About the Homestay
Recently renovated house in the well developed middle class neighborhood with GOOD walking score is only a 10-minute bus ride to the subway offers easy commute to downtown.
It has been a delight to run homestay for international guests for more than 10 years. We are a semi-retired couple, friendly and interested in learning more about the world. Elena is 65. She speaks English, French, and Russian and enjoys cooking, watching movies, music, festivals, reading, learning foreign languages, talking to friends, travel, television, gardening, nature, board games, theater, and opera. Sergi is 77. He speaks English and Russian and enjoys cooking, watching movies, music, reading and travel.
The house location can be described as "oasis within a city" - quiet and well kept. Backing onto a huge park it is only steps from the bus stations for 6 bus routs that allow a very good transit connections with different parts of Great Toronto Area and vicinity. Within a walking distance are banks, coffee shops, restaurants, food supermarkets, Dolarama store. Nearby Community Center provides free access to swimming pool and fitness room. The walk score of the neighborhood is 78. The action of North York City Centre is only 10 minutes away by bus.
When you are ready to take a break from the city hustle the Ross Lord Park will be available for you with its extensive trails, soccer fields and picnic areas. We love to go there for a walk, to feed squirrels or ducks.
The room rate includes the following services: breakfast, regular cleaning, internet access, TV, parking.
Additional services available at extra charge (payable directly to the host:
Pick up service: 55.00 CAD
Lunch: 4.50 CAD
Dinner: 6.00 CAD
Charge for washing machine usage: 5.00 CAD per machine load. The fee is waved if the guest stays for a week or longer.
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Smoke alarm on each floor
- Carbon monoxide detector
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Located uptown near Bathurst & Finch, just a couple of minutes' walk from the extensive trails within G. Ross Lord Park, my house is still only a ten minute bus ride to the subway, offering easy access to downtown. As soon as you complete your booking and pay your deposit online you will get an email with our exact address. I can help you then with directions as soon as you let me know how you will be arriving.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Bus Stop
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
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Half Board
- Full Board
Please keep our home secure and double-lock the front door when entering and leaving the house.
Please do not adjust the heat settings yourself, ask me and I will happily do it for you.
Keep noise to a minimum after 11 p.m. please.
Please do not invite strangers or friends into our home.
In case you want to cook meals and use full kitchen with the stove the safety deposit will be required.
Enjoy your stay and please treat our house as you would your own home!
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
Her husband is a kind and nice guy. But Elena did not treat me as a guest, she behave in a way that making money is just important for her. She and her husband went on the trip while I was there and some days the light breakfast was not ready for us. The room that I rent was a basement room and I did not notice it from the pictures on the site. But the room was clean and neat. Also, there is a beautiful park near their house that is a good place for doing exercises. I think the price is too high in comparison with the services I got.
I stayed in Elena's place for 4 nights .. Her husband Serge is a very nice man .. The room was very clean .. However, the bathroom was shared between 3 guests (not exclusive as listed)
Le couple Eléna et Serge offre un logement propre et pratique. La qualité et la flexibilité des repas ajoute à leur hospitalité. Vous saurez apprécier un séjour de court-moyen terme dans cette famille d'accueil.
I've been to Elena's homestay for 2 months. I was first supposed to stay there for 10 weeks but I left sooner for personal reasons.
Good Points :
- Elena and Serge are kind and helpful people
- My room was really clean and confortable
- I had everything that I needed during my stay there
- The food is pretty good, especially dinners (Serge's food)
- Nice and peaceful neighborhood
- The house is safe and secure
Bad Points :
- It seems more to be a business for them than a service. I had the feeling that making money was the only purpose for them.
- We only had one toilet paper per week. According to me, this is way not enough.
- We could only used the washing machine once per week and only on the week-end.
- The house is pretty far from downtown (about an hour with TTC)
- There’s a lot of rules you must follow, but for me it wasn’t such a big deal. But some other guests were a little upset about those rules.
- The house is a little noisy, especially because of door slamming.
-The atmosphere in the house is quite individual.
-When I had to leave the house sooner as I expected (three weeks before), I haven’t been able to be refund at all, except the credit I received for dinners paid in advance.
Personnaly, I think the price is way too high for the service you can receive. I’m pretty sure you can find a comparable homestay for a cheaper price. I would not comeback there again.
Elena et son mari sont des hôtes très sympathiques et accueillants, toujours à l'affût pour que notre séjour se passe le mieux possible. Expérience très enrichissante pour moi et ma fille de 9 ans.
Le dialogue n'a pas été simple car notre anglais devait être du même niveau que leur français :-) mais ils ont été très patient et tout c'est très bien passé. La chambre avec 2 lits et spacieuse, propre et confortable. Mention +++ pour les tiroirs de commode chauffés, vraiment génial et agréable d'enfiler un pijama ou des vêtements tous chaud quand il fait -20 dehors!
Si je retourne à Toronto, je retournerai chez eux.
Good location. The house is calm yet very comfortable. The hosts are kind and helpful. I will recommend this place to my friend.
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I stayed at Elena's during 3 months and I really loved my stay! This host family is completed for independent persons as me who wish to keep their autonomy! My room was underground and the space is fitted out as a small independent apartment with kitchen and bathroom, shared with roommates (we are 4 underground maximum)! And I was really lucky to have great roommates during my stay!!!! Great memory, great atmosphere at Elena!!!!! I will come back!
It was a big pleasure stay whit Elena and Sergi.
I booked for just 2 weeks but i lived there for 2 moths.
For a long run rent I think that you can find very easy an agreement whit them.
I really suggest this place.
Elena & Sergi`s place is wonderful for both long-term and short-term visitors. Elena is an extremely responsible person, she came to pick us up at the airport. Very tidy and quiet, good breakfast, friendly homestay family. Strongly recommend this place for any types of visitors in Toronto. Sergi and Elena are very good hosts, friendly. Our room was very comfortable. The location is easily accessible to bus lines. The neighborhood is nice and quiet. We enjoyed our 2 months stay very much. Both of them were very helpful to answer open questions and to help when there was a problem. If you're looking for a friendly host family, then I would recommend you to book a stay with them. Anytime again with this host family. A big thank you to Sergi & Elena.
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