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Unique 3 Bedroom Home Close to Beach, Easy Access to Downtown

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A uniquely spacious family home, 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms close to lake & parks

SEE A VIDEO of our home in the photo section (# 25) to get a flavor of what it looks and feels like.

Our home, Red Canoe Studio, is great gathering place for family and friends coming to Toronto. Whether it's to see your favourite teams play, artists, musicians, dancers, film festivals, theatre or shop, our beautifully spacious ground level loft is the perfect place to launch your visit. Our cleaning team, The Sunshine Girls, headed by Magdalena keep our home absolutely spotless and attractive for your arrival.

It was once a cider mill back in the 1800's when the neighborhood was an apple orchard. You feel like your in Italy sitting on the European style patio. Everyone who has stayed in our 2500 square foot warehouse conversion home in Toronto's east-end has commented on what a rare jewel our home is tucked away in the middle of a city. For sure, when we first discovered it, we knew we had found something truly "unique."

There is radiant floor heat throughout used in the late fall and winter, 14 foot ceilings, bamboo floors in the main space and polished dyed concrete, Italian style, in the bedrooms with throw rugs. There are three bedrooms; one queen master bedroom has an en suite with soaker tub, bidet and 2 person shower. Off of the bedroom is a walk in laundry room with sink and ironing board; one bedroom with a queen; one bedroom with two twins/ or a king. Our home sleeps six in the bedrooms but it will accommodate 7 altogether with an extra if you need it with an extra cot.The second bathroom with a shower is off the living room. There is an upright piano for the musically inclined in the open concept living/kitchen/dinning area that is 1500 sq ft and a 10 person beautiful oak dinning table.

Note that we are a short walk around the corner to Cassels Avenue Playground ( and splashpad), a beautiful 1.6 hectare treed park. And, it's a 15-minute walk through the back neighbourhood to the beach and boardwalk (or a 7-min car ride)

Enjoy our stereo with tons of CDs or plug in your own device for your own music. We have Wi-Fi and a 43" smart TV and access to Netflix/ YouTube along with a DVD collection. We still have them! From Winnie The Pooh and The Wizard Of Oz to a Ghibli Japanese animation film set to Blade Runner and the Matrix.

Outside from late spring to fall is our lush garden filled with ferns and hostas and other beauties. At your finger tips, outside the front door, is basil and mint for your cooking use as well. At the other end is our easy to use Weber barbie with a cast iron grill.

When you come to Red Canoe Studio you don't need to worry about a thing. Shampoo, conditioner, body soap, towels, wash clothes and quality sheets are provided. We'll get you a toothbrush if you forget yours.

Also know that we have a massage therapist/yoga teacher who is willing to come to Red Canoe Studio (upon availability of your visit) to help keep you tuned up and healthy. You just need to ask and we can help hook you up.

We are a smoke free and pet free space, friendly for environmentally sensitive folks and wheelchair friendly.


Generally arrivals are from 3 pm on and departures at 10 am but we are flexible and if we can accommodate our guests schedules we will try.

More Details

Jerry and Kim Brodey
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Jerry and Kim Brodey

KIM BRODEY has a multifaceted background that has included working as a singer/actor, midwife, childbirth educator, and educational change workshop leader (in areas of conflict resolution, and cultural inclusivity). Kim has been an authorized Continuum Movement teacher since 1991 mentored by Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper. She has over 35 years of experience mentoring and working with groups, couples and individuals in traditional and non-traditional ways, see Discoveries in Movement. With Red Canoe Families Kim and Jerry work together using an integrative approach to conscious parenting. Kim and Jerry have been married since 1983. They have two children, four grandchildren, and many God children.

JERRY BRODEY is an arts educator, mentor, workshop leader and performing artist. His passion is to advocate for youth, social justice and peace issues. In 1994 Jerry co-founded Community Builders Youth Leadership, a non-profit organization that trains young people to be leaders and activists. Kim and Jerry have been presenting workshops for educators and performing for students for over 30 years. They’ve received two Juno nominations, an Action for Children's Television award and three American Library awards. In 1995 Jerry worked with Ojibway elder John Agounie while offering a rites of passage program for boys. This launched him into writing and performing his first play, Solo: A Boy's Journey. Boys and men’s issues are at the forefront of his work. On November 24th, 2012 Jerry released Acres of HeartLand, a fundraising CD for Planting Seeds of Hope school. Jerry continues to work with Community Builders and manage Red Canoe Studio.

