About this listing
Welcoming young married couple with a 28 month old boy; comfortable guestroom w/queen size bed; great location 2 mins walking distance from Harvard College across the street from law school. 20 mins by T to Boston; Breakfast, wifi, towels & more
Come stay with us! We are a hospitable couple originally from the South with an adorable 28 month old toddler. We enjoy AirBnB as way to connect with new people. We would be pleased to make your acquaintance, be your helpful local guides and your home away from home. We are an ideal fit for easy-going folks who want a great location, comfy bed, and warm hearts.
All guests are very welcome. Hablamos español (los dos). Parlo italiano (Landon, ma Amanda capisce). Je parle français (Landon).
We are located across the street from Harvard Law School and Leslie University Doble Campus. We are two minutes walking distance from Harvard College, less than 10 minutes or 0.5 mile/0.8km walk to two T stops (Porter Square and Harvard Square) and approximately 20 minutes by the T to central Boston. We are 0.2 miles away from the Harvard-Radcliffe Quad Annex. We are 15 to 20 minutes away from Kendall Square/MIT by public transit (bus and metro).
The neighborhood is beautiful, safe and very close to the Cambridge Commons, the city's most well known park. There are MANY nice places to eat, shop or visit around the area (about which we will give you plenty of information). The Charles River is less than a half mile away and is a beautiful place along which to walk or run.
The well-decorated guestroom includes a comfortable and spacious queen size bed with high thread count sheets, nightstand with white noise machine, a desk, chest of drawers, and closet.
We comfortably fit one person.
The guestroom's windows are at street level so there is some residential noise, though in general the neighborhood is quiet. We do provide a white noise machine and earplugs for all guests. Most guests have had no issue with street noise.
We have a modestly sized basement apartment. We also offer guests a comfy and tidy living room space to share and ample kitchen in which you are welcome to store food in the fridge. We invite you to dine with us whenever we are eating dinner around 7pm-8pm.
Our home is your home.
BREAKFAST INCLUDED upon request with advanced notice; wifi, heat, A/C, fresh guest towels (bath and washcloths), guest hairdryer, extra linens, iron, shared full bath, hygiene supplies upon request, washer/dryer on site.
Guests have access to every room in the house except our bedroom. We share the living room, kitchen area and bathroom. Guests are allowed to store food in the fridge, and we prefer that guest do not cook in kitchen except on a case-by-case basis.
Guest, of course, have access at all times to wifi and fresh towels.
Interaction with Guests
The most important of the airbnb experience is the host-guest relationship. We love meeting all the interesting folks that come to our abode! Open, warm, generous and flexible is how we love to treat our guests, and we hope for similar regard for us.
We see guests almost every morning at the very least. Amanda prepares breakfast for guests as well as typically eating with them. Most nights a week, we have homemade family supper in the apartment. Guests are always invited to dine with us at their convenience and pleasure. We are out and about during the day. Our budding toddler is always palling around.
The neighborhood is well-balanced. We are close to the action near Harvard and Boston but area itself is low-key. Cool restaurants and great people-watching cafes are a stone's throw away. Ice skating and farmer market occupy the same space in different seasons. There are two live-music lounges within 0.25 miles of our home. We are close to the Charles River and Cambridge Commons which makes for excellent idyllic walks and explorations.
Guests looking for off-the-beaten path attractions in Cambridge should definitely visit the Longfellow House. There are always interesting talks and lecture opportunities especially at the Harvard Bookstore. For active types, kayaking, canoeing and upright paddle surfing is close by. In addition, a walk or Hubway bike ride from our home to downtown Boston along the Charles River is a must (5 miles to Faneuil Hall).
Public transit is very convenient. The best way to get around is by foot. Cambridge is one of the most walkable cities in the United States. If you are so inclined to bicycle, we live very close to Hubway bicycle rack which allows shared and public bike rentals across the Boston area.
In addition to living very close to Harvard and Porter Square T stops, we are in the centrally located near many bus stops that go throughout the Boston area. A taxi stand is less than 0.4 miles away too.
Parking is nearby in the neighborhood on residential streets. We are happy to lend our visitor's parking permit to our guests.
Guests typically get here from Logan Airport via the Silver Line Bus switching at South Station to Red Line T stopping at Harvard Square. Public transit from airport with this method is free!
Other Things to Note
Additional guest information
Check-in is 3 PM although hours are flexible and negotiated with host. Check out is at 10 AM although hours are flexible and negotiated with host. Keys, however, must be returned by these times strictly.
Upon first meeting, keys are provided so that you can come and go as you need. We can arrange with advance planning to drop off us the keys at another location in Cambridge if mutually convenient.
In addition, we would not be good fit for those arriving AFTER 10pm on their first night.
We give priority to guests booking for stays longer than one night. On account of the terms of our lease, however, we cannot host guests longer than 14 nights consecutively.
We do not book reservations for more than three months in advance.
In addition, we do not reserve one night stays more than a week in advance of the date desired. If you are interested in a one night stay, message us in advance and we will inform you of current availability.
Considerations before inquiring or booking
Due to security reasons, we ask that all guests have fully verified account (phone number, email and photo id) with uploaded profile photo of yourself before booking.
If you would like to stay with us, BEFORE BOOKING please send a short message with dates you want to come, a little description of yourself, AND why you are coming to Cambridge (so we can best accommodate your needs) and we will respond A.S.A.P. regarding availability. If you book before a message, we will reject the reservation.
