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Beautiful Suite in Magicland!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 6)

Our gorgeous Bluff Suite is the perfect location whilst you're visiting Toronto. Everyone loves it, as you can see from the reviews! Our beautiful suite is just a stone’s throw from downtown Toronto and the trendy Beach. This 1000 square foot, second-floor unit, overlooks Lake Ontario, and includes both period furniture and modern amenities. Our accommodation includes a king bed, queen bed and a pull-out sofa in the den. The living room (15' x 20') features a stocked book nook, an electric fireplace and a reclining love seat. Other amenities include flat screen cable TV, a DVD player, and broadband-based WiFi. Imagine cooking while looking at the lake from our fully-equipped kitchen - all utensils and appliances: toaster, coffee maker, electric kettle, stove, fridge/freezer and microwave. Groceries can be purchased at one of the nearby major food chains. There are two bathrooms - one decorated in "spa" colours and the other having a "nature" theme. Of course, no home-away-from-home would be complete without laundry - there is a washer and dryer right in the apartment!

Our suite provides about 20 feet of viewing over the backyard with Lake Ontario immediately beyond. Sorry, no fishing or boating as we are on a 350 foot bluff! Our vantage point is perfect for watching the sunrise, storms, and rainbows. The moon rising from the lake on full-moon nights is simply indescribable and must be experienced.

The Bluff Suite is more, however, than creature comforts and a phenomenal view. We are very proud of our cottage-in-the-city environment, just fifteen minutes drive from downtown Toronto. Feel the peace and serenity offered by our secluded paradise - the wind and waves from Lake Ontario, flowers in season, and the quiet community atmosphere. While joggers and dog-walkers make good use of the neighborhood streets, often the loudest noise to be heard is the birdsong – Canada geese, blue jays, cardinals, and sometimes baltimore orioles. Raccoons regularly peek in the 2nd floor windows and occasionally deer, coyotes, and foxes (fortunately not often!) are spotted in the backyard.

We are just a few minutes drive from Bluffer's Park Marina where you can enjoy a wonderful meal or pub fare while the boats go in and out of the marina. In season, you may want to charter a boat and enjoy fishing for salmon or lake trout. You will enjoy exploring the trendy Beaches neighborhood with it’s Boardwalk, beach volleyball, walking & cycling trails, off-leash area for dogs, fine dining, shops, & spas...amenities abound! Enjoy walking, hiking or cycling along the scenic lakefront, stroll in the park, drop into a sidewalk café, catch some rays, explore the quaint homes in the neighborhood, or simply people-watch.

Your lovely apartment includes use of our spacious deck, hot tub, firepit, 2 bicycles and helmets, the daily newspaper, and free parking.

Our suite is great for travellers, corporate or wedding guests, the bridal party, people who are escaping their own home renovations, locals who want a vacation without leaving town, people who are relocating, and others.

Keywords: idyllic, waterfront, bluff, lakefront,

More Details

Joy Gilbert
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Joy Gilbert

I am a 6th generation Canadian and my ancestors settled in small-town Ontario. As a military brat and in the process of becoming educated, I have resided in various parts of Canada, the USA, France, and Australia. My world travels have taken me to fascinating places and I've met wonderful people along the way. In finding this location, a peaceful 'country' setting so close to downtown, we are 'home at last.' You, too, are welcome to come “home” to The Bluff - stay for a week, a month, or as long as you like, and your dog is welcome, too!

Joy Gilbert purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Joy Gilbert chose Toronto

On-the-Bluff is your 'gateway to downtown Toronto' and beyond! By car, it will take you 15 minutes to get downtown and the subway is close at hand, too. Toronto boasts a diverse array of culture, entertainment, world class and local shopping and food. Our friendly 'city of neighborhoods' includes Little India, Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, Leslieville, Yorkville, the Gay Village, the Annex, Little Portugal, Koreatown and more. Other attractions include the Hockey Hall of Fame, the CN Tower, the St. Lawrence Market, the Toronto Islands, the Art Gallery of Ontario (famously renovated by Frank Geary), and the Royal Ontario Museum with it’s controversial “Lee-Chin Crystal” addition. Who wouldn't want to purchase a home in this amazing city!