Jerry and Kim Brodey purchased this house in 2005

Why Jerry and Kim Brodey chose Beach Hill

We love being near the beach and in 2005 we found this unusual property which is a 20-minute walk to the beach and an old fashioned boardwalk. Back in the 1800's this neighborhood an apple orchard and our home was the old cider mill. In those days, cider mills were often the gathering places where on cold winter evenings the fiddles would come out and an evening of stories and songs would be enjoyed. We bought the property so we could offer a variety arts events, workshops and special gatherings that we could never have in our previous house. It was a dream come true. Now we offer it to people who want more than a hotel room to hang out in.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Beach Hill, Ontario

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 singles can easily be converted into a comfy king
  • We have a big comfy Ikea chair in the living room that doubles for an extra single cot for those gatherings that require additional sleeping arrangements. It can easily be put in #3 bedroom or stay out in the living room off to the side so it doesn't take away from your living space.We accommodate up to 7 people.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Unique 3 Bedroom Home Close to Beach, Easy Access to Downtown
average rating of 4.925 based on 40 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Red Canoe was exceptional from the time we received the keys until we left one week later.

It was spotless! The beds were comfortable with clean linens. Supplies were adequate and the basic kitchen needs were supplied, plus some. It was roomy and unique with pictures and statues from around the world. The pictures do not do it justice.

Jerry was available from helping us with our luggage to any needs we had during our stay. (We were a family of octarians). We felt like family.

We will return to the Red Canoe in 2 years for our next birthday celebration and recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anita, You, your sisters and brother Keith were truly a wonderful part of our summer. We were so pleased we found each other. Let us know when you want to come and we'll set it up again. All the best in the leg of the journey. Thanks for your glowing review. Jerry and Kim
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Large, spacious and very quiet!

  • 5 of 5

The Red Canoe studio is quite a large building, with a huge great room for living, dining and kitchen. The kitchen is very well equipped and gracious, and the dining table and area, also quite gracious. The enormous living area has great acoustics and absorbs the sounds of daily living quite nicely. Bedrooms were very large and spacious.

There were lots of games and books, especially for the children, which was a very nice touch. Note to families with active children - there are many sculptures and mobiles around, as well as a large shrine-like installation with several sculptures and items on display... we blocked this area off with some extra dining chairs and that worked nicely.

We did not meet the owners, but they communicated through email and there were no issues that needed addressing. The next door neighbour handled the key check in. There was laneway parking for our two cars and it's close to coffee shops and not far from the lovely Beaches area. Thanks for comfortable stay!

  • Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great comfortable place to stay with great hosts.

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay with a family or larger group.

My family had a great, relaxing time at this rental.

Enjoyed having enough space to have a family breakfast in the morning, or an evening watching movies or planning our next day in Toronto.

Close to the beach and downtown, but also close to great local eats and groceries.

This is a great place.

  • Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A quirky but comfortable stay, with good location

  • 4 of 5

In comparison with the hotel rooms we visited on our trip the studio offered our family great space, good sofas to relax and a kitchen. The location was great for the street car, 10mins for the subway and 20-25mins for the beach. Kim and Jerry offered a very warm welcome and told us of many good restaurants in the area, although we didn't go there. Our only disappointments however were the lack of natural light in the living space and also the presence of a vertical steel girder which was a little surprising!

  • Submitted: 3-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

great hosts. lots of space. comfortable. convenient to greater Toronto. Booked it for myself and four other friends they all loved it.

  • Submitted: 8-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You brought a lot of joy to our home. Good to have you and your friends. Jerry and Kim
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Perfect Location; Amazing Home!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Red Canoe for a family reunion during which time we celebrated my parents' 60th wedding anniversary. We traveled from Texas, Florida, Connecticut and North Carolina for this reunion. My parents, two elderly aunts and two elderly uncles stayed at the Red Canoe whilst the 7 in the "younger" generation stayed at the Days Inn about a mile away (not a bad walk, though we had a car). All 12 of us used the Red Canoe as a base for morning coffee and breakfast, as well as for evening get-togethers and late-night card games.

