About this listing
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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.
There is a written manual when you arrive with lots of helpful details to make your stay enjoyable. We can send a copy if you like.
My daughter and I stayed here for a long vacation during the summer. Our host was great to deal with and made everything extremely easy before we arrived. Once there, any question I had was answered easily in the house manual or by email from the host. This is a perfect spot to explore the south end with it's many restaurants, shops and historic beauty. It was always a pleasure to return at the end of our day out enjoy Boston. We especially enjoyed the roof deck. It is a very comfortable and relaxing space. I would 100% recommend this to my friends and family.
My husband and I went with another couple and we really enjoyed our stay there! Friendly host, clear instructions and cozy place. The rooftop terrace was our favorite! The neighborhood is lovely, the street has plenty of good places for coffee, breakfast or dinner. I would recommend to anyone!
Sarah is a great host and everything was as described
Very clean and the location was perfect – walking distance from all major sights, shopping and many nice restaurants very close by.
The neighborhood was quiet so we could enjoy a good night’s sleep even during a weekend.
Our daughters loved playing with the toys and it was great being allowed to use the computer and TV selection was good.
We would definitely consider coming for another visit one day and stay at Sarah’s place again!
Sarah and Ben were wonderful hosts - they were very responsive to all of our questions. The place was fantastic for our two kids (ages 6 and 2). The neighborhood was great. We could walk to great restaurants and a fun playground for the kids.
A quick weekend visit to boston was made possible by the availability of this lovely flat. Great location, lots of space, and very child friendly, which is exactly what we needed.
We were really excited to stay at Sarah & Ben's place. We arrived and found their place very cool and as described. The two decks are awesome, the apartment is very cute, well set up and the neighborhood is awesome.
Unfortunately, in a sad turn of events no one could have foreseen, the apartment's hot water heater sprung a leek in the middle of our first night. We were able to get things under control and quickly got in touch with Ben & Sarah. They were very apologetic and understood completely that we couldn't stay for the remainder of the weekend.
Ben quickly offer to refund the cost of our stay and dealing with them was super smooth and confirmed my impression that these folks are both super hosts and fantastic people.
We got everything squared away and Ben tells me they have already replaced the faulty water heater. I'm hoping we get another chance to enjoy their place, sometime soon.
It really tells you a lot about people when something goes wrong with a stay, and I can say that my dealings with Ben & Sarah have been a pleasure, from start to happy finish.
We had a great time at this lovely apartment in the South End! The neighborhood couldn't be better, with loads of great little restaurants, cafes, and food shops, and two playgrounds within one block, which the kiddos loved. Sarah and Ben were very responsive and a pleasure to deal with.