What makes this apartment unique

Venturing just outside the city limits is Canada's Wonderland, the new spectacular Hindu temple, and our world-class zoo. Outside of Toronto there are many year-round attractions, including everyone’s must-see, Niagara Falls, Algonquin Park, and Casino Rama. Consider The Bluff Suite your home base!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for the lovely note, Jim and Janet......It was great to see you and the grandkids having so much fun riding the streetcar, the subway, and Go Train! They did pretty well with finding the hidden face in the tree! JOY

"We've had a wonderful week here - we would definitely like to come back to The Bluff Suite - it's awesome! Thankyou for the cash for the kids - they all bought treats at the zoo. It was great to meet you both - I'm sure we'll be in touch again soon.

Bye for now, Janet, Jim, Tessa, Lucas, and Nolan.
Jul 2014
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Birch Cliff Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two beautiful four-piece which will remind you of the spaaaaaaaaaaaah....the beautiful new nature-themed 3-piece has an electric fireplace and features our rock collection.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Beautiful Suite in Magicland!
average rating of 4.8536587 based on 47 reviews

Absolutely Amazing Hidden Jewel

  • 5 of 5

This place is so amazing and wonderful, you really have to experience it in person to understand everything that it has to offer. The views of the lake are priceless and breathtaking! But the best part of this place, is not the view or the amazing backyard, it's the property owner. She is super kind and helpful. She really made us feel welcome and "part of the family" from night one. We had a real late arrival and didn't get a chance to run to the groceries. Much to our surprise, she had stocked our fridge with some breakfast essentials that saved us a trip with all the jet lag. The kids loved playing with her dogs and exploring her magical backyard. It really does feel magical. Although the location was far from the wedding we were attending, we are so happy for picking this place. We will definitely be back in the future. Thank you Joy!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Ash and all! It was wonderful to have your family stay at Magicland! The flowers you brought from the wedding a week ago are still beautiful and a lovely reminder of a your precious family. It was fun walking the dogs with the kids and.....thanks for the s'mores out at the bonfire!!! You all warmed my soul! Joy
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Greaty property, quiet neighbourhood. Amazing Host.

  • 4 of 5

Very cool property with a view of the lake. We spent lots of time visiting with family around the fire pit in the front yard overlooking Lake Ontario. Joy went above and beyond, not only providing us with all kinds of fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread, butter, etc. to get us started but also drove me and my sister to the subway station on our last morning when the prearranged driver did not show up. Nice bathrooms, beds and kitchen. Needs a little TLC here and there (windows) but overall, we were very happy to stay there. Beautiful neighbourhood for walks or runs. A gorgeous park close by. Thanks Joy. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nancie.....It was super having you stay here! And thankyou for the review......a big surprise is awaiting future guests, as we are planning to build an addition on to the suite.....hopefully to start after all the guests have left in mid-September. So, speaking of "windows"'s no use changing them all now as they'll all be changed then, with our beautiful addition! So Magicland will be more "magic" than ever, as there will be views to the east for perfect sunrises! Last night the moon rose outside our suite and it was a gigantic ORANGE spectacle. Never gets boring here! Hope you come back soon! JOY
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A marvelous find!

