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Charming Beaches Century House, Steps to the Beach & Shops, Downtown in 10 min!

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1100 Square Feet, 2 Bedroom House That Sleeps 6-8 Guests, the Beaches, Toronto!

Attention tourists and visitors! Here you get the best of both worlds! Whether you are single or a family with young children, our house in "the Beaches" lets you enjoy your visit in a relaxed, quaint community by the waterfront, in our part of town where the locals do everything they need to on foot, where you can keep entertained for days with outings to the Beach, festivals, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes galore. Then, in a matter of minutes you could be in the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, experiencing a cosmopolitain city, world class arts venues such as the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts (opera), restaurants and shopping for any taste and entertainment options that appreciate the diversity of our great City of Toronto!

Our charming beach cottage is situated in the heart of the Beaches. At your doorstep is bustling Queen Street East and the many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars it offers, the Beach, and public transit. Our cozy home is a great place to unwind daily! You are welcomed to our home by our large porch, with a sleek and stylish outdoor set of chairs and coffee table. Our front door is a 100 year old wooden door with a glass window - very charming! We have a mudroom, where you can neatly store shoes and coats. You enter our beautiful home with a foyer that has a large living room to the left and a dining room to the right. The stairs leading to the 2nd floor are straight ahead, with the kitchen to the right, and the laundry room adjacent. Our home has a very large garden in the backyard with a few oak trees that are over 200 years old to offer you summer sun coverage. We have a 400+ square foot deck that has a sectional outdoor couch and a dining set with umbrella to very comfortably seat 6 when dining. It is a mini oasis in the bustling city! Upstairs there are 2 large bedrooms, with one side room that is off limits (we keep our personal items stored here). Each room has a queen sized bed, and windows. Our house has 1 powder room (toilet and sink, downstairs) and a full 3 piece washroom upstairs (bath&shower, sink and toilet). The basement is off limits - and not much to see down there as it is mainly storage. Our laundry room has a large washer and dryer.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS: For sleeping 6, we have 2 large bedrooms upstairs on the second floor. They each have a QUEEN SIZE BED, comfortably sleeping 2 adults per bed (note one picture shows a toddler bed; actual bed upon arrival will be a Queen Sized bed that comfortably sleeps 2 adults). The living room on the main floor is transformed into a bedroom at night by unfolding the sofa couch and drawing curtains to separate the room for privacy. This sofa bed will sleep 2 adults. For an additional 2 people, a blow up mattress can be inflated in the living room to sleep additional 2, for a total of 8 persons maximum in the house.

The kitchen has a fridge, gas stove, dishwasher, sink and the cupboards are stacked with cups, glasses, plates, utensils, pots, pans, spices, etc, to make a fabulous home cooked meal. If you run out of groceries, the nearest grocery stores are 1 block away, open to 8pm and 9pm, respectively, and only a 2 minute walk away by foot! Larger supermarkets are within 4 km of our house and can be accessed by car or public transportation.

Downtown Toronto is a short 10 minute cab ride away. If you prefer to take public transportation, hop on the street car at Queen and Lee (a block away), and you can watch the scenery and the changing neighbourhoods as you move westbound towards downtown Toronto, passing Leslieville, South Riverdale, Corktown, Moss Park, Old Town before arriving at the Eaton Centre and City Hall! You can continue further along Queen west to Queen West shops, Chinatown and then hip West Queen West! Note the nearest subway is Woodbine Station, which takes you to central Bloor/Yonge Station in 15 minutes!

We offer Free WIFI (highspeed) for basic emailing and web surfing but not for downloading or uploading large files! Thank you for your cooperation!

More Details

Katharine Avon
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Greek
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2017

About Katharine Avon

My husband, daughter and I reside in this home! Beachers work and live in the neighbourhood; once you are a Beacher you never want to leave! It is a pleasant little community with a very friendly vibe. I work in Finance and my husband works for the Board of Education. We like to travel a lot, like good restaurants, a good book and try to maintain an active lifestyle, which is all easy when you live in the Beach!

Katharine Avon purchased this house in 2011

Why Katharine Avon chose Toronto

1890 charming old Toronto cottage in the heart of The Beach, a coveted neighbourhood to live in Toronto, for families and single people alike. It is away from the big city but close enough to be there in 10 minutes. It is beautiful, the beach is close by, the strip has a lot to do (Queen St. E), the houses and neighbourhood is charming.

What makes this house unique

The Lake is at your doorstep with a bike path/walk path (The Martin Goodman Train) that stretches over 10 km along the lake! The beach itself is sandy and a great place for kids to make sandcastles and even swim in (you can check the daily lake water quality for swimming at Many people come for day trips to sun tan and have a picnic on the beach or at the Beaches Park. Queen Street East is bustling with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes to suit anyones taste! Restaurants vary from vegan organic cafes like Tori's Bakeshop to Hogtown Smoke where you can get the best pulled pork sammie in town! Don't forget to try Eds Scoop for the best icecream in town after dinner (sorry about the long lineups)! Festivals are happening all summer long in the Beach from the famous Beaches Jazz Festival in July to Shakespear in the Park plays in June, and many more including craft shows! The farmer's market comes to the Beach every summer for fresh, local produce. All this to say there is a lot to see and do in the Beaches neighbourhood to keep you entertained! And if this is not enough, a quick 10 minute cab ride will take you into the heart of Downtown Toronto where you can do even more!


Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
Toront Pearson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.45 Kilometres
The Stone Lion
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Toronto Ferry Queen's Quay
Nearest Golf
3.8 Kilometres
Dentonia Park Golf Course, 781 Victoria Park Ave.
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Union Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Don Valley Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Kilometres
The Green Eggplant
Nearest Ski
176 Kilometres
The Blue Mountains, Collingwood, ON
Nearest Beach
0.6 Kilometres
Beaches Park
Car: not necessary

Copied from the official website of Tourism Toronto (http://www.seetorontonow.com/explore-neighbourhoods/the-beach/):

The Beach, or “Beaches” as many locals call it, is a charming, laid-back neighbourhood with a relaxed small-town vibe. Just 15 minutes east of downtown Toronto, the area has two main attractions: the beach and Queen Street, with its eclectic mix of shops, sidewalk cafés, pubs and restaurants.

The inviting Lake Ontario beachfront features acres of soft sand, shady parks that are ideal for a picnic, bike and rollerblade paths and a 3-km boardwalk. All are beautifully maintained and very popular with the locals. Come people-watch while you soak up the atmosphere. Or work up a sweat along the paths or at one of the many beach volleyball courts. Cool off in the lake or at the Olympic-size swimming pool (entry is free), before taking a few minutes to stroll up to the main street along Queen Street East.

If ever a street was made for idly sauntering, it’s Queen Street in the Beaches. Reflecting the diversity and easy-going attitudes of the neigbourhood, the bustling thoroughfare is lined with quaint and quirky stores, and a cool collection of bars and restaurants. Nestled between Queen Street and the beach is Kew Gardens, a large public park which is home to the neighbourhood’s many festivals, craft shows, concerts and exhibitions, including the annual Beaches International Jazz Festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every July.

At the eastern end of the neighbourhood, you’ll find the R.C. Harris Filtration Plant – one of the best examples of Art Deco industrial architecture in Toronto.

- See more at: http://www.seetorontonow.com/explore-neighbourhoods/the-beach/#sthash.KW1C3qkO.dpuf

Check out:

- Beaches BIA: http://www.thebeachvillage.com/

- Beaches Jazz Festival info: July 10-26 http://beachesjazz.com/

- Beaches Events at the Beaches Living Guide: http://www.beachesliving.ca/pages/index.php?act=events


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in The Beach in Old Toronto

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Second floor 3 piece washroom, including a sink.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Main floor powder room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Make-shift bedroom in living room, with pull out coach for 2
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Comfortably sleeps 2 adults
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Comfortably sleeps 2 adults.
  • Each bedroom has a Queen Sized Bed, which comfortably sleeps 2 adults.
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Free WIFI! Please use for web surfing and emailing only. Downloading large files that result in overusage will result in extra charges ($200 min. penalty for overusage).


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Charming Beaches Century House, Steps to the Beach & Shops, Downtown in 10 min!
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

Very charming, beautiful house!

  • 4 of 5

Our first trip to Canada and Toronto, so we were delighted that everything was very thoughtfully provided, and Katharine so helpful with all the information we could possibly want. The Beaches area is fabulous and on the doorstep, would have loved to stayed longer! I would recommend to anyone - especially families as this is definitely a home from home.

Thank you Katharine for your kind hospitality, we do hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Beaches neighborhood is a great base camp for touring Toronto

  • 5 of 5

This house is in the heart of the Beaches neighborhood. The jazz festival in the neighborhood is a great event! Walking to the lake and the local restaurants adds a homey feel. Although the website advertises that this home holds 8 people, there is one queen bed, one double bed, one couch, and one blow-up bed, so plan accordingly!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Milwaukee, WI

Great Toronto location

  • 5 of 5

The owners have a lovely home with friendly neighbors and a prime location. There are many great restaurant and beach recreation options within walking distance, and the streetcar ride downtown is easy and convenient.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Toronto Holiday

  • 4 of 5

The house was in an ideal location for a family holiday, close to the beach and park area, plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. Just a short streetcar ride to the centre of the City. The house was well equipped apart from a TV which we soon got used to. It would have been good to have access to some form of music system. The owners were great and provided their local knowledge and were always on hand if needed.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely place in a great location!

All you need for a super vacation at the beach and minutes away from city center. We could not have picked a better place for a weekend in Toronto for us and the kids.

Perfect service, perfectly equipped house, beautiful garden loaded with toys for the kids,... you name it and it was available. Owners put their heart into the house and you can just feel that the minute you arrive.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in The Beach, Ontario

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £78.06
Refundable Damage Deposit £390.3

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. Please note that we have a strict cancellation policy. NO pets are permitted on the premises (failure to comply will result in a fine of $500 taken from the damage deposit). Please refer to the house rules manual before arriving. Parties are strictly forbidden. Noise bylaw in Toronto is no noise after 11pm daily; please abide by this. Parking is available at an additional cost on the street. Parking lots are also available in the neighbourhood.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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