
The calendar reflects if there are any rooms available on that date. I may, however, not have enough rooms to accommodate your party. It is best to send me a message telling me what your needs are before we make the reservation.
The price listed is for the lowest priced room, but the price will be adjusted once we know what we are doing. Second guests in individual rooms are an extra $20 per night. (There is a little bit of wiggle room for an extra child, but you need to get in touch with me.)
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 was built in 1870 and there are some 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. There are four rooms for guests in the house - one only available on weekends. One each on the second and third floor and two on the first. 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. Bonus is the industrial steamer to spruce up you clothes. 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 son and I live downstairs and we are not partiers. We are looking for mutual respect. The rules are being developed as experience proves the need for them. Please excuse me for stating things which should be common sense.
* Please keep your belongings in your room including your bathroom toiletries.
* Shoes at the front door.
* The bathroom is predominately used by yourself and other guests. If you need the bathroom at specific times - i.e. early morning so you can be off to work - please tell me so I can inform the other guests.
* There are hooks in your room for your towel. Please use them and try not to use too many towels.
* We try to be quiet after 10:00 pm to allow people to sleep.
* During the day there is limited use of the private spa areas by myself and a few others. The third floor is available for your use only by request and is otherwise off limits.
* No pets.
* No outside guests in the house after 10:00 pm. Outside guests are only allowed on the second floor and front hallway. Please keep me informed about who might be visiting you.
* People who are not registered as guests are not allowed to stay overnight unless it is discussed with me. Noncompliance with this rule will result in additional charges and possibly the termination of your stay.
* Do not bring non guests to the house to engage in sex. It is not comfortable for me or the other guests and will result in the termination of your stay.
We really appreciated Caroline for accomodating our family needs: we arrived after midnight and needed a bed for our 8 years old and more. The location is perfect for checking out TO must-see spots. The room and bed were comfortable and we will come back again. Thank you Caroline.
Caroline e' molto gentile e disponibile. L' appartamento come il bagno vengono condivisi oltre che dal proprietario anche da altri ospiti. La casa ha un terrazzo delizioso, il bagno e' nuovo, solo le camere sono un po datate. La pulizia era discreta. Nel complesso una buona esperienza
Caroline is a great host and has a lovely home. All of the rooms have interesting objects and stories. It is quite clean, and Caroline is both available and also quite friendly. The home is close to the street car system and in a largely quiet neighborhood. I highly recommend it!
Great location. Cool house with unique decor. Accommodating hostess. What more could you ask for?
Caroline's home was perfect for our group of 5. The entire place is warm and welcoming, and very interesting on the eyes. The decor is thoughtful and intriguing. It had a sort of international hostel feel it to, which we enjoyed. The porch was a delight for morning coffee and late night dialogues. Caroline's thorough welcome and explanation of the space left us feeling at home and comfortable coming and going as we pleased over the next few days. We couldn't have asked for a better neighborhood filled with interesting shops and loads of yummy food and drinks. We walked around at all times of the day and night with ease. The trolly was a block away in every direction it seemed. Perfect location for a home base to explore Toronto.
Caroline was a great host, her place is located on a nice quiet street just steps from the streetcar and great restaurants. I was in town for work and it was very quiet and clean. The back deck is so nice to relax on after a full day at the office, with everything you need in the kitchen to cook your own meals. She has a few other rooms so I was able to meet some other fun guests, great spot.
I had a good time at Caroline's, the location is really convenient and perfect, and it's near all you could wish for. The house itself is one of a kind, and it feels like actually living in Toronto. However, my room came as a disappointment, as it was a male teenager's,(full of childhood memories and random stuff) and it lacked the basics: a mirror to make up and some closet space and a bin would have been handy. Also, as there were many guests at the same time, there was always someone in the bathroom when you needed it, a separate toilet would be a good idea. Caroline was a very welcoming host, and I enjoyed the outdoor deck with the squirrels and the chirping birds a lot. It's altogether a really wonderful place to stay, and I would recommend it, provided you were staying in a real guest room.
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About the Host, Caroline
My teenage son and I live in downtown Toronto in a state of frugal luxury. I walk almost everywhere. He draws, works on the computer, wonders about ethics, and makes dry, wry comments when the mood hits him. He, and others, think that I am eccentric. To pin it down more distinctly, he describes it as me being very European. Luckily, he yearns to live in Europe. I am an autodidact, read a fair amount, and think copiously. My sense of humour seems to be in the ear of the beholder. Some people think that I am outrageously funny and start laughing before I even open my mouth. Others believe that I am the most serious person they meet. Frequently this split of opinion can happen within the same room.
Of course, we are kind... and helpful... and sincere... and everything else a heart and someone looking for a place to stay could desire. We are not partiers. Nor do we smoke or drink excessively.