Flexible check in/out, staying with me in top floor (24 stairs up) 40 year old sunny townhouse complex: 650 square feet electric heating. 8 mins from downtown by 24 hour transit/bike; 25 mins walk). A few small shops/restaurants nearby: sushi, greek, ethiopian, breakfast. lgbt positive. I cherish guests' suggestions. Corktown neighbourhood is east of downtown, slowly growing, eclectic, working class and safe. Parking is behind the complex just 50 metres away. Anything you need, just ask!
Welcome to Corktown district in Toronto (Downtown East). Nice, residential street but so close to the action and pulse of the city.
Easy key access upon arrival for confirmed guests.
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!
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.
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.
Room size: About 120 square feet / 12 metres squared.
Lots of hot water and long 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 controls are on the walls of each room.
Air Conditioning is through high-power portable units - just ask and it can be hooked up in a couple minutes.
WIFI thoughout the house
Digital TV with many channels (in a few languages) 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.
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 spots 21 or 22 should be fine. Just put a note in windshield that it is superintendent approved. We can discuss.
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 $70 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, 180 Lounge in the Manulife Centre 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 or bike.....
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 days.
BEER, 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. Ask me anything.....I may take you out with myself and (URL HIDDEN) happened a lot....
Lots of restaurants, bars, entertainment in this city.
Here are some of my faves, within walking distance:
Amazing - a large order is good for two people....or not....
Smoke's Poutinerie on Bloor West and Jarvis/Dundas. YUM!
Sukho Tahi just north of Queen on Parliament. 2 mins walking. One of the best Thai places in the city.
Suruthi's take out at Parliament and Amelia (12 minutes north). Cheap samosas, cutlets and meals.
Sushi Sky at Yonge and College - just north. Great all-you-can-eat for a reasonable price.
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 pub is one street east with large patio.
On Queen Street East near Broadview (just east over the bridge). Good food, live bands and great local beer. 10 minute walk. Turns into a dance space Friday and Saturday after 11pm.
SOUTH ASIAN AND CURRIES
Rashnaa at Parliament and Wellesley. Lunch and dinner specials. Yes, it is THAT good.
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 $13. Large cans for $6.
Little Italy is College and Bathurst approx. Just about anything is great - I like El Convento Rico for a fun, and totally unique night out at 750 College Street.
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.
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.
I love that my neighbourhood is small and friendly with unique local shops. I am a huge supporter of small business. Corktown is an emerging location. Small cafes and sushi, Ethiopian, greek food, a drug store with bank machine, coffee all on the next corner.
Toronto, ON, Canada