About the Homestay
We are a fun and creative family from Australia. We speak English at home and know exactly what it is like to be "a stranger in a strange land" so welcome and let's explore life together!
A safe and family friendly neighbourhood, MacKenzie Heights is surrounded by tree-lined streets and prestigious west side schools and parks with close proximity to UBC (only 7 mins drive or 20 mins direct bus#25). Minutes walk to transit bus stops #25 or #2, takes you directly to UBC, EAS, Kits Beach and Downtown (all in less than 30 mins) or catch the train on the Canada Line at King Edward Station to Richmond and other cities outside Vancouver. Biking is also an option as we have dedicated bike lanes on our street. (Refer to Vancouver bike routes here http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/map-cycling-vancouver.pdf).
We are an ideal homestay for people who are coming to study in Vancouver. Whether it's ESL, design, tech or any education for that matter we allow you the space and environment to thrive and also have fun. We encourage you to enjoy the natural beauty, culture and lifestyle this city has to offer and can assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.
We will treat you as family and look forward to getting to know you and your culture. Our favourite past time apart from eating good food and sharing great conversations over dinner or a game of cards is to meet new people.
We can also help you find your feet upon landing in Vancouver, whether it's for a conference, a short holiday, sebatical or relocation. We sure know what that was like when we first arrived here (5 years ago) and have all the resource to help you get set up and "hit the ground running"!
We have a huge 6 bedroom house on the hill, with open living and dining areas that are spacious and entertaining. Two full bathroom with tubs are shared. There are three fully furnished bedrooms (Queen, Double or Twin beds) with wardrobe, desk, chair, shelves, lamp, mirror plus cotton bedding and towels. Your homestay may include the option of breakfast, lunch or dinner (for an extra cost). Hugh speed wifi, utilities costs (hydro & gas), laundry, on-street parking and bike storage are included for free.
Other optional fee paying services are:
Airport pick up / drop off
Laundry and cleaning service
Meals - Breakfast $5 lunch $8 and dinner $10 or $20/day
Fresh, healthy homemade meals are always on the menu in our household. Breakfast is self served, lunch is packed or selfmade and dinner is served or awaits you when you come home from an exhausting day out. My cooking style is best described as contemporary "Australian fusion" where East meets West and vice versa. Great taste and style come with our compliments! We look forward to hearing from you!
- Bikes for use
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
MacKenzie Heights is a safe and family friendly neighbourhood located in Vancouver (west side), with easy access via bus and train directly to UBC, Downtown, Kits Beach and Richmond.
Close to BC's most sort after schools and Uni:
Private School: Crofton, York House and St George
Secondary Schools: Prince of Wales, Kits and Lord Byng and more
There are nearby cafes, bars, restaurants and community centres in Kerrisdale and Dunbar. Nature surrounds you everywhere you look. Walk in the nearby Pacific Spirit park or along Spanish Banks beach to reinvigorate your soul.
Local Area Facilities
- Health club
- 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
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Half Board
- Full Board
- Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
- Lactose Intolerant
- Nut Allergies
Be honest and respectful of other peoples space, clean up after yourself and do not invite strangers into our home. If you would like to invite a friend over, this needs to be communicated in advance. No parties, lit candles or consumption of food or drinks in the bedrooms.
Please keep our home secure when entering and leaving the house. Turn OFF all lights and electrical devices when not in use and abide by our and the city's recycling regulations.
Note: Use of the kitchen is for cooks only. This means you MUST KNOW how to cook and CLEAN UP after yourself. The maid is on permanent vacation!
Smoking is not allowed.
Alison et sa fille sont vraiment sympathiques, disponibles. La maison et la chambre sont spacieuses, les lieux de vie commune nous encouragent à échanger avec les hôtes.
Die Kommunikation mit Alison ist gut und klappt reibungslos. Ein früheres Einchecken war möglich. Das Zimmer war zwar noch nicht fertig aber wir konnten unser Gepäck schon abgeben.
Wichtig zu wissen ist, dass außerhalb des eigenen Zimmers immer Englisch gesprochen werden soll - wenn nicht, findet die Gastgeberin das nicht gut ...
Die Unterkunft ist denke ich, eher für jüngere und Studenten empfehlenswert. Für Leute, welche bereits mitten im Leben stehen, können die “gut gemeinten Ratschläge” anstrengend sein. Die Unterkunft bietet eher ein Ferienlager-feeling.
Alison, George and Bella are just amazing. They are very nice, welcome you kindly and make you feel safe and comfortable in their house. They provide everything you need. The rooms are nice and spacious. I've had a very nice stay with this amazing family and other nice international students. If I ever came back to Vancouver I would definitely stay at Alison's.
Thank you so much!
Lieu parfait pour commencer une nouvelle aventure au Canada ou découvrir Vancouver.
La maison est très bien placé à mis distance entre UBC et le downtown pour vos visites.
Vous serez accueilli dans cette maison comme un membre d'une grande famille et découvrirez des personnes généreuses et adorable à votre écoute pour vous aider.
Autour d'un repas ou d'une partie de jeu vous apprendrez à connaître des personnes venant de tout les pays qui deviendront des amis en or. Une expérience des plus enrichissante.
J'ai adoré mon séjour dans cette maison et regrette de ne pas y être rester plus longtemps.
Définitivement je recommande cette maison si vous voulez passer le meilleur séjour à Vancouver
Beautiful home and family. Thank you so much for hosting us
I can really recommend the homestay at Alisons‘. The room with the mountain view is unbelievable!!! I will never forget this amazing view of Vancouver in the morning when I woke up and in the evening when I went to bed. The room was modern, bright and very clean. But the Most important thing is that I felt very comfortable and safe with Allison and her family. Bella and Allison gave me a warm welcome and some tips for my stay in Vancouver. I have not felt alone far away from home. It was really nice and I would keep coming back. Thank you for everything, your Wiebke :-)
Alison, George and Bella were absolutely wondering hosts! I would even go as far to say that I wasn't welcomed in as a guest, but I was adopted into a new family for my stay there!
Can't thank you guys enough for having me and welcoming me into your home! It was an absolute pleasure to stay with you guys!
My stay with Alison's familly was great. Everything was done to make it exceptional. Added, the room was lovely with this amazing mountain view.
Thanks to G.A.&B.
Alison, George and Bella were wonderful hosts. Friendly, welcoming and considerate. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a beautiful room in an excellent location hosted by open hearted and delightful family. 5/5
We really enjoyed our stay with George , Alison and Bella . Our room had a fantastic mountain view and the location was great for travelling into the city .We we're made very welcome and they gave us lots of help with getting around , and loved the local deli /cafe they suggested we try .
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.