About this listing
Studio for 2 in an 1860 Boston's SouthEnd townhouse. Renovated in 2013/14. 10 minutes walk to Bus,Green,Orange,Silver Lines, Restaurants, Museums, Stadiums! QueenSizeBed,Linens,Equipped 14 linear feet of kitchen, Direct60" TV,Patio.
Looking west onto your patio down the galley kitchen from the bath. Note the fridge/stove/sink 14 feet long triangles with 8 feet of island. AND we've covered the exposed brick with WhiteSubwayTiles-- a great glossy contrast to the exposed 1860's bric
A One-Night stay is possible IF IT FALLS BETWEEN 2 longer bookings on my calendar -- Inquire & I'll respond! The studio is a quiet space in a quiet area for travelers, professionals, working outside the home . N.B. Pack a compact bag as the spiral stair at the east entrance is only 41 inches in diameter. Or, if you're driving you could enter the apartment through the West Entrance down wide stairs and across the patio. 1 minute from the entrance to the bus 43 to the best sites of Boston door! For CopleyPlace , Copley Square and ThePrudentialCenter 8 minutes walk north stores. Click [ card ] tab above .
2 people max - 1 or 2 nights sometimes possible
In July and August , you are 10 minutes from the town Shakespeare ( rave reviews btw) by 43 ( bus) and the first annual Summerfest Boston Both events are free
Walk Out of 600 square feet of living space on your patio with a water garden chic, space, historic South End of Boston! Upscale kitchen , refrigerator with French doors & 2 Pull Out freezer, electric holographic Fire Place, terrarium , black leather Le Corbusier love seats, spiral staircase, Sky Lite Wells window on the street , windows overlook patio , books on the shelves , Microwave / convection oven , dishwasher , large commercial load Maytag washer / dryer up a flight. , DVD and CD- ROM available , Pandora, Hulu w Netflicks your account
There is a terrarium in a window wells on the east side . Dramatic lighting , or a full day light electric lights at the flick of a switch. Motion detectors in the foyer , stairs and bathroom.
The Sony Bravia , Blu Ray DVD with (website hidden) TV and chairs Zero Gravity is the center of the apartment feel like a home theater.
Fast WiFi by Xfinitsy ( Comcast ), 60 inch Sony Bravia LED , Blue Ray DVD
But there is no cable or dish so you can not watch CNN , ABC , NBC, etc etc, except via Hulu
One of the best places for locating the site of Boston's South End because it is within walking distance or an easy bus ride to Boston ... Best example :
Back Bay / orangeline / Amtrak / Acella station / metro / suburb .
4 miles north 9 minutes walk
Copley Square / Nieman Marcus Copley Place Shopping , Restaurants,
Boston Center for the Arts / Theatre / Exhibition / dining rooms .3 miles 6 minutes
Harvard Yard 3.2 miles, 66 minutes on foot or 25 minutes by bus 1
Boston Public Library (` 1st USA ) .7 miles north 14 minutes walk
FLAG SHIP Gallery.8 miles Restoration Hardware 17 mins walk
Prudential Commercial Center / DuckBoats / Restaurants .5 miles 9 mins walk
Park Street Tourist center / Boston Common Freedom Trail / : 1.4 miles 11 minutes by bus 43 , 28 minutes walk or 16 minutes on the bus 43
Boston Public Garden / Boston Common 1.1 miles 22 mins walk
Newbury ( Rodeo Drive of Boston) Shopping: 0.7 miles , 15 minutes
Chinatown Gate Greenway Boston : 1.1 miles 22 mins . Or 14 minutes in the bus 43 or on the Orange Line
Theater District .9 miles 18 mins walk or 11 minutes on the bus 43
Hynes Convention Center: .8 miles 16 mins walk
Fenway Park: 1.4 miles 29 minutes on foot or 24 minutes by bus 39 , 30 minutes on the Orange or Green Line, 24 minutes on a bus number
Museum of Fine Arts Boston ( third in the world after
The Louvre and the Metropolitan 1.2 miles 24 mins walk or 20 minutes by bus 39 or 43
TD Garden Celtics, Bruins, Events 2 miles , 43 minutes walk or 21 minutes on the green line
CLOSE TO HOME? Tap [ Welcome to south - end -boston ] in your browser. Excellent restaurants and shops - about 5 minutes. For the best shopping / sights in Boston, you will need to walk 8-12 minutes north ... Type [ Copley Place ] [ Copley Square] [ Prudential Center ] [ Trinity Church ] [ BPL ] in your browser
RED SOX ? Fenway Park is 30 minutes west on foot or 18 minutes by bus (detailed directions below ) *
TD Garden is 43 minutes walk or 18 minutes by the orange line . Detailed instructions below **
ART ? Furthermore Sowa Galleries ... 13) Isabella Stewart Gardner and 14 ) Museum of Fine Arts are just minutes west of the apartment on the MBTA Green Line .
