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Your Vancouver Respite- a Real Home in a Real Neighbourhood.

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Last updated: 05/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Bright, airy and beautiful one-bedroom top-floor suite.

Before we describe Strathcozy we want to ensure it is the right place for you (and you are the right guests for us)
We are therefore starting with our house rules:

* smoking is not permitted anywhere at Strathcozy- including outdoor spaces
* pets are not permitted
* candles, incense and strong perfumes are not allowed
* except by prior arrangement Strathcozy is limited to 3 guests
* except by prior arrangement check in is at 14:00, check out at 11:00
* except by prior arrangement, or returning guests, we will be here to greet you upon your arrival. We therefore require an accurate arrival time.

If you cannot abide by these conditions please don't consider Strathcozy.

Otherwise- please read on-

Strathcozy is on the top floor of a completely modernized century-old home with all conveniences. It is located in Vancouver's oldest and hippest neighbourhood.
Another sunny day in paradise? Sit on your balcony and enjoy the view of the garden down below.
Raining? Embrace it-listen to it patter on the roof and skylights of your vaulted ceilings.
Enjoy the radiant warmth of your heated floors- or your gas fireplace.
We know what we would like to find when we travel. Need an extra cookie sheet or serving dish? Did you forget something? Or did we? We're downstairs- just ask.
We provide extra quality linens and stock our dispensers with quality toiletries.
For entertainment- a 42' flat screen TV with a PVR, digital channels and a quality sound system, a clock radio with an ipad docking station. And of course, a stocked bookcase and quality Canadian Magazines.
For work- a notebook desk with ample outlets, usb charging ports, wireless internet access, phone service with free North American calling (international calling by arrangement)- and those little things you need- scotch tape, staples, etc.
Our home was completely rebuilt with the finest mechanical systems, a Heat Recovery Ventilation System (which constantly brings fresh air indoors), and never out hot water.
How about a full size washer and drier- and even a shoe drier and lock box for your valuables?
We have tried to provide every comfort to make your stay with us enjoyable.
We think you will really like Strathcozy!
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is not permitted anywhere on our property....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Sorry- 2 flights of stairs....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double


  • Large room with a high ceiling. Full size closet, dresser and night table. Clock radio with ipad dock...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Really nice long soaker tub.


  • Books:

    a selection of literature and Vancouver guidebooks...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    blu ray player and PVR recorder...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Selection of HD channels- primarily arts and information...moreless

  • Stereo:

    with internet radio and Galaxy digital music...moreless


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking


  • Dining:

    4' round glass table. Table linens provided (tablecloth, serviettes, placemats) 6' patio doors lead to outside deck. Hosting a dinner? Additional chairs available if required....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 3 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Gas fireplace. Cannot be used when sofa bed folded out....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant floor heating at your control with 2 zones....moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed wireless internet on a private secured network...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    We are unable to provide parking. On street parking is not metered, so it is free. There is a lot of resident only parking in our neighbourhood, so you may have to park on another block....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Your own line with free North American long distance. Inexpensive international calling (for extended stays) can be arranged....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Full size front load- detergent provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Electeic drip machine and a french press (Bodum). And a coffee grinder. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Lots of everything....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Large double sink with filtered water. Lots of counter space- a great cook's kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Canisters stocked with basics- sugar, flour, tea and coffee. Non-stick spray provided. Need something? Some curry powder? Tarragon? Whatever. Just ask....moreless


  • Balcony:

    a small deck with a table and chairs in the warmer months...moreless



from 19 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$622 $2,269
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


If your visit is for medical, palliative or bereavement reasons please ask about compassionate rates.

$100 deposit secures your reservation, 75% refundable with 28 days or more notice, 50% refundable with 14 days or more notice. Not refundable with less than 14 days notice.

Deposit payable by PayPal.

Balance due upon check-in, Payable by Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal or cash.

