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Boutique Downtown Home Perfect for Families.

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


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Open-concept Living/dining/kitchen To Back Sitting Area(den)

Enter the calming, open-concept oasis of 12 Stanley Avenue and find yourself surrounded by bright, natural light from the oversized south-facing windows and splashes of color from the mix of mid-century and contemporary furnishings and eclectic art. Gleaming white oak floors flow throughout the space and the combination living-dining room features an Italian marble-top table, perfect for formal dinners or spreading out the newspaper for a casual weekend brunch.

The fully stocked galley kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances is the central hub of the main floor and leads to a cozy nook for relaxing in front of the TV with full cable access. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to an enclosed deck bathed in afternoon sun.

Upstairs the luxurious surroundings continue, with the exquisite bathroom retreat, complete with heated floors and deep, soaker tub lit from above by an antique crystal candelabra chandelier for the ultimate bubble bath escape. The glass-surround shower stall and its rain-head fixture ensure an invigorating start to the day or a relaxing unwinding at day’s end.

The bathroom leads to an upper deck, shaded on one side by mature trees and offering a western view of spectacular sunsets on the other. Both bedrooms feature inviting, comfortable beds and luxurious linens: a king-sized in the master with windows overlooking Stanley Park, and a queen in the tranquil second bedroom.

An alcove office provides a zen-like private workspace and the basement surprises with its efficient washer-dryer combo and another full-size bathroom with its own soaker tub.

Other added touches you’ll appreciate at 12 Stanley include:

* Thick combed-cotton robes and slippers for your use during your stay.

* The use of an iPhone and charger for local Toronto-area calls. No need to worry about roaming fees!

* Breakfast on us: a gift card for Nadège, one of the area’s best bakeries. (Can also be used for a midday sandwich or for their mouth-watering macarons.)

* Green, 100% biodegradable bath products from a local salon.

Travelling with small children? Leave all the cumbersome gear behind -- we've got you covered!

Our family-friendly house comes complete with:

*Child-proof safety gate for the stairs

*Regulation highchair and booster seat

*Pack-n-play playpen/crib combination

*Games and puzzles inside and a neighbourhood park across the street, complete with playground, ping pong table, outdoor pool and splash pad!

We love kids -- so much so they stay for free (12 and under).

Welcome home.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About John

Your hosts John and Nelson have combined their expertise in real estate and set design and their shared love of travel, architecture and “the finer things in life,” to bring you a truly luxurious home-away-from-home. They live a few blocks away, and are always happy to help with anything during your stay. (Fully bilingual, Nelson can be of assistance en francais, too!) The couple have meticulously designed this house to be a sanctuary, and have made every effort to ensure their guests feel pampered from the moment step over the threshold.

“We created a home that we’d love to stay in when traveling – and that’s setting the bar high indeed.” –John

John purchased this house in 2010

Why John chose Toronto

Feature List:


*Walkscore of 95 out of 100

*Transit Score of 100 out of 100

*Thompson Hotel with 24 hour dinning 8 minute walk

*Queen ST W and Ossington (Restaurant Row) 10 min walk

*10 min to Fashion District (Spadina and Queen St W)

15 Min Fort York, Lake Ontario Lakeshore

*20 min walk Liberty Village and Allan A. Lamport Stadium,

*20 min.walk to Financial District

*25 Min walk to CN Tower/Convention Center/Ripleys Aquarium/Ferry to Toronto Islands, Roger Sky Dome

*25 min to Entertainment District Roy Thompson Hall, Royal Alexander Theatre

*25 min walk to Kensington Market, China Town

*30 min walk to Billy Bishop Airport

*30 Min walk AGO

*20 Min transit to Royal Ontario Museum, Yorkville, Bloor St.

10 min drive to Filmport Studios

Children under 12 travel for free, no extra charge. We love families! Our house comes equipped with stair gate, high chair, pack/play, bed side rails, booster chair. We also have games and puzzles, ping pong rackets and balls, there is a concrete table in park next to house. This park also boasts a kid play area, tennis court, and public outdoor pool in the summer.

