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 are very nice people and they welcomed me. They kindly send me a detail direction before arriving Boston, so I could easily find their home. Welcome message filled me with warm feelings. Their cozy room and a cute cat, Humbert, made me feel staying my home. Their house is near to the Union Square where you can easily reach by using several bus lines. I highly recommend staying Jesa and John’s home. If I have a chance to go to Boston, I’ll decently choose their home.
Jesa and John are welcoming and thoughtful hosts, offering both conversation and quiet, and during this visit making flexible arrangements for arrival and departure occasioned by the snowstorms in the area. Cat Humbert is a well loved part of the family too. Their house is a Victorian, with the creaks and rattles and stairs one might expect from homes of that era -- their description of the space and their expectations is accurate. Their location is in a quiet neighborhood, walking distance to a variety of places to eat and to buses which will take you all over the Boston area. This was my third time staying with John and Jesa, and again I found a warm welcome.
Super cozy week at John and Jesa's place. A warm and beautifully decorated house like this is all you need to make it through the crazy Boston Winter
This was my second stay with Jesa and John and they are wonderful hosts! The bed and the room were very comfortable and convenient, but for me, the hosts are the best thing about the experience of staying with them. They are very welcoming and both of them are really great to talk with. I definitely learnt things from them.
The "blizzard of the century" forced me to stay in Boston a day longer than anticipated. They were very helpful and accommodating, taking me food shopping, giving advice and letting me stay for as long as needed. Even if it was a bit of an emergency, I had not expected such genuine kindness!
The house is as beautiful as quirky and the area (Somerville) is convenient even if it does not have subway station.
It felt so warm and nice to be back at J&j's place. Looking forward to a semester of weekly stayings at my favorite place in Boston
John hat mich sehr freundlich empfangen, alle Räumlichkeiten gezeigt und mir dann den Schlüssel überreicht. Mein Zimmer, war sehr nett eingerichtet und mit einem gemütlichem Bett ausgestattet.
Jesa and John were perfect hosts and I really enjoyed my stay. Their house is super cozy and located in a nice neighborhood, close to bus stops, a grocery store, restaurants. Harvard University is also in walking distance. Jesa also gave some great advice on things to do in Boston. The airbed I slept on was super comfy and overall I highly recommend staying at their place! Thank you :)
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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."