Come stay in a sunny and private room in a century home, located where Leslieville and Riverdale meet. Enjoy a huge back yard, BBQ, onsite laundry, creative housemates and goofy dog. Close to parks, shops and restaurants in Chinatown East, Queen East and on The Danforth, including an LCBO, Beer Store and Gerrard Square Mall. A short walk to four streetcar lines, a short ride to the Danforth Go, a frequent bus to the Bloor Line stopping at the corner... we are your charming home base in Toronto.
Our home is warm, quirky and inviting, with two Air Bnb rooms on the first floor and basement, sharing a kitchen and common living space. Enjoy our high speed internet, air conditioning, on-site laundry, back patio and BBQ. Our back yard features multiple zones to sip a coffee, various in-progress artworks, a lush veggie garden, and (sometimes) movies on a big screen.
The Blue Room is just inside the front door of our home. It is charming, full of light, featuring a double bed and walk-in closet, and the relationship to the living room and kitchen give it the feel of a one-bedroom apartment.
Our shared living room is perfect for rainy day hangs, featuring a large TV, Netflix, three couches, cozy blankets and board games. Our full kitchen is a great space to cook and eat. Guests have a shelf in the walk-in pantry and space in the fridge, along with common food items, including fresh herbs, spices, oils, condiments, coffee, tea, fruit, bagels, baking supplies and treats – we all cook and eat together on occasion.
The bathroom is just down the stairs, shared with The Gray Room.
You have access to all common areas on the first floor and basement of our home, as well as to our huge back yard.
See above for details.
Interaction with guests
We ask that you call or message when you are 15 minutes away from arriving to check-in.
After a check-in, we sometimes take our guests out for a walk and a local meal, or sit down for a get-to-know you session to home, but sometimes we simply get you situated, and retire upstairs.
We like guests who take respectful and low-impact enjoyment of our shared space. We foster privacy and autonomy in our home, and are often focused on our work, but we are pretty friendly folk. Say hello in the morning! Enjoy our occasional company! We are generally accessible to our guests during the day via call or text.
Other things to note
We have decided to be open to adventures in Air Bnb-ing, as long as said adventures exist within boundaries clearly negotiated ahead of time.
So... Hey. Hit us with your weird request. Wanna have a theme party? Camp out in our yard? Shoot a short film? Have your entire bluegrass band, camera department, group of beloved old friends, or family of 4 (or even… 7?) stay in one spot for a week? If you would like us to act as concierge to plan specific outings or daytrips that require Toronto expertise, or to act as a personal guide out in the field, we are up for the job if we have a free day.
Send us a message about your crazy idea, we’ll have a think on this end, and see if we can make it work out smashingly for you and yours.
Any event/shoot/stay involving more than 1 additional guest must be negotiated ahead of time, additional fees negotiable. Exclusive use of the common areas, such as sleeping additional guests on the couches in the livingroom, may involve renting both rooms, and therefore be subject to availability.
Pitch your Toronto adventure!
- Smoking is allowed OUTSIDE ONLY. Please use ashtrays provided.
- Guests are expected to do their dishes and maintain tidy common areas. Please use the garbage, green and recycling bins provided.
- Please do not loiter in the street or by the house at night.
- Pets are welcomed, but should be supervised and cleaned up after.
- Kids are welcomed, but our home is not childproofed!
- Laundry is free; please empty the lint trap.
- Additional guests (including pets), additional cleaning and concierge services and trip planning must be negotiated ahead of time.
- The Backyard Studio is an awesome outdoor space, and our house is perfect for a get-together, but we live in a quiet neighborhood and respect our neighbors. Any event involving more than one guest must be negotiated ahead of time, will be subject to restrictions and may involve additional fees.
- If you have any questions or concerns, ask us directly.
Hello, I am Vanessa, an artist and a concept developer, currently working from home. I live and work upstairs with my housemate Guifre, an actor who hails from Saskatchewan and speaks Catalan, Spanish and French. The Air Bnb Rooms are on the lower levels of the house. If you would like additional concierge services for your Toronto experience, to have us organize a particular day trip or host a gathering drop us a message with what you have in mind, and we can fold that plan into your booking.
We are busy and focused on our work, but love a good meal, a tasty beverage and an interesting chat. Our home has all the comforts, and is full of little surprises, like a coloring wall in the basement and an epic back yard, where we host a performance or make art with projectors sometimes. It's a real gem in the city - a home we have made together, a creative space and a place to come and visit.