Urban Oasis Close to Everything

House - Private room · Monmouth St, Somerville, MA 02143, United States

The Space

Guest room with private entrance on ground floor of single family house
Your own porch with hammock and chairs, overlooks small yard, garden
On-street parking (residential parking card provided),
Cose to bus (3 blocks), subway (.9 mile to one line,1.3 to another line) 20-25 minute walk
Walk to Harvard, easy public transportation to MIT, Tufts
We can arrange to pick up guests who arrive by public transportation.
Suitable for single person, two singles, or couple. Comfortable twin beds may be combined to make queen sized bed
Ensuite bathroom with stall shower
Small desk, library with extensive travel information, fiction in room
Air conditioner, space heater
Coffee, tea, breakfast (fruit, juice, cereal, breads, muffins, or quiche) provided--a different breakfast served each day
Eat outdoors on kitchen porch during warm weather.
Wireless internet available
Street in quiet, leafy neighborhood
Stunning view of city from third floor deck
Walk in any direction to restaurants serving every possible cuisine in every price range.
Stairs down to garden level and up to he porch,and room, as well as walk to public transpo, may make access difficult for guests with mobility issues

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $575 /week
Monthly Price: $1750 /month
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • It was such a treat to stay with Peggy and Mary. They are very friendly, interesting people with a beautiful home. We decided to book our trip with short notice, and they were quick to respond and very flexible with our plans. Their location is superb. They are nestled on a quiet street in an awesome neighborhood with tons of restaurants and other fun things to do. It is easy to get from their place to other parts of Boston. They are also a quick walk away from Brooklyn Boulders Somerville for any rock climbers out there, or anyone just interested in trying something new! The private entrance to the room was nice, parking was easy, and their breakfasts were wonderful (I couldn't get enough of the muffins!). Peggy and Mary have clearly put a lot of work into the details which help to make your stay comfortable. They provided maps, a binder full of activity and restaurant suggestions, toiletries, and they served breakfast on gorgeous artful pottery and plates (some of it made by Peggy!). This is a GREAT place to stay for anyone visiting the Boston area.

    January 2014
  • I arrived at Peggy's Urban Oasis during a heavy snow storm and was welcomed into her a warm and comfortable home. Peggy and Mary made my stay in Boston enjoyable with lots of advice on transport and eating options a well as museums etc. and their breakfast will provide you with lots of energy to start a day of exploring. Their address is walking distance to MBTA stations and numerous eating options. My room was so warm with a lovely patio that, when I stayed, was covered with snow .... just lovely!! and an ensuite with ample hot water. The facilities at this address met my expectations and I would happily recommend Peggy and Mary as perfect hosts.

    January 2014
  • Our first airbnb experience was wonderful! Peggy and Mary were impeccable hostesses. We were greeted with delicious breakfast every morning, the bed and bath were comfortable and it was nice having a separate entrance so we could come and go without disturbing anyone. The T Red Line is within walking distance (less than a mile; about 12 min at a very comfortable pace) and there is also convenient parking in the neighborhood if needed. If you are going to Boston/Somerville definitely check out the Urban Oasis!

    December 2013
  • We had a nice stay at "Urban Oasis." It is ideally located for exploring the surrounding squares by foot, and is in a quiet neighborhood with convenient parking. Since we had an extended stay, we elected for simple breakfasts most days, but enjoyed those times when Peggy fixed something special. The private entrance is a plus. We experienced some difficulties with WiFi connection which was disappointing, especially since we were relying on internet for in-room entertainment on the evenings we spent in the room. (TV is not provided.) Facilities were clean and comfortable, with all the basics covered. We enjoyed meeting Mary and Peggy, and recommend the 'Urban Oasis' for anyone looking for a place to rest their head while they experience the area or visit family.

    November 2013
  • Miriam and I had a wonderful time staying with Peggy and Mary in their Somerville home. They were warm and welcoming and flexible with our comings and goings. They left wonderful breakfast (on beautiful pottery), and allowed us to make ourselves at home in common spaces in the house. We enjoyed being within walking distance of the T, while also in a quiet home with a great view of the city.

    We recommend them as hosts, and would love to stay with them again.

    October 2013
  • We had a good stay with Peggy and Mary. The accommodation was very comfortable and they made us feel welcome. At first we were a little confused by Somerville and how it links into Cambridge and wider Boston but they soon put us right. If you fancy a good night out Jonny D's is just a short distance away with music played by local and not so local musicians. Neil Young just dropped in there recently.

    October 2013
  • My stay with a friend at Peggy and Mary's was like staying with lovely friends. The room is comfortable and the access to to lovely decks with great views are an added bonus. The delicious breakfasts are something that we really looked forward to every morning. Easy walking distance to Harvard. Also to Porter and Davis Square for shops and restaurants. Neighbourhood is quiet and leafy. I can highly recommend these special ladies to host your stay.

    October 2013
  • We found Peggy's room to be a perfect little quiet oasis just outside of Boston. It was easy to park there (they provided a parking pass), so we left the car there and took the "T" (subway) to Boston to walk the Freedom Trail. We enjoyed the delicious homemade breakfasts on their sunny patio. Look for the down comforters in the closet and a little space heater which will help take the chill off the room since the bathroom window is slightly open and doesn't close. Not a problem, though, since it keeps the room air nice and fresh and you can stay toasty warm with the comforters and quiet space heater. We enjoyed it and recommend their home very much!

    October 2013
  • Peggy was nice and helpful, we only met Mary the very last day.
    The breakfast ist great but there are some small things to correct. The situation is not easy going everywhere like announced. The next subway is 2,5 miles away from the house. The Restaurant recomendations near the accomodation where more for students than "normal"guest and the room and the bath are very small. There was no bedside desk to leave a book or a glas of water and the beds where very simple. Might be OK for one person ore younger people but not for elder couples. See also the accsess to the room through the graden.

    September 2013
    Response from Peggy:

    Dear Wolfgang

    We are sorry that you were unhappy in our house. We work very hard to take good care of our guests, and can only hope that the rest of your trip was more pleasant.

    I am not sure which subway stop you found too far to walk to. Mary has just gotten in the car and clocked distances to the two nearest ones, and neither is 2.5 miles, as you stated. From our house to Davis Square is 1.3 miles, and from our house to Porter Square is .9 miles. The distance you mention does not even translate accurately into kilometers. I can only assume this is an error, but one which, published in a review that potential guests will read, can cost us business. I must ask you to revise your review to correct this.

    Boston as a city is famous for its universities, and most tourists visit for the stimulating atmosphere they create. That means that young people and their energy are always apparent in our community. We are not sure what you mean by "normal" clients you failed to see in the restaurant we recommended. We appreciate the diversity of the population here, and regret you found it off-putting.

    Peggy and Mary

  • We arrived late, rather frazzled after a difficult driving experience and Peggy was very warm, relaxed and reassuring. We immediately felt at home in her comfortable surroundings.
    We had a wonderful experience of Boston thanks to her sound suggestions . The space was clean and comfortable and offered everything we could have wished for as travellers. Breakfast was just what we needed. As virgin BNB's this was the best possible experience we could have had. Thank you Peggy. We hope to see you in Devon one (website hidden) and Paul

    September 2013
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Peggy:Smith College, Mass. College of Art, Harvard Graduate School of Education/ Mary : Oberlin College, Washington University School of Social Work
retired teacher, active potter / social worker, still working full-time
Peggy: retired art teacher now working as a potter. enjoys reading, travel, choral singing, classical music. Mary: clinical social worker, long- time choral singer, gardener, enthusiastic grandmother. Both of us are active world travelers in the off-season.
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