Rentals of longer than one week payable weekly in advance.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/18/2017
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15 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Cobalt Hotel
2.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Pacific Central VIA
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Trans Canada Hwy 1
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Pink Pearl
32 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Cypress Bowl
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary

We are located in Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, 6 blocks east of Chinatown and the exquisite Dr Sun Yat-sen classical Chinese garden. On your way to Chinatown you will pass the Strathcona Community Center. If you're up early enough you can witness the Chinese people doing Tai Chi in McLean Park, and pass by a small but really beautiful Buddhist Temple. When you reach Chinatown you are half way downtown. Gastown is just north of Chinatown.

One block to the east is the Ray-Cam Community Center, seven blocks east is the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Center, and Commercial Drive.

We are next door to the Roman Catholic Sacred Spirit Center, Sacred Heart Parish and Kateri Center.

At the other end of our block is the Ukrainian Cultural Centre and around the corner is the Russian Hall and a small Russian Orthodox church.

We are a 20-minute walk to Science World, Pacific Central bus and train station (VIA rail and Amtrak), and the Main St or Stadium Skytrain stations. For further transit info go to use E Pender @ Campbell Ave as a departure point for trip planning. We are a block away from Hastings Street (Hwy 7a) which is a major transportation artery. The transit service from here is great.

The following car share programs operate in our neighbourhood: Car2Go and MODO.

We are 4 short blocks north of the Adanac bike route- leading downtown to the west or towards Commercial Drive to the East. Vancouver is scheduled to have a community bike share program in place by the summer of 2013.

If your visit to Vancouver is to work or relax, you just might want to stay in Strathcona. Walk over to Union Market, a corner store unlike any other. They bake their own bread, and the tables outside are a great place to watch the cyclists whiz by.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1988

About the owner: We love our country, province and city- and love to welcome visitors. We travel a lot ourselves, and we know what it's like to be impressed or disappointed with accommodations. We have created a welcoming, comfortable, clean place where visitors will feel at home. We are the type of travelers who want to be surrounded by locals and to get the feel of the place we are visiting and what it might be like to live there. We don't want to jump off a tour bus, have our picture taken beside a Totem pole, then get on the bus to the next photo op. We want to understand the Totem Pole- who carved it, and where are they? What does it mean? How did it end up in Stanley Park? If you are our kind of traveler, Strathcozy is you kind of place. One thing we really hate about travel- places that raise their rates during busy times. What's that about? We will never do that. We are two straight-friendly gay men who have lived together in Vancouver for 40 years. Nous parlons francais. Und wir sprechen ein bischen Deutsch. Hablamos tambien espagnol un poco.

Why the Owner Chose Strathcona (Strathcona, Vancouver, BC, Canada):
We purchased our home in this neighborhood because of its close proximity to downtown. We are both cyclists- our primary mode of transportation in the city. We are a 40-minute walk or 10-minute cycle ride to Granville and Georgia Streets- the center of downtown Vancouver. Our neighbours are really nice people. Most are socially and environmentally conscious, and share our city's ambition to be the world's greenest city. Strathcona has been designated a Heritage area by the City of Vancouver. Older buildings are protected and new development must conform to guidelines that maintain its late-Victorian character and charm. A highly desirable neighbourhood in a highly desirable city. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has rated Vancouver as the third most livable city in the world, and its spectacular natural setting makes it one of the world's most beautiful cities. It is also a tolerant, diverse city. It is impossible to be a resident of our city and not have an acquaintance or friend who is from a cultural background that is completely different than yours. The multiculturalism here is amazing. There are people from everywhere in the world- it would be hard to find a culture, ethnicity or religion that isn't represented here, and everyone gets along

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The suite we are offering is truly beautiful. High ceilings, lots of light and quality finishes lend an atmosphere of coziness and warmth. Our strict non smoking, no candles, no incense and no pets policy together with our ventilation system, hardwood and tile floors (only the stairs are carpeted) all add up to fresh, clean air. No need for chemicals to mask odors. Ideal for those prone to allergies.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

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VRBO #453908

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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