comfy 1BR suite-CentrSq/MIT/Harvard

House - Entire home/apt · Pine Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States

Welcome to our 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.

The Space

This rental is effectively a studio apartment as part of the 2nd floor in a 3-floor building. It consists of a private bedroom, private eat-in kitchen and full bathroom in Central Square on the second floor of our house. The bedroom is extremely convertible. Two travelers can have separate beds. If you're a couple we can unite them side by side with a king size sheet.

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.

Since you'll have your own private kitchen, we'll not make your breakfast. However, if you let us know ahead we will stock some breakfast items you like. We can also 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 more 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. If you don't mind, the second floor bath is shared with our home office during daytime hours. If you're here for more than a couple of days, we can show you the laundry room.

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.

Interaction with Guests

We're happy to share suggestions about our favorite restaurants and shops nearby.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

The subway, locally known as the "T", is a 7-8 minute walk away. The bus is a 5-6 minute walk.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Monthly Price: $2175 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 1:00 PM
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • Paul & Larry were great hosts! We were in town for the marathon and the apartment was perfect for our needs. I hope to stay here again when my travels bring me back to Boston.

    April 2014
  • A great place to stay for a visit to Boston. Close to the subway for easy access to Downtown, MIT and Hahvahd. There are lots of bars a restaurants within walking distance. The apartment is clean, comfortable and has everything you need, plus it is on a quiet street. The Internet connection is fast and reliable.

    Paul and Larry are friendly and accommodating hosts that make you feel welcome and as if you are staying with friends. They gave us lots of information about where to go and what to see which was greatly appreciated. The classical music that was occasionally heard through the walls was a nice way to start the day. We would definitely return and recommend this place to anyone wishing to visit Boston.

    April 2014
  • Great apartment, great area, great hosts - nothing more to say, we will be coming back!

    April 2014
  • We stayed at Paul and Larrys apartment for 3 nights and felt so comfortable and home...They are so wonderful and careing people and can give you good tips about the area. We wish we could have stayed longer and definetly want to come back.

    April 2014
  • Paul and Larry are excellent hosts and very hospitable. Thanks again for all the restaurant recommendations and the coffee in the kitchen. The space was clean and charming.

    April 2014
  • Paul and Larry are wonderful hosts and they make you feel absolutely at home :)
    The house is very nice, warm, welcoming, and the location is convenient (between Harvard and MIT). It's also wonderfully clean. My Mom and I were delighted.
    We recommend this house to anyone!
    And Larry, don't worry, your French is truly good :D

    April 2014
  • Paul and Larry are so hospitable and kind! The suite is fabulous and it feels like staying at home. We had a great time during our stay and we will definitely choose this place again when the next time we go to Boston!

    April 2014
  • Truly, a wonderful place in Cambridge. Our hosts Paul and Larry were extremely accommodating in spite of our midnight arrival! That evening at such a late hour, Larry helped me plan my transportation route downtown to my convention the next morning and insisted that I use his "Charlie pass" to be able to access the public transportation without any problems. A very generous gesture! The apartment was spacious and comfortable and came with all the amenities we needed (including a bottle of bubbly which we failed to take advantage of). We were able to host some friends from the area for drinks as the kitchen/main room was ample enough and rather inviting. We did notice that we could hear others from neighboring apartments in the late morning and afternoon. This however was not at all a bother in the evening/night or early morning. All in all, a fantastic location and great hosts. Cheers, until we meet again.

    Nathan & Nisha

    March 2014
  • Great location and accommodations. Everything is as stated in the information. Paul and Larry are gracious hosts that were very helpful. We had our privacy but they were just a phone or text away if we needed anything. This location has a ton of great vegan/vegetarian options for food and is a 5min walk to the subway. I could get to downtown Boston in less then 25min. I would definitely stay here again.

    March 2014
  • Comfortable, friendly.... I always leave Paul & Larry's feeling like I've stayed with friends. Great space.

    March 2014
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DePauw University, Boston University, New England Conservatory, UT-K, Harvard
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SoundBrain (neurofeedback & auditory training)
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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 contain a little overflow from ours. Our original intent was to keep this space free for visiting family. We're huge fans of Airbnb both as guests and as hosts. We work from home and like to use the airbnb bathroom during office hours. If you're more private, just let us know. We will happily accommodate. 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.
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