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Very friendly downtown neighbourhood: steps to subway, walk everywhere!

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private, Self-contained 1 Bedroom + Pullout Terrifically Close to Everything.

Let us wow you with an authentic Toronto stay that is comfortable, relaxing and safe. Our spacious, renovated, private basement apartment can sleep 3, has heaps of amenities and is a heartbeat away from restaurants, shops, parks and the subway/metro.

As a veteran of the global luxury hospitality industry, insatiable traveller and past VRBO guest, I come by my hosting inclinations honestly. I understand what makes a stay successful, and will do everything I can to ensure you have a great experience.

Located steps away from Koreatown in vibrant and friendly Seaton Village, our clean, freshly-renovated art-filled basement apartment is a lovely, private, completely self-contained 900 sf/ 83 sm unit with one bedroom, pull-out sectional, wifi, full bathroom, washer + dryer, equipped kitchen, and closets!

>>Accommodation Details<<

You will have exclusive access to the entire 1-bedroom basement apartment and will have everything you need for a relaxing, comfortable and safe stay:

- Separate entrance with keyless lock (you pick the password)

- Wifi


- 1 comfy Four Seasons Queen bed with linens

- chest of drawers

- 2 large closets: one for suitcases, the other with tons of hangers and shelf space

- Iron, ironing board, clock radio


- Full bathtub/shower (detachable shower head), sink, toilet

- separate washer and dryer

- stocked with lots of towels, shampoo, conditioner, shower gels, hairdryer, laundry detergent, laundry hamper


- Fridge + freezer, oven + range, convection toaster oven, coffee maker + coffee, kettle, tea

- Dishes, glasses, cutlery/flatware, pots and pans, strainer, can opener, bottle opener, dish rack, dish detergent, paper towels

- Fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, emergency numbers

Living room

- 1 sofa bed that converts to a Double bed, with linens, table/desk with chairs

- 40" cable television (HBO, Movie Network, and much more), high-speed wireless Internet, games, books


- Street parking permits available through City of Toronto web site (~$25 CAD/wk)

>>Things to Note<<

The apartment is in the basement and directly accessible from outside. It has a screen door and motion-activated overhead light outside the door.

Please note the ceiling height is 75" / 191 cm in the apartment (87" / 221 cm in the bedroom); standing height in the shower is 74" / 1.88 m, but the shower head is detachable. There is an HVAC bulkhead in the bathroom over the washer/dryer. We usually recommend alternate accommodations for NBA players, much to their disappointment.

We welcome singles, couples and families. A pack 'n play is available on request.

If mobility is a concern, please be aware that there are 5 outdoor steps (with handrail) to access the apartment, and a few gentle steps leading up from the sidewalk to the house.

More Details

Alexa Samuels
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Alexa Samuels

A proud born-and-bred Torontonian, I live with my husband and 3 year-old daughter in a 100 year-old house in the friendly, vibrant and convenient downtown Toronto neighbourhood of Seaton Village / West Annex.

I'm really fortunate to have travelled to 46 countries, 7 of which I have lived or studied in. For as much as I enjoy eating, drinking, shopping, site seeing and culturing my way around the world, I've realized that it's ultimately the people you meet that make all the difference.

I look forward to welcoming you and hope that in some small way I can help make a difference to your Toronto experience.

P.S. Can you guess where my profile picture was taken?

Alexa Samuels purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Alexa Samuels chose Annex

Having grown up in midtown Toronto (and my husband in the suburbs), we weren't that aware of Seaton Village, the western extension of The Annex.

One day on our bikes we took a different route, cutting through a lovely neighbourhood where people were out tending their gardens, talking to friends, kids were playing. All this and close to all the action of downtown! A year later a house came on the market and we grabbed it (no easy feat in Toronto's red-hot real estate market.)

We've come to love the house and Seaton Village even more than we expected, and we're really happy raising our daughter in such a great environment.

What makes this apartment unique

We live in a thriving community, where people sit on their porches, kibbitz with neighbours, and where everything we need is a short walk away. And if we need to leave the vicinity, the subway/metro is a two-minute walk. We feel so spoiled!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Annex in Old Toronto

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Included washer and dryer
  • Full bathroom with bathtub/shower (detachable shower head), washing machine, dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Pack n play portable crib available on request
  • Large, peaceful bedroom with comfortable Queen bed and Four Seasons Sealy mattress, dresser, chair.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Very friendly downtown neighbourhood: steps to subway, walk everywhere!
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Great apartment for the single female traveler!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay here! Modern and clean apartment in a great neighborhood. Very safe for a single female traveler like me! Neighborhood is great for walking and enjoying food, coffee, and little retail shops. Very close to the metro station. The hosts were very friendly, responsive, accessible and great at anticipating your needs. I will definitely stay here again when visiting Toronto.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Leah! It was a pleasure hosting you, and we would love to see you again. Thanks for the movie tips!
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Cozy Retreat in Toronto

  • 5 of 5

This apartment made for a perfect retreat while I was in Toronto for a work project. The apartment is cozy and well-equipped. The neighborhood is lively and convenient to restaurants, grocery stores and subway station. Alexa was a great host - checking in to make sure I was O.K. during the ice storm that descended unexpectedly on the city during my stay. She also was prompt in answering any questions I had.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kelly, thanks so much! How unfortunate (and rare!) that your stay coincided with the ice storm. I hope you got to enjoy the sunshine and warmth before you left. Would love to host you again... maybe in the summer (no ice storms, promise.)
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Nice getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable unit in a quiet neighbourhood. Tons of restaurants a few minutes away. Very friendly owners.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Nathalie. It was a pleasure hosting you! I hope your tournament went well. Please come visit us again!
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Delta, B.C.

