About this listing
With interior designs by a regular in Boston Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, New England Real Estate Journal, HGTV and more, this 106-year-old cottage/cabin is exciting And comforting. Water views & 2-minute walk to the beach make more happily.
A cabin in the woods + a cottage at the beach + a cutting-edge art gallery = the happily factory. Just outside Boston (30-45 min), near Quincy Center, w/public transport access, free parking, 10 minutes' drive to the freeway. It feels like Boston & Cape Cod combined.
It's a special treat - IF you like antiques, weird cool things, and see beauty in imperfection. But it's not for everyone - so please read on to see if it's right for you...
On the plus side:
- half block walk to the beach
- reading in the hammock on the porch watching birds & squirrels
- grilling steaks or boiling lobster to eat on the farm tables inside or out
- fans, shade, ocean breeze, gentle weather
- flat screen with Netflix & DVDs in the living room
- ping pong, toys, games, & art materials to play with, books to read
- self-serve coffee/tea & Light breakfast included your first week
- loaners like beach stuff, umbrella, sunglasses, stuff you maybe forgot
- cute furry wild animals in the yard who won't bother you (really!)
- naturally clean indoor air, avoiding chemicals
- It's exotic! Stay in the home of a real Bohemian!
- super safe neighborhood, quiet, peaceful
- witty, playful art like the best contemporary museum, in a range of media
- charming! unique! full of life!
- cheaper than a hotel!
On the minus side (for some folks):
- no AC, no TV
- the yard outside is a wild-life preserve, not a croquet court
- inside you may see a spider or something with wings (it's ok! it won't get you!)
- something is always not quite finished being renovated
- sound travels thru wood walls & ceilings more than thru modern ones
- some of that art is related to sex! or bodies! or (gasp) feminism!
- it's not a familiar perfect chain hotel or McMansion
- it's not the cheapest thing imaginable!
But what is the bedroom like?
a memory foam-topped queen bed, a comfortable laptop workspace. 2 mirrors, hooks, closet, fan, personal heating. and a warm, relaxing ambiance.
But how's the daily lifestyle in the household?
We enjoy the bohemian life of an artist - a few dirty dishes on the counter, an occasional batch of clean laundry on a living room chair. But there's always room for you to sit, cook, or eat. We're about win-win situations: be sure you can accept our lifestyle before booking.
Full kitchen, living, dining, porch access. I work from home and often use the dining room as a studio and tend to camp out there, but happily vacate when guests are getting ready to do a meal at the table. Occasionally we even share a meal together.
Interaction with Guests
I try to have at least one conversation with most guests if they are amenable - it makes life richer. But in stressful periods/near deadlines/after recent huge projects, I might just not have energy to socialize, and guests shouldn't take it personally that i sometimes keep more to myself. I am introverted by nature too so it could just be that it's introvert wednesday! It's kind of a big house - many nooks & spaces, so several people can feel private, free & easy even while working or relaxing separately.
The best sky, the most relaxing beach, the most pleasant walks, and the best smelling fresh air in the Boston area!
PUBLIC TRANSIT: 2 block walk to bus, 15 minute ride to Red Line subway (T) / Quincy Center (where there are also lots of restaurants & pubs. 5 minutes' bus in other direction to Hingham marina w/shops, restaurants, movies)
TOTAL TRAVEL TIME: approx. 45 minutes via rush hour driving OR mass transit to most areas of Boston including suburbs. The MBTA (mass transit) has a very thorough “how to get there" website, *** Please consult it or G. maps for travel times from “corner of Pilgrim Rd. & North St. in North Weymouth, MA" to your destinations before writing to ask me for transit info! *** I'd just be consulting the same websites or copy & pasting this paragraph, unless you have questions those sites can't answer : )
Drivers enjoy our guaranteed free parking right in front!
CAR RENTAL: Often available: 2-seater smart car w/hatch, 36$ / day or 25$ / 4-hours.
Other Things to Note
1. Kids: art is within reach, it's not too fragile but active youngsters should be supervised. There's lots of toys and games kids get to play with too!
2. Dis/abilities: 1 full flight of Imperfect stairs outside, squirrels who like to throw walnuts on walk paths & such, & 1 full flight of wood stairs inside.
3. Upstairs balcony: off-limits currently.
4. Yard: not off-limits, but not conventionally landscaped.
5. LGBT friendly, welcoming all, regardless of race, language, nationality, etc.
6. Art: Some of our often playful, witty contemporary art references a bit of nudity & the existence of a concept called sex!
In 4 years I've had 100's of air bnb guests, including children and adults of every age - 98% of guests were content (often overjoyed) with the decor. There are over 100 works of contemporary art. Many are abstract paintings, but others are more unusual sculptures or imagery.
1. Pets: well behaved pets ok, w/negotiation. 10$/night/pet fee. No pets live here now.
2. Smoking outdoors only, porch ok, 420 ok.
3. Style: Here you make yourself at home like a trusted friend.
4. Information: I've got a ton of info about the house, neighborhood, & Boston public transport in manuals in the house! If it's not in there, i can answer more questions too!
5. Communication: I prefer texting! I don't check email every day, don't do voicemail much, and air bnb's app is unreliable for notifications.