About the Homestay

Urban Arty
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

My home is very centrally located; it is 5 minutes from the Coxwell Subway so getting anywhere is very easy. Toronto can be hard to get around, but from here, it is very easy. I am within 5 minutes drive of both major highways too!

The house was beautifully renovated in 2010; it is spectacular, super clean, and very comfortable!

I have two bedrooms available -- the first has a single bed and a pull-out couch, and can sleep two singles comfortably. It has a bar fridge for storage of drinks and snacks, and a gorgeous view of the backyard.

The second has a large double bed with a Memory foam mattress, and sleeps a couple comfortably. It also has a small fridge for drinks and snack storage.

I am a divorced father of one wonderful 7 year old (who does not live with me full-time). My house can be full of music and conversation; I play piano, guitar, banjo, recorders, drums, and other instruments (but only during the day!!) I also have a large collection of vintage DVDs and CDs all that can be played or watched. I have thousands of novels as well, books on history, art, music, and philosophy.

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm
  • Air Conditioning

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 1 night

Maximum stay is for 120 nights

Available for given dates

Room 1
From $30 per night
Twin Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single, 1 Pull-Out Sofa Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

A large double room on the second floor decorated in Tuscan style, with a huge window overlooking a beautiful garden. A bar fridge to store drinks and snacks. Lock on the door for your privacy.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
$35
$40
Weekly Price
$240
$275
Monthly price
$900
$1,000
Room 2
From $31 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

This is a large double room with a large and comfortable memory foam bed, a large mirrored closet, plenty of storage, and a bar fridge for your use. A lock for your privacy on the door.

Facilities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
$40
$50
Weekly Price
$250
$340
Monthly price
$950
$1,200
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About the Area

Our house is located in a quiet neighborhood filled with actors and musicians. There are four grand pianos within a one block radius, and the community is very vibrant and fun. Many young families live here. It is very close to the Coxwell subway, and so it is a short distance on transit to the train station, the bus station, and the airport(s). It is also close to two major arteries (the Gardiner and the Don Valley Parkway. Tons of great restaurants of every imaginable kind of cuisine, a gym steps away, shopping everywhere (on the Danforth), a hospital a few blocks away. And it is 15 minutes drive from downtown

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • Beach
  • Shopping Centre
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital

Meals

Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

I need to have enough time to plan for your stay, so please allow me 24 hours to finalize your booking.

You may book one or both of the rooms. I live there, but will leave you to your own devices unless you want me to be involved. I am a musician and a writer, and so I often work from home. Please be considerate of other guests, and clean up after yourself. Otherwise, enjoy!
I need to prepare the room for the next guest, so please let me know when you will be checking out. I am, flexible but I want to know please.

Smoking is not allowed.

18 Reviews

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    Chile
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    May 2019

    Alexander is an excellent host, his place is clean, comfortable and well located. He is very kind and open to allow the use of the dependencies of his home. About the location, the subway station, supermarket, pharmacy and places to eat are 5 minutes walking from the house. The bus stop is just around the corner.
    Everything was fine. Therefore, totally recommended.

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    Canada
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    April 2019

    Alex's home is very cozy, it's the perfect place to enjoy Toronto and get a very comfortable rest. Would definitely book again

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    England
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    April 2019

    Alexander was a great host always great to have a chat with and very helpful I highly recommend to stay with him in Toronto

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    China
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    February 2019

    Alex(the host) is super friendly and knowledgeable. A great person to have a conversation with. And the house is absolutely amazing. Very clean and comfortable. His large collection of stylish movies and music is astonishing. Highly recommend if you want to find a place to stay in toronto.

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    Canada
    Age 45 - 54

    5 hearts
    December 2018

    Xander is a great host. He is generous with his time, information about the area and keeps a very neat and clean home. The rooms are bright and spacious with a very comfortable bed! We loved our stay and conversations with Xander and would stay there again in a second. Thank you very much!!

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    Brazil
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    December 2018

    It was our first time in a home stay and it was amazing experience, I really felt like home. Xander is a very kind host, who was always trying to make us more comfortable. We had many opportunities to dine with a very nice piano's background sound. We also met Anant from India, another guest who was very nice as well. Next time I visit Toronto for sure I´ll book another room here.

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    Mexico
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    November 2018

    This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

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    India
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    October 2018

    Couldn't have asked for anything better. Beautiful home a short walk from Coxwell station. Xander is very very welcoming and kind. Met two wonderful guests Chohi and Adriana from Brazil who became my first new friends in Canada. Perfect bathroom, kitchen and laundry. Even saw Xander playing the piano and one of his students singing beautifully. Great memories :) Thanks a ton...

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    India
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    October 2018

    It is a nice house with a lot of musical instruments. Xander is really a cordial host. The house is minutes away from Coxwell Subway station and Little India(Gerrard East) where you can find really nice and affordable Indian cuisine.

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    France
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    September 2018

    Mon héberge ment chez Xander était super. La maison est jolie et très propre. Xander est super sympa . Le lit est très confortable. Je recommande vivement. Si je devaiq repasser a Toronto je pense que je prendrai volontier la chambre. C'est mieux qu'à l'hôtel.

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When do I pay?

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