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Dinny Biggs

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Large House Well-Situated Downtown for Study, Work and Family Adventures

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Listing #145388

House | Private Space | House Sitting Requested
Rates from CAD $6250 | Monthly
Last Updated 7 days ago


Our fully renovated, century old house has newer hardwood floors, window coverings, carpeted stairs, and custom-designed woodwork throughout, as well as some original features retained. The latest upgrades include five new picture windows, new gutters with gutter guard, new tankless water heater and a rain barrel, brand new refrigerator and a newly built small top floor deck overlooking our backyard trees. The house has a gas furnace and central air conditioning with adjustable thermostat in the tenanted space. We would like to lease the top three floors of our house as a private space to a family who will enjoy our home as much as we have. This is an incredible house in an exciting neighbourhood https://harbordvillage.com/ within a multi-cultural and dynamic, metropolitan world-class city. Further features: 1st Floor: three rooms include a full kitchen with additional small pantry and 2-piece bathroom • Large L-shaped living room and large dining room, both with built in shelving for books and displays • Antique pine mantel and original fireplace (only used by Santa) and three unique mirrors • Specially designed medicine cabinet with coded lock • Kitchen with Caesar stone counter and custom-made maple cupboards and plate rail • Double sink, brand new fridge, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, gas oven and stove • Cooking ware, dishes and kettle if requested • Front and back doors keyless entry systems. 2nd Floor; three rooms and 3-piece bathroom including laundry machines • Front room with east facing bay windows used as additional bedroom or studio/office/second living room • Three-seater sofa included; serves as a single bed for an overnight guest 3-piece washroom’s shower has a shallow tub suitable for bathing children Large electric washer and dryer included for tenant use only 3rd Floor; two rooms, 4-piece bathroom and small deck • Front room a large open studio/office with electric fireplace, built-in counter and built in shelving • Skylight over the stairs • Small deck facing west accessed from bedroom and has an adjustable awning • Back bedroom with two double closets and an extra storage closet • Ductless air conditioner unit and fan in ceiling for added third floor comfort • Deep air-jet tub and open storage shelving in ensuite bathroom Backyard; • Partially shaded deck with table and chairs • Small garden spaces • Play fort and sandbox (toys included!) • Secured outdoor parking (6 ft 8 in / 203 cm width) from laneway access behind house • Cedar tree, 80-foot spruce tree and serviceberry tree attract a variety of song birds Front yard; • Large porch facing the front yard and sidewalk • Small garden spaces and storage for City bins • Community bench facing the sidewalk • Basement entrance under porch to access owner-occupied space • City-owned maple tree with leaves turning yellow in the Fall Bike path in both directions right outside our front yard All utilities, house insurance and taxes, as well as a heating, cooling and plumbing emergency and maintenance service are included, as are outside and inside cleaning tools, but tenant costs for content insurance and inside cleaning and yard care services are not. Beds, cribs and baby gates, tables and chairs provided if requested, once family size and ages known and lease agreement signed. The basement has a private front entrance for the owners and shared back door entrance with tenants. The basement is a separate secured space for owner-use only as storage and for overnight visits, at which times we will collect our mail and assist with yard work. We are an older couple living between Toronto in a our newly renovated basement in our house and in our rented apartment two hours away and nearer to our grandchildren. Our Toronto house has been our home for over 38 years as a multigenerational family.

Private Space Offered




2,600 ft2

Suited For

Property Type

Comments: Rental involves exclusive use of top three floors of our house while the owners will occasionally stay in the basement apartment with its own front entrance and shared back door. It's a large house in a desirable downtown Toronto location.


From July 1, 2021 until July 1, 2023

Additional Dates

August 1, 2021 until August 1, 2023

Minimum Stay

12 Months | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: The house is ready to rent now on a long term lease, preferably for at least two years. We are flexible on start to end dates, but the sooner the better is our preference. Our neighbours can't wait to meet you!


Private Space in a House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Closest University

University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Nearby Universities
Ryerson | George Brown College - Casa Loma Campus - C Building | OCAD University | University of Toronto

Harbord Village

Nearby Cities

Guelph | Hamilton | Oshawa

Comments: Located close to public transit in all directions and walking distance to downtown universities, colleges and hospitals, many cultural, recreational and restaurant venues and community activities, schools, daycares, libraries, stores and services..


  • Walk to Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Urban
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Park
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Neighborhood School
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from CAD $6250 Monthly

Utilities are included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: Second floor washer and dryer for exclusive tenant use. Owners will assist with seasonal yard clean up. Tenant will have access to furnace and a/c thermostat.


The home is suitable for young kids

Ask about bringing pets

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

Comments: Backyard includes a deck, play fort and large sandbox, outdoor storage space and 1 outdoor parking spot for a small car accessed from the laneway (Croft St) behind our house. Toronto City manages permitted street parking and bike lane in front.

House Sitting

I am looking for help while I am away

I would like help with mail and deliveries

Tenant asked to kindly put aside securely for owner pick up later of any of their mail or deliveries.

I would like help with plants or garden

A gardening budget is negotiable and tools will be provided. Tenant has free hand on garden development, but trees on the property are to remain untouched. Owner will assist with seasonal yard clean up when staying in basement apartment.

Comments: Tenant is responsible for own content insurance, interior cleaning, keeping front pathway and steps cleared of snow and leaves, and household waste disposal following Toronto sorting and pick up schedule.



Semi Furnished


High Speed Internet


Cable or Satellite


Balcony or Patio


Dedicated Parking




Temperature Control

Air Conditioning









Comments: Includes: 3 beds with new mattress covers; 2 framed double beds and 1 queen mattress with box spring; all window coverings, 3 tables and long sofa, also suitable as single bed. Owner will provide crib, child gates, eating and cooking ware, if needed.


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Dinny Biggs

Member Since 2020

Trust Score (8)
Independent Scholar or Retired Academic