My mother, who was a nurse, is very picky about cleanliness. She kept going on and on about how immaculate and well-put together everything is at the Red Canoe. We travel together often and I have never heard her say this about any place we have stayed.

The space is beautifully decorated with original artwork. The furnishings are comfortable and of high quality. The kitchen is well-stocked with dishes, serving platters, silverware and anything you'd need for cooking. My only concern for those renting the Red Canoe is that everything is very nice--as such, I don't think this is a good space for people with young children or for those looking for a vacation rental in which one can just relax and be slovenly. However, it was a perfect space for our family.

Jerry is very easy to work with and gave us great tips on places to eat and visit. We all wished we had more time to really explore the area (would probably take a month!).

The Red Canoe is located in a quiet neighborhood with wonderful small restaurants. The best night of our entire vacation was spent at a Zante Bistro, a Greek restaurant about a block away. Peter, the restaurant owner, treated us as he would his own family. The Hungarian restaurant nearby also looked promising.

The off-road parking in the driveway was great. There is public transportation nearby; however, given the advanced ages of many in our group, we relied on Uber to get most of the group to and from downtown Toronto ($17 for 4 people each way). I brought my bike and it is a beautiful bike ride from the Red Canoe into downtown.

Again, we could not have asked for a more perfect spot for my family to gather.

  • Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mari, Having your family in our home was truly a delight. All i can say, in the short time I had to show your mom and dad around, is they are sweet, thoughtful and engaged people who don't miss a trick. I also liked hearing that Peter, owner of Zante Bistro raved about your family. You made a memorable dent in our neighbourhood. Come again any time. Jerry and Kim
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Nearest Airport
11 Kilometres
Billy Bishop Airport; Pearson Intl. Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
9 Kilometres
Via Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay W, (416) 397-2628
Nearest Train
9.5 Kilometres
Union Subway Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Gardner Expressway
Nearest Beach
6.2 Kilometres
Woodbine Beach - 1675 Lake Shore Blvd E. M4L 3W6
Car: not necessary

Check out -

You want to explore the Beach area. We've lived here for years and there's great restaurants on Queen Street and lovely parks. Greek town is minutes away west on Danforth. Little India is a 20 minute walk or 6 minute car ride.

Take in a Blue Jay's game at Rogers Centre -

Or go to the Toronto Islands for a family picnic. It's so easy to toddle around on the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) for everything. Close to our home you can catch a bus, street car or subway.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Beach Hill, Ontario

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$500
Cleaning C$100

We will meet with you to give you the keys and show you the space when you arrive, and will also meet you to pick up the keys. You will have our number, and email, and can reach out to us anytime by email, phone or text, if you need us or want tourist tips, directions etc. The check in check out time can be flexible upon arrangement.

There is absolutely no smoking in our home, no pets, and a cleaning charge of $100 will be charged. We always make sure that the unit is clean and in order, and ask our guests to treat the place with respect, and leave the place in a clean state. We ask our guests to be respectful of our neighbors by keeping noise to a minimum. Respect all furnishings in the unit, and keep it clean. Damage to any art or furniture may be deducted from any deposits.

We are in the Beach Hill neighborhood, walking distance to the best beaches in Toronto and the trendy shops of Queen St East. 'Little India' is a 15 minute walk and on a summer evening the whole street is alive with color reminiscent of New Deli, BBQ’d corn and fresh squeezed cane juice can be had as you walk along the street, fabulous food, festive atmosphere and great shopping. The Bandit espresso bar around the corner has wireless where you can hang with the locals. Or a few block further west the Corner Pub has awesome locally sourced hamburgers, We are artist/musicians and often host events, concerts, poetry readings and story telling, in this very large living room.
Minutes away are two farmers markets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-7pm. Or, you could walk 15 minutes south to Queen St, with great restaurants catering to just about any taste from Mexico to Japan, Middle East to Italian, as well as boutique shopping. Another block south and there are many kilometers of boardwalk along lake Ontario to walk, a sandy beach and swimming on a hot day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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