Location: We are on Prospect Hill, 1.4 miles to Harvard Sq.; 1.3 to Central Sq.; 2.0 to Tufts University, 2.3 to MIT, and 2.6 to downtown Boston. Steps from fabled Union Square. with cafés, pubs, live music, Best-of-Boston restaurants, ethnic grocers, gym, 2 yoga studios, three craft breweries and community acupuncture. Neighborhood is friendly, diverse and the safest in Somerville. (See Guidebook tab, upper right on this page.)
Description: Pleasant room in a Victorian home on the hill where the first American flag was flown. Glorious morning sun. Queen-sized bed. Shared bathroom. Interior of home has been restored and exterior is in process.
Transportation: Ample on-street parking. 6-minute walk to 7 bus lines including direct lines to the Orange, Red, and Green Subway Lines (10-minute rides), MIT, Harvard, Tufts University, Boston University, Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard Medical School, Central Square, Davis Square, Kendall Square, Innman Square, Copley Square, Harvard Square, and downtown. Hubway bicycle rentals in Union Square: $6 for one day and $12 for two days.
Breakfast: Select crumpets, bagels, muffins, juice, coffee, tea, and dairy and soy milk. No additional charge.
Amenities: Broadband wifi, central HVAC, free laundry facilities for longer-term guests.
The room accommodates two people.
Check out is at noon. Check in is anytime after 2 p.m. If no other guests are expected after you, you may check out later. If the room isn't reserved the night before your arrival, we can probably accommodate you earlier.
Smoking is permitted in the house if you don't exhale.
Guests are required to wear clothing in the common rooms.
There is a small refrigerator in the guest room. In the kitchen, guests may use the microwave, toaster, toaster oven, coffee maker, and electric teakettle. Guests may not use the stove.
We provide toiletries, bathrobes, umbrellas, and a hair dryer for those guests who do not bring their own. We also provide a caddy for carrying the toiletries between the guestroom and the bathroom. We ask that, when not in use, the toiletries remain in the guestroom.
We provide no more than $200 in bail money, so please be moderate in your indiscretions outside of the house.
There are three adults who make this five-bedroom house their home. Two sleep on the same floor as the guest room and share the bathroom. One regularly showers in the morning. If she intends to she will post her intended time, in order to facilitate the convenient use of the bathroom by guests.
Please return the toilet seat to its lowered position.
One of us is extremely sensitive to scents. We would be grateful indeed if you would refrain from applying perfume, cologne, aftershave in the house.
Hands down, this was our favorite Airbnb experience that we've had so far. The house itself is charming, clean, safe, and located in a great area, but our favorite part was getting to know Bill and his housemates. Bill is incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating, and we had loads of fun getting to know him and his friends. Our only regret was that we weren't able to stay longer, but we sincerely hope we'll be able to return again one day (although preferably at a time when there isn't ~100 inches of snow on the ground). Thanks again!
Bill was amazing from the moment we arrived. He was extremely friendly and even gave us a keyring from Australia to make us feel at home. The house was incredible and had everything we needed. Breakfast was very kindly provided for us from a list of options. Bill gave great suggestions for places to eat, drink and see some live music. He knew a lot about the area and informed us of the rich history behind Boston and Prospect Hill. Bathroom was spotless. The bedroom was clean, spacious and complete with a personal bar fridge. Despite our very short stay we had an amazing time and wish we could have stayed longer. We would definitely recommend this listing to anyone who wants to experience Boston.
Bill has a wonderful home -- very unique and welcoming. The room was large, and very comfortable but the real pleasure was Bill himself. He's a great guy who obviously aims to make his guests feel welcome.
I stayed for 2 nights during Boston's Snowmagedon of 2015 and Bill made sure I had a cleared spot to park my car. He was very warm and welcoming from the moment we meant.
He's always up for a conversation or to give you ideas on what to do in Boston. Also, he provides assorted pastries or cereal for breakfast with coffee and juice!
I had a great time staying here and I would highly recommend his listing!
Bill is a fun host and the place is clean and fun
Communication was always fast and clear
It snowed during my stay but Bill managed to make sure the snow was cleared
This was by far the most comfortable Airbnb stay I've ever experienced. In addition to Bill's generous hospitality with breakfast, parking, and other accommodations, the room was the perfect home away from home.
Authentic historical house in great neighborhood. Very hospitable host, friendly roommates and delicious breakfast. What more can you ask for!
Bill was kind enough to drive me around the Union square area of Sommerville upon my arrival and point me to the good restaurants.
We only stayed for 1 night, but everything was very pleasant. Bill explained everything to us and we even got a great breakfast on the next day.
My checkered career has included work as a community organizer, consultant to small businesses, consultant to Fortune 500 companies, sociologist, social entrepreneur, and (email hidden) start up. At present, I am an unemployed malcontent.
I have Bachelors and Masters degrees in sociology from UC Santa Cruz and Rutgers, and an MBA from Yale University.
The quality that most inspires me about human beings is our capacity to transform ourselves. My greatest pleasure is spending time with friends and looking at the world through their eyes. I also like to read, write, listen to music, teach community development (for NeighborWorks America), and in warm months, ride my bike. I write a biweekly column for the Somerville News.
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