About this listing
This is a cozy bedroom in a SHARED 2 bedroom apt (common/shared: kitchen, bathroom + deck) on the 3rd floor of a victorian house in Harvard Sq. The room has a queen bed, desk, closet, dresser, chair with foot stool, small sofa, and cable TV and wifi.
Come stay with me in my great apartment right in Harvard Sq (**limited parking**— please see details below)! Your bedroom has a queen bed, foldout couch, dresser, cable TV and closet. There is a full bathroom and fully equipped kitchen for cooking. There is also a great private deck for your use!
Harvard Square is a great neighborhood- lots of cafes, shops, restaurant and night life. Luckily my house is just outside of Harvard Square on a quiet street in Cambridge. The apartment is very close to the Charles River, which is a great place to jog or bike ride. Cambridge is a wonderful place to visit, I'm sure you'll have an amazing time!
The room, bathroom, kitchen, deck, backyard, basement (for laundry) and bikes (there are 6 for the house and it's a first come first serve type of thing).
Interaction with Guests
I'm around to help make your stay more pleasant!
It's in Harvard Sq on a quiet residential side street. It's a 5 minute walk to the Harvard Sq train station and a few minute walk to the Charles River which is great for walking or running.
**Parking: Please note that parking in this area is VERY LIMITED, unfortunately!
RESIDENT/GUEST PARKING: We have only one visitor parking pass for all 6 apartments, available at a first-ask, first-receive basis. If you want a pass you **must** confirm that one is available for you (you may park for up to 3 days at a time; the zone in which you can park is on the back of the pass which you should put on your dashboard, face up). METERS: There is *2 hour* metered parking at the end of the street (Mt. Auburn St.), and several garages in the Harvard Square area if you have a car (for example, the (Charles Square Garage at One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, (email hidden), (phone number hidden), (website hidden)). PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: We strongly urge you to use the Boston Area's public transportation (the subway is called the "T" :-) ) and the Harvard Square Station is a 7 minute walk away (address: 1400 Chester Square, Cambridge, MA 02138). CAR RENTALS (ZIPCAR): An alternative to having a car full-time during your stay is to rent a car hourly, daily, etc. through (website hidden). Please check their website for details (there are 2 locations for Zipcars at both ends of Banks Street! Please check with them for their availability). Again, please, please, please plan in advance if you have a car. If you do not have a pass and park on the street without a meter it is very likely that you will be ticketed and/or towed shortly after you park there (ticketing in Cambridge is aggressive!)
Other Things to Note
All utilities included in both short-term & long-term stays!
Check-in = no earlier than 3pm*
Check-Out = no later than noon (& we ask that you leave your used bedding and towels outside your door by 11am).*
*unless you arrange with us otherwise
Please make sure to not leave any food out (either put it in the refrigerator or make sure it is in an air tight container or some sort) we do not want to attract mice or other pests!
Cleanliness and Tidiness:
Please leave everything clean, organized and tidy in the common areas and when you check out.
Starting at 11pm please do not have any loud music, TV playing, etc.
The apartment is conveniently located and the host has everything clean and ready for you. However, note that this is just a bedroom (no common living room), and that it is up 3 flights of stairs without an elevator.
Also, if you want a more relaxing holiday and do not have OCD, this might not be the place for you- there is a star sticker system
In the kitchen where every item is marked with a star to determine whether it can be shared or not, and there is a key chat on the fridge. Also I received a lengthy text, email and handwritten letter about not wiping clean the sink of water droplets after using it, and leaving one hair near the door.
