Sunny Library in Victorian Home

Apartment - Private room · Columbus Ave, Somerville, MA 02143, United States
Jesa & John
Your host, Jesa & John
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The Space

**Please read our entire listing, including 'house rules', so you know what to expect. Also, kindly refrain from making a reservation until after we've responded to your inquiry.**

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, 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.


Room type: Private room
Bed type: Pull-out Sofa
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $16 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 6 nights
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • It was my memorable trip to stay John &Jasa's place. I was in Boston for 4 night to attend conference. As everything in Boston is quite expensive, I decided to go on Airbnb and it was fantastic! I was lucky to attended John's Zen session in one early morning and had meditation in his studio. By meditation which I have never had before, I felt my heart beating and breathing in the silence, which we hardly recognize in our busy life. I am also so appreciated to have given an opportunity to talk with John before I leave. We had a deep conversation about spirits, which also opened my eyes. Finally, off course room was comfortable and spending time with cat made me smile everyday. I will definitely come back to this place next time. Thank you so much taking cafe of me, John & Jesa!!

    July 2014
  • A beautiful home in a lovely neighbourhood. The library is great, with an incredibly comfortable bed, fantastic book, and a wonderful cat. Jesa and John are lovely and great hosts. Highly recommended!

    June 2014
  • Jesa and John are great hosts. Very friendly, reliable, and easy to communicate with. I arranged a stay with them for my mom and grandfather and they had a very pleasant stay. I would highly recomment them!

    May 2014
  • Lovely, charming, warm and welcoming. I couldn't have asked for more.

    May 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay in the library at Jesa and John's Somerville home! Everything was provided for, including towels and soaps for use in my own bathroom. It was easy to have privacy but I also felt comfortable sharing the kitchen and dining room spaces with my hosts. They were both so welcoming and personable, sharing advice on places and ways to explore Boston (very helpful for my first visit). Somerville is a great location to base from for a short stay here - very peaceful yet close to Harvard and Central squares, and easy enough to access the city centre by train/bus. There is also plenty going on in the local area as well, with plenty of cafes and arts studios etc., and I could have easily spent more time walking around different parts of the neighbourhood. Overall a fantastic experience - really comfortable, made all the better with kindness and good laughs. I would also definitely recommend this as an accommodation option for any female solo travellers who also appreciate a touch of home comforts! I hope to return for a longer stay in Boston again soon.

    April 2014
    Jesa & John
    Response from Jesa & John:

    Joanna, our network provider was apparently changing over to some other routing during the time you were here, and of course not 'fessing up to anyone about it. Sorry about that!!! Glad you enjoyed everything else. :-)

    April 2014
  • Jesa & John are very warm and gracious hosts. They will share their beautiful Victorian house with you. I love the library and have returned to it.

    April 2014
  • Jesa and John are great hosts. Nice and comfortable stay. Didn't have any kind of problem. You get what all has been detailed out in the listing. The place is about 1.9 miles from MIT Sloan school and takes about 35 minutes to walk.

    April 2014
    Jesa & John
    Response from Jesa & John:

    Our official listing with the Somerville Post Office and the City is Columbus Avenue #2. Thank you for pointing out the distance to MIT. The northern edge is 1.4 miles, I will change the description!

    April 2014
  • I spent 5 days in Boston at the beginning of April attending Science Teachers Conference. Jesa and John's place was absolutely great: private, comfy and quiet. Jesa and John answered my questions, helped me to get around, supplied me with maps and Jesa even donated her big black bag when my science gadgets would not fit into one bag! Jesa and John are interesting people to have a great conversation, hold a wealth of knowledge and fun to be around. If you are into arts, ask Jesa about Artisan Asylum and visit it! John, on his part, can save your soul if it got lost, he is a Buddhist priest! Thank you guys for having me in Boston! Consider yourselves invited when you come to Alberta,
    Lena :)

    April 2014
  • I was greeted warmly by John upon my arrival and had the opportunity to chat with him and Jesa a few times during my stay. They are both interesting people as well as wonderful hosts and offer equally wonderful accommodation: A cozy room with a closet and armoir for your belongings, a private hallway at the end of which awaits the large, creative full bathroom. It was perfect for me.

    Prospect Hill is a great location and within easy walking distance to other places; it is a beautiful neighborhood and very quiet.

    I would very much recommend Jesa and John's place to my fellow travelers and hope to be able to come back in the not too distant future.

    March 2014
  • Jesa and John were wonderful hosts. They were very helpful in advising on the neighborhood and local food, as well as how to get around Somerville and Cambridge. The room was extremely comfortable with everything that I needed, and being surrounded by so many books was lovely. Overall a wonderful stay, and I would highly recommend it!

    March 2014
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Zen, Sailing, Art, Poetry, Arts Marketing, and now, apparently, Inn-keeping
One of us is a Zen priest, around-the-world sailor and occasional financial consultant, and the other is primarily an arts marketer, artist and used to write on green building technologies. We've been married 23 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 16 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."
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