About the Homestay

Urban Shabby chic
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

We are a professional couple with three adult children (moved out) and a very loving dog. We have hosted homestay students since 2000 and enjoy sharing our culture and learning from others. Our 1929 character home is in a quiet, safe neighbourhood that is close to transit, downtown, Hastings Park and the beach. We enjoy gardening, cycling, cooking, volunteering and traveling. We are native English speakers, but we can get by in French and Spanish if needed. We are an LGBTQ-friendly Christian family who are family-centred, peaceful, and considerate. We welcome guests who are thoughtful and open to others.

During COVID-19, we are only accepting guests who have been double vaccinated or who have quarantined and had their first shot.

We do not accept guests who are minors (under age 19).

Pets

Dog

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm
  • Non Smoking

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 21 nights

Maximum stay is for 400 nights

Available for given dates

Long stay? If you have a reoccuring schedule where days in the week do not require accommodation, you can unselect those days below. This will inform the host and reduce the price of your stay.

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Quiet and cozy ground level suite
From $30 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

A quiet bedroom with queen bed on the ground floor of our house, part of a newly renovated 2 bedroom suite with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Private entrance through back door that opens to the garden. Interactions with the family, who share the home.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
Weekly Price
$290
Monthly price
$920
Garden room
From $32 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

This is a very quiet, bright room on the ground floor that opens to the garden. It is part of a newly renovated suite with a shared kitchen. The guest has the use of the main floor bathroom (see photo of blue bathroom).

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
Weekly Price
$310
Monthly price
$960
Quiet and bright ground floor suite
From $31 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

This is a small bedroom with a queen bed for 1 person. It's on the ground floor with windows looking south and west. Private entrance through back door that opens to the garden. Interactions with the family, who share the home.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
Weekly Price
$300
Monthly price
$950
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About the Area

Our home is located in a quiet, safe neighbourhood in the northeast corner of Vancouver. We are a 5-minute walk to major transit lines and a 20-minute bus ride (or bike ride) to downtown, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Capilano University, BCIT or the mountains. It is a 5-minute walk to a free, world-class running track and outdoor sports facilities. We are a 15 min. walk to the beach or forested trails.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Library
  • Amusement Park
  • Horse Stables
  • Sports arena
  • Health club
  • Fishing
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop

Meals

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

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

Only paying guests are allowed in our home. No smoking or drugs of any kind are allowed on the property. We do not drink more than a glass or two of wine; we expect you to use the same moderation. We will keep the shared spaces and house clean. We expect you to clean your own room and tidy up after yourself. If you stay more than three weeks, I may check your room monthly for general cleanliness if it's a concern. Our home is quiet from 10 pm to 7 am. We have had two vaccines and the booster. We accept guests who have had two vaccines. We do not host minors, guests under age 19.

Smoking is not allowed.

6 Reviews

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    Brazil
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    May 2022

    Kirsten and Dan are amazing people! I really loved to stay in their house. Kirsten helped me a lot in my first day in Vancouver.

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    Albania
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    February 2022

    I consider myself lucky enough that I have had the possibility to stay with Kirsten and Dan. They are all a lovely family, really hostile and I have enjoyed staying there.Kirsten is the best cooker ever. It was a really good beginning to be settled in Vancouver and learn more about Canadian culture. I highly recommend!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Kirsten in ,

    Thanks, Eljona! We really enjoyed having you with us and are grateful you are still living close by!

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    Japan
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    September 2021

    Great house to live in. Kirsten is nice, friendly and caring person. She always gave her hand when I had some trouble. Thank you so much. It was a good start to lead a life in Vancouver.

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    India
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    May 2021

    Kirsten and her family were very kind and helped me feel comfortable during my stay at their home. The location is convenient (a bus stop + many stores within walking distance) and the neighborhood is beautiful. Highly recommend!

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    France
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    September 2020

    J'ai vécu 6 mois chez Kirsten et Dan où j'ai passé un très bon séjour.
    La famille de Kirsten est accueillante et le chien adorable.
    La maison est propre et fonctionnelle.
    Un arrêt de bus, permettant l'accès au centre ville ou à un supermarché, est à 5mn à pied de la maison. Le quartier est sûr.
    Je recommande vivement pour un premier séjour à Vancouver.

    I really enjoyed my stay with Kirsten's family ! I recommend her house !

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    England
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    August 2019

    Kirsten and her family made me feel very welcome and at home. They where very helpful and gave advice on all the places to go. Their home is in a great location and has a beautiful view. Kirsten is also a fantastic cook. I really enjoyed my stay with them.

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