hm...well...I'm sorry that the clarity with regards to the spaces I've cleared out for you was not "relaxing"...The new sticker system is meant to invite short-term visitors to use the cabinet and shelving space with ease (instead of opening and closing every opaque cabinet and drawer to figure this out on a trial-and-error basis). Apparently you have a different interpretation regarding this and I'm sorry this was so! The hair(s) you left were not unaccompanied but with a ring/rectangle of what looked like left over food residue/sauce/dust, not on the door but on a pure white table, visible from 5 feet away; thus I sent your daughter a friendly text asking to relay this to you if she could & wrote a quick note (not a letter) next to it (and no email). The apartment is small, & as such, I am quite serious about keeping the common spaces clean for all who enter. Especially because you all had some hiccups regarding proper shared apartment etiquette (more than "proper" --> being clean is required in order to live in the shared apartment spaces we offer; it's a question of both respect and *safety* through hygiene), I tried to be extra friendly and welcoming to you both; your husband and I had a great and insightful conversation about the environment and how humans are destroying our natural resources which I enjoyed very much; my regrets that you and I did not have the opportunity to connect almost at all personally, and again, that you found the system I made to be burdensome as opposed to helpful. It is a new system and thus far you are alone in this opinion. Warm Wishes, Marco
I wish the bedroom I stayed in was pictured in the listing. It is larger than the other bedroom pictured, but is not quite as nice. The location was perfect since I was working in an office across the street.
Unfortunately, I had quite a few issues before and during this stay. I was refunded one night as a result of the issues. The issues follow:
1) I was unable to get the host to respond to several Airbnb messages one month prior to my stay. I received a response one day before my stay only after reaching out to Airbnb.
2) The heat was stuck at 60 and I couldn't adjust the thermostat. They told me they would fix the heat the next day and then didn't do anything. I had to reach out to Airbnb to get a resolution. To their credit, the host did promptly offer to move me to another nicer apartment in the same building until they were able to fix the heat. This was fixed the next day and I moved back into the other apartment.
3) Rodents. I was laying in bed one night reading and noticed that there was a mouse scurrying across the floor underneath the desk.This wouldn't have bothered me so much if it were not for all of the issues. I sent the host a text at 1am not expecting a response until morning. Fortunately, she responded and brought up mouse traps immediately.
4) They were apparently trying to rent the apartment out to a long-term tenant and there were random people in the apartment almost every day. This is a shared apartment, so having strangers is to be expected to some extent. However, different strangers every day was most unexpected and I felt like I needed to bring my valuables (laptop, etc.) with me when I left the apartment.
Once again, I extend to you my sincere appologies for the “bumps” during your stay and want(ed) thank you for being (seemingly) understanding and flexible while staying with us. I put this thanks in the past & say “seemingly,” as in this review, not only has your attitude been negative towards us overall, but you *completely* exaggerated almost every issue you addressed. In response to the “issues” you addressed, in order: 1) Once you made your reservation, airbnb.com sent you our ”House Manual” with all the information you needed to check in (and then some. We put in a great deal of information there to de-mystify house procedures and rules, give you practical information about the exiting and vibrant neighborhood you will be staying in, etc.). You wrote us a message on November 30th and I responded with a warm, informative and apologetic (for the ONE day delay) message *the next day* on December 1st (both via airbnb and through text, with the offer to call if I didn’t hear from you in 10 minutes since I heard a pressing tone in your message). 2) When you informed us that the heat was stuck I was immediately proactive; it is not the case at all that we “didn’t do anything.” I almost immediately gave you several space heaters, contacted a professional who fixed it as soon as he could, and because of the delay in having it fixed, cleaned and set up a new apartment for you. I did a lot of “behind the scenes” work to take care of the situation—things that you may not have been aware of. Frankly my attending to your needs in the short/immediate-term (space heaters), medium-term (putting you in a new apartment) and long-term/sustainable (having a professional fix the gas burner the *antithesis* of “didn’t do anything.” 3) In a somewhat similar vein to the last point, I wouldn’t say that it was “fortunate” that I responded to your issue with the mouse immediately; we try to make our guests as comfortable as possible and try to constantly & consistently perform actions to achieve this (whether behind the scenes or visible to our guests). On a side note, the pronoun I use is “ze,” not “she.” 4) During your 14-night stay we had folks looking at the other room *twice*, and ultimately, no one ended up sharing the apartment with you (and thus, you had more privacy during your stay as opposed to one, or several (it is advertised as a shared apartment), other guests staying there). Your saying people were there “almost every day” and “every day” is so far from accurate it’s upsetting.
