About the Homestay

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Hello and welcome! When we travel, we like to stay with other people. It makes it much more personal. We live in a fairly big house, and like to share it with people who come to Vancouver for longer periods of time, like a long vacation, studying, ESL, working holiday visa, new job, relocating, etc. We know how difficult it can be to land in a new country, or city, and find your way. We'd like to make it a little easier and more enjoyable.
We live in a very nice, green and safe residential neighbourhood, with beautiful houses and gardens. The famous Van Dusen Botanical Gardens are just a 10 minute walk away, and the Queen Elizabeth Park, with spectacular views of the downtown Vancouver, a 20 minute walk.
The house is conveniently located in Oakridge, near major public transit routes. You can be downtown within 30 minutes, either by bus (the stop is just 2 minutes away), or by Skytrain (a 12 minute walk). It's a 5 minute walk to 49 bus that will take you directly to UBC.
We’re looking for friendly, quiet, tidy and considerate people to share our house with, and we’re very much looking forward to meeting and hosting you.

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Laundry
  • Internet Access

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 2 nights

Maximum stay is for 10 nights

Check-in date must be before 25 Aug 2019

Available for given dates

Sunny bedroom on main floor, queen bed
From $36 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Large room on the ground floor, with a queen bed. Accommodates 1 or 2 people. Well equipped, two desks, South facing room, with beautiful greenery outside the window.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
$47
$57
Weekly Price
$280
$350
Upstairs Bistro Room
From $36 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Cozy room on the second floor. Queen size comfy bed, small bistro table with two chairs, area rugs, spacious closet, night stands and lamps.

Facilities
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
$47
$57
Weekly Price
$280
$350
Large garden Room with two queen beds
From $39 per night
Triple Room
Sleeps 3

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Large room on the ground floor, with a patio door, and 2 queen beds. Best for 2 or 3 people. An extra charge of $20 per night for the use of second bed applies. It's a well equipped room, with a great view of the garden.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2+ Guests
Nightly Price
$47
$57
Weekly Price
$299
$369
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About the Area

We live in a very nice, green and safe residential neighbourhood, with beautiful houses and gardens. The famous Van Dusen Botanical Gardens are just a 10 minute walk away, and the Queen Elizabeth Park, with spectacular views of the downtown Vancouver, a 20 minute walk.
The house is conveniently located in Oakridge, near major public transit routes. You can be downtown within 30 minutes, either by bus (the stop is just 2 minutes away), or by Skytrain (a 12 minute walk). It's a 5 minute walk to 49 bus that will take you directly to UBC.

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • 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

We like to keep a quiet and comfortable house, so we have a few rules to make sharing the space more enjoyable for everyone. Most of it is just common sense, with an added twist due to some allergies (we can discuss it more in detail when you contact us).
Please be respectful of all the other people in the house, and their spaces. Always lock the outside doors when leaving or coming in. Quiet hours between 10 pm and 8 am. Please do not bring outside visitors into our home. If you occasionally want to invite a friend, this needs to be agreed to in advance, and it cannot be an overnight visit.
No parties or events on the premises. Smoking or vaping not allowed anywhere on the property. No lit candles, or burning of anything.
Always clean up after yourself in the kitchen and the bathroom, as those spaces are shared. Personal laundry is allowed once a week, within specified hours. Once a week, we will take care of washing your bedding, and provide you with clean sheets and towel. Due to allergies, we like to keep the house as fragrance free as possible, so please be respectful of that. We use only fragrance free laundry and cleaning products (or as close to it as possible).
We can discuss the kitchen use/food details once you contact us.

Smoking is not allowed.

24 Reviews

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    Iran
    Age 35 - 44

    1 heart
    April 2019

    Maria is a kind person. However there were several issues that made my 2 weeks stay at her apartment a horrible experience!

    First of all, she has many rules for her flat which are described in the flat policy. However, she is actually much much more restricted and during my stay she made some new rules! For example, I was not allowed to use dairy products, cook sunny side up eggs, or even warm up my almond milk. None of these item were listed on the flat policy!

