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Ensuite full private bath and bedroom w/ queen-size bed. Safe, clean, well-priced, and full of eclectic charm. Close to Boston, universities; 1.5 blocks from major transportation hub. Wifi, off-street parking. AirBnB Superhosts four years running.
**Please read our entire listing, including 'house rules', so you know what to expect. Also, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE A RESERVATION until after we've responded to your inquiry. Four night minimum.**
Listen to the rustling trees at night and the birds in the morning. Comfortable, clean, quiet, second floor room with private en suite full bath. Hanging closet plus armoire for clothes. No TV: Room is chock full of books. Queen-size fold-out is Italian Ligne Rosset design, both chic and (ALL our guests report) EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE with thick duvet for winter (NO nasty bars in this fold-out. Will comfortably sleep large people!)(NOT a futon). The cat you see sunning in the window in the photo is very friendly but not intrusive, and you can close the doors to the suite to keep him out.
This is an arty house with loads of character, and we always have a construction project or two going on--currently we're painting the front entry the colors we recall from visiting Rome. While the house is old (it's got an official historic designation) and worn, everything is super-clean and neat.
Centrally located. We are one block from Union Square, a major bus hub that serves all subway lines. We are 1.2 miles to Harvard University; 1.6 miles to Davis Square; 1.4 miles to MIT (all walkable and scenic routes in nice weather, buses go regularly to all); 2 miles to downtown Boston. For further information please visit the Boston MBTA website.
-Free, fast, reliable wireless internet
-Free, private off-street parking
-Use of washer/dryer for guests staying a week or more
LIGHT use of kitchen
-Fans for hot-weather cooling. No AC. Please note that Boston can have heat waves.
-Great porch with flowers and umbrella, relax or work there in warmer months
-Relax in dining room and set up your computer there if you like
-Hang out in the living room (see our other listing) when there are no guests in it
-Lots of printed resources, occasional free passes and tickets!
-Let us help with your itinerary!
Neighborhood is diverse, friendly and safe. We don't serve breakfast. Great “ethnic” groceries and excellent cafés are steps away (as well as pubs, music and a full range of restaurants). A farmers market operates in Union Square (one block away) on Saturdays, and there are art festivals and outdoor concerts. Yoga studios, dancing, a large maker space, and a chocolate factory are within five minutes' walk. We’ve lived in the Boston area for more than 30 years and are extremely social, so can direct you to pretty much anything here-- bicycle routes, foodie and art events, sports, the cheapest car rentals. If you're traveling in greater New England, we're also happy to help you plan your trip to get the most out of it.
PLEASE READ 'HOUSE RULES' FOR OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION, thanks.
Sorry for this long list, but we've found your happiness depends on knowing what to expect.
-No smoking in the house (but it's OK on one of our two porches).
-No pets. Sorry, we have a cat, and cat is House Owner. You cat people, you know what we mean. Stay here ONLY if you like cats, know how to interact with animals (this one is a sweetie, but he does have claws and teeth!) and don't have allergies! We mean this, now.
-No guests except those registered in advance.
-Use the kitchen for LIGHT cooking, at reasonable hours.
-Shoeless house: you may wish to bring slippers.
-Generally, check-in time not before 3PM and check-out is by 11AM. Please expect to arrange an arrival time that is mutually agreeable, a reasonable interval in advance. If we don't have guests arriving the day you leave, a later check-out is possible. It may be possible to leave your luggage or car here before check-in or after checkout, please ask. We try very hard to accommodate our guests .
-Sorry, we do not take reservations more than three months in advance.
-If you wish to take occupancy of the room before noon, we must charge you for the previous night in order to hold the room available to you.
-We have determined, alas, that our house is not particularly toddler- or child-friendly. No guests under 8 years old, please. With apologies, only two people, really, to this room: A child is a person, thanks.
...and some extra notes:
-Like most New England homes, our house is built of wood and sightly creaky. Our heating system is also classic-- steam radiators. It is the nature of radiators to hiss and bang once in a while as the system adjusts itself. Occasionally someone finds these things odd.
I stayed 3 weeks at Jesa & John's and it was a pleasure from the very start 'till the very end. Their house is unique and the room I had - along with a private bathroom - was just perfect for me.
Both Jesa and John was helpful when I had a request for something and both have an interesting background and lots of experience if you desire for your AirBnB-stay to be more than just a place to stay.
Pricing was one of the lowest around Harvard/MIT, but they could easily request more if they wanted to. Instead they keep the price at a level where students as I can come too and I'm very thankful for that.
Great house with character and lovely library for staying. But especially two very kind people with great sense for art and music. And we shall not forget (website hidden) :) From Jessa we received very useful instructions for finding the place and information for going around the Harvard and Boston. We appreciated quite and comfortable place for staying.
THANK YOU, we felt very good at your place.
A cautionary note to cyclists - although the area is predominantly safe, my locked bike was stolen from the street on this visit. Ask Jesa and John about secure storage and they'll be very willing to give you access to a cellar for your bike.
Of course this could have happened in any district.
Gesa kindly eased the distress of my bike theft with a trip to the wonderful Union Square Donut store. But I'd recommend you visit this remarkable donut bakery regardless!
I've had a perfect stay with Jesa and John....the room is awesome, the bathroon is huge and you have all the privacy you want. I've felt so welcome in this house! Jesa and Jonh are really friendly's, and they will do everything for a perfect stay. Thank you!!
Jesa and John were wonderful hosts, very accommodating and with lots of local ( and non local!) knowledge.
I've been taken care of when I needed assistance and given my space the rest of the time.
The room is just as its described - there's a quirky feel to it which suits me well.
Somerville is a terrific area.
I've liked it so much I'm going back in a few days!
This was our second time staying with Jesa and John, six nights each time. This time was even better, but only because the weather was so much nicer! We feel completely safe, comfortable, and welcomed. It is like staying with friends. We have stayed 6 nights each time we have come. It is not deluxe, but it meets all our needs for quiet relaxation, in a great location for us.
I felt completely at home with friends from the moment I arrived at this beautiful home.
Jesa and John were the perfect hosts and did everything they could to make my stay pleasurable. Humbert the cat also did his best to make me feel at home.
My room was delightful. A very comfortable and quirky space where I was cocooned by books.
I give the whole experience a million stars.
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A proposito dell'host, Jesa & John
One of us is a Zen priest, former around-the-world sailor and occasional financial consultant, and the other is primarily an arts marketer and artist who used to write on green building technologies. We've been married 25 years and still like it. We love art and good food and spending money on adventures rather than stuff. We don’t own a TV or a dishwasher because most of our pottery and hand-made glass won’t work in one, anyway. We are friendly with our tenants (professional musicians), know all our neighbors, and love the outdoors.
We’ve owned our house, an 1870s Victorian, for 19 years and live on the 2nd and 3rd floors (we rent out the 1st floor to our long-time tenant). It’s on a quiet, sunny street of other Victorians on the South side of Prospect Hill, just above Union Square in Somerville, considered one of the most vibrant, varied cities in the USA. There is a carriage house out back, which is John's Zendo. You are welcome to sit with us-- meditation is at 06:30 every morning. The property in general is on a slow schedule of both renovation and benign neglect, as well as some outright dereliction. There are always several construction projects in process. The inside of the house is charming, full of art and books, and is what people call Bohemian.
There’s a parking area in between the two buildings for four cars which you can use if you've got one, and we also use this area for parties on occasion and for grilling, and for setting up the inflatable palm trees and wading pool and showing movies. There’s a garden.
And yes, fire spinning in the driveway is an option. Life motto? "Nothing exceeds like excess."