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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french

Boutique Downtown Home Perfect for Families.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Niagara House Rental Photos and Description

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
John (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french

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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)
Boutique Downtown Home Perfect for Families.
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

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
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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
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Wonderful home and location for Toronto visit

  • 5 of 5

Overall impression – Neighborhood home centered perfectly near downtown and between the eclectic Queen and King Streets. Home is modern, well decorated, spacious and exceptionally clean. John responds quickly to messages and is very accommodating in providing clear check-in instructions as well as visitor information in advance of arrival. He kindly met us at the home and provided an overview of all the amenities. Deposit was returned within 48 hours.

Location – On a quiet street within walking distance or quick street car access to all the popular Toronto spots. Lots of great restaurants, shopping and drinking establishments nearby. Be sure to visit Kensington Market for a variety of fresh grocery items, restaurants or places to relax with a drink. We enjoyed walking through the several parks close to the home (Pokemon Go hot spots). We felt completely safe walking in the area. Private parking in the back. No need to use your car – ever!

Home - VRBO description and pictures accurately reflect the home and outdoor relaxing patios. The space was ideal for our family of five (adults/young adults). There are two bedrooms upstairs as well as lounge areas on the lower level separated by the kitchen which with two queen futons, converts nicely for divided sleeping areas. The beds were comfortable (firm mattress if that is your liking) with very nice linens and plush towels for the bath. Many large windows bring in natural light (shades for at night). The bath has both a soaker tub and nicely tiled rainfall shower. Plenty of hot water after multiple showers! The kitchen is clean and well stocked for cooking with high end appliances, and bbq grill on the porch, if interested. We enjoyed our morning coffee on the upper and lower deck!

Thank you John for sharing your lively city and beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. You were great guests, we hope to welcome you back to Toronto in the near future. You will always be warmly welcomed here!
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we booked this rental, we knew we had made the right choice. John was intouchwithbus straight away and even checked in to make sure we had arrived safely! The townhouse is perfectly located to get to downtown, waterfront area with a stop for the street car just a block away. The area is loaded with great places to eat and grocery shopping for those evenings we decided to eat in. The beds were super comfortable and inviting especially after a long day of sightseeing. We had a problem with the safe and felt bad that we had to burden John to resolve it. But he never made us feel that we were a burden! The gift card for breakfast was so generous...we have rented from many rentals and this was a first!! Our time in Toronto was far too short. If we visit again, we would most definitely be staying here again. Just hope it will be available!! Thank you John for everything!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the amazing review. It was a pleasure to host you and your family. We hope to see you back in Toronto sometime soon, you will be warmly welcomed!
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Clean, Comfortable, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with 4 friends for a weekend in Toronto and had a great time! We were right downtown and everything was easy to walk to, whether it was brunch, dinner, bars, etc. I only had to take a Uber really to get to the Hockey Hall of Fame, but honestly should have walked the 30 minutes because traffic was so bad. Toronto is getting popular!

Our sleeping arrangments were 1 king and 1 queen with 2 bathrooms with a shower and plenty of comfortable foldable futons for sleeping. John is a great host and provided us with a great spot to have fun and explore Toronto. The internet went in and out a couple times, but wasn't a real problem. Overall, really happy with the place and would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Castle Rock, CO

Great location for a great property

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I had a great experience here for 4 nights. The location is great...very safe and walkable area with public transit of all kinds also readily available. The house itself is beautiful and the upstairs deck was a favorite location for us to enjoy the beautiful weather at the end of our long days. John was very helpful with anything we needed both before and during our trip. Communication is great! He was very prompt with return of our security deposit and we highly recommend staying here when you visit Toronto. We both really enjoyed our first trip to Canada and would stay here again if we return! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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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
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Sep 8 2016 - Sep 22 2016
5 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

Pet Fee $58
Refundable damage deposit $386
Cleaning Fee $97
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

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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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