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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.

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The Space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $15
Security Deposit: $100
Weekly discount: 12%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

This rental is effectively a studio apartment with a private, locked entrance on the middle 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 keep a window unit in summer. 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. For international guests, we have spare electric adapters 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 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 :)

Guest Access

There is a second rental bedroom down the hall. Students sometimes rent this room for extended periods. However, if it's available and you need extra space, we'll severely discount the extra bedroom during your stay in the larger space. Three will fit comfortably in the larger space. The small bedroom will accommodate two with the trundle bed. You can see photos in the Other Properties link from the main listing.

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.

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.

Getting Around

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.

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House Rules

No smoking. No loud parties. Just the usual expectations from respectful, responsible adults. We live one floor upstairs.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay.
From Mar 10 - Nov 19, 2016 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
CentralSquare Charm MIT/Harvard-1BR
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Member since August 2012


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