What makes this house unique

Designed by award-winning firm Donald Chong Studio (Dwell Magazine Top 100 Houses of the Decade, Canadian Architect, Azure Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, Wallpaper, Architectural Record, Architectural Review)

Guestbook comments from the owner

These guys were wonderful from beginning to end and I would highly recommend this beautiful house to anyone looking for a centrally located oasis. We were walking distance from everywhere we wanted to be, the house was clean and comfortable and our hosts were beyond helpful. This is "the" place to stay in Toronto!
Oct 2013
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Boutique Downtown Home Perfect for Families.
average rating of 4.970588 based on 36 reviews

Hospitality Above and Beyond!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this amazing downtown location for four days as a home base for my daughter`s Toronto wedding. The home itself was beautifully decorated, clean, comfortable and was equipped beyond my expectations (additional towels, bedding and kitchen supplies)....basically, if we needed it, it was there for the taking. The home and its beautiful outdoor decks and special features provided a stunning backdrop for photographs .... as close to home as I could possibly imagine.

The hospitality of the owner is what made this truly a special experience. He was not only there to meet us with a full tour and a `breakfast on us`gift card from an exceptional, local bakery but he even parked my car in the convenient parking space directly behind the house. The real extent of the hospitality was when I had to contact him at 3am after locking ourselves out of the house after the wedding. Our host was beyond kind in accommodating us and making sure we were able to get in safe and sound. Talk about service above and beyond!

I would recommend this unique and lovely home to anyone wanting to visit the Toronto area. I guarantee, you will have no regrets.

Myra B.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As perfect as the pictures

  • 4 of 5

We had an incredibly wonderful stay. The place was as gorgeous as the pictures were and John was so helpful. During our stay the house smelled a bit smokey but it seemed as if it was a neighbor. It truly was a perfect getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We booked this house to host my family from Mexico as my partner and I got married this August. 12 Stanley became our home away from home, my family had a great time and it was a lovely place with beautiful details all over.

John was a fabulous host and we couldn't not have been happier with our stay.

We will definitely keep this property and host in mind for future events =)



  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mariana It was a pleasure hosting your family for your special day. We are honored you choose our home for your family on your special day. We hope to welcome you and your Mom back to Toronto someday soon.
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Wow in Toronto!

  • 5 of 5

great location, fantastic and generous owners, it was without a doubt, our favourite times of our 2016 family summer vacations.

I have recommended this place to all my friends and family and will certainly come back in the future.

Thanks to John for this unforgettable stay!

Isabelle and family

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jean It was a pleasure hosting you and your family, we hope to welcome you back sometime soon. John
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Wonderful location, wonderful house, wonderful host!

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights in this lovely home with our three young children. The location was fantastic- across the street from a park and an easy walk to public transportation. The kids loved playing at the park as we would return from our day. We had everything we needed at the house- including a pack and play and high chair for our youngest. John was a very attentive host who made sure we had everything we needed. The gift card for the French bakery was a lovely bonus. Their food was fantastic!

We will definitely seek out this home during our next Toronto stay. Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kinds review Peter. We are happy to hear your trip was a success. We hope to welcome you back to Toronto someday soon John
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Menlo Park, California

Lovely house and an ideal location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five (three kids) found that we had everything we needed for a convenient and comfortable stay in this house. We were originally intending to rent a car for our stay, but found that the location is walking distance to almost everything we wanted to do - including a fun shopping district and downtown Toronto (but the neighborhood still feels quaint and quiet). John treated us to our first breakfast at a charming pastry boutique in the neighborhood, and that became the spot where we enjoyed croissants and capachino every morning before starting on our adventures. After busy days, we all enjoyed coming back to this clean, well appointed, sunny house. The beds are very comfortable, the linens are high quality, and the bathroom was spacious and spa like (a plus for our three daughters!). The owners thought carefully about everything a guest could possibly need in terms of information and amenities and it was all easily accessible and organized.

Easy to give this listing 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. We are so happy you and the kids enjoyed our home. Please know you will be warmly welcomed back! John
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CN Tower
Toronto Islands
Eaton Centre
Art Gallery of Ontario
Yonge-Dundas Square
Kensington Market
Roy Thomson Hall
Old City Hall
Steam Whistle Brewing
360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower
Canoe Restaurant & Bar
Church Street
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Le Select Bistro
Pizzeria Libretto
Nathan Phillips Square
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Niagara House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 Christmas
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $375
Pet Fee $56
Cleaning Fee $94
Tax Rate 13.0%

$25 Per Person Per Night Additional Fee After 2 Guests
50% Deposit for Cancellations less then 7 days before booking, 100% 48 hours before.
$75 pet fee
Cheif, Message , Dog Walker, Baby Sitter available by request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Niagara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Heated floors, Candle lit crystal chandelier
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living, Den - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Living Room and Den have Sleeper Couch
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Fully Operational Executive Office with Desk, Chair, Wireless, Printer, Scanner, Copy Machine

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