About this listing
Welcome to our 100 year old house! Cozy, friendly and full of charm. Our location is hard to beat: close to both subway and bus with many excellent restaurants in walking distance. For runners and walkers, the Charles River paths are 0.5 mile away.
This rental is effectively a studio apartment with a private, locked entrance on the 2nd floor in a 3-unit building. It consists of a private bedroom, private eat-in kitchen and full bathroom in Central Square. The bedroom is extremely convertible. Two friends can have separate beds. If you're a couple we can unite them side by side as a king size bed. By the way, while we have a cat upstairs she never comes into the suite; if you're allergic, you should have no problem here. We provide one set of towels. If you are staying more than a few days, we'll swap them every 3-4 days. If you need more, just ask.
Our house is a 6-7 minute walk from the subway (Central Square), a 5 minute walk to the bus on Mass Ave, a 5 minute walk to parts of MIT and a 15-20 minute walk to Harvard Square or to Boston in the other direction. If you're a runner, there's a good 9-12k path from our house and around the river. For local cycling, a Hubway bike rental station is a 5 minute walk from the house. There is a driveway for your car also. It is rare that our weather is hot enough to warrant a/c though if that occurs, we'll quickly install a window unit for you. The TV in that room will also function as a computer monitor if you need a larger screen. For you Mac people, we have that adapter too.
Since you'll have your own private kitchen, we'll not make your breakfast. However, we keep coffee and tea in stock. We can give you a lift to Trader Joe's, only 5 min away by car. The kitchen has a coffee maker, hot water pot, blender, toaster oven and microwave. Basic cooking utensils and dishes are also provided. If you need more, just ask. If you wish to explore the bakeries and restaurants nearby, Yelp is very strong around here for giving recent reviews.
We are in a 100-year-old Victorian house originally constructed as a multi-family dwelling, typical of that time. While we have made some updates, some history remains, e.g., the claw-foot tub. Even though we're in an older building, don't worry...we have updated systems. In the winter, you can stay as warm as you like. There is a great back porch overlooking a 50-foot maple tree; this has proven to be very popular with guests. The house isn't perfect...it's an old building! However, there is good karma to spare. We have a few older clients who come to our office. If you don't mind, we would love to have access to the second floor bath (yours) during daytime hours.
We are neurotherapists as well as working musicians, one opera singer and one pianist. We can provide a loaner Korg or Roland keyboard for practice if you need. Check out our website: soundbrain
For guests, we give discounted brain-brightening sessions to clear away the cobwebs :)
Interaction with Guests
We're happy to share suggestions about our favorite restaurants and shops nearby.
Despite our urban setting, our neighborhood is quiet, particularly at bedtime. It has always been the kind of neighborhood where women can walk alone safely at night.
We actively recycle. We can do it for you if you simply keep glass, plastic and metal trash together and separated from trash. We also keep a compost container in the fridge for vegetable trash. We'll empty it into the big bin outside when you leave.
The subway, locally known as the "T", is a 7-8 minute walk away. The bus is a 5-6 minute walk. The river is about a 0.75 mile (1.1km) walk from our house. A nice walk/run path is there.
No smoking. No loud parties. Just the usual expectations from respectful, responsible adults. We live one floor upstairs.
Simply, this was a great place to stay. Larry and Paul greeted us upon arrival (we were a little early, but they were fine with a flexible check-in time), showed us the place, and gave some really excellent recommendations of things to do, see, eat, and drink in the area. The neighborhood is quiet and residential, but walking distance to so many fun places, and right around the corner from a convenient T station. The space was clean and felt very comfortable. The balcony looking over the back yard is a great feature, and a perfect place to sit in the morning. If you're looking to explore Cambridge/Boston, this is an excellent place to stay. I highly recommend it, and I can't wait to go back and stay there again!
Very good, the place was comfortable and nice, The host gave us advices about many things. He even shared us the refrigerator.
Paul and Larry are thoughtful, helpful and gracious hosts. They are excellent resources and very responsive. The apartment has everything you need for your stay with a well stocked kicthen. The balcony is a wonderful amenity. The location is within easy walking distance to MIT, central station, grocery stores, shops and restaurants. We were able to walk everywhere from the apartment's central location - i.e. we walked to Harvard Square, Freedom Trail and Copley Square. I highly recommend this apartment!
I really enjoyed staying at this lovely 1BR suite unit. The location was ideal and I was able to walk to a bunch of restaurants, Kendall Square Cinema and the grocery store. The neighborhood is really cute and eclectic and gave you a true feel of living in Cambridge. This was a great experience for my first time using Airbnb.
Paul & Larry were excellent hosts and we had a great couple of days in Boston. This is a great location within walking distance to Harvard, MIT, and even parts of downtown across the Charles River. The apartment is spacious and has everything you might need. We didn't have time to enjoy the balcony but would love to come back to explore some more. Also, Paul gives a great tour of nearby musts, which was really helpful. Loved it!
A great week spent in Paul's fully equipped apartment, ideally located between MIT and Harvard Square. The best: a balcony towards the garden, a great place to relax and enjoy the evenings. Paul and Larry are really supportive and help you whenever necessary. We can strongly recommend this apartment, and we are sure to come back! And thanks for the beautiful welcome flowers!
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About the Host, Paul
We are a pair of classical musicians in Cambridge, located between MIT & Harvard. As with much of Cambridge, we're hopeless lefties.
On parle un peu de français. Hablamos poco español. Und ein bisschen Deutsch auch.
Most Sundays you'll find us "making a joyful noise" at one church or another.
We've been in this old house and this neighborhood over 20 years now. Since we cook a bit, the rental floor fridge and pantry might contain a little overflow from ours. We're huge fans of Airbnb both as guests and as hosts. Leave your towels and sheets at home; we provide all that for you. Our biggest challenge as Airbnb hosts is saying goodbye to the awesome people who stay with us.