About This Listing
Our tiny guest room, often a favorite in a house of cool rooms, feels much like a tree house or ship's berth with a full sized bed. Our antique house in hip JP has a modern kitchen, shared bath and is a quick ride to downtown and the Medical Area.
We have one tiny room available for guests in our sweet little house. Our guest room, often a favorite in a house of cool rooms, feels much like a tree house or ship's berth. The full sized bed takes up almost the whole room, but that’s what tree-house-ish rooms are like.
Our petite c.1890 house is settled ideally in lovely Jamaica Plain, MA. Lovingly renovated and filled with art you will find it welcoming and comfortable. Built for the mistress of the mansion owner across the street, our house is small, straight forward, and simple, with very fancy period radiators. We try to bring the outdoors in with lots of light and fresh flowers. In the warm months you can hang outside in the garden.
Our modern kitchen, which our guests are welcome to use, looks out on a shaded terrace with a table for four and flower gardens, berry bushes and herb and vegetable beds. All linens and a hairdryer are provided and the bathroom is shared. There is ample and easy on-street parking.
Interaction with Guests
We like to be welcoming and also let you do your own thing. At times we have shared meals with our guests and at other times our paths barely cross. Our primary goal is to make you feel at home and at ease so you can comfortably enjoy our neighborhood and city.
Jamaica Plain, often considered the grooviest place to be in Boston, we are a 5 minute walk to the Orange Line train and 3 minutes to the 39 bus; both getting you downtown in 15-30 minutes. Longwood Medical Area and Harvard Medical School are a 20 minute ride from the end of the street. Walk to many fabulous restaurants, or if you prefer to cook get your ingredients at Wholefoods, only 7 minutes away by foot. Jamaica Pond is perfect for a run or stroll and slightly farther on you can lose yourself in Harvard's Arnold Arboretum.
Subway and Bus, both getting you down town within 20 minutes door to door. The neighborhood of JP also offers wonderful walks and street life.
We want our guests to be comfortable and enjoy not just our house but our city. To those ends we welcome inquiries about what to do and where to go. Our guests should feel free to use the kitchen and living room and not feel confined to "their room". Store your food in the fridge, eat your meal on the terrace, read a book on the couch or hammock. We request only your general consideration of living with others.
Our one hard and fast rule is:
No smoking on the property.
Such amazing hosts Hilary, Hazel & Aggie (dog), the house is beautiful and inside such great art and deco. Close to the "T" Orange line, it makes it easy to get anywhere in Boston. Close to Whole Foods and a lot of amazing restaurants (indian, american,pizza) and ice cream (JP licks). This was the best experience, I had a blast on my trip. I hope I get to visit Boston soon & stay here again!
Staying with Hilary and Hazel was a great experience. This was our first time to Boston and Jamaica Plain was a great neighborhood to call home for a little while. The house is in a great location as it is near to both public transportation and many restaurants and small shops. Hilary and Hazel were both welcoming and even provided us with a folder filled with local guides and menus to nearby restaurants. We really appreciated being told about free days at the museums! The house was clean and comfortable and was great for resting in between busy days! Aggie, the dog, was a great pal to have around the house as well!
In short, if you are looking for a cool place to stay you've found it!
Hilary is excellent in communicating with boarders and gives excellent directions and information. She leaves you with a book that provides insight into Boston along with maps and a large notebook with places to go. Hazel is an engaging young lady who provides a perspective of Boston that can only be provided by a young person. Hillary's house is very accessible from the orange line and into downtown Boston---no need for a car. They have a great dog by the name of Aggy and she is always available for petting.
We spent a nice stay in Hilary's house.
Hilary and her daughter are very friendly. They gave us a lot of informations about the city (restaurants, shop...).
Their house is well localised, the subway is at 5min of walk and it takes less than 20min to be in Boston center.
And their dog is very funny!! :)
Couldn't have had a better host for my first airbnb experience than Hilary and her daugther (and their dog). Immediately felt like home - Hilary showed me around the house and handed me an extensive and well prepared folder with maps, restaurant tips, excursion information, etc. It's been a pleasure to have her around for a chat.
I stayed in Boston and took part at the marathon in 2015 - Jamaica Plain was the ideal area for getting a good rest in a quite area of Boston but also to get to the city center in just 15-30mins.
A personal hint: Try out some of the local services, Jamaica Plain has to offer: grocery stores, coffee shops, ...
Looking forward to another Boston marathon in the upcoming years - and I'll definitely check out Hilary's place for availability first.
Hillary was a grate host, she made us very comfortable and helped guide us trough Boston with helpful tips and tools.
Notre séjour chez Hilary a été vraiment très agréable. Nous nous sommes sentis très a l'aise dans la maison ainsi que dans la chambre qui est très agréable. Hillary a été plein de bons conseils pour nos visites et pour notre futur installation. le quartier est bien desservi et tranquille. Nous recommandons très fortement cet hébergement et y retournerons avec plaisir.
About the Host, Hilary
I was born and raised in New England and have lived here for most of my life. I moved to Boston in 1986 and have lived in Central Square, Coolidge Corner and Fort Point; finally settling in Jamaica Plain in 1996. I am an artist working in primarily textile-based media. I bought my home sixteen years ago and have lovingly renovated it bit by bit ever since. I am now lucky to share it with my teenage daughter and our short dog. If you visit in the warm months you will see I love to garden and if you visit in the winter you will find I bake when I can’t be outside digging. Not sitting still for long I am always working on something and my home shows my passions for contemporary ceramics, tools, and the color orange, among other things. I love where I live and enjoy sharing my house, my collections and my neighborhood with others.
Delicious Spanish tapas. Great wine and beer selection. The chefs at this restaurant are the best and I think they cook shell fish better than anyone else.
Pick up coffee on the way to the T, Very good freshly made sandwiches and great snacks. A true convenience Store
Really, really, good burgers. They do a good Vegie burger too. All grass fed beef and fresh toppings. bright and sunny.
Lovely, tiny restaurant with very good food. It's a pricey but well worth it for a special evening. Roma(website hidden) hip. TT Bar, just next door has special cocktails and good burgers and bar bites
Really great affordable gift shop. Some clothes, accessories, housewares, JP tee shirts,
Cuban Food. Really good Cuban Sandwiches
Organic Food Supermarket. Pricey
Best ice cream in all of Boston and they roast their own coffee too!
A melange o' groovy American food. Great brunch.
Might be the only Scottish bar in Boston. Great food and drink and a young, hip, happy crowd.
Great clothing thrift shop.
Take a tour, $2, get a glass and taste great beer.
Great Irish Pub; bring your cribbage board.
Thai - Cambodian cuisine. Really good spicy basil beef
Very good Indian food, great luncheon buffet
Thrift shop that benefits the Aids Action Committee. Great windows and good thrifting attitude abounds!
Korean and Japanese Food. Sushi, Saki Bar and the very very very best Bibimbop Hot Pot in the whole city
JP/Boston Staple. Filled with Boston memorabilia and a good beer list. Good bar food - pizza, burgers, sweet potato fries. Many movies have been shot in this bar.
Good Beer. Good Food. Roaring fire in the winter