2 bedroom, sleeps 7, license #19-161084
- english, german
About Julia O'Dwyer
We are an international family from Ireland and Germany and have been living with our 4 children in Vancouver since 1999. We are excited about our chosen city and are looking forward to sharing information and tips with you on your stay!
Julia O'Dwyer purchased this House in 2004
Why Julia O'Dwyer chose West Side
We live on the premises of our vacation rental and are always available in case our guests have any wishes or needs.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
You can't beat this location and design of this house! Close to UBC and within walking distance of amazing restaurants and shops. This home is even better than it looks in the pictures. The bathroom has a deep, jetted tub that was great for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing. Our kids really appreciated the use of the shared trampoline.
Great little cottage in a great neighborhood. Short walk to lots of amenities. Great home base for exploring not only Kitsilano, but other nearby neighborhoods. Would stay there again for sure.
Felt like home (away from home)
The place was perfect, clean and comfortable. Quiet neighborhood but short walk to cafes, restaurants and transit.
Weekend in Vancouver
We were a family of 4 + our hound staying for 2 nights in Kitsilano. Great location close to restaurants, shops and public transport. The coach house is nicely decorated and equipped, and proved to be a good size for the four of us.
We just returned from an 8-night stay at the Avalon Coach House and it was wonderful. We are a family of 4, with 2 teenagers, and the home was just right for us. Julia was kind enough to make up an extra twin bed in one room, so our kids each had their own bed. The neighborhood is charming and quiet, we slept great, the beds are comfy and the size of the coach house was great for vacation - way better than a hotel room. We did a small amount of cooking and the kitchen is very well stocked. There are grocery stores nearby (including a Safeway) and our kids enjoyed venturing out on their own for breakfast fixings and macaron cookies (Bon Macaron Patisserie!). The neighborhood has so much to offer in terms of restaurants (we loved breakfast at Chewies Biscuit Co and Jam Cafe), shopping and wondering. We rented a car for 3 of our 8 days and there is a parking spot next to the coach house. It allowed us to get up to Lynn Canyon (hiking and suspension bridge), Deep Cove (hike to Quarry Rock), Squamish (Sea to Sky Gondola and suspension bridge). Without the car, we definitely logged some miles on foot, even walking to Granville Island a couple times (lots to see along the way so it wasn't bad at all). Taxis are affordable, so a combination of walking and taxis worked well for us. For our family, we much preferred to be in a local neighborhood instead of downtown in a high-rise, you get a feel for local life and away from the touristy shops and noise. We spent plenty of time running around all over, but were grateful to come home to the guest house every night. Highly recommend!
Highly recommend for families!
We had a wonderful stay at the Avalon Coach House! Julia and Mike are wonderful hosts and responsive to any and all questions we had. Location is spectacular, walking distance to many parks/playgrounds in addition to several restaurants/stores (W. Broadway is only 2 blocks away). It is also a great launching off point to the main attractions of Vancouver by car, which made traveling with small children very convenient.
It was a nice touch to be welcomed to a full fruit bowl, milk and cream in the fridge and beautiful potted orchids upon arrival.
We were especially pleased with the layout of the house, which is not obvious through the pictures that are posted on the listing: The main floor is exactly as pictured - comfortable living/dining room with small kitchen (perfect for us as we didn't cook all that much in such a great foodie town, but still had the comforts of a fully stocked kitchen, mainly for breakfasts and takeout meals when we wanted to stay in). The upper floor pictures don't do the place justice: the bedroom to the right was well designed to have a sitting/lounging chair perfect for feeding our baby (it is also a single fold out bed) as well as a large flat shelf/sitting area by the main window which served as our diaper changing station. This room is also large enough to comfortably fit a pack n play for our infant with plenty of room to spare. The second bedroom was perfect for our 4 year old, equipped with a small desk that also served as a makeshift drawing/coloring area for our child. The bathroom is also nice for a small house, we think it would be helpful to take a photograph of it for potential guests as it is well constructed and equipped - jetted tub with handheld shower head and good shelf space for toiletries and bath toys.
As stated by another guest, the upstairs does get quite warm (even when it was only about 60F outside) - although the electric fans help, it would be better if the windows had screens so as to be able to allow cool air to flow through without the mosquitoes and flies coming in.
Since we stayed for a little over 2 weeks, having full laundry facilities was key - the washer and dryer worked great, just a word of caution that the dryer door can leave quite a bruise if you stand up under it when it is open.
As this is a pet friendly listing, we brought our dog as well and he very much enjoyed the dog-friendly neighborhood!
Thanks for an enjoyable stay in Kits!
Kitsilano is Vancouver's premier neighbourhood, located just ourside the downtown core.
Characterised by its leafy tree-lined streets and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, it is the ideal location from which to explore Vancouver and its surroundings.
Our vacation home is located in the centre of Kitsilano, on a quiet street, yet within steps of cafes, restaurants and shops and direct bus links to downtown Vancouver and UBC (the University of British Columbia).
Walk through a vibrant neighbouthood, sip your coffee on an outdoor patio and enjoy sunset on the beach in Kitsilano!