The studio is two doors of restaurants and AU Gallery, SoEnd shops on Tremont . Then Wa is a 15 minute walk or a five minute ride by bus. Shaw, gourmet , Whole Foods and Stop and Shop are a short walk or 15 minutes by bus No. 10. Bus # 1 in Harvard and Central Sqs , Cambridge is 10 minutes walk from the West or a connection by bus No. 43. So Bay Shopping Mall is 15 minutes south by Bus Connections wa Red Line. There is construction next door with a little noise from time to time . The floor is not perfectly level ...
You are 4 doors south of the 43 bus stop which takes you to the historic sites of Boston 's theater district , Down Town Crossing, Statehouse and Government Center, you are 12 minutes walk from Back Bay Station commuter train DC , New York , Providence, Worcester, orange line , Prudential Center and Copley Square Mall.
Stay home at night? Watch a DVD or listen to CD Library Ed . It bears repeating ... THERE IS NO TV RECEPTION except Internet . Connect with XFINITY from Comcast.
Parking is available for $20 per night just outside your West Door... ((email hidden) forward slash, rooms forward slash (phone number hidden))
Interaction with Guests
It's up to you. Message me via airbnb with your last minute questions or requests for suggestions, conversation over coffee, or no interaction at all. Anything in between also works! It's up to you...
The South End is in the center of Boston and this house is in the center of the South End.
The 43 bus take you to the Freedom Trail, close to the Harbor, the Theater District, Government Center. Or get the Green Line or the Orange Line 10 and 8 minutes from the house. The Silver Line is a 5 minute walk and will take you to the Boston Convention Center in the Seaport District.
Other Things to Note
find all the light switches. I put in recessed ceiling lights, recessed lights over the kitchen, under shelf lights in the kitchen and office nook, under microwave light, a chandelier and cascade lighting in the window wells, and indirect lighting in the book shelves. There are two lamps one on each of the two bedside tables. Also they didn't know how to turn on the cook top -- but I'm always on my iPhone -- and that could have been handled with a message "how do you turn on the glass cooktop" And I would respond with "1. Put a finger on the keyhole icon, 2. put another finger on the heat you want for each burner one at a time. 3. the burner icons relate to the place of the burner on the cook top.
Check out is at 11am.
The apartment is completely private as is the patio... The laundry room and mail room are both off the common foyer.. Your private foyer is down a flight of stairs leading to your apartment an the mechanical room.
Please keep (website hidden) TV, HULU, Blu Ray DVD and music at a reasonable level between 7am and 11pm.
Maximum of two guests. It's not possible to bring in an air mattress. Sleeping in a car in the parking space is also not possible.
-- No smoking, pets, or (loud) parties. 158 is a Quiet building w Quiet Zones.. suitable for professionals, work at home, study, research. There are events at Christmas and occasional meet-and-greets -- scheduled in the afternoon and early evening -- late night entertainment is easy at Sister Sorel, or 647 Tremont just steps away -- some restaurant's in the neighborhood have private rooms you can use if you order some appetizers. Ask Ed or Manny for details.
