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