About this listing
Your own charming first floor private apartment nestled among single family townhouses in the heart of historic Beacon Hill just steps from Charles Street. Restaurants, gourmet food shops, cafes, and art galleries are within walking distance.
Enjoy this apartment in a gorgeous Greek revival private townhouse in Boston's most desirable neighborhood. The apartment is full of art, period pieces, high ceilings, a small kitchen, one full size bed, cable TV, iHome, and wireless internet.
Walking distance to Massachusetts General Hospital.
This apartment is ideal for a single person or a couple. There is only one double/full size real bed. Although the apartment is optimal for one or two people we have had numerous requests from families. To accommodate this we have acquired an inflatable twin size bed and a Graco Pack 'N Play portable crib.
Air conditioning and access to free laundry in the basement. The apartment is very private. You can come and go as you please. There are usually a couple of other people in the house. There are two other apartments. One upstairs and one down. You will hear people coming and going or chatting in the front hall.
The house is very quiet. No partying going on. There are no pets in the building.
Basement washing machine and dryer. No charge.
Bed linens and soft towels are provided.
Fixings for coffee and tea are included.
I'll make sure you feel welcome and right at home.
Enter through a shared main hall just a few steps up from the street. From the entrance hall you have a locked door to your own private, first floor apartment. I'll be there to greet you and show you around the apartment and answer any questions.
I work at home in an office on the first floor and I live upstairs with my family. I am usually in the building or in the neighborhood if you have any questions or need advice on where to go and what to see. I'm not a whiz with electronics but If you're having trouble with the TV remote or the a/c, I can find someone who can sort it out. I'm not even writing this myself! ;)
Beacon Hill is a unique village in the middle of the city. The locals are out and about walking their dogs, taking their kids to school, going down to the corner for ice cream, a walk along the Charles River, or meeting friends for coffee. The area is extremely safe, family neighborhood.
MGH/Charles Street subway stop on the Red Line is just 2 blocks away. Back Bay and the Financial District are within walking distance. Bike rental (Hubway) is one block away. All other neighborhood are accessible by subway or cab.
Trash and recycling days are Monday and Friday in case you want to put something out. You can put something out after 5 pm the night before, and up to 7 am on the day of. Putting out something outside of these times may result in a fine.
For locals and many suburban residents, the best way to get to Beacon Hill may be by subway. You may reach Beacon Hill on the Red, Orange, Green, or Blue Lines, detraining from the stations as indicated below, and then walking to the Hill:
Red Line: Park Street or Charles Street/MGH Stations
Orange Line: At Downtown Crossing change to Red Line for Park Street Station
Green Line: Park Street, Government Center, or Boylston Street Stations
Blue Line: Government Center/Bowdoin Street Station (weekdays 5:15am - 6:30pm)
By Bus. There are no bus stops on Beacon Hill. There is also local bicycle rental next to the Charles Street subway station.
Other Things to Note
Much of the on-street parking in the Beacon Hill area is resident-only, although a very few free Visitor Parking spaces are available on a few streets on the Hill. Drivers are strongly advised to garage their cars in one of the several parking facilities located around the perimeter of the Hill. Alternatively, metered, on-street parking may be found on Charles, Beacon, Arlington, or Boylston Streets, or on Cambridge, Staniford, or New Chardon Streets near Government Center. The local parking lots are quite expensive often charging $30-$40 dollars a day for 24 hour parking.
A few recommended parking facilities:
Center Plaza/One Beacon Street. The entrance is accessible only from lower Tremont Street.
Charles Street Parking Garage at 144 Charles Street.
Boston Common Garage. This 1300-space parking facility is located under Boston Common. The garage is handicap-accessible and well lit.
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary Garage. Located just north of the Charles Street MBTA station at 243 Charles Street.
Absolutely no smoking, indoors or outdoors. No pets.
From Apr 13 - 20, 2016 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
This was our first time using Airbnb and Bernardo’s apartment was stunning, it was exactly as described and is situated in a really beautiful part of Boston within easy reach of the Common, the subway and the start of the Freedom Trail. Bernardo is a charming host, he always responded promptly to any contact, he gave us plenty of info about the local area and pointed us in the direction of the Whole Foods Market which is a short walk away. This suited us so much more than a hotel - we would definitely stay here again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone considering visiting Boston.
Bernardos place is just as described. He went out of his way to make us feel welcome, from staying up late when our flight got delayed to suggesting a few must see places, he kept us informed. Very quick to respond to txts or AirBnB correspondence. The location is really convenient to the train and a lot of local spots that Bernardo has a list of in his townhouse. A+
Great location, steps away from the adorable Charles Street and walking distance to many other great Boston neighborhoods. Bernardo's flat was immaculate, very comfortable, and the remote-controlled AC unit was an added bonus. He was also very communicative and accommodating, greeting us when we arrived and allowing us to store our luggage after check-out. We would definitely stay here again!
Bernardo was an extremely gracious host. The communication before our arrival was thorough and prompt. He greeted us personally and showed us the apartment, which is exactly as shown in the description. It was quiet, clean and cozy, a real home away from home. The neighborhood was safe and centrally located. It's only a short walk to the subway and a Whole Foods Market. If I ever return to Boston for a visit, I would love to stay here again.
Bernardo immediately answered all queries by email prior to our visit and was there to meet us on our arrival.
The accommodation was very accurately described and fully met our expectations.
The area of Beacon Hill was very attractive, ideally situated for easy access to all parts of Boston and Cambridge and to public transport. Charles Street was two minutes walk from our apartment and offered a lovely range of shops.
Bernardo was very responsive and helpful. The apartment itself is charming, quiet and well located. The area is beautiful and it is a pleasure to live in a house where the owner also lives. Public transport is close and good coffee nearby at Tutte in Charles Street. The supermarket is a few blocks away. The public gardens are delightful and a lovely place to read a book or take a sandwich.
Bernardo was excellent - he was quick to respond to all of my questions when they arose. The apartment was charming and exactly as expected. The neighborhood is friendly, conveniently located and includes a Starbucks :) Bernardo had prepared a stack of literature on things to do in Boston, wifi information, take out menus and house rules. I would definitely stay with Bernardo again and recommend his place to boston travelers.
About the Host, Bernardo
I've lived in this neighborhood with my family for 35 years. I was born and raised in Boston, in the old West End. I am a retired architect. I am almost always in the house or nearby. I've traveled extensively. Both my parents were born in Sicily. I am very friendly. I love to meet new people. I love a good joke and know all the ins and outs of living in the city. There is no better place to live in Boston.