-- N.B. While it's kid friendly, the apartment is open so best for one or two people, a couple, or a parent with one child. That said, it's a sophisticated apartment, the east entrance is down a spiral stair and the main entrance on the west side is via the patio just off a private way accessible only (for security reasons) from the north.
Airbnb House Rules…
This is a quiet house. Most of the guests are professionals, some working out of the house. No pets and no smoking.
-- Call Ed at (phone number hidden) with requests or concerns. Or call Manny, the building manager at (phone number hidden)
-- High speed WIFI is provided.
-- To accommodate guests with asthma, non-smokers, and recognizing that 158 W. Brookline is insured as a non-smoking building. Guests are not permitted to smoke in the building, on the decks, patio, stairs, or within 25 feet of any entrance of the building.
-- The top four floors are hardwood. In consideration of other tenants in the building guests in the DUPLEX AND PENTHOUSE ARE ASKED TO wear soft-soled shoes, non-skid socks, or non-slip footwear. AND tenants and guests are asked to remember that voices carry and they are asked to be mindful of noise from footfall especially in traffic areas, foyers, laundry room, including hardwood stairs and spiral stairs. There is extensive sound proofing in the building. But footfall can be a problem. There is little sound proofing between the apartments and foyers on floors one and two. So the mailroom/foyers/and spiral stairs are Quiet Zones.
-- On another note… Voices, music, DVD’s, CD’s can be too loud. Please feel free to knock on the door of other guests if the volume of stereo equipment, LED’s, etc is too loud. A well place word will solve a noise problem and keep everyone in the building happy and comfortable.
-- Reasonable quiet is to be expected of all tenants, (i.e. no loud music. Base speaker vibrations travels from floor to floor and even house to house). Headphones are available for your home theater system. Ask Ed or Manny.
-- Avoid loud conversations in the foyers, airlock, on the patio and deck. Sound travels easily from neighbor to neighbor through open windows or on decks. Per city ordinance, outside noise from decks or emanating from the dwelling must be minimized by 10pm. After 10pm thee are many neighborhood places for conversations (i.e. Sister Sorel, 647 Tremont, Francesca’s, Aquitane).
-- Long term guests have access to a mail box. Mail and packages are delivered in a secure area for Penthouse, Duplex, and Garden apartments. There is a package drop for small UPS packages in the gate to the mail room.
--Use of the deck is reserved for guests in the Duplex and the patio is part of the living space for the Garden apartment. Feel free to invite other guests at 158 to join you.
NOTE the white subway tiles behind the open shelves -- and the black solid door at left is now a GLASS DOOR (adding one more window to add more light and to improve your view of the patio.
This is the place to stay in Boston. Quiet neighborhood + clean and amazing studio/suite (exactly like the pictures) + perfect location. Edward provided everything for us & always asked if we needed anything or have any questions. Thanks!
This is a beautiful apartment in a great location of Boston. The place has unique character and everything you need.
Super comfy bed, well stocked kitchen, big (MASSIVE) TV and nice little area outside to enjoy a coffee.
Check in was really easy, Edward was very thorough and great communication.
Thank you Edward!
Carey, happy you liked the 60" Sony! I do too. I used to live in the studio apartment you rented and I'm a HUGE movie fan -- hence the collection of DVD's! I'm also into music and sometimes saw the middle of the apartment as my own home theater! You two were great to "entertain"... esp because you're so resourceful! Ed
Ed is a fantastic host, and the Studio was all that we expected...a clean, comfortable, relaxing, tastefully decorated space that was a blissful home away from home. Within walking distance are several great eateries, a great health-oriented market, salons, spas, shopping and public transportation.
If you have difficulty walking, this is not for you - only because of how the space is accessed. In that case, consider the upper levels - Ed gave us a tour and they are LOVELY!
Thanks for everything, Ed - we will be back!
The apartment was exactly as described. We really enjoyed our stay here, and it had some really nice features we enjoyed. It's in a great location, outside of the really touristy things, which was perfect for us to have a more relaxing experience. Thanks for making our first time in Boston great!
