About this listing
Very cute LARGE first floor apartment in victorian house in Harvard Square Queen bed, & 2 pull out full sized beds (in the bedroom & living room). Fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, 1/2 of a large deck and shared garden (w/bbq, hammock, tiki lights)!
The apartment is a 1 bedroom and the living room can also be used as a bedroom (the couch folds out to a queen bed) (**limited parking**— please see details below). The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, and there is an AC unit in the bedroom.
The apartment leads out to a lovely backyard where you can relax and enjoy the sun. The street is pretty quiet, and steps away from Harvard Sq which has lots of restaurants, shops and other businesses.
There are 4 bikes you are welcome to borrow during your stay with me. Clean linens and towels are provided for up to 4 people. There is a visitor's parking pass for street parking or a garage a 10 minute walk from the house. Smoking is only allowed outside the apartment. There is an additional $40 cleaning fee if you are staying only 1 night.
Let me know if you have any questions!
the apartment, half of a private porch and the shared back yard :)
Interaction with Guests
I live in the house and try to make myself available to guests when/if they need me!
We are extremely well located on a residential side street in the vibrant Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA!
**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 are metered parking spaces (ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours) on the nearby Mt. Auburn St. and Massachusetts Avenue.
GARAGES and PARKING LOTS: There are several garages in the Harvard Square area if you have a car. See: (website hidden) (for example, the Charles Square Garage at One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, (email hidden), (phone number hidden), (website hidden) or the Green Street Garage (260 Green Street, seems to be $13/daily).
PRIVATE CAR RENTAL SPACES: There are also several online sites that allow people to rent out their private parking spaces (some kind of seem like the parking version of airbnb!): (website hidden), (website hidden), (website hidden), (website hidden). Some of these sites allow you to park on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis. Look for spots close to 17 or 19 Banks Street Cambridge, MA (and then anywhere you go when traveling by car in Cambridge, Boston, etc.!)
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 are included for both long-term & short-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.
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Monica and Marco made us feel very welcomed! The apartment instructions were clear and there was no problem getting into the unit even though we arrived late. The place was clean with plenty of towels and bedding. It is so convenient to Harvard University and a perfect location for any parent! Thank you for a great stay.
Everything went smoothly during our stay at the Karma House. It was set up to be very self-service, which we liked. But the hosts were available if we needed them. Short walk to the heard of Harvard Square. Good spot!
We, a family of 4 (two adults, one baby, one toddler) plus our dog stayed at Monica & (Marco)s apt. for a couple of nights and we already have booked it again. the place is just great and the host simply wonderful. it was more then you could wish for: clean , quiet, reat location, garden, big kitchen,,, for us just the ideal place. we highly recommend it.
This is a great place and a great location for a visitor. Our host was there to greet us and made us feel at home at the apartment. The place itself was clean and comfortable and affordable for the location. I would definitely recommend it.
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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.