About this listing
Very cute LARGE & spacious 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: https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/cityparkingfacilities/cityparkinggarages.aspx (for example, the Charles Square Garage at One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, email@example.com, 617-491-0298, www.harvardsquareparking.com 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!): parkeasier.com, justpark.com, spothero.com, parkingcupid.com. 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 zipcar.com. 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.
About the Host, Monica
Welcome to The Cambridge Karma House!
¡Bienvenidos a La Casa de Karma!
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 try to always treat you with loving kindness and respect, and we expect the same from our guests--that they treat the folks running the house, other guests in the house, and the space itself, with respect and kindness.
This Victorian house built in the 1880s and still has many of the quirks from that era. Around 30 years ago our family bought the property, and in 2013 we started managing and renovating its 6 apartments and established the Cambridge Karma House LLC!
We enjoy hosting our guests & 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.
CHECK-IN=any time after 3pm*
CHECK-OUT=12 noon or earlier*
*if you need to check in before 3pm or check out after 12 noon, please let us know and we will *try* to accommodate you (you MUST receive a confirmation that this is okay). If we’re not able to accommodate you with an early check-in or late check-out time, we are almost always able to offer our guests the ability to store their luggage in the basement during non-apartment-stay hours.
---> The details of our check-in and check-out procedures are *automatically* emailed to confirmed guests by airbnb through our “House Manual”; the House Manual covers a variety of topics but we ask that you ****privilege what is written here**** regarding parking, plumbing, tidiness + cleanliness, and waste disposal (we are in the process of updating the House Manuals on all of our listings but sometimes our systems, etc. change this places is the quickest go-to place to relay/outline what we need our guests to know and/or do).
IMPORTANT NOTES (parking, plumbing, tidiness + cleanliness, and waste disposal)*:
*Please privilege guest expectations and procedures written here over those received in the "House Manual”
We canNOT offer parking to most of our guests. We have 1 visitors parking pass for 6 units (maximum 3 days in a row in the zone indicated behind the pass (to be placed on the dashboard) & the vehicle must be moved every 24 hours); if you want the pass YOU MUST ASK us *****AND**** receive a message confirming that, indeed, you may use it (it is in high demand and often unavailable).
Due to the limited availability of parking in Cambridge (both through the house and in Cambridge overall), we suggest you not bring a car.
While there are many fantastic and charming features of the old Victorian house, the old pipes are not one of them! Therefore:
YOU ***MUST*** USE THE HAIR AND FOOD CATCHERS IN ALL OF THE DRAINS. Indeed, WATER (/polarity bonded liquids (no oil)) IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAN GO DOWN THE SINKS AND TUB. Not doing so will clog up the pipes; if we need to call the plumber we may keep part, all of your security deposit to remedy the situation.
**************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.
A my j**************WASTE DISPOSAL: COMPOSTING + RECYCLING + TRASH************** :
Our Earth is under seriously strained circumstances in terms of how much toxic matter humans are exposing it to, and as such, we take waste production seriously. The best sustainable practice mantra is (in this order): reduce, reuse, recycle.
GUESTS STAYING UNDER ONE WEEK:
Please leave your trash, recyclables and compost INSIDE of the apartment and KINDLY DO NOT take it outside. If you need to take it out for some reason, please see the “where" section for each type of waste.
GUESTS STAYING OVER ONE WEEK:
Take your trash, recyclables and compost to the 19 side of the house and put them IN THE PROPER BINS (if you are unable to do so for medical reasons, please let us know and we will gladly do this for you!). The trash and recycling is collected at around 7am Wednesday morning (one day later on weeks where there are national holidays);
WHAT? anything that is NOT compostable (food) or recyclable (paper, glass, aluminum, plastic). Examples: styrofoam, dirt and hair (though these last 2 can put in the garden)….most (clean) materials can be recycled! :-)
WHERE? Indoors: in the bin marked “Trash.” Outdoors: in the BLACK OR GREY bins (these are smaller than the recycling bins).
HOW? In TIGHTLY SEALED PLASTIC BAGS. You CANNOT leave the bags unsealed (this disrespects the folks collecting the trash by risking waste falling out while disposing of it) and/or the City will reject the bin likely fine us (and we will have no qualms about passing this on to you (by withholding your security deposit).
Paper (example: receipts, newspaper, tissues, cereal boxes)
Glass (for example:bottles),
Aluminum (for example:cans)
Hard Plastics (for example: your clean (see below) yoghurt containers, to-go food containers, etc.….*****You must KEEP SOFT PLASTICS (for example: plastic bags) SEPARATE from other recyclable materials*****; these clog the recycling sorting machine. We put these together outside (either in a small bin by the compost wheel and/or in a large bag full of soft plastics (mostly bags)!
** VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: all materials MUST BE CLEAN. This means that you have to rinse out you milk cartons, clean out containers containing food (put excess food in the compost (**NEVER down the sink drain**; see “Plumbing”).
Indoors: in the bin marked “Recycling.”
Outdoors: in the LARGE NAVY BLUE BINS (everything goes in there EXCEPT for your soft plastics (for example: plastic bags); put these in the small container by the compost wheel or in a large plastic bag full of soft plastics).
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Please let us know if you have any questions!
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