  • 5 of 5

This was a delightful property. We were in Toronto for our granddaughter's graduation from college. The family was scattered throughout the beach area and on the night before the ceremony, they all gathered at our rental. We had a cookout on the marvelous deck using the very nice grill, we roasted marshmallows in the fire pit, we relaxed in the hot tub and we drank in the gorgeous views of the lake. We ranged in age from 7 to 74 and all of us had a grand time. Joy was so accommodating, setting up the twinkle lights so that as night came on the yard looked like a fairyland. The apartment was very comfortable and we so appreciated Joy having all the food necessities for us so we didn't have to make a grocery run first thing. WE explored the Marina, ate at some of the nearby restaurants and walked through the neighborhood parks. We were sad to leave and if we are in Toronto again, we know where our first choice is to stay - the Bluff Suite! Thanks Joy!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Retreat in Toronto

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to Toronto in from April - May 2016 was mainly to visit with family residing there, but it became so much more. We flew in from Australia late one Friday evening in April 2016 and arrived at the Bluff Suite to a very warm welcome from Joy who had waited up for us. Joy showed us around the Suite explaining the main details and then said goodnight. Next morning we discovered just how beautiful this place was and how gracious our Host had been. Supplies in the fridge to get is started and some home cooked food. We soon discovered how easily we could walk to the shops and public Transport if required. As I mentioned the main purpose of our visit to Toronto was Family oriented, but we did manage to spend time in the garden raking leaves etc and just enjoying the birds, squirrels and the taste of Spring. Joy was very helpful when I required Medical Assistance, taking me to the local Clinic and Pharmacy. Nothing was too much trouble.

Soon it was time to leave this beautiful, peaceful place, but not before we had become good friends with Joy. I would have no hesitation in recommending this Property to anyone, whether is be a family, couple or just a single person wanting to escape. There is a flight of stairs up to the Suite, but then it is all on one level. Very easy to move around in. Very secure, friendly neighbourhood. Great walking area!

I thank you Joy once again for your hospitality and friendship and would certainly return to your Peaceful Retreat.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello over there in Australia! Thanks for the lovely review. I was amazed that day to see you bagging the leaves in the backyard..... I"ll have lots of leaf bags on hand for your return visit - or a snow shovel! Thanks for choosing The Bluff Suite! JOY
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Nassau Bahamas

Beautiful home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived in June 2015 sorry I'm a little late with this. The place was beautiful, clean and spacious. The view from the front of the house over looking the lake was gorgeous especially early mornings and late in the evenings. Very spacious home.We were met with fresh fruits, milk, bread and other breakfast items to start of our stay, also the owner provides washing detergents and cleaning items for your visit. We met Ms.Joy she was very friendly and knowledgeable about her city even suggesting places to visit and sites to see. Every morning Ms. Joy brought us the daily news magazines about what was happening g in the city and nearby, the kids loved the place there was lots of space for them to run around and play which they did. The back yard was huge, nicely landscaped with a grill and a fire pit for toasting marshmallows. This home is nestled in the suburbs a very quiet neighborhood you can see families around taking advantage of walking and cycling it felt safe and turned out to be safe because there were many nights when we got in late.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL, USA

Great bluff sunrises, walking neighborhood, yard, and close to the Bluffs

  • 5 of 5

Lots of room with this second floor rental sharing the yard and back deck with Joy.

Best view of fall sunrises (at a reasonable hour too!) Neighborhood is walking friendly with a garden park closeby. Driving to the Bluffs is close and enjoyed the scenery and hikes there even more.

Full kitchen made breakfasts easy for us (we didn't cook our other meals since Toronto has too many tempting dining options). We got in after dinner/after dark and Joy had already stocked the kitchen with some basics for breakfast the next day along with fresh fruit. Allowed us to sleep in and keep early risers from starving.

There is a second TV room with a sofa bed which definitely can count as a 3rd bedroom. It does have a connecting door to a bathroom shared with the master, but more importantly has a door to separate it from the kitchen/dining.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Elvin - Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay, including the breakfast supplies in the fridge! Sounds like you know your way around Toronto and were able to enjoy your family favorites again! Come back soon! JOY
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Island Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Cederbrae, Scarborough Golf Club
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Scarborough Go Train
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Hwy 401, Lakeshore, Gardiner Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Vi Vetha, Vi Pei
Nearest Ski
75 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Kew Beach, Bluffer's Park, Rouge River Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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