EEfficiency and whimsy in a Victorian reno house 3 bedroom, loft, 2.5 bathroom
A Vancouver transplant, Toronto has been home since 1977. Many changes, many travels to Asia, India and Europe but always home is here. Toronto embraces many, from many places and backgrounds which is what appealed to me about my home and from where my children grew.
Suzanne purchased this House in 1982
Why Suzanne chose Old Toronto
Location. Location. Parking. Classic Victorian street from which you can walk to park, arts, community life, transit and universities. A mixed neighbourhood of all sorts from all places keeps vitality. Steps to great coffee, fresh local and foreign foods and the house itself is light, airy with high ceilings. Its laid out in such a way our family and friends were able to share or seclude. Great view of the skyline, especially the CN tower at night. Best of all, you can walk for everything.
What makes this House unique
Classic Victorian, urban efficiency, and view of CN tower from the deck allows you to know you are in Toronto! Benefit is park the car, take tram down to Harbourfront ferries and enjoy a day with friends, family. Rent a surrey with four wheels for cycle around Toronto Islands. Home again, feet up and relax. Or, just a few steps to explore the AGO, dine and enjoy. An easy walk to U of Toronto and OCAD and the recreation programs in Grange Park at University Settlement. What I liked best when I lived here was I could know where people were but squirrel myself off. The open plan is bright, cheerful and efficient. We were 6 plus. It was a walk to vet, a walk to the best health care in Toronto. Plus, great neighbours, not many move from here, and here I plan to retire.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
AWFUL....so many negatives (incl pests living in walls) No money has been spent on this property.
This was the worst Home Away rental we have ever stayed at...
The only positive was the location, which was a great spot downtown and everything was within walking distance. Upon arrival we noticed that the 2nd floor was very warm (August in Toronto) there was 2 fans per room so we worried about how well the A/C was working. The extra bed was a mattress on the floor of the loft space that was so hot, no one could sleep there. The owners knew we would be having a relative come and stay for 2 days but did not mention that it was a sauna in the loft area. We were not warned and therefore no one could stay. We arrived Saturday and by late that night we realized the A/C was not working at all. The owner responded to our calls, complained to me that she just spent money fixing it a few weeks previously - Imagine not apologizing and then complaining to your guest (who paid to fly across the country and stay at your home) about the money they have spent??!! She clearly would not pay the higher rates over the weekend to fix it. We did not have A/C until Tuesday. And then the owner called me to ask if I was "around" to let in the repair person!! The heat was quite unbearable. The other negatives include; CRITTERS living in the walls - We think they were raccoons that would scratch and screech (we have videos and sound), mold in the upstairs bathroom, stains and cobwebs on ceiling, cracked window in dining room and cracked wooden furniture on the patio full of weeds, mold/wet smell throughout the house, dirty/stained carpets and dirty overall, living room furniture so cheap/old that the cushions slide off when you sat on them.
We ended up leaving and getting other accommodations 1/2 way through our week so that we could enjoy our holiday and not have to deal with the owner and the shabby accommodations. Upon returning home we messaged the owner about these problems but she made excuses and said there was no pests and that we would not be compensated.
I have videos and photos of all of these awful points I have mentioned - hopefully I can upload them to this site. This is clearly an owner who does not care about her customers and is only squeezing every last penny out of this rental.
Suzanne, I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay. We take pride in offering a well equipped and clean home for guests. The large "weed" on the deck is a heritage rosebush, pruned every autumn. The AC as many others in Toronto was not working at optimum due to the heat wave and excessive humidity which in turn placed high demand on professionals including the one who located the problem and repaired asap after he could obtain the part. It was not a question of higher rates but availability. We supplemented fans asap, which work well with windows open in the room, and supervised the repair. As traffic in GTA is challenging, I asked if you would be on site to receive the repair person if he reached before us. As to other issues as raccoons, and yes Toronto is famous for raccoons, there was no evidence of raccoon activity or other "visitors" on the deck or inside upon my subsequent visits or prior to your arrival. The house is not detached, it could be the people next door. It is noted in the listing and otherwise that the extra bed is an air mattress. You did not notify me that you wished to leave until after your scheduled departure date hence I declined compensation. Travel well and thank you for visiting us in Toronto.
We had a great time at Sullivan street there is everything in the house you need and enough space for all our party to relax after a day sightseeing
Terrific location to allow easy access to all of Toronto’s sights. Most sites were within a 15 to 25 minute walk. Great restaurants nearby. Lovely home which very comfortably accommodated 5 adults. We had a great time and loved the neighborhood.
Thank you, Megan. Do come again, we and the crew enjoyed having you as guests! Regards, Suzanne
Best Location in Toronto
This is a great property in a nice neighborhood. Park within walking distance (we used the dog park every day). Owner is very nice and accommodated us when we had issues with the hot water and the A/C.
You'd be daft to stay anywhere else!
Wow, couldn't fault the location of this place. Even if you didn't want to go into town you have so much on your doorstep - in fact a week isn't long enough to see everything local. You can discover things on foot or jump the tram or bus into the city. Loved it, wish I could have stayed longer. You know you have settled into a place when you know all the shortcuts home on foot!! Suzanne was great, she's just a call or email away if you have questions and always comes back to you. I would definitely recommend this place.
Christine, it was a pleasure to have you as guests. Rewarding to hear you enjoyed Toronto and and the house. Do come again! Travel well. Regards, Suzanne
Had a great time
The best of Toronto is steps away. Walk to TIFF locations: Bell Lightbox and Scotiabank Theatre . Get outside and walk Spadina. Open doors into Chinatown, try the coconut buns and cross Dundas to Kensington Market. Take a date for dinner and explore the Art Gallery of Ontario. At the corner catch a tram and drop yourself at Harbourfront ferries for a day on Toronto Island. Shop till you drop on Queen, or the Eaton's Centre - walk and enjoy parking the car behind the house. Here for medical work or visit, you can walk to University hospitals. Be here, walk from here to the TIFF, or walk to the Rogers Skydome. Walk to University of Toronto, take 2 subway stops to the Museum. Toronto is all yours!