Toronto is the New York Times' #1 travel destination for 2016.
Vogue also named Toronto's Queen West (Trinity Bellwoods) the 2nd coolest neighbourhood in the world.
From fashion to shopping, restaurants to nightlife, parks to trails – this apartment is right in the middle of it all. Literally.
It's also curated by some of the city's best upcoming designers, artists and makers. Everything you see in the apartment has an authentic Toronto story and can be purchased and shipped home.
So you've decided to check out Toronto! Excellent choice.
If you're new to the city, welcome to Toronto's West End – home of fashion, art, nightlife, great restaurants and even better parks. As it happens, this apartment is located at the epicentre of it all.
The space is a two-bedroom apartment (queen beds, desks, and sitting areas in each bedroom) with lots of comfortable living space (living room, kitchen, dining area) and a fully equipped bathroom + laundry. It's also a design experiment of sorts in that it showcases some of the best things made in Toronto.
The furnishings have all been carefully selected (hope you're into vintage designer furniture!) and the art in the apartment is curated from among the city's finest. Go ahead, try everything out. Recline in the chairs. Slip on that bathrobe. It's all there for you to enjoy during your stay.
In short, this is about as authentic a Toronto experience as one can have and you're welcome to take any of it home (or have it shipped). I've even scattered a few souvenir ideas here and there.
You'll have access to the entire apartment without needing to liaise with a concierge. Should you need anything at all, I will be right next door in the same building (we literally share a wall).
– Au Lit 220 Thread Count bed linens (best in class)
– Large closet space in each bedroom
– Wifi & Netflix (Free)
– 4K HD Television
– French Press coffee maker and tea set
– Standing shower and bathtub
– Brand new hairdryer and flatiron (currently replacing this - it was stolen)
– Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher
– Ensuite laundry (washer / dryer)
– Air Conditioning / Heat
The west-end is generally a low-rise community (we like it that way), so apartment buildings / condos don't tend to have gyms or pools as amenities. Should you wish to make use of these kinds of things during your stay, just let me know. There are lots of great options around I can tell you about.
Interaction with Guests:
As mentioned, I will be right next door. You can text / message me anytime. I will do my best to greet you upon arrival in order to hand you the keys and give you a tour. In the event my schedule conflicts, a friend will greet you and I'll drop by later in the day to say hello.
In general, I'm incredibly responsive. In the event I (or my friend) can't fulfill your request in a timely manner, my roommate Darius, will gladly help out. He's awesome. You'll love him. In case you're interested, he's a filmmaker and I'm a tech entrepreneur. We tend to have lots of interesting people come through our place (the one next door). You're welcome to join us. We love meeting new people.
Okay... so this is where the apartment truly shines. I think the best approach is rapid fire style. Just note the number of times I reference "walking". You'll fall in love with the city for that reason alone.
• Trinity Bellwoods Park is an 8 min. walk. It's packed all day/night.
• Dufferin Grove Park is an 8 min. walk. It's lower key and just as beautiful.
• Dundas West (5 min. walk) is home to the "hidden gem" bars / restaurants
• College West (5 min. walk) is home to more upscale bars / restaurants
• Ossington Ave. (5 min. walk) is where the nightlife happens (Ages 25+)
• Queen West (8 min. walk) is where you'll find the best boutique shopping
• The Annex (12 min. walk) is home to beautiful houses and treelines
• Kensington Market (12 min. walk) is where you'll find hippies and artisans
• The Downtown Core is a 5 min. drive, 10 min. bike, or 20 min. transit ride
You're steps from the College Streetcar (runs east-west) and the Ossington bus (runs north-south). That'll get you almost anywhere in a heartbeat.
You're also a 10 minute walk from the Bloor Subway Line (runs east-west) which cuts across the city and connects with the other major line (north-south).
But like I said... you're in the most walkable part of Toronto. And if you get tired, there are taxis and Ubers everywhere!
Other Things to Note:
As mentioned, you couldn't possibly be more central to the west-end's various highlights. When you enter the apartment, you'll notice an iPad on the end table in the living room. It'll give you the complete breakdown on getting around, what to see/do, etc. In short, when you walk out the front door you are:
– 20 steps from 2 major streetcar/bus routes (north-south and east-west)
– A 5-10 min. walk from two of the city's best / biggest parks
– A 5-10 min. walk from some of the city's best restaurants
– A 10 min. walk to the major east-west subway line (Bloor)
– A 10 min. walk to Queen West: Vogue's 2nd coolest place in the world+ More