About this listing
Peaceful craftsman's suite close to Harvard and MIT: Beautiful, cozy natural wood and stone. Private top floor: jacuzzi/bath room and bedroom w/ complementary homemade granola, and roof deck. Cafes, restaurants and pubs abound in this area.
The Jacuzzi Room is just outside the Guest Room and includes a handheld shower. It comes with fresh towels, soap & shampoo for convenience.
Guests comment that this third floor suite feels like a tree house flooded with light and air. This 3rd Floor suite includes a roof deck, jacuzzi, bedroom, and 1/2 bath. The bedroom accommodates 3 people, which includes both a real queen bed and twin futon bed. Brazilian slate floor, cedar walls surround the jacuzzi, which is tucked beneath a skylight and enclosed with Shoji screens.
Please use the side entrance located on the right side of our home. Check-in time is after 4:00p and check out time is 11:00 am. We will either be home to greet you or provide you with the combo for the lock box, located near the side entrance on the right side of of our home, which will have house keys. The 3rd floor suite is at the very top of the stairs. Free on street parking is available with Somerville parking passes we provide.
Interaction with Guests
We have 30 years of local knowledge with varied interests including art, music and food. We love to share our rich history and culture but also orient our guests to the neighborhood w/ a walk to either Union or Inman square, which are just 10 minutes from our home. such as the grocery store or local restaurant with specific directions or walking with you around the neighborhood. There are many ethnic foodie spots We are very proud of our rich urban environment and love to foster that appreciation in others.
Our neighborhood is very quiet and safe at any time of day or night. This is an old neighborhood that is dense with single and multifamily homes, most built in the 19th century. We are 10 minute walk to either Inman or Union Square, which have numerous restaurants, pubs, consignment shops, bookstores, cafes and galleries. We have created a (website hidden) map as a guide to some of these.
There walks to Harvard and MIT are short but there is also public transportation nearby our home that will bring you to either doorstep. Harvard University houses several museums including the Fogg by Renzo Piano, which is now open after a five year renovation. Harvard's Peabody Museum and the Museum of Natural History, which houses the Glass Flower Exhibit. Harvard Tours are found near the Harvard T Stop.
Boston is a short distance away. One can either walk to Harvard in 20-25 minutes then take the Redline to Park St. station. There are numerous museums in Boston including the MFA, Isabella Stewart Gardner, ICA, Science Museum and many more. The Freedom Trail is a must for Boston taking you through the center of Boston and Charlestown.
Free on street parking is available with Somerville parking passes we provide. The MBTA is a great way to visit our area. Please visit their site for more information. From Logan, take the Silver line to the Red Line (Outbound) to Harvard Square Station, then catch the #86 bus found in the upper level of the bus way in Harvard station or take a cab from Harvard or South Station to our home. The #86 bus schedule is posted on the MBTA website.
Cabs directly from South Station cost $25. Cabs from Harvard University are $10.00. Uber, which provides shared rides is another great way to get access to our area from Logan or South Station.
Other Things to Note
The Somerville area has less traffic during the summer months but it is busy beginning the last week of August to early September through the academic year. Bicycles via Hubway are an excellent way to see our area, however they don't provide bike helmets. Hubway bikes are located throughout the city near each T stop and at some popular destinations. We have some 3 blocks from our home. Please go to (website hidden) for more information.
Please do not use the Jacuzzi/Shower after 10:00p. Please remove shoes upon arrival given the mahogany staircase. Thank you.
Half Bath with small refrigerator under the copper sink. We include milk and a milk alternative. Faucet has water purification option.
The top floor of this house is private, comfortable and beautiful. The bed is queen and we had a great sleep. The outside rooftop terrace was a great place to have our coffee and granola. The check in was convenient and easy. I would ask them to provide a small bottle of dish soap for those staying more than one night to wash the coffee cups and bowls. Also we would have preferred to sleep with windows open rather than AC but there was only one screen in the windows. We would definitely stay again!
Monique and Robert were lovely hosts. They tried to make my stay as pleasant as possible. The upstairs room with own toilet and jacuzzi was great. Delicious Granola was available for breakfast. Thanks a lot for that week!
I stayed at Craftsman's loft for two weeks. What I appreciated was how lovely and well appointed the space was - with good coffee, granola and salts for the jacuzzi. Monique made an effort to show me around the first day and even put a jar of lilacs from the garden in my room. The neighbourhood is pleasant and the loft is within easy walking distance to Wholefoods and Union Square. I had a very pleasant stay in this unique space. Thank you.
Monique and Robert have designed and built a very special bungalow on the 3rd floor of their Somerville house. Robert is a very talented craftsman which is reflected in this sweet space in a quiet neighborhood. Together they have thought of every detail to make the stay comfortable. They are also very amicable people who greeted us nicely and offered much advice on where to get dinners, breakfasts, on parking and more. We would highly recommend staying in their wonderful space. It is small, but very comfortable.
My husband and I felt very welcomed by our hosts, Monique and Robert, even before we arrived. I mentioned that we were looking for low key activities for our 4 night stay, while there for the Boston Marathon. Monique sent a list of neighborhood and other Boston activities we might enjoy and they were quite right on. There was much available within walking distance and the bus stop was at the corner, where we could take a bus to Harvard Square and the T to downtown from there.
While there, Monique offered many suggestions of places to eat and directions for getting around. She checked on the MBTA schedule for Patriot's Day and even followed my marathon progress. When I returned from the race, I enjoyed the jacuzzi with the epsom salts provided. Monique was glad to provide any assistance she could and even thanked me for asking for a gallon zip loc bag for my pre-race snacks, saying she loved to be able to provide for these simple requests.
The house was much as described, with Robert's handiwork evident throughout. He used many materials recycled from old commercial buildings, including the stone flooring in the entrance, the soapstone counters and glass blocks in their kitchen and the copper sink in our half bath. There was also much use of wood, both for flooring and the loft walls. Radiant floor heat kept the house comfortably warm.
Staying with our gracious hosts, Monique and Robert, was a wonderful way to enjoy our time in Boston.
We were warmly greeted and Monique gave us great advice on the restaurants. Neighbourhood is good - all walkable.
We walked to both MIT and Harvard as well as restaurants.
The room is big enough for 2 or 3 and has a jacuzzi you can use (we did not).
My friend and I met for the weekend to explore Boston, and we very much enjoyed our stay in Monique and Robert's loft! It's the perfect place for quiet relaxation in-between sightseeing downtown and enjoying the delicious food in the area. Noise does travel (we were a bit loud at first--sorry!), but the house is very open, filled with light, and had great character. They also provided a lot of amenities (hair dryer, really good coffee, granola, etc.), and Monique was kind enough to suggest some great places to check out! It was a very positive experience! We would stay there again in a flash!
About the Host, Monique And Robert
We are native Bostonians. Robert is a designer, builder and artist and I a recent Harvard grad in psychology. Over a ten to fifteen year period Robert and I have built a home out of the smallest existing home on record in Somerville, Ma. We love travel, cooking, the arts, conversation, a balanced lifestyle and meeting the many wonderful folks we've met through Airbnb. After a long day, we enjoy our peaceful, quiet home and I enjoy in particular enjoy going to bed early.