Nice Place in Excellent Location - Owner Very Nice

  • 5 of 5

We were in Toronto for a conference and some relaxing. We found that the accommodation is very comfortable and is in an excellent location for both subway access, and reasonably priced great quality restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines from Korean to Italian, to Ethiopian food, all within easy walking distance. Yes, we tried all three during our stay. Alexa was very nice to us, and extremely helpful when we had any questions.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Earl, it was a real pleasure to host you both! I hope you get the chance to come back and visit again soon.
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Great base camp for Toronto!

  • 5 of 5

What a find! This was the perfect place from which our family of 3 could stay for our vacation in Toronto. Close to a subway station and close to tons of shops and restaurants on Bloor Street, we found everything we needed for a very enjoyable stay. The neighborhood felt very quiet, safe, and walkable. We found the city parking pass a MUST-have as parking nearby is a challenge. Alexa and Frank were very willing to give input on how to navigate their city and to give suggestions on things to do. Their guide manual was a wealth of info as was the diary of tips written by past guests. One word of emphasis: if you are over 6 feet tall, be aware that the ceilings are low so you will need to be careful. It wasn't a problem for our group but it could be a consideration for other people. We would definitely recommend The Annex to others!

Craig, Jane, and Alison

Chicago, IL

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Craig! It was a pleasure hosting you. And you win the award for the most miles walked and best whiteboard thank you. Hope we get to see you again.
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Fabulous location, sweet spot

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location and Alexa and Frank have very thoughtfully provided the necessities and more, making it a very comfortable place to be. Love Toronto!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved hosting you, Sherry and Don! Looking forward to seeing you back again in Toronto... maybe when the weather's a bit warmer, lol.
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Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Clinton's Tavern
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
el Asador
Car: not necessary

Within 5 minutes’ walk you can reach restaurants, bars, live music, coffee joints, supermarkets, shops, banks, parks, transit. Little Italy, Kensington Market, University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Wychwood Barns are all nearby.

Why do I love my neighbourhood?

*See the bottom for local events*

1. Because I can eat Korean, Mexican, Mexican Korean, Japanese, Indian, Ethiopian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Cajun, Thai, Spanish, BBQ, or Burgers and burn off the calories on the walk home.

2. Because I can run out and grab groceries from Toronto’s largest independent grocer (Fiesta Farms), or an organic fruit and vegetable corner store, or an Asian supermarket, or a newly-renovated snazzy Loblaws.

3. Because Toronto’s best coffee shop (Sam James Coffee Pocket) is around the corner.

4. Because we're one block away from Christie Pits, former sand pits turned parkland used for picnics, baseball (home of the other Toronto Maple Leafs), playground with splash pad, outdoor pool, skating, tobogganing, and outdoor summer festivals.

5. Because I can get lost in the maze that is Honest Ed’s, catch a first-run documentary at the Bloor Hot Docs Theatre (part of the Bloor Street Culture Corridor), or sing the night away in a private karaoke room.

6. Because it's really close to other great neighbourhoods, like Little Italy, the Annex, Wychwood, University of Toronto, Dufferin Grove, and great public transit is right here.

7. And because it's a super-friendly place where neighbours regularly catch up with each other on the sidewalks while the kids play outside. There's good reason why Seaton Village is one of downtown Toronto's most coveted areas to live.

*Local events*

Saturday mornings ongoing 8:30 - 12:30 The Stop Farmer's Market at Wychwood Barns

Saturday June 5 - Sunday June 6 - Korean Dano festival at Christie Pits park.

Sunday, June 14: Annex Family Festival. Bloor street from Bathurst to Spadina is closed 11 am - 6 pm for a big street festival.

Saturday, June 20: Open Tuning - an amazing, serendipitous Seaton Village music festival where neighbours turn their porches, garages and alleys into performance stages. There are truly talented people in this neighbourhood!

Saturday, July 11: Clinton St. block party! Our block is closed to traffic with lots of festivities. My favourite part is the potluck, where the centre of the street is lined with tables and everyone comes out to contribute food and partake in the feast.

Saturday, July 11: Mirvish Village Summer Sidewalk sale. Music, food, shopping.

Saturday, September 19: Mirvish Village Summer Sidewalk sale. Music, food, shopping.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Annex, Ontario

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £43.34
Refundable Damage Deposit £115.57

We thank you in advance for treating our home like your own! No smoking or pets are permitted. Please keep noise to a minimum after 11 pm. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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