Sofa-isticated Basic

Apartment - Private room · Columbus Ave, Somerville, MA 02143, United States

The Space

**Please read our entire listing, including 'house rules', so you know what to expect. Kindly inquire and get a response from us BEFORE booking, we may be discussing the same dates with others already. :-) 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. 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. :-)


Room type: Private room
Bed type: Airbed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Jesa and John have been wonderful hosts, they made me feel like home! Jesa really help me out with all my questions, with the directions ... The airbed was very comfy, I slept so well! and of course their little kitty is really nice and become your best friend inside the house for the span of your stay !

    April 2014
  • Spring is coming up finally and Jesa and John's place looks even warmer and brighter. A pleasure to keep coming back

    April 2014
  • Great, no complaints!

    March 2014
  • Great place to stay. I've been coming back after almost a year, and I will continue for as long as I can.

    March 2014
  • Another great little stay at John's and Jesa's. It's been almost a year and I still can't find anything wrong about them or the place. A gem in Somerville.

    March 2014
  • The best stay I could ask for.
    Perfect host (Jesa was away so I only met John) --- absolutely thoughtful and attentive and super knowledgeable about the area and city. Perfect home --- irresistibly lovable cat, beautiful house, comfortable bed, and accommodating amenities. Incredible location --- super close to so many buses that go everywhere but on a street tucked away from the busier roads.
    Loved everything about my stay.

    March 2014
  • Thanks Jesa and John for another great week. They are always very attentive but never intrusive.

    March 2014
  • After a week at their beautiful Victorian Library Room, I'm back at their Sofa-isticated room. It was as pleasure, comfortable and pleasant as I remembered it.

    February 2014
  • Staying at Jesa and John's place it is truly like being at home. I have used airbnb in different cities and countries but I have never had such a wonderful host.

    February 2014
  • The room description was accurate and Jesa was very welcoming and helpful! It was a very nice experience.

    February 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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