The Space"It felt cozy without feeling like you're in someone's personal zone." - John
This bright, private, furnished, newly painted and uncluttered modern space has: a new comfortable queen mattress in the bedroom, a full/double sofa bed in the living room, clean white linens, mattress and pillow protectors, HVAC air fan system, 10Mbs WiFi, a few HDTV channels, stereo, bluetooth speaker, complete kitchen, Moka express, grinder, French press, toaster, blender, yoga mat, clothes washer and dryer, iron, shower with chlorine filter, bath, hair dryer. It's a 650 square foot apartment. The living and kitchen area is 285 square feet. The bedroom is 95 square feet with a 9 foot high east facing window with a blackout blind. The south facing balcony is 100 sq ft. If in a wheelchair, the washroom door might need to be left open. The hall closet has room for a dozen shirts and jackets. The dishwasher is currently broken. Guest AccessAccess entire apartment and part of bedroom closet. Shared building amenities are not available but there is a public gym, pools, skating, libraries, and yoga classes nearby. Interaction with GuestsWe'll first chat by email. I'll greet you upon arrival and again review the house manual. Contact me anytime after if you have questions. Please learn more about me under About the Host. If asked, I can share tips on places, events, and connect you with others. The NeighborhoodWe're in one of the world's most liveable, safest, and culturally diverse cities. Except for our long grey winters, the cost of living, and busy highways, it's really great to be here. Little Italy has the lowest crime rate of neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto. The varied tastes of Little Italy, Kensington Market, and Dundas West are right outside the door. Enjoy the many Italian-European and international restaurants, cafes, fresh produce, bakeries, bars and shops. You'll be steps from great food: Ramen Isshin, Seven Lives, La Carnita, charcuterie Bar Raval, Aunties and Uncles, Manic Coffee Ltd, Mother's Dumplings, etc.
Markham St. is a quiet tree-lined residential street. But College St. is a vibrant arterial thoroughfare that passes institutions like the Ontario Legislature, MaRS and the University of Toronto. Other landmarks include The Royal Cinema, Trinity Bellwoods Park, The Mod Club, Toronto Western Hospital, and Randolph Theatre. Many celebrated neighbourhoods are a short walk away. North is Mirvish Village and Koreatown. East is Kensington Market, Chinatown, The Annex, and U of T. South is Trinity–Bellwoods and Queen West. Vogue Magazine calls Queen West the 2nd most trendy place in the world. Also nearby is the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Centre, OCADU, Ryerson, Yonge St, and the Fashion District, banks, hospitals, libraries etc. Shoppers Drug Mart is in the building at 463 College St. Getting Around• Subway: Bathurst & Queen's Park stations: 10 min by streetcar for 1 km
• Financial District: Taxi 5 min. Streetcar 20 min. Bike 10 min. Walk 30 min.
• CNTower/Metro Toronto Convention Centre: Taxi 10 min. Streetcar 30 min. Bike 18 min. Walk 40 min.
• YYZ Airport: 30-60 min taxi, 45 min train & subway, or 1 hr bus & subway
• Paid parking is in the building. Or, park on Markham St with a City of Toronto Guest Permit. For best value get a 48 hour City of Toronto Permit for $15. Search online for "toronto temporary on-street permit parking".
• Toronto rush hours: 8-9 am. 3:30-6 pm Other Things to NoteTrust is what makes sharing my home with you possible. You must have positive reviews, your passport or driver's licence verified by Airbnb, have a profile description, and be linked to your social networks. The building is secure with a camera surveillance system, key fob controls, and friendly neighbours. I will not host those who cast judgement on race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, etc.