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.
Jesa and John were wonderful hosts. So friendly, warm and welcoming. The room was lovely and bright and I felt right at home. I would certainly return if I'm back in Boston. Thank you!
Jesa and John are fantastic hosts! They arrange everything as should be and make you feel very much at home. The house and room have lots of character. We only met John briefly, and he was very friendly. We had more contact with jesa, she's very sweet and accommodating. She helped us out a lot with tips about Boston itself and with planning our journey through New England. Extremely knowledgeable and eager to help. We highly recommend their place to anyone visiting Boston.
Our hosts were very helpful in offering suggestions for places to visit and routes to use. The rooms were well kept and the neighborhood was charming. The bed slept very well and we had plenty of privacy. This being our first airbnb booking we were not sure what to expect. But everything went smoothly and we would recommend these hosts to any number of people looking to explore Boston.
We had a wonderful experience staying with Jesa & John! Warm cozy bed, funny old chatty cat, nice homey feeling :)
Mi novia y yo pasamos una semana en la habitación de Jesa y John. La habitación era muy agradable, al igual que el baño privado. A pesar del frío y las nevadas, la habitación siempre estaba a la temperatura perfecta. Por horarios, no coincidimos mucho con los anfitriones, Pero John estuvo ahí para recibirnos y despedirnos, amable y atento. Su gato es muy amigable y pasó un par de veces por la habitación a saludar.
I went to Boston for a few personal and scientific visits. The room was perfect: charming (books!), comfortable (with a dedicated bathroom) and quiet. I walked to MIT (~30min by foot). Hosts are very kind, warm and helpful; plus, I had a few enjoyable discussions with John on Eastern philosophy.
We had a wonderful time! The room was beautiful (books everywhere around you!), and the location was perfect. We were about a mile from the subway system, Harvard, and MIT. Jesa and John were very interesting and accommodating hosts!
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One of us is a Zen priest, 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 18 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. There is a carriage house out back, and an art studio is on the first floor of this (we’re renovating the top floor gradually as a meditation hall). The property in general is on a slow schedule of both renovation and benign neglect: there are always several construction projects in process.
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."