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About Carlos Lopes
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Hey, I'm Carlos. I love traveling! I started traveling on my own when I was 15. I hitch-hiked from Toronto to Montréal with $5.00 in my pocket for a week. It was a project created by a buddy and myself. We each returned with 75 cents. I've slept on University grounds, on strangers' floors and in youth hostels. I've also stayed in villas with private swimming pools in Saint Bart's and the Amalfi Coast. There's nothing better than seeing the world and meeting people from different cultures than your own. I've always appreciated that our best memories of a place are linked to the people we've met there. I'm a self employed musician and a film and television composer. Through that work I've been fortunate enough to combine two of my favourite passions; music and travel. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac My wife and I have traveled together to Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, France, San Francisco, LA, New York, New Orleans, Québec City. She has lived in Barcelona and we both speak English, Spanish and French. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
Carlos Lopes purchased this House in 2003
Why Carlos Lopes chose Beach
I bought this gorgeous 4 bedroom house on a cul-de-sac in my favourite 'hood in Toronto, The Beach. I planned to live in it, but plans changed... I've kept it as a rental property since 2003.
What makes this House unique
I renovated the one bedroom, open concept, bright basement apartment in the house in 2015. It looks out on to a private beautifully landscaped garden with a pond from your own small patio. You are a 30 second walk to the lake, beach, and boardwalk. Beautiful in all 4 seasons!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Enjoyed the space very much. Great location. Plenty to explore and visit. Super nice property managers. Really helpful and attentive. Will definitely recommend and revisit.
Very nice and cozy place
My daughter and I rented this little bachelor apartment for a weekend. It was very nice and cozy. The owner is very friendly and contacted us when we got in to make sure we had everything we needed and he came to introduce himself and explained the area. I will for sure rent this place when I go back.
Misleading description! Booked a hotel room rather than stay.
The description of the place noted that the apartment was a basement studio. The pictures mostly represent the place well. Where I was mislead was in the description of the deck and the view from the deck. This is a direct quote from the owners review "What makes this house unique: I renovated the one bedroom, open concept, bright basement apartment in the house in 2015. It looks out on to a private beautifully landscaped garden with a pond from your own small patio. ..." The small patio is literally underneath the steps of the deck for the main floor of the house. The view (if you look through the stair runners of the deck that is OVERTOP of the little space) is of overgrown weeds. There is absolutely no view, and there is nothing that is "beautifully landscaped." This was a very misleading description, and I ended up booking a hotel for the night we had reserved this room. I pointed this out to Carlos and I requested a refund. Carlos was not even going to refund the cleaning fee (WE DIDN'T EVEN STAY THERE), but eventually returned that. Even though the description was SO misleading, we received no other money back. This was a very disappointing experience. Here is an excerpt from the text exchange from Carlos after I pointed out the misleading description ... "Chris, maybe where you went wrong was with interpretation as you've done here. I never said in my description that the view is beautiful, that the patio was beautiful, or that I was beautiful." I have the screen shots of his description that I am sending into to VRBO to report as misleading.
All I can say is renter beware.
Unfortunately, Chris and I didn’t have a good experience on this booking. We have rented out this Beach apartment, (on another site) for over 3 years and have had 98% rave reviews. We just began using VRBO this summer.
We have never had someone walk in and walk out. He booked on the 2nd of weekend in July which is high season in the beach. As he had quoted here, the view from your own small patio is a beautifully landscaped garden with a pond. Which, is all true. It is not the flowing gardens of Babylon or Luxembourg, but it is very charming and beautiful. There are no overgrown weeds, or actually, weeds of any kind.
My wife and I aren’t really sure how anyone would expect a basement apartment to have a patio that isn’t also below ground level. Seems intuitive, doesn’t it? Also, in the check in description we sent to Chris, it tells him clearly that he must got down 4 steps to the private patio to enter the apartment. (It also states that in our listing for those with mobility issues as a matter of transparency). We’ve never tried to mislead anyone about the patio or garden, and no one has been mislead or misinterpreted our description before or since Chris.
Then sadly Chris goes a tad overboard as he characterizes our Description as SO misleading. A tad dramatic and more than a tad weird. Our Description is 100% accurate and we haven’t changed one word since this unique episode. We can say from our experience in dealing with him, it was very disappointing.
He correctly quoted me as saying, “Chris, maybe where you went wrong was with interpretation as you've done here. I never said in my description that the view is beautiful, that the patio was beautiful, or that I was beautiful." At this point he was getting so unreasonable I tried humour, but maybe in Iowa, they don’t have a lot of humour down there, perhaps the same way they misinterpret tall grass, ferns, cattails and water lilies as overgrown weeds.
All we can say is, Hosts beware… review 1/2 star….
There is free, daytime street parking on your street. **To park after midnight until 8am, you will need a temporary street permit from the city which is inexpensive and easily obtained online, but please let us know if you need to purchase one and we can certainly help in arranging that for you.
The location is on one of the most sought-after and secluded streets in the trendy Beach neighbourhood and, literally, a thirty second walk to the beach, lake and boardwalk. It is also less than a minute walk to Queen St. where you will find everything you need: Grocery stores, boutique shopping, restaurants and bars, hip pubs, cafés and "The Fox Theatre" (an historic repertoire movie theatre).