At the nexus of two exciting neighbourhoods, Parkdale and Roncesvalles Villages, this is a quiet, private, exquisite retreat after a day of work or fun. It's a short transit/bike ride to the downtown core and steps to a diversity of shops, restaurants, pubs, and entertainment. High Park and the Lake Ontario shoreline are a short walk away. Enjoy the comforts of home in a luxurious new unit: in-floor heating throughout, full suite of kitchen appliances, en-suite full-sized washer and dryer.
Triller Grove is unique because it is shiny and new, yet surrounded by a small grove of trees and shrubs, including a black oak, an ash, white and red cedars, edible serviceberry, black currant, and elderberry shrubs, as well as lots of other decorative plants and shrubs.
From the modern kitchen with high end, energy-saving stainless steel appliances to the crisp glass and marble tiled bathroom; from the radiant-floor heating throughout to unusually, for a lower level, large windows; from comfortable and functional furniture to a full sized washer and gas dryer, this modern apartment is also loaded with all of the little touches that make it feel like home.
The kitchen is supplied with pots and pans for cooking on the stove or in the oven, the cupboards are stocked with full dinnerware and glassware sets--from martini to wine, to juice/water--and stainless steel mixing bowls, as well as serving dishes. There is a toaster, a Bodum French press coffee maker, an electric tea kettle, and cutting boards. The drawers contain full sets of cutlery and ceramic knives, and all the kitchen utensils you might need.
I would appreciate it if my guests tread as lightly on this earth as possible during their stay, and have provided cloth tea and hand towels, and napkins in the kitchen; but understand the convenience of paper and provide paper versions with the proviso that paper products be disposed of in a separate receptacle so they may be composted. I would also appreciate that attention be paid to not leaving lights on unnecessarily.
The kitchen is also stocked with: cereal, organic milk, organic fair trade coffee from my neighbours and local roasters, Linda and Kevin's company Alternative Grounds; and a variety of teas, organic sugar, honey, and a variety of spices and condiments.
The bathroom is stocked with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and liquid hand soap. The vanity also holds bandages, q-tips, new toothbrushes should you forget yours, and toothpaste. There are two terry cotton bathrobes, and a set of towels per guest--bath, hand, and face cloth. There is a hair dryer and a selection of bubble bath should you fall in love with the deeeeeep tub!
There is a large, independently lit walk-in closet with lots of hangers and shelves to organize your clothes, a large mirror, and an iron and ironing board. The bed is queen sized with a queen sized futon and a 4" memory foam topper. A duck feather duvet tops it all off, but other blankets are also provided to suit your individual sleep preferences.
The sofa in the main space can fold out and I provide another 4" memory foam mattress so that a third person can sleep there.
There is WiFi and the kitchen island is suitable for laptop work, although an office chair is provided for work at a credenza in the main space.
There is a television with cables to connect to your computer should you wish to watch on a larger screen. However, there is no cable service. Some games and a variety of books and magazines for your enjoyment may be found on the shelves and in the credenza cupboards.
During the warm weather, you might enjoy sitting at the cafe table in the walkout to enjoy your morning coffee. During the "too" warm weather, you might want to keep the door and windows closed to maintain the natural cool of the partially underground apartment, and a fan is provided for your comfort.
My goal is to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, so please ALWAYS feel free to ask about or report anything that is wanting and I will do my best to fulfill your needs.
I work part time and am home most of the rest of the time. You can always reach me through text messages, or a phone call in cases of urgency, to ensure I attend to you right away.
I enjoy meeting and getting to know my guests, to whatever degree they feel comfortable. Whether you want to meet and get to know me and my neighbourhood or just want to enjoy time on your own is strictly up to you!
Parking and Transportation
There is free street parking in my neighbourhood from 8 a.m. until midnight, but it is hit and miss and parking can be an issue here. There is also free parking on the major cross street, Queen St. West, a few hundred feet away from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. So with some effort, free parking is available.
However, the better option is to order a temporary parking permit. A specific space is not guaranteed, but you will not be ticketed during the night. The costs are as follows:
"... a temporary parking permit may be purchased by residents and their guests to park a motor vehicle on a street designated under the permit parking program, at a cost of $21.09 per week, $9.00 per 24 hours or $13.51 per 48 hours, plus H.S.T."
You can order online here: (URL HIDDEN)
There are also pay as you go options in the neighbourhood:
a) above-ground visitors' parking spots behind the high-rise across the street. It is metered parking and three days costs $12 CAD. The spaces are somewhat limited;
b) an above-ground Municipal Parking lot a 1 minute walk away which offers parking 24-7. The cost is a maximum of $6 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and a maximum of $4 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.
So you have a few choices! Let me know if I can be of further assistance with your travel and transportation arrangements when you get here.
Hi! My name is Maria. I have lived in my big, beautiful Georgian Revival home for 23 years. Recently I underpinned (lowered the floor in) my basement and created a beautiful, eco-friendly, modern, one bedroom apartment--waiting for YOU to enjoy!
Until this renovation took over my life, I was working on a Master's degree at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. My topic is Indigenous food sovereignty. Don't know what that is? I'd be happy to tell you. I love school and can't wait to get back to my studies since I took a leave to complete your home away from home.
I have been working for our national public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), for 21 years as a video editor in TV News. I am a news junkie! I love political and social justice discussions. I have a Specialist Social Cultural Anthropology/Major Sociology/Minor Portuguese undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto.
I am an avid gardener and member of the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto. I garden at home and in an allotment garden nearby in High Park. I also have a certificate in Baking and although I didn't end up working in the field, I can and love to bake up a storm! Depending on my work schedule and how long you stay, I promise to share with you if I bake! And if you're visiting Toronto to celebrate something special in your life, if time allows, I can make you something special, per your request.
I love traveling, especially to my small stone house on the Island of Pico in the Azores where I was born. I have also travelled in Brazil, Mexico, various Caribbean islands, the Eastern and Western U.S., England, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Nepal, and India. I love meeting and learning about new cultures, as opposed to resort holidays. I also lived in Sonoma County, California for two years.
I used to live alone in my house with my 17 year old cat Marigold, who decided to walk into the main photo. But sadly, she left her earthly bounds in October 2016. I have an adult son who is a fabulous musician and lives in Los Angeles.
I hope to host you soon!