About This Listing
Charming Victorian hill-top house, pleasant residential neighborhood, eight minutes walk to subway. Private room, high ceilings, carved wood decor, ocean views, decks; like Weaselys' house in Harry Potter, something interesting around every corner!
Library has books, games, instruments and mementos from all over the world. Guide books, dual language dictionaries, wildlife guides, and other useful books for visitors are here.
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.
Rooms are fully furnished; shared kitchen fully equipped; rent includes WIFI, utilities, laundry facilities, easy onstreet parking. Bathrooms and common areas are shared. There are two full bathrooms and one 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.
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.
Jones Hill is a quiet, safe residential neighborhood with a rich history and many examples of classic New England architecture. There is a mix of 1860's-1890's mansions and triple deckers from the 1920s. It borders South Boston and is within walking distance of two beaches as well as some nice biking paths; the historic Kennedy Library museum is nearby. We are at the top of the hill, so you can see the ocean from the yard, and we get ocean breezes all summer. My house was built in 1880 for the daughter of the farmer that owned the hill, and though the neighborhood is part of Boston, it still has a suburban feeling, with giant trees and plenty of yards. In past decades it has become home to immigrants as well as old New England families; about half the arrivals were from Ireland, but also some from Italy, Eastern Europe, Vietnam, the Carribean and Cape Verde. In winter we help eachother with shoveling snow; people stay a long time, as it is a pleasant place to live.
Close to shops and good restaurants, only eight minutes walk to Red Line subway. Walk or bike to several beaches and bike trails (we can rent you some bikes!), or take a quick subway ride to see the historic Boston center or visit the cultural and academic areas of Boston. We are a quick subway ride on the Red Line to the financial district, MGH, Boston Common and the Freedom Trail, MIT, UMass Boston, the Kennedy Library, South Boston, Lesley, Harvard, and more; or take a ten minute bus ride to the BU medical center and medical school. Several restaurants within walking distance with "best of Boston" write-ups, also grocery stores, ice cream shop, and breakfast cafe on the way to the subway station. Fifteen minutes from Santander Bank headquarters and the Italian consulate.
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!
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 smoking inside or behind the house; smoking is permitted only in smoking area in front of house. To maintain quiet on floors with bedrooms, please use headphones to listen to music/videos or when making (website hidden) calls in bedrooms, and keep hallways conversations quiet and short.
Jessica's home was incredibly sweet and cosy- The view from the balcony was thee most perfect sight to wake up too! She also went out of her way to give us any information we needed, Which was very much appreciated! We've already recommended it to friends thinking of going to Boston and we'ed happily stay there again!
Merci à Jessica pour son accueil. Nous sommes arrivés aux heures de travail et tout était organisé pour nous faciliter l'accès à notre chambre. Nous avons adoré le style décoratif de la maison, en plein cœur d'un quartier résidentiel. Calme, vue dégagée, espace confortable, tout était réunis pour nous reposer après notre passage à New YORK. Merci à Jessica pour ces conseils avisés sur les resto, visites et commodités et notre discussion en "fran-glais" en soirée. C'était une parenthèse bienvenue dans notre voyage américain.
Jessica's house is very nice, like the description. It's close to Savin hill subway on the red T line, 10 minutes from the main sightseen. Near the house there are an irish pub, a supermarket and a cafe for breakfast. The room is spacious, clean, comfortable and has a beautiful view over the area and ocean.
The bathroom is shared with other guest.
Jessica is very helpful and kind. She gave me all the information about my trip in Boston.
It's possible to use also the kitchen although I used to eat outside.
I had a great experience, I'd like to repeat in the future.
Jessica's house is a great place to stay! I stayed there for 3 weeks and immediately felt at home. Everyone in the house is both friendly, up for a chat, and respectful of eachother's privacy. The house is close to the T and in a very safe neighbourhood. The rooms are big but still cosy. Lots of closet space too :)
I definitely recommend this place, and will come back whenever I'm in Boston again!
I had a great time! The house is indeed charming and the room was beautiful with a very nice view. Jessica was a very helpful and friendly host. It's a very manageable walk from the subway (although you have to climb a hill, which could be difficult with a lot of luggage) and the area is very nice with some great restaurants and bars. It's not far from the beach where you can go running (or swimming, weather permitting...) A great place to stay in Boston! Thank you!
I really enjoyed staying Jessica's house. The house was very good! The location close to a station. You can find her house easily. I'd like to stay again,if I go to Boston. Thank you Jessica.
Jessica's house is peaceful and full of attitude, the neighborhood is packed with wooden, fairytale-like houses, there's easy access to and from the city and gorgeous indian food nearby.
I really enjoyed my stay there. You will too.
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About the Host, Jessica
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.