About This Listing
Bright bedroom (with skylight) available to travelers in clean, comfortable, single-family Cape-style home in quiet, safe Boston area neighborhood.
Close to both city sites and out-of-town adventure destinations (for skiing, hiking, etc,.).
The guest bedroom accommodates up to 3 guests with:
-- Queen size bed
-- Single bed
In addition, there is a:
-- DECK for sipping your morning Coffee or your evening cocktail.
-- Wood stove (indoors)
-- Washer and dryer
-- Gas GRILL and fire pit (outdoors)
-- Large private BACKYARD where guests can play Frisbee, ball, horseshoe's, etc.,
Guests will have access to my kitchen, the living areas, the bathroom on the main floor, yard and laundry room (when it's available).
My office, bedroom and basement workroom are the only areas off limits to guests.
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy having guests and learning about their culture(s) and countries, but I also respect their privacy (if they seem to need it).
If it works out that we share a meal or even just a cup of tea, then great; but extensive interaction is never required.
I travel periodically, but generally I am here when guests stay in my home.
-- Mostly single-family owner occupied homes
-- Plenty of free on-street parking
-- Short walk to the Middlesex Fells reservation (forest) for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiiing, swimming and snowshoeing.
-- Nearby zoo, parks and playgrounds
-- 10 minute drive into downtown Boston and the AIRPORT.
-- Trip into Boston by public transit takes approximately 40 minutes.
-- TAXI ride from the airport takes approximately 10 minutes and, with tip, costs about $40 (as of 1/2014). It's worth the cost after a long flight.
-- 5 minute drive to the nearest MBTA station.
Other Things to Note
I take my role as host seriously - in the guest room, I make sure that there are bed side lamps, menus, books to read, tourist brochures, maps, a guest book to sign, clean sheets and access to extra blankets.
I provide soft fresh towels for guests and let them have almost exclusive access to the bathroom on the main floor.
Needless to say, I make sure that the house is clean and tidy, and that the outside is presentable, as well. My goal is to make sure that my guests are happy and comfortable.
MI CASA ES SU CASA ("My Home is Your Home" in Spanish") which, to me, means help yourself to the common spaces (kitchen, living room, yard), laundry facilities, gas grill and Fire pit. I also hope in return that guests will treat my home as if it were there own.
For the enjoyment of all please keep in mind the following:
-- CLEAN up after yourself. I am not always home between departing and arriving guests so please leave any spaces that you use (bedroom, bathroom, etc,..) as clean as you found them.
-- Smoke ONLY outside and away from house (not out a window) and DISPOSE of butts properly in a trash receptacle.
-- Be considerate of others in terms of NOISE and SPACE.
-- CONSERVE resources (water, electricity, heat) which includes: reusing towels, turning off heat/lights/AC when they're not needed.
-- Remove shoes and leave them by the front door.
Thanks so much!
My family stayed at Karina's during my graduation weekend. When they arrived, she pleasantly welcomed us in and showed us to the room. The room was a good size for my parents and my sister, and had everything that they needed to be comfortable. Overall, my family needed a place to stay over the weekend, and Karina's provided a very good option.
Indeed, it feels like I was home at Karina's. She is a nice and trusting host. Without a car, it is still convenient because the bus stop is only a few minutes away. And we can also use Uber or Lyft to go to downtown Boston. There is also a small store and a breakfast place nearby, if you need some basic things, like soap, shampoo and snacks.
Super nice host. It was a short stay, so unfortunately we did not get to use the deck, but it looked beautiful!
I really enjoyed the space and the quietness of the area. I only got to meet the house as I was leaving. From conversations just through text she is very trusting and kind. She had labels all around her house so I would know where everything was and what I had access to (basically everything). I would stay here again.
It was near Boston because we had a car. I don't think it will be perfect place for someone without a car. There was a space for street parking in front of the house, so it was very great!
The room was quite large and it fits for 3 ppl. It was cozy, but cold.
Karina was very nice host and she let us have a cup of coffee or some tea at the kitchen. Also check-in and out was very convenience.
About the Host, Karina
I am a Professor of Computer Science at a local college in Boston.
When I am not grading papers or preparing lectures, I am cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing or traveling.
I signed up to host guests on Airbnb because:
1) I have 2 extra rooms that otherwise sit empty
2) I love to travel myself
3) I keep my home clean and guest ready anyway, so it doesn't take too much time out of my busy life to prepare for new arrivals...
4) I love to be a hostess - to make people feel comfortable and welcome.
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