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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 two nights.**
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.
Jesa and John were delightful hosts! I enjoyed my time there, and only wish I had had more time to chat with them but I had such a good time exploring the city, I really didn't spend much time there. Their home was wonderful, and their cat was great too! They are such nice people! I very much enjoyed my stay with them, and while I am not sure when the next time I will be in Boston, I would love to see them again the next time I visit Boston.
It was a good stay at their home. They explained me everything nicely.
She even asked me to use any of her utensils. They were very nice to me. I would love to stay at their place again but in a different room due to following reasons:
1. This room do not have any door and it is like a common room although they are using it as a room.
2. Room doesn't have enough lights.
Otherwise, They are very nice host. Thanks for hosting me.
Great last week at Jesa and John's place for this semester. My one and only place to stay in Boston. Will be back in the Fall!
I was in town briefly for some academic meetings at MIT, and this place was ideal for such a visit. The location is quiet, the room itself is actually quite spacious, and I found it easy to relax while there. I highly recommend it for anyone travelling to get work done and planning to work at the coffee shops that just needs a place to sleep and unwind.
I also had no problem with the aforementioned feline companion. The kitty only visited me a handful of times during my visit and was never intrusive. Depending on his mood, he'll either stare at you across the room, inspect your bags, or venture around the sofa. If you don't mind a slightly prickly massage - the cat's claws are filed down, from what I can tell, you can lay your arm in front of him and he'll happily oblige. Just keep in mind that he's a tad heavier than he looks. Chances of him wanting to be pet seem 50/50 and he'll let you know if he's not appreciative, so just be mindful of what he wants. The general rule: the cat will pay as much attention to you as you do to it.
John, Jesa, and the other guest were all very respectful during my stay and I'm sure they'll be great hosts to you as well. Whether you want to get things done or just want to enjoy Boston and Cambridge, this is an excellent place to do it.
Beautiful Spring Days at JJ's. Feels like being at home
Even though I've been a frequent guess for the last 2 years, John and Jesa never take me for granted and still make sure I have all I need
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About the Host, Jesa & John
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."