The apartment is ideally located: It's not to far from the waterfront and it's even closer to the very good restaurants and bars.
The apartment was very clean and has a wonderful location. It suited our needs very well. We would definitely stay here again if we return to Boston!
Lovely basement apartment in a wonderful neighbourhood. Steps from an entire street of restaurants and shops. As well about a 15 minute walk to the downtown area (Back Bay etc.). Edward was very easy to get ahold of and very responsive. Would highly recommend.
It was great hosting you... You're a good fit for the house and the neighborhood This historic neighborhood, btw is the largest Victorian neighborhood in the world -- these houses, including mine, were built in the 1860's -- the restoration of the exterior and renovation of the interior are very (phone number hidden)! Happy it worked out for you... Visit again.
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About the Host, Edward
MY THOUGHTS on the BostonMarathon2013 tragedy It's just 8 short block from my house, 8 brief minutes north. I want to thank so many of you who wrote on April 15.
Although I'm usually at The Finish Line on Boylston St near Dartmouth, this year I was at Home Depot picking up the final materials and fixtures for finishing up Project 158.
And this Tuesday April 16 morning... I couldn't sleep, I woke, wrote, went back to bed, got up again, and wrote some more.
I'm writing from Boston's Historic South End, it's 4:45am birds are beginning to sing. Sirens can be heard in the distance now. I live eight brief minutes on foot from the Marathon's Finish Line. I'm still in shock. Very sad and very angry that this could happen. Especially in this city, one of the most peaceful and progressive in the country.... happen in front of our library, the first public library in the country during a "people's sporting event". We are a city with many "sport's palaces" but this event is for the every citizen. It's not dominated by high salaries and expensive admission. It's a free event here in a city that so often makes history and writes laws that have extended social justice, rights, and freedoms to so many of us. We were the first Common Wealth and our constitution was the model for The United States Constitution which has extended rights and freedoms to so many. A constitution whose rights and freedoms are too easily limited by cynical people who sow fear and hate.
Now it's 7:24 am.. more sirens, the trash truck is trashing out back, the helicopters are again in the air, the streets are empty. Last night walking home from Foodies with salad-to-go, the few who were out walked in silence, the restaurants were closed. I'm in tears. I’m looking at my FaceBook cover photo singing with (website hidden) last March.
Our December 14 concert fades in. It was just after the senseless deaths of NewTown CT school children. Reuben, our director, introduced us singing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and I don't remember his exact words but they went something like... "Today people asked me how we could be singing at a time like this, and I said HOW COULD WE NOT BE SINGING, singing Hallelujah. Cohen's, Hallelujah, a song of praise. A song that has more than 100 verses." He went on. "A song that needs so many verses because Cohen's asking... ASKING how do I sing praise... how do I sing Hallelujah."
Reuben's words stopped and our singing began, and when our singing stopped Jordon Hall rose in a standing ovation. It's was a moment I'll never forget, a Dec 14 moment, a day I'll never forget. I don't remember Reuben's exact words, and yet, I can rebuild what he said as the thought and the moment will never leave me.
And now one day and four months later, in the middle of the month, on a day we celebrate our Patriot's, a holiday, a holy day, here in Massachusetts, in my city, my hometown, on the 17th century streets, streets I've walked countless times, there's more sudden senseless death.
This time let's not use this sacred time as an excuse to start wars-for-profit. Here in Massachusetts we have the will to change our sadness, our loss, out anger into a social movement. Let us begin, and let us begin by singing, singing Hallelujahs.
MY CAREER & INTERESTS
I'm a retired professor of Management and Accounting, Massasoit Community College. Currently traveling, writing, acting. Member of Stage Source, Boston Casting, Boston Gay Men's Chorus. Model for Life Drawing in Boston's SoWa studios, Tom Oulette, Ed Barron. Own and manage apartments in my Boston Town House. Recently spent 9 months in Buenos Aires, a year in France to improve my French, 10 days on the FRAM touring Antarctica, 5 days on the INCA TRAIL from Olantetambo to Machu Picchu. FB page Edward LeMay