About this listing
Take in the total Boston experience with this unique and beautiful c.1850's Queen Anne Victorian, situated in the middle of fantastic Union Sq. Enjoy the panoramic views of Boston from nearby Prospect Hill - where the first true American Flag proudly flew in 1776.
Less than a mile to Harvard Sq and MIT, public transportation is directly across the street. Independently owned cafes, a comic book store, record shop, pubs/live music/restaurants galore, yoga studios, gourmet/ethnic markets, grocery store, public library, laundry, Union Sq. Farmer's Market - all just steps away and only minutes from Downtown and The North End.
At The Dollhouse, you are welcomed to sit downstairs, plug your ipod into the Bose music system and enjoy the lovely and unique "pocket" front porch, as you're surrounded by Historic "Doctor's Row" scenery. Upstairs, walk out to the glorious private deck in the back, where you're invited to check out the views of The Pru and downtown Boston. Put your feet up and take advantage of the free high speed internet under the sun umbrella. Or, feel free to borrow the bike and hop on the Minute Man Bike Path. You can even dress in dandy period garb and follow the midnight ride of Paul Revere....no worries....it's like Vegas - I won't tell anyone.
This ridiculously charming apartment has all the original Victorian woodwork, moldings and stained glass throughout. The bathroom is bright, airy, and delightfully detailed with an original faux fireplace. The kitchen is clean and complete with all the appliances and stuff you need. Upon arrival, you can just drop your bags and make yourself at home while you soak-in your 'wickid-ahhsome' Bostonian surroundings.
Reside with a friendly, helpful and unobtrusive woman who is a professional Chauffeur and Historical Tour Guide.
~There will always be clean sheets, towels, toast & tea waiting for The Dollhouse guests to enjoy~
Please do not leave your car in the driveway. Thanks.
Interaction with Guests
See you in passing.
I'm available if you need anything, otherwise I leave my guests alone.
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-request a Lyft. ☺ enjoy!
Bus stop is across the street. Tons of buses a couple of blocks away, in the center of the square.
Trains - red line, orange and green are about a mile away
The airport is a $20-25 cab ride, or about 45 minutes on public transportation.
~ Guests may be asked to show a photo ID upon arrival.
~ Parking in excess of 3 days may require an additional visitor's pass.
~ Guests are not allowed to have company or pets without the prior approval of the Host.
~The Host reserves the right to charge a reasonable cleaning fee if the space is not left in the same condition as it is found.
~ The kitchen is available for light use. If you have a longer reservation the kitchen is fully available to utilize.
~ Cooking fish in the kitchen is not allowed. Sorry.
Elizabeth was friendly and quick to respond. She was not there when we arrived, but everything was prepared and a caretaker was available. We only saw her two times later because we were all very busy, but she was very nice and helpful.
The house is simply amazing. There is a balcony and a rooftop porch to sit outside. Everything was a bit old as you would expect in such a house, but with nice decoration and clean.
Next subway station is 20 minute walk, bus is around the corner. Restaurants are close.
I would defintely go there again.
It's excellent experience to stay in her doll house, especially the balcony. Elizabeth is enthusiastic and helpful (website hidden) and large I am content with her house.
Everything was great. We only met and spoke with Elizabeth briefly, but she was great. Check-in was super easy - no problems. We loved the neighborhood. If you are looking to experience Boston like a local, I highly recommend staying at the Harvard Dollhouse.
We LOVED our time at Elizabeth's. In addition to the quirky coziness of the whole place, there are balconies, one shady and one sunny, where you can sit and enjoy coffee or wine. The window AC helped block out the street traffic noise and cooled off the humid nights. Elizabeth left us some fresh berries she had just picked and the kitchen was quaint and user friendly, as was the bathroom. The house was very clean and she left out a welcome basket with necessities and chocolates. It was convenient to the public transit and the neighborhood was pleasant to walk through. Although we spent the majority of our time in Boston, I would go back just to enjoy the town of Somerville and the surrounding areas. Elizabeth had tons of maps available for use and was quick to respond to any questions we had, even late at night via text. She was a great hostess, even though we didn't get to meet her in person.
Very special place with a cute rooftop deck. Elizabeth always responded quickly to our air b&b messages. We also very much appreciated her flexibility in regard to the check-out time. Having a late flight out it would have been such a drag to walk around Boston with all the luggage. Thanks a lot once more.
We corresponded quite a bit with Elizabeth prior to arrival. It was a bit complicated to work it out but we got in without a hitch. The location, with easy access to Harvard, is fine. Although the house is on a fairly busy and noisy street. The house and apartment are not as bright and clean as one is led to believe from the photos. The entrance and first stairway are quite dusty and gritty. The apartment is well lived in and shows it, including the internet connection which was not dependable. It was very hot while we were in Boston and the room is just under the roof, so air conditioning is essential. The air conditioner did work, but it was very loud and we had to switch it off at night. The fan was very weak and also somewhat noisy.
When Elizabeth returned the day before our departure we asked if we could leave our bags for the afternoon, since check-out is strictly at 11am. She was unable to accommodate this request and it was both costly and complicated for us as a result. There is also a point that might not seem obvious but the entrance to the apartment on the 1st floor does not lock, nor the bathroom window, easily accessible from the street. In the end we were pretty disappointed.
This property is a gem. It is exactly as described, well maintained and neat as a pin. Elizabeth was very welcoming and friendly, but did not intrude in any way. We were very sorry that it was too hot to enjoy the deck and the little porch, but did appreciate the AC in the room. The 2nd bed is a cot, but the mattress was quite comfortable. Kitchen is small, but more than adequate for fixing a snack or light meal. Good water pressure in the shower is a plus. There are some wonderful restaurants in the neighborhood, all within walking distance. Be sure to have breakfast at the Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery - it's a feast which includes many "extras" with your meal. There is also a grocery store within walking distance. The T-stop is about a mile away, but you can easily take a nearby bus to the trains. All in all, it was a great location for our visit to Cambridge/Boston.
About the Host, Elizabeth
I work as a Chauffeur and Bostonian tour guide. I've driven lots of famous people and they're usually not as interesting as a stretch limo full of 11 year old girls.
The activities I enjoy the most are Pilates, hiking/glamping, body surfing, clam digging, rock collecting, traveling, reading, art/music and just hanging out with my friends and family.
I have a collection of dictionaries and I love vintage purses, old movies and dark comedy