Top of the South End Brownstone

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118, United States
Your host, Sarah
27 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: a few days or more

The Space


The top two floors of a classic South End brownstone, this apartment is loaded with character. Ideal for a couple, or a small family, two couples or a small group of friends. In the winter keep warm by the fire, in the summer sun tan on the roof deck with a view of the entire city.

The master bedroom has a queen bed with a patio just outside of bay windows. The smaller second bedroom currently has a small bed for a child, though can have an air mattress (single or double). The third bedroom is an unusual bedroom: it is the top floor, which is not separated by a door, but is up a set of stairs and is quite spacious, though with a low celing. It has a very comfortable double bed, with a sky light through which one has access to a truly fantastic roof deck, with a bbq, vegetable garden, deck table, chairs and chaisse lounge and - most importantly - the best view of Boston you can get.

Right on Shawmut avenue, the most beautiful street in Boston - in our humble opinion - surrounded by great restaurants, boutiques and shops. The South End is full of narrow streets, little jewels of parks and all the amenities of overly charming foodie culture. Right next door is Copa, a fabulous Italian tapas restaurant; across the street is Franklin Cafe, a classic bistro/cafe/bar, good for elevated bar food and a late nite boozy crowd; Formaggio, a wine and cheese shop with pretty much anything delicious your heart desires; a dog bakery (yes, a dog bakery); a yoga studio; a designer jewelry shop; and a women's clothing store. Half a block away are two cafes, and two parks. Within one more block are dozens of other restaurants on Tremont and Washington, the heart of the South End, the Boston Center for the Arts etc etc... You can have a fantastic weekend without even walking more than several blocks.

The apartment has tons of exposed brick, two outdoor spaces (patio off master bedroom and roof deck), microwave, wifi, working fireplace, kid-friendly, bbq, fully equipped kitchen, cable tv, books, art, stereo hookups for your iPod/iPhone. It is lively but quiet at the same time. Plenty of people walking around, though the restaurants clear up their patios by 11pm, so you still get a quiet restful night. Being on the top floor, we are also blessedly insulated from noise. There are 2 AC window units in the apartment, one in the second bedroom and one in the living room, and we have plenty of fans and open windows on the top floor provide a pleasant breeze on summer evenings. There is a coin-operated washer/dryer in the basement.

WARNING: this is a walk up. We're on the 4th and 5th floor, you must be able bodied.

10 min walk to Orange line Backbay Stop. 1min walk to Silver line bus stop.

Parking is mostly residential, though there is also a decent amount of visitor parking spots.

10min walk to Newbury, Boylston shopping etc. Also a short walk to the Commons, Downtown Crossing. Very central location.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $50 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $100
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Sarah's appartment is a fantastic place to stay in Boston. OUr week end was perect. We were 5 (4 adults and a 2 years kid) and really enjoyed.
    The place is well located in a pleasant neighborhood, the appartment is really nice and clean. The view from the roof is just fantastic.
    Sarah and Ben are well organized in regard with the logistics (pick up keys, rules in the appartment, cleanliness).
    As french people, we love cooking and we had all the utilities to do so (except the oven).
    Everything said about this appartment are 100% true and I highly recommend it for those who want to spend some time in Boston.

    June 2014
  • Amazing stay in the heart of Boston! Very nice neighborhood close to Boston Common, shops and cafes. The apartment is awesome, with everything needed - and the roof deck is really cool!

    Thanks again Sarah and Ben for letting us stay - I'm sure we'll be in touch in the future!!

    June 2014
  • We (two couples and an 8 yo) had a wonderful stay at Sarah and Ben's place in South End.We could have asked for a better location, even with nearby restaurants and bakeries, it is still a quiet street. The house is small, and there a lot of steps, but it wasn't ever a problem for us. The decks are great, with a wonderful view. The hosts left detailed instructions and we didn't have any problems.

    April 2014
  • We had such a great stay! The apartment was cozy, eclectic, and in a fantastic spot. Between Formaggio and the Syrian Grocer on the block, I think I could have stayed on their street the entire weekend. We walked to great neighborhood restaurants at night and could explore Boston by foot during the day from the apartment. Our family of four was comfortable here. The loft is a great play space for kid and there are two playgrounds just down the block. Even though it was winter we checked out the roof deck and back porch which would be amazing in the Spring.

    December 2013
  • We had a lovely holiday stay in Sarah's home, complete with Christmas tree! The apartment managed to keep warm despite the cold outside, and the views from the two decks are great (pity it wasn't summer!). The apartment has a cozy, homey feel and our hosts left excellent instructions and were very flexible in accommodating our requests. Highly recommended!

    December 2013
  • To quote an earlier review "[their] home is a cosy place with a special spirit." I couldn't agree more.

    My friend and I celebrated my 30th birthday with a trip to Boston and having this as our base made our stay absolutely amazing. We loved the Sound End and couldn't get enough of every food and drink it had to offer. This place was perfectly situated for exploring it all. Some of the best treats were literally right out the front door. And we easily got around the whole city by foot and train. We even regularly found parking for our rental right on the street.

    The place itself was comfortable and warm and suited us perfectly. The beds were comfortable, the rooms were quiet, and the view was incredible. We made breakfast in their well-appointed kitchen, and spent many a night winding down on one of the two decks. The place was clean, there was plenty of room for both of us, and they left clear instructions for anything that might come up. They communicated well with us before, during, and after our stay.

    I would most definitely stay in Sarah and Ben's home again and will certainly try the next time I'm in Boston.

    October 2013
  • The place is stylish and cozy. Great light. Great breeze with windows open. The upstairs attic bedroom is snug but just fine for sleeping.

    The place would be well worth it just with that. But the decks are amazing. The master bedroom deck has a hammock. The roof deck is private with grand views of the skyline and lots of room.

    The hosts were responsive and helpful. They'd gone apple picking and offered them as a treat to us. Helped us find the iron. They never communicated too much -- but made sure I got in okay, was having a good time. Basically, just what you'd hope.

    September 2013
  • Sahras and Bens home is a cosy place with a special spirit. Cetral within Boston only 10 to 20 minutes walk away from everyting of interest. The deck and rooftop with a breathtaking view invites one to rest and relax if the Boston weather prohibits a walk. We felt at home despite the little space to store our clothes. We will definitely stay here again if we're returning to Boston. We did't meet our host in person but stayed always in contact via e-mail and phone. They have been responsive and helpfull all the Time. Thank You Sarah and Ben for such a relaxed week.

    July 2013
  • Sarah and Ben were great hosts and really good at communicating and staying in touch with us. We really enjoyed our stay in their beautiful appartment, the place was in a great location, at walking distance to Boston's downtown and the neighbourhood was just amazing!! The view from the roof deck was great, especially a summer day, at dusk, while drinking a glass of good wine!! Would definitely choose to come back anytime if we could!

    June 2013
  • My friends and I had a great stay at Ben's and Sarah's home. The location is great - right across from Franklin Cafe, right down the street from the Buttery, and within a 10-15 minute walk to Copley or downtown Boston. The apartment has great features, including a beautiful roofdeck. More importantly, Ben and Sarah were gracious hosts. They communicated well with us prior to our stay, and left detailed instructions at the apartment so that we were never confused or needed help with any of their features. We recommend them and their apartment very highly.

    May 2013
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