Sea view,balcony,15min by metro to center,safe st
Sea view,balcony,15min by metro to center,safe st


Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Charming Victorian hill-top house, pleasant safe residential neighborhood, eight minutes walk to subway and only 15minutes to financial district!. Private room, high ceilings, carved wood decor, ocean views, decks; like Weaselys' house in Harry Potter, something interesting around every corner!

The space

Ocean views from most windows, ocean breezes, high ceilings and wood floors, crown mouldings, carved fireplaces, and custom Victorian decor distinguish this charming home. People have compared it to the Weazely's house in Harry Potter--something fascinating around every corner, with books, games, and artwork left behind by the world travellers, artists, engineers and medical people who have lived here. The house combines the homey comfort of a vintage farm house (it was a wedding present from the farmer who owned the hill to his daughter, in 1880, and still has the farmhouse-style kitchen) with the elegance of art nouveau-style decor in the bedrooms and shared areas--paintings, elegant carved fireplaces, colored glass and bay windows, and more. It was built at a time when architects wanted to celebrate local resources such as fine-grained varieties of wood, abundant light, and flexible uses of space and whimsical exterior color. There are inspiring views of the harbor islands and the city skyline and of huge leafy trees; large balconies to relax on with Breughel-like views of historic houses marching down to the bay; you can watch sailboats floating on the harbor in the distance or see the city lights blinking on at night, or just watch the blue jays and cardinals play nearby in the giant trees.

Guest access

Rooms are fully furnished and all bedrooms are private. Shared kitchen is fully equipped; rent includes WIFI, utilities, laundry facilities, easy onstreet parking. All bathrooms and all common areas are shared. There are two shared full bathrooms and one shared half bathroom. Breakfast isn't provided but kitchen facilities are available. Off-street parking is an extra fee, but there is plenty of on-street parking available for free. This particular bedroom has a private balcony with bay view, accessed through a large window; there is another shared balcony just off of the dining room.

Interaction with guests

I live in the house; if I am not travelling, I am available for advice about getting around Boston and about restaurants and shopping nearby. I speak Italian and French, and understand Spanish.

Other things to note

We have extra guitars and other acoustic instruments; also games and fun books, some in Italian, French or Spanish, to relax with after a long day (including Asterix!). We have books about Boston, maps, dictionaries in five languages, and other helpful aids for getting around Boston!


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Private room
Self check-in: Lockbox

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $10
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Guests who use kitchen must wash their dishes (or put them in dishwasher) and wipe stove and counters after eating, in courtesy to other guests. No cooking after 10pm. No smoking inside or behind the house; smoking is permitted only in smoking area in front of house. Wipe area around and over shower drains after use. To maintain quiet on floors with bedrooms, please use headphones to listen to music/videos or when making (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) calls in bedrooms, and keep hallways conversations quiet and short.


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

84 Reviews


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Ernest User Profile
June 2017
Great place, even greater host! Would definitely want to stay here in my next stay!

Jacquie User Profile
June 2017
Jessica is very responsive and open to helping with whatever you need. If you need more privacy, this could be a challenging space. Very clean!
Jessica User Profile
Response from Jessica:
We provide each guest a lockable private room with desk; there are also three separate common rooms, front yard, and dining room deck in this four storey house. So a guest wanting privacy or space to relax has many places to get it, even if they choose not to use the private balcony attached to this room. Guests wanting even more privacy than that should check out the private apartment listing on my profile page.
June 2017

Jaime User Profile
May 2017
My first airbnb experience was great. We loved Jessica's place, the location and cleanness. She is an exceptional person, very helpful and kind. We'll be back.

Kate User Profile
May 2017
Overall, Jessica's home was a good place to stay. It might be most appropriate for traveling student folks. The neighborhood is sweet with a really pleasant walk to the T, which will get you most places you need to go. While the room was nice, I would have appreciated knowing that the bed was actually more of a futon with a thin mattress, while the other rooms in the home had real beds with real mattresses (make sure to look up her other listings!) The private balcony was a bit oversold, but I could imagine sitting out there with coffee if I had had more time. Guests probably should know that the access to it is only through a window. Overall though, the home is quirky and fun, and Jessica is a kind and welcoming hostess. I can imagine that travelers visiting Boston could hang out there for a week, enjoying the kitchen, company, and shared spaces, and have a lovely time.
Jessica User Profile
Response from Jessica:
Mattress is not a futon: it is a queensize Ikea latex foam mattress 7.5 inches thick with a supportive slatted base to go with the adjustable bed frame in that room--you can raise and lower the head area for reading in bed, etc. We found that a stiffer, thicker mattress would not allow the bed to raise and lower freely, and many of our visitors appreciate the adjustable bed. The thick mettresses in the other rooms are for non-adjustable beds; we hope you will try them when you return!.
May 2017

Zongru User Profile
May 2017
Her place was wonderful and she even bought me slippers when I need a pair

Clara User Profile
April 2017
Jessica was very helpful with letting us know good places to visit after Boston, thank you!

Chittikhun User Profile
April 2017
Nice home

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States · Joined in November 2013
Jessica User Profile

I am a health psychologist and music therapist from Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up in Italy and attended university in the Boston area. I play guitar and write music and sing with a world music group called Urban Myth. My favorite author is Terry Pratchett at the moment; I love to dance. I like a sleeping space that is quiet and dark; my ideal place to stay would have frequent transportation connecting it to the city center, by bus or by subway/metro. I love living in Boston, and enjoy helping guests find fun things to do here; I speak Italian and French, and understand Spanish. My house has a extra musical instruments for guests to play, as well as books and games.

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Response time: within a few hours
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