Again, we enjoyed having you stay with us, are sorry about all of the bumps during your stay and thank you for being seemingly flexible and understanding during those two weeks. However, inflating being in your apartment seven fold (!) in the last “issue” you wrote about, I think, is indicative of, and indeed captures, your exaggeration of the other “bumps”/“hiccups”/issues you had during your stay.
It seems like you’re relatively new to airbnb and hope that you continue it with the understanding, in the future, that these places are not normally formal places of accommodation and that you temper your expectations accordingly.
Warm Wishes to you and yours,
Monica and Marco were great. The room was exactuly as advertised, and they were very accomdating for our schedule.
Chocolates at the bedside were a nice touch! Very comfortable bed in a light filled room. The third floor room was neat and tidy and the kitchen seemed well equipped (I didn't cook). This place has location location location! Just off Mass Ave and a short walk to the Harvard Square T on a quiet street very near the Charles River. A quick trip on the Red Line takes you into the heart of Boston and all that it has to offer.
I stayed at Monica's place for 2.5 weeks. The bed was so comfortable and the sheets were so soft - the bed was definitely the best part of staying there. The apartment was just about a 5 minute walk to the heart of Harvard Square and being so close to the Red Line made getting to and from Boston extremely easy and convenient. For the price I would say the room was a great deal. The shower in the bathroom had good water pressure and there were no issues with warm water. There was even free laundry detergent and a dryer to use in the basement. Many thanks for the generosity!
Monica and her sister were very responsive. I ended up locking myself out of the bedroom on the afternoon I arrived and they were very kind about it. They responded within 2 hours and had their handyman unlock the door for me. The aparment was clean and they also had a maid that came to clean the common areas (and the bedroom if I wanted) which I thought was a very nice gesture.
I ate out most nights, so I did not really use the kitchen, but it appeared to have all necessary utensils - everything from a toaster and microwave to a tea kettle and coffee maker.
All-in-all a good place that I would highly recommend for this price range.
Little bit of miscommunication regarding which room I was staying in. But otherwise the transaction was smooth; the room was as pictured.
Please be advised that this is a SHARED room, meaning there is someone else in the same apartment, sharing the same bathroom and kitchen. Neither we, nor the other guest realized this and we had a rather rude awakening when the other guest began shouting that she was going to call the police on us! Location is otherwise good, the house door can be a bit tricky to open, sheets were clean, AC worked, etc.
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About the Host, Monica
Welcome to the Cambridge Karma house!
We wanted a name that embodies our feelings and philosophy around hosting, and essentially it is about karma- the notion that our actions and intentions will come back to us and influence our future, whether they be positive or negative. Karma is similar to the golden rule of “treat others the way you want to be treated." We believe that this is a good way to go through the world and attempt to always practice this with our guests. We will treat you with love, kindness and respect, and we expect the same from our guests--that they treat the hosts, other guests in the house, and the space itself, with respect and kindness.
Hosting is an absolute pleasure for us and we look forward to meeting you! Please let us know if you need anything or have questions.
We try to always be friendly and caring to our guests so please do let us know if there's anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable. ¡Welcome to the Karma House, Bienvenid@s a la Casa de Karma!
*!*!*PARKING*!*!* : Due to the limited availability of parking in Cambridge, we suggest you not bring a car. If you do, we have 1 visitors parking pass available; however, **please** check with us to see if it is free (it is highly prized and often unavailable!)
****TIDINESS & CLEANLINESS of your Living Space When Checking Out***
There is a short window period between checking in and checking out and oftentimes we are booked back to back with multiple apartments to prepare. If your apartment takes more than about an hour to clean it is likely we will draw from your deposit for this extra service of your apartment requiring a deep cleaning after you check out. Crumbs and food all over the tables and counters (or food in the trash; see below under "Compost"!), spilled products on the bathroom sink, this is not what we expect to encounter to turn around the apartment to the next guest. The apartments are large and wiping all the surfaces down, cleaning the floors and changing the bedding and towels in the most basic way usually takes about an hour. In a way we're trying to clean invisible things (germs, finger prints, dust, etc.) form one guest to the next; when we clean and prepare apartments we do not expect to have to pick-up-after-you. If we do, again, we may keep part, or all, of your deposit money (around $40/hr of extra cleaning).
