About the Homestay
I am a divorced father of one wonderful 7 year old (who does not live with me). My house is full of music as I play the piano, and 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.
The public part of the house was beautifully renovated in 2010; and this house is spectacular, super clean, and very comfortable!
I have two bedrooms that are available -- the first has a single bed and a pull out couch, and can sleep two singles comfortably, and a bar fridge for storage of drinks and snacks.
The second has a large double bed with Memory foam mattress, and sleeps a couple comfortably. It also has a small fridge for drinks and snack storage.
PLEASE BE AWARE as per the rules of Homestay, i charge a one-time cleaning fee of $30.00 for your stay on top of the fee. This is to cover my time preparing the best possible space for you. I hope this is not an inconvenience. I am aware that it is difficult to make this clear, because there is no mechanism to add this fee in the front page.
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
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
- Shopping Centre
- Bus Stop
- Train station
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
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 work from home. Please be considerate of other guests, and clean up after yourself. Otherwise, enjoy!
Please note that, as per the rule of Homestay, I do charge a one-time, $30.00 cleaning fee.
Smoking is not allowed.
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.
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!!
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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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...
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.
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.
Xander was a very very nice guy while i was there. Very helpful and educated, and gives you freedom on the house. The house is clean, quiet and comfortable, and well located.
Xander is a great host!
I was traveling with a friend and Xander was very accommodating of our needs. He was also very responsive and helpful. Our stay at his place was very pleasant. As a local who knew the area well, he offered us great suggestions. He's also very easy to get along with. You'll have some nice conversations with him and if you're lucky, you'll get to hear him play the piano. Overall great experience. Will definitely stay here again if I ever come back to Toronto.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.