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
Short-term rentals, only (a few days to one month).
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. Similarly, if you're staying several days, you'll need to take of your breakfast on your own.
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.