***COMPOSTING + RECYCLING*** : We take how much trash we produce seriously (as our Earth is under seriously strained circumstances in terms of how much toxic matter we are exposing it to). Please try to recycle or compost everything before putting it into the trash. We have small recycling containers in the apartments and have zip-lock plastic bags in the refrigerator where you can store compost material (having a container with compost material, unfortunately, will attract pests like ants to the house so we ask our guests to freeze their compost material until it can go out to the black compost wheel in the garden.
>>> In Your Apartment please compost your food and other organic material and recycle anything that you can
What? : organic material (think all of your left over food! Also egg shells, coffee grinds, etc.
Where? : in the freezer (we don't want to have compost bins in the apartments as these can attract pests. Please freeze them in zip lock bags until you put these outside in the black compost wheel in the garden.
What? : Paper (ex. receipts, newspaper, tissues), Glass (ex. bottles), Aluminum (ex. cans), Plastic (ex. packaging material; note: if you can, put soft plastics to the side as these have to go to a special recycling place. NEVER put any styrofoam, food or severely food-soiled materials here (clean it, please! for the Earth's sake!) or styrofoam; ever!!)
Where? : Recycling bins are in the kitchen close to the trash can.
anything that is NOT compostable (food) or recyclable (paper, glass, aluminum, plastic) and that cannot be re-used. Examples: styrofoam, dirt and hair (though this can be put into the dirt in the garden)....most things can be recycled! :)
Outside of the Apartment>>> :
If you are living here long term or want and/or need to take out your waste you'll find compost, recycling and trash receptacles on the left hand side of the building, when facing it:
COMPOST WHEEL: BLACK WHEEL with a latch on it located in the garden (put all your organic waste here; think "food")
RECYCLING BINS: these are LARGE NAVY BLUE BINS (larger than the trash bins!). Put all your clean recycling material here.
TRASH CANS: these are either BLACK OR GREY bins (smaller than the recycling bins).
Note: Please SEAL YOUR TRASH BAGS COMPLETELY. Cambridge will reject trash if it is not disposed of properly; moreover we feel that it is disrespectful of folks collecting the trash to midway have a bag full of trash fall all over the place because it was not tied up. We are serious about respecting the place and those around you, as well as yourself, with regards to leaving the apartments clean and tidy when you check out and mirroring this in how you dispose of any waste that you produce. Compost and Recycle everything that you can and put the rest (if any; many guests produce recycling and compost) in tightly sealed bags in the trash bins,
Think: "PAPER, GLASS, ALUMINUM & PLASTIC…recycling even these makes the world even more FANTASTIC [than it already is :-) ]!"
(but to help even more, let's all go about our lives first REDUCING the amount of waste we produce, then REUSING things if we can, and if not, then try to RECYCLE! ...... Only together can we improve our Earth's poor state of "health" of being highly polluted with toxic matter).
Cuteness aside, even if you do not (and we hope that you do, or will start to), we do take disposing of waste properly and being respectful of people who prepare the apartments for other guest and those who help us dispose of our waste SERIOUSLY. The Cambridge Karma House intends to keep its waste at a minimum. Thus, if extra services are required by us due to how you leave the apartment (including your waste) ex. checking out with the apartment inappropriately dirty or disorderly, AND/OR putting a great deal of recyclable material in the trash can WE MAY WITHHOLD SOME OR ALL OF YOUR DEPOSIT MONEY to intensively clean and/or organize the apartment and/or DISPOSE OF YOUR WASTE PROPERLY (ex. separating out plastic gallon jugs, bottles and newspapers from the trash and put it in the recycling bin). The earth cannot afford to hold any more of our waste and turning a cold shoulder to Nature's need for care and help is not something the Karma House wants to do. WE RECYCLE AND COMPOST AND EXPECT OUR GUESTS TO AS WELL. Note: If you have a medical, or some other very good reason as to why you cannot either maintain the living space clean and tidy (ex. your back is injured and you cannot pick up the remote control that dropped onto the floor) or recycle and compost please do let us know and we will not charge you for extra cleaning and/or our separating trash from recycling material when preparing the apartment for the next guests.