About this listing
Spacious room with private bathroom and queen size bed, 3 windows overlooking the garden and the walk to the beach behind the house. Nearby parks, 8 minutes to the Red Line then 12 minutes to downtown, 25 minutes to Cambridge, off street parking.
We live in an 18 room 160 year old house that was once occupied by just one family! Barney has lived here all of his life, our 4 children grew up here, and we like the combination of a small town dynamic, living on the beach while 20 minutes from the center of the city.
There is a full kitchen on the first floor for guests to make meals, as well as a back porch to enjoy, weather permitting. A laundry room is available and reliable wifi access is provided to all guests.
Interaction with guests
We interact with guests when we are around, which is usually in the evenings. We're happy to offer conversation and guidance about Boston and New England. We are available to meet and facilitate our guests' visits and can be around as much, or as little, as needed. We will provide thorough directions for accessing the house if guests arrive while we are not at home.
Savin Hill is a diverse, residential neighborhood with lots of families and trees. There are paths to jog or walk on the beach, easy access to bike rental, food shopping, restaurants, and coffee shops. The neighborhood has deep roots - people who come here, stay here. There are lots of large Victorian houses, two city parks, and a path along the harbor. We are a 10 minute walk from the local breakfast and lunch spot, McKenna's, and for dinner and drinks, Savin Kitchen. About a 20 minute walk away is Shanti, an Indian restaurant and Harp and Bard, an Irish Pub, serving the usual fare. The John F. Kennedy Library is located on the water, a very short walk away, as is the University of Massachusetts.
We are located an easy and pleasant 10 minute walk from the red line T station, providing access to and from all parts of the city, airport, Amtrak train, bus station, ferries to Cape Cod and the north shore, and trains to the suburbs. The "T" operates from early morning until about midnight on the weekdays and later on the weekends.
Other things to note
You can walk out of the back yard to Dorchester Bay and the beach. The harbor walk bike path starts there and goes on for miles. Enjoy the fresh fruit, orange juice, english muffins, Mary's granola, and yogurt in the morning or anytime. Barney makes great coffee in the morning as well as his signature muffins! All guests have access to a full kitchen for cooking and/or enjoying meals. Feel free to play the piano; we love music in the house!
We have ample off-street parking but if you have a car let us know and we will be in touch with you about parking. Please be careful not to drive or walk in the driveway for 233 Savin Hill Avenue.
Check in time is 2 PM, check out time is 10 AM. Guests who arrive early can drop off their luggage after 10 AM. We are unable to accommodate arrivals earlier than 10 AM.
Guests who need to stay after the check out time are welcome to use the common area on the first floor for luggage storage.
NO SMOKING in the house or anywhere on the property.
Mary and Barney Carney live here in the Savin Hill neighborhood of Boston. As a family of 6, we've lived in this house for about 27 years, Robert, who's 19, Andrea, who's 31, and John and Grace who are 20 year old twins. are also here from time to time.
We're Bostonians and New Englanders from birth; we spend time here, in Provincetown and in Vermont. We don't have much spare time because Mary and Barney work full time, in higher education and computing. All four of our children have gone to the oldest school in the United States, Boston Latin School. We're all involved in community activities, mostly music - choirs, bands and the like, some politics and some church, and many other kinds of activities.
We live in what may be the most diverse square mile in Boston - people of every model and make. We've always had people living with us; we've sponsored refugees and had guests from around the world. There are lively discussions and debates about everything from quantum mechanics to driving habits, from living to dying, from rock climbing to meditation.