    My stay was in early April 2019 and obviously nights were cold. Unfortunately there is no warmer inside the room. In addition, air conditioner didn’t work properly and I couldn’t sleep most nights. Snoring of two other home mates in other rooms and on different floors made my nights awful.

    One night around 10:30 I decided to have a hot almond milk to make my body warm because of the coldness (she did not let me to use heated normal milk, so I bought almond milk), but she appeared and tuned the cook off! What is this? A prison!

    I shared with Maria my dissatisfaction about the AC in the room sometimes but she just suggested me to use extra blanket instead of changing the degree of thermostat.

    In this house there is no privacy whatsoever. Wherever I went, she appeared behind me and checked on me. She even checked my basket in the kitchen in which there were my ingredients and touched them, and also touched my food while it was on the cook! I did never brake her rules yet she always checked on me and made me stressed.

    That’s not all. About the laundry, she doesn’t allow to use laundry machine, unless she comes and put the clothes and set the economical program. Unfortunately two of my clothes shrank!

    Using bathroom was another story. Not only she checked bathroom after guests, but also she forced them to dry any tiny water spots on the washstand sink with a towel there. Besides, there were shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and a bar of soap in the bathroom. They looked ages old and bio, but no one knows those old packs are refilled with what. My skin had a bad reflex on them and made my skin dry and some wounds in some parts of my body. I always use bio cosmetics, but I don’t know what was really inside those old packs!

    In general I would recommend those who wish themselves a pleasant stay in Vancouver, to increase their budgets if possible, and book a place with less/no rules.

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    Germany
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    April 2019

    Our stay at Maria‘s well designed house was perfect. Everything was so clean and even better than in a hotel. It was such a nice home to come back to after a long journey in Vancouver. We felt very comfortable and welcome because of her being so friendly and helpful and would love to visit her again one day.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Maria in ,

    Aaww...thanks guys.It really was lovely to have you here. Enjoy the rest of your adventure :)

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    Mexico
    Age 25 - 34

    4 hearts
    April 2019

    The house was always very clean. Super close to the bus stop. :)

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    Brazil
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    March 2019

    I stayed one month in Maria's homestay and loved it! The room is very comfortable, the kitchen, the house have three bathrooms. The house is very organized. The house is very close to a bus station, restaurant like AeW and Tim Hortons very close! The place is great! Maria is very helpful, friendly, lovely, always helpful!!! I and my Husband loved her!! I would definitely recommend and will be back in my vacation! Thank you for everything Maria. Best Wishes! :)

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Maria in ,

    You're so welcome Claudia, loved having you here! See you and your husband again soon :)

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    Hong Kong
    Age 65 - 74

    4 hearts
    February 2019

    This guest awarded the host 4 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

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    Kuwait
    Age 25 - 34

    4 hearts
    January 2019

    This guest awarded the host 4 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

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    Iran
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    January 2019

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

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Maria in ,

    Thank you Farah, it was nice meeting and hosting you here :)

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    Spain
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    January 2019

    Maria is so nice and attentive. The room was big and with great kitchen and bathrooms. We really enjoyed our stay. We will go again :)

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Maria in ,

    Thank you. I hope you will return, loved having you here :)

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    Iran
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    November 2018

    Maria is a wonderful host indeed. Her place is spoltless, Sunny room is very spacious, I had two desks and a very comfy bed with lots of pillows :)
    I arrived very late, after midnight, but she stayed awake till I got there. She explained everything well and answered all my questions completely although it was 1:00 a.m.
    there are 3 bathrooms and a big kitchen with all you need to feel at home. 10 minute walk to subway and bus stop is just a few steps away, the location is very convenient. My stay couldn't be better :)))

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Maria in ,

    Thank you Benyamin for this glowing review :) It was absolutely lovely to meet you and to have you in the house. You're missed. All the best to you!

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    France
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    November 2018

    Julia was a perfect host ! I am so happy to have chose her house for my first weeks in Vancouver. The house was super clean and well decorated. She is very helpful and kind. The house is very well located near the skytrain (around 10 minutes) with all facilities in a beautiful neighbourhood. Thank you so much again Julia !

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Maria in ,

    Thanks Erika, it was truly a pleasure to have you here. All the best to you, and come and visit sometime :)

How do I book?

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When do I pay?

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