About this listing
Fresh home roasted coffee from around the world awaits you each morning along with a thick slice of my freshly baked artisan bread. This alcove room is comfortable for any length of stay with some stays up to 6 months. Excellent for those relocating.
This is a charming, bright, and sunny apartment with views of the Boston skyline and is absolutely a comfortable, professional, and safe place for both men and women. You will awake each morning to the smell of fresh brewed coffee - roasted here by me from exotic green beans. Pair this with some fresh baked artisan bread that I typically have on hand. If you love coffee and fresh home made bread, it doesn't get any better then this. If you are interested, I might give you a lesson or two on how to roast your own coffee. In addition to fresh baked bread toasted with jam additional breakfast offerings may include cereal, bagels with cream cheese, or, on occassion, a Colombian breakfast of arepa, egg, and cheese. It's delicioso and high protein breakfast, a great way to start the day.
Roslindale Village is a 6 minute walk away and is a lively and charming village square that has many fine restaurants, coffee shops, market, specialty shops, and farmer's market on Saturdays from June through October.
This room is perfect for anyone considering a long term stay. I now find my typical guest is staying for a month or more. This room is an excellent place for someone coming to Boston for an extended education, relocation, or business stay. Though the room is small the adjacent living room, for the most part, is yours to relax, watch tv, work, or browse the internet on your computer. This room was created by knocking down one of the walls in order to open up the front of the house. It is an "alcove" off the living room separated from the rest of the house by blackout curtains. Read the reviews, people enjoy it. There is plenty of storage for whatever you bring. Public transportation into and out of Boston is very convenient. It's what I use and it's faster than driving and parking. If your stay is for one month or more I will arrange to meet you at the airport or train station and return you there when you depart.
The room has a twin size bed that will accomodate one person. There is a living room, dining room, kitchen, back porch, front porch, and bathroom that is shared with the host. There is a full office with a printer, scanner, Macintosh computer, PC, and Linux computers. There is free off-street parking in driveway for one car. There is unrestricted on street parking. We are close to Rt. 128 for those who would use that route to arrive by car. If you enjoy biking around a city feel free to bring bicycles as they can be stored in the basement. Though there is no laundry on the premises your laundry can be done for about $5 per load for wash, dry, and fold.
I have just recently joined the movement away from cable tv and I get 27 channels in HD through an antenna. I do have internet with Netflix streaming via a Roku box and Apple TV that provides many alternative sources of tv entertainment. Wifi is provided throughout the house.
If you are an early morning person and want to go to the gym to start your day you can do so as my guest. Please let me know in advance of your arrival.
If you are arriving from outside the US and you need to arrange for a sim card for you mobile phone I can arrange that. If you need electric power adapters we can get those as well.
Once you book your room I will send you links to useful local information. If you would like to discuss special transportation needs then please feel free to ask. If you are coming from outside the US and want to get a sim card for your phone I can help you with that once you arrive.
You can feel free to use almost anything here. Feel free to cook in the kitchen and store food in the refrigerator. The local farmer's market runs June through November where you can buy the freshest of local produce and many other products. If you have luggage that is in your way I can store that in the attic.
Interaction with Guests
This is a shared living experience. I live and work here. I spend all of my time in my office thus it affords the guest a sense of privacy to watch TV or some other sort of entertainment. For the most part you will have the entire front of the house to yourself. If you are here for a longer stay we might even share takeout, dinner, or go to a movie.
This is a very quiet neighborhood. So quiet you will hear the birds sing. Guests often remark at how quiet this neighborhood is for being in the 3rd most densely populated city in the US. You are within walking distance to the village square where you will find restaurants, markets, and a variety of shops.
Public transportation in Boston is as good as anywhere in the world. Every bus and train has a gps that lets you track it via your mobile phone or computer. There is no guesswork or wasted time in using the public transit system.
To get into Boston the bus is just a few steps from the front door and you can be in downtown Boston in 40 minutes on average, often less. My location is an excellent place from which to commute into downtown Boston, Mass General Hospital, the financial district, Back Bay (Copley, Prudential Center, Newbury St.), the Museuem of Fine Arts, Harvard Medical School, and the Longwood Medical Center.
If you are going to use public transportation I have a "Charlie Card" with enough of a balance to get you through the first day or so of your visit. You can reload them at any "T" station. The Charlie Card is very convenient for bus and subway travel and is less expensive per fare than using cash or the Charlie Ticket. I do expect that you will return these cards with the same balance as when you received them. The best deal on public transportation is the one week unlimited subway/bus pass for $17. The breakeven on that is about 5 rides.
Other Things to Note
If you book late on the same day as your arrival you may find that I am not available to you for a convenient arrival time. You should check that.
I am about as laid back, flexible, and accommodating as you could expect to find. Read the reviews, that's me. For the most part I have professional guests who are here for work, education, or relocation. This is a shared living experience. I work here as well as live here. It is a quiet home in a quiet neighborhood. I'm here to make your stay as pleasant as possible within the context of the "Airbnb experience".
I get up each day anytime from 6:00am on. I will get up to see to it you get on your way. I will coordinate with you so that fresh coffee is made and you are provided with fresh baked bread toasted with butter and jam. Any other breakfast items are on you. You can use the refrigerator to keep any food you may want. You can bring in most anything you want and use the kitchen and most everything else in the house.
Arrival time can be no later than 9:00PM unless pre-arranged. No visitors allowed at anytime without prior approval. Overnight guests are not allowed at all. There is no room for guests. Don't ask.
11:00 PM is quiet time while watching private room tv is acceptable.
No eating meals in the room. It's too small, you'll see what I'm saying, and there's a nice dining table for that. Small snacks are fine.
If you cook and/or uses dishes and utensils then please clean them so someone else can use them. Do not leave anything uncleaned in the sink overnight.
Shared areas of the home are expected to be maintained after you use them. There are no room services provided other than normal cleaning. Closet and dresser space is provided for your clothes.
About the Host, Duane
I am a self-employed professional. I work as a technology consultant out of my home office. I am very knowledgeable about Boston, it's history, and most importantly, how to get around in Boston. I was once a Boston cab driver. I enjoy a lot of outdoor activities including surfing and tennis. Perhaps most interesting to my guests is that I roast coffee from beans grown on the best plantations in the world. This is absolutely a comfortable, professional, and safe place for both men and women.