About this listing
Airbed in private room, shared bath. 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. Minimum stay of three nights, maximum of four.**
Sometimes available: couch or airbed in cozy, quiet living room with curtains to close it off for privacy. Couch does not open and it's not quite full-length, but most people who sleep on it say it's very comfortable. If that doesn't do it for you, please ask for our one-person airbed with feather bed and duvet which is super comfy. We have a friendly cat who will likely wander in to explore. Bathroom is one flight up stairs right next to living room and is shared with us. Please note that this room is closed off from the rest of the house by heavy drapes only, so there is visual but not audio privacy. Wireless internet; off-street parking; LIGHT use of kitchen; easy public transportation; great, safe neighborhood. Like most New England homes, house is made of wood and slightly creaky; all windows have curtains but some light comes through. Please see our other listing for more information. Kindly note this listing is only for short stays (no more than four days), and only for one person.
Multiple buses going everywhere are one block away and very frequent: a ride on one to the nearest subway takes 6 minutes.
Please note that we have a cat, who is super-cute, docile and slightly peculiar. Cat is House Owner. You cat people, you know what we mean. Stay here ONLY if you like cats and don't have allergies! We mean this, now. Because room is closed off by curtains, he WILL wander in occasionally. We will not lock him up elsewhere for your stay. :-)
PLEASE SEE OUR OTHER LISTING FOR OTHER INFORMATION ON THIS ROOM AND ABOUT THE HOUSE.
-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 and don't have allergies! We mean this, now. Because room is closed off by curtains, he WILL wander in and out. We will NOT lock him up elsewhere for your stay. :-)
-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 .
-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.
I love Jesa and John's place very much. They are friendly and I felt welcomed. The air bed that they provided was comfortable. There are many restaurants in the neighborhood. It was very easy to use public transportation system to get around to Harvard, MIT, and Downtown Boston from Jesa and John's house. I had a great time in Boston.
I stayed with Jesa & John for 3 nights. Their home is very welcoming and relaxed. They are very accommodating and easygoing. I would definitely stay at their place again.
Staying with Jesa and John was a great way to start my visit to Boston. The house location is on a quiet street just a short walk from several shops, cafes, and restaurants. The room, like the house, was comfortable and relaxing. Jesa and John were very welcoming and keen to offer advice on things to do and see in Somerville and the greater Boston area. At one point, while I was working on my laptop, Jesa even offered a glass of iced tea--probably the best one I've ever had! So, I can't recommend this place enough.
Jes and John are excellent hosts! Very helpful with navigating the transit system. The airbed and comforter were very cozy and made for a great night's sleep. I would love to come stay again in the future!
A welcome sign on the front door greeted me upon arrival. Jess made me immediately feel at home, and part of the communal family. The neighbourhood was fantastic: quiet, friendly, and close to good food, art, and bus connections. The most memorable part of my trip to Boston was my time spent at this place, sharing stories and deep conversation. Can't recommend it enough!
I was in town for a couple of days, mainly to visit friends in the area. This is a really nice place, spacious and comfortable. A only slight downside that the whole room as a whole is a bit dim at night, but if you just want to do some reading on the sofa it's not an issue. I found it a lot more pleasant to hang out at the dining room table with Jesa and other guests, them being a warm, friendly and helpful lot of people. The cat is a peculiar one. It seems to really like that yellow cushion you see in the photo, so it hangs around the room a lot. If you sit relatively still, the cat interprets it as an invitation to climb all over you, which is actually quite amusing (well, depending on whether you like cats. But you were warned anyways!). Excellent place to stay if you're visiting Boston/Cambridge. Public buses (or a short Uber ride) will conveniently bring you anywhere you might want to visit in the area.
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About the 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."