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. We are well-located for attendees of conferences and functions at MIT or Harvard. 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 middle floor in a 3-unit building. It consists of a private bedroom, private eat-in kitchen and full bathroom in Central Square. In nice weather, guests love to hangout on the private back porch surrounded by mature maple trees. It's great for morning coffee or that late afternoon glass of wine. If we are the central location for you to visit friends here, the driveway accommodates your guests.
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. If you are three, the third person can take our very comfortable memory foam rollaway bed. This has proven satisfactory for people ranging from college guys to grandmothers. It makes up with twin-size sheets. In addition, if otherwise unoccupied, there is another bedroom down the hall with a single bed. (Please see the Guest Access section for more info.) We have options, and we're flexible. Though we have a cat upstairs in our unit, Maggie the Cat never comes into the suite; if you're allergic, you should have no problem here. The suite is thoroughly vacuumed between each stay. 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.
We are enthusiastic members of this Airbnb community. We have been guests in several Airbnb flats in the US, Canada and Europe. We are confident in the good value we are offering. NB: hotels around here are twice our price and more. Hopefully you will agree.
Our house is a 7-8 minute walk from the subway (Central Square), a 5 minute walk to the bus on Mass Ave, a 5-6 minute walk to the closer 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 have a window unit. 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. Also, for international guests, if you need a US SIM card, we can help. If possible, please let us know a few days ahead of your arrival.
Since you'll have your own private kitchen, we'll not make your breakfast. However, we keep coffee and tea in stock for guests. Besides three grocery stores in walking distance, 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 1916. 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. The house isn't (URL HIDDEN) an old building! However, there is good karma to spare.
We are neurotherapists as well as working musicians, one opera singer and one pianist. Check out our website: soundbrain
For guests, we give discounted brain-brightening sessions to clear away the cobwebs :)
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 discount the extra bedroom during your stay in the larger space ($25/night). Three will fit comfortably in the larger space. Though better for one, the small bedroom will accommodate two with the trundle bed pulled out.
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.
Other Things to Note
We have several restaurant recommendations, and a few restaurant warnings. There are four grocery stores in walking distance.
No smoking. No loud parties. Just the usual expectations from respectful, responsible adults. We live one floor upstairs. And NO nailing things into windows or walls. This really happened.
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.