Please feel free to message us with any and all questions.
Let us know what you like to eat and drink for breakfast. We will make every effort to have it available for you.
Our little man loves guests, warming up quickly to newcomers. He is budding into toddlerhood and has as many adorable moments and not-so-cute moments. If you are not comfortable with a little one, this is not the best fit for you.
We hope to be your delighted hosts soon in Cambridge!
Please understand that we are sharing our home. We try our very best to be open, flexible and accommodating to all needs and requests.
Communication is absolutely key.
1. Please communicate clearly ahead of time your estimated time of arrival and departure via Airbnb message. TEXT or CALL from Harvard Square that you have arrived. DON'T CALL please TEXT if possible between the hours of 1pm-3pm as our son is probably napping.
2. If we can improve your stay at anytime, please let us know ahead or during your stay.
3. If you arrive after 10pm, please make every effort to be quiet and minimize use of the common area and kitchen, as we have a baby asleep at this time. As well, please inform us if you intend to be out later than 10 pm so that we are aware for safety reasons (both yours and ours).
4. Please be respectful of common areas (ie living space, bathroom and kitchen) and try to keep them clean if you make a mess.
5. No smoking in the building.
6. Please recycle.
7. We ask that guest kindly remove their shoes before stepping on the carpet.
We will make every effort to make your stay comfortable, pleasing and enjoyable. If there is anything that we can do to help you in facilitating this process, please let us know.
I had a great time here! I spent 11 days in Cambridge while going attending a Residency for graduate school. This was a fantastic location and great room.
The room was clean, and cozy. The bed was comfortable, and amenities just what I needed. There is a large closet with a big chest of drawers for storing clothes. There is lots of free space on top of and inside the desk. The room came with a white noise machine to drown out noise of Mass. Ave (didn't need it while I was there, but it's nice). Nice warm and clean shared shower and bath. Amanda and Landon were great! They were so friendly, willing to help me find my way around town, give great suggestions for shopping, touring, and eating. They were hospitable and friendly, and I loved getting to know them and their son. They speak fluent Spanish, as well as a few other languages if you are international.
The location is fantastic, just catty-corner to Harvard Law school, minutes away from Lesley Campus, Harvard Square, Harvard Commons, and 4 minutes from the nearest T station. Getting in and out is easy, and I felt incredibly safe while staying there. They always had a variety of waters, juices, and coffee, and let me store my fancy cheese I swiped from an after party in their fridge. It was wonderful having a safe, cozy, and friendly place to crash after long days of seminars and classes. I would highly recommend them. If they are still there the next time I'm in Cambridge, I would love to stay with them again!
My stay with Landon, Amanda and their baby was great, no major problems of note. Thank you!
I had a great time at Landon and Amanda's place! They were very welcoming, and I enjoyed listening to their stories. The bed in the guestroom was amazing! :)
My stay with Amanda & Landon was very short, but they were wonderfully gracious and accommodating. Great location, wonderful conversation, and friendly hosts! The room was clean and comfortable and well suited for my brief stay. Although the Roussels are a busy young family, they went out of their way to meet my needs (sleep!). Very conveniently located for a brief ride (T) into Boston (my conference was near Copley Square) or the airport. Wonderful hosts and great experience!!
Although I had a very short and busy time with Amanda and Landon, everything was just as I expected. They gave me excellent privacy and were very understanding with my busy schedule. Also, the apartment seemed very clean and organized to me!
The location was perfect since my conference was at Harvard University, just two blocks away.
Amanda and Landon were wonderful hosts. I felt at home immediately. Cambridge is beautiful and a great base for exploring Boston. Downtown Boston can be easily reached by public transport.
Thank you very much for the nice evenings, the great company and the warm welcome to Boston! It would be great to come back!
Landon and Amanda were so accommodating and kind. They were very helpful in recommending certain places around Cambridge and the Boston area. I would highly recommend staying at their lovely home if given the opportunity. I enjoyed my time in Boston and Landon and Amanda were a significant part of my stay.
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About the Host, Landon
I am a primary care physician specializing in internal medicine. I have been married to Amanda, my college sweetheart, for five and a half years, and together we have an 31 month old toddler son and a little girl due in July. I love to hike, kayak, run, read, write and travel.
I have a strong interest in bioethics, philosophy, theology, history, frozen yogurt and coffee. I have taken up brewing as a hobby (cider and beer), and I would be pleased as punch to share with you the new batches. I believe the most authentic connections take place with a beverage in hand.
I have lived in North Carolina, Texas, Guatemala, New York City, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy. I speak Spanish, French and Italian. Amanda speaks Spanish and understands French and Italian. We love learning new languages too - Flemish and German for now for me, while Amanda is slowly attempting to learn ASL, Polish and Portuguese.
Spain and the US National Parks hold a special place in my heart. The last place I went internationally was Guatemala; domestically, Pittsburgh, Baton Rouge, and Wichita, KS.
As a guest, I am very clean, warm and responsible. I like to leave a place better than I found it.
As hosts, my wife and I enjoy sharing our knowledge of the Boston/Cambridge area and being truly hospitable with our home. Being apart of Airbnb is not a business for us but a conduit for building new relationships and community.
My life motto is "Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum!"