About this listing
Private room and bathroom with separate entrance in a lovely residential area. Subway & bus are each a 5-7 minute walk away; either gets you into downtown Boston or Cambridge in minutes. Terrific restaurants & a Whole Foods are short walks, too.
The house is located in Jamaica Plain, a beautiful residential neighborhood in Boston. I offer a private room and bathroom (shower) with private entrance, and landscaped yard in season. Included: cable tv, wireless internet access, hair dryer, off-street parking and easy walks to public transportation (subway and bus) and parks. If you're careful, you can use the wood stove in cold weather.
The bed is an easy-to-use full (double, not queen) futon. There is a memory foam pad on top of the mattress to soften it. There is also an air mattress for an extra guest. About food: Thanks to the tax laws, I am not permitted to provide food (I will provide coffee), but you are welcome to bring your own and use the kitchen for breakfast or reheating purchased meals.
The house is minutes away from downtown Boston and its universities, concert halls, museums and hospitals, and about half an hour from Cambridge by T (subway). The Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum, both beautiful for walks, are very close by. Great restaurants and food and gift shopping are a short walk away.
I am retired, live upstairs with my 2 cats. I'm happy to give you suggestions of how to get around and things to do.
I've noted this restriction on the "House Rules" section, but I want to emphasize here that I DO NOT WANT SMOKERS as guests. Even if you're used to smoking outside, your clothing and personal effects carry an odor that I abhor and that makes the room unpleasant for others. So, please, if you're a smoker, try elsewhere.
Room with private entry. Parking space in the driveway or on the street. Laundry room.
My house is an easy walk from both the subway and the bus. It's easy and inexpensive to get to from the airport or bus/Amtrak station that way. If I'm around, I'm happy to meet guests at the T (subway) station.
Interaction with Guests
I'm usually available in the morning. I like to chat informally with guests, give directions and suggestions as needed.
On the extended photo exhibit, I've included pictures of the Jamaica Pond (about a 5 minute walk away) and the Arnold Arboretum (a bit longer). These are wonderful for walking and jogging. There are "hub bikes" for rent nearby. Many excellent restaurants (Indian, Mexican, Tai, seafood) are also close by as well as a Whole Foods for picking up prepared food.
And the Museum of Fine Arts, the Gardner Museum, the New England Conservatory and Symphony Hall are fast bus rides away.
As stated above, the subway system and a bus to museums and several of the major hospitals are quick walks from the house. I have 2 bikes or you can rent Hub bikes nearby.
Other Things to Note
Check-in and out times are flexible, unless I have other guests coming immediately. In that case, check-in is at noon and check-out at 10 am. I am willing to negotiate charges for long stays.
If I'm at home and our schedules mesh, I can pick you up and bring you back to the subway station when you come/leave.
I'm pretty easy going, but nonetheless, I do have some rules:
Smokers, even those who don't smoke in the house, are asked not to inquire; I cannot stand the smell of smoke on clothing and personal effects; naturally, there is absolutely no smoking allowed. If you drink, do so moderately.
Please do not make a lot of noise at night since my bedroom is directly above yours.
I will not make your bed if you stay for more than one night; please pick up after yourselves.
Please do not apply perfume, cologne or aftershave in the house. If you must use it, do so out of doors. I'm not fond of perfumes, and it takes days for the odor to dissipate.
Finally, if you are sick, do not come and, if you've booked, please cancel. It's a health hazard for me and other guests if you bring your cold, flu, stomach virus with you.
Marguerite went out of her way to make me feel at home. The location is excellent. The listing is as advertised.
Very nice stay in a charming place ! Marguerite is a really attentive and pleasant host who will welcome you in a very comfortable house. Do not hesitate to choose this address !
My stay with Marguerite was just fabulous. She is a wonderful, caring host and human being. I was visiting Boston to help care for my son after a surgery he had and Marguerite made me feel at home even before I arrived. Her place is in a great neighborhood in the middle of Jamaica Plain, a short walk from many good things.
I recommend it highly.
My running friend and I stayed at Marguerite's home in Jamaica Plain over the Boston Marathon Weekend 2015. Marguerite was a super-welcoming host and made us feel very at home. Marguerite was very accommodating with our schedule (late-check-out after the race - a hot shower was much appreciated after a very cold and wet marathon). The neighborhood had beautiful homes, was very quiet (just as advertised), safe and was conveniently located close to the subway, convenience stores and restaurants. Jamaica Plain is a very convenient location to visit downtown Boston. We parked our car for the weekend and took public transit during our stay. We would definitely stay there again. Thanks again Marguerite for being part of our memorable stay in Boston.
My month long stay at Marguerite's house was very comfortable thanks in large part to Marguerite being a wonderful and devoted host. The space is well-maintained to cater to the needs of guests - the bed is comfortable, the bathroom is clean and to those who want to relax at the end of a long day, the internet and TV were always functional and in very good condition. The kitchen was well kept and Marguerite let me use her silverware and took care of the dishes herself. The neighborhood is safe and is a 5-7 min walk to the subway station. I have walked back to her place as late as 11 PM a few times.
I was new to MA and was looking for a long-term rental and Marguerite helped in every possible way. She was well-informed on the safety and accessibility of neighborhoods to transportation. She even offered to drive me to places that were relatively less accessible. Her cats are very adorable but she always ensured that
they did not bother me. She gave me directions to get to the closest subway station and picked me up when I arrived and on my last day, she drove me to my new apartment and also took me shopping for supplies I needed to get started. Marguerite was very responsible as well. All my mail (including important ones from my new and old employers) were taken very good care of and when I moved to my new apt, she collected things I had forgotten at her place and made sure I did not lose them.
Overall, my stay at Marguerite's place was very enjoyable. My time here really eased me into moving to a new state and finding accommodation thanks to her dedication to being a good host. I strongly recommend Marguerite's place to travelers looking to stay a few nights or even (as in my case) a month.
Marguerite you were awesome! She is MOST helpful in directions and suggestions for places to see. She was even kind enough to contact Airbnb for us after our flight had been delayed and we'd missed our connecting flight from San Francisco. Thank you for the breakfasts! I very much enjoyed our conversations. The room is as described and made me feel as if I were at home. The bed was very comfortable for the both of us and having the desk was helpful as well. It was actually more than enough space for the two of us. Getting there was simple! The T stop is about a five minute walk from her home (and she even offered to meet us there). In short, Marguerite was a very gracious and giving hostess. We very much enjoyed our stay and only wish we had stayed longer! I'll have to find an excuse to get back to Boston soon so that I can stay here again.
Thanks for writing such nice words about your stay and about me.
What I didn't say in my review is how impresses I was about Chris--his seriousness, his interests, and, releatedly, the closeness of your relationship. I do hope you come back sometime soon. My best to you both.
Marguerite made me feel very welcome in her home. She was very kind in suggesting interesting events to attend and places to visit. The bed in my room was comfortable and I had everything that I could have wanted in my room. The neighbourhood is quiet with many nice old houses. The proximity to the T, as well as to local shops helped make my stay even more enjoyable.
About the Host, Marguerite
I am a retired social work professor (social policy) who lives in Boston most of the time, except when I'm traveling, visiting my son and his family in DC, or spending time at my house in VT. in the summer. I'm involved in a number of activities that I now have time for: participating as a volunteer with a Bail Fund, taking a pottery class, taking random classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, book review editing, and singing in a chorus. I try to visit the local museums, go to films (foreign, primarily) and musical performances of all types.