Living at Fool’s Paradise

Picturesque and quaint, the house at Fool’s Paradise is a modest cottage with its own unique, even quirky, touches that reflect Doris McCarthy’s creative vision and character.

The house includes a workroom, a large studio, a study, one bedroom, a washroom, a kitchen, a living room and an unheated screened porch. The artist live/work space is approximately 1,600 square feet (150 square metres).

The artwork, furnishings and finishes must be treated with care and consideration. Trust staff will provide an orientation session, a site guidebook and info sheets for residents. The resident is required to keep the house clean and tidy at all times. No house-cleaning service is provided.

While the residencies are provided rent-free, successful candidates are required to provide a $500 damage deposit at the start of their residencies. The deposit will be refunded at the end of the residence term, provided the residence and its furnishings are in a good state of repair.

Parking is provided on site. The nearest Toronto Transit Commission bus stop is located on Kingston Road (approximately a 15-minute walk from Fool’s Paradise).

The house is not barrier free and therefore not accessible to individuals with mobility challenges who require the use of a wheelchair or personal mobility devices.

Laundry may have to be done off-site since the house is not equipped with a washing machine or mechanical clothes dryer. A wash basin and clothesline can be made available for hand laundry.

The house is equipped with a telephone, cable television and high-speed Internet service with a 60 gigabyte per month data plan and up to 25 megabits per second connection speed.

Flammable materials must be stored and used in consultation and accordance with the requirements of the Trust. No open flames or use of a kiln, welding, brazing or other heat-based craft and associated equipment – including the grinding of metal or creation of sparks – are permitted inside the building.

This small, wood-frame house has limitations to the weight that the floors can support. Therefore, the house is best suited for artists who do not require exceptionally heavy equipment or industrial machinery.

The Fool’s Paradise property custodian occupies an apartment in the former garage. The custodian apartment is an independent and separate suite with its own entrance. The custodian has one reserved parking space. The custodian is available to answer questions and to provide basic property management assistance.

The site is in a quiet, friendly and safe residential neighbourhood. The property is protected by a monitored alarm and security system.

In order to maintain the site’s tranquility for the benefit of the artist in residence, the property will not be open to the public during the residency period – except for Doors Open Toronto (usually the third weekend in May each year). Otherwise, the Trust will continue to provide opportunities for special programming that may be scheduled between residencies.

The Trust provides the resident with:

  • free accommodation at Fool’s Paradise for the duration of the residency
  • heat, electricity, water and all other utilities (paid for by the Trust)
  • building repair and maintenance services
  • grounds maintenance (including lawn mowing and snow removal)
  • electric stove, refrigerator, microwave oven and toaster
  • single bed, tables, chairs, dressers and other basic residential furniture
  • telephone, cable television and high-speed Internet service (Rogers Cable, Internet and telephone, 25 megabits per second, 60 Gigabyte usage per month)
  • basic kitchenware (e.g., dishes, pots, pans, cutlery, etc.)
  • bed linens, pillows and towels

The resident is responsible for:

  • certified cheque for $500 (damage deposit)
  • food
  • transportation costs
  • computer (including laptop and/or tablet), printer and related equipment
  • moving expenses
  • personal contents and liability insurance
  • tools, equipment, musical instruments and art supplies
  • housekeeping/cleaning
  • laundry