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.
Bill was an excellent host. He worked around my travel plans to provide a warm welcome. He was very knowledgable about the area and provided a lot of good information for our stay in Boston. The room was nice. It did get very warm for me, and it seems like the heater came on which made the room tough to cool down at night. Bill provided clean linens and a nice stay. He had delicious bagels with everything we needed ready for us when we woke up. The only thing I didn't like was there was three people that lived there that made me feel like we were intruding in their space. The house is quite loud when people walk so it was easy to hear whenever somebody was up and walking around. Overall I would definitely recommend. I had a great stay. Thanks Bill!
I was in town for a conference and then a campus visit for graduate school. It was a dreadful rainy and cold day and I was exhausted from my trek up to Boston and non stop conference seminars. So, I left my conference a little bit earlier than I had planned, and unfortunately Bill was not yet home. It wasn’t a problem because I called and he so generously offered to stop what he was doing to come by and let me into the house. I was received with a warm cup of tea in a beautiful Victorian house. Bill even offered to show me around the Union Square area, but I was wiped out from my day. Bill showed me my lovely room, plenty of towels, linens, and peace and quiet. The bathroom is gorgeous. And there were even some toiletries provided. I slept well that night. Breakfast was already set out on the table the next morning before I headed out to Harvard. Bill provided excellent directions and it was just a 10 minute bus ride. I was so pleased with my stay that I highly recommend it to anyone considering a short stay in the Harvard/Cambridge area.
What a wonderful stay! Hosts were lovely, breakfast a lovely touch (fresh muffins!!!) and the bed was v. comfortable. Fantastic area, walking distance to public transport links and it's only really a half hour walk to Cambridge. Couldn't recommend it enough.
We had a wonderful time staying at Bill's beautiful home in Somerville. The house was very tidy, the room large and very comfortable and the neighborhood was beautiful and quiet. Being minutes from Union Square and access to the T was a huge plus as most of our time was spent touring Boston. Somerville has plenty of options for food and entertainment and we were not disappointed by the quality of either.
I stayed with Bill in 2011, and have always wanted to come back. Now that I left yesterday, it's already too long since I've been there. Bill is warm, erudite, earthy, welcoming and respectful. The place is lovely and genuine and Bill takes great care, right down to special and beautiful cutlery, to make guests feel treated. I cannot recommend Bill and his place highly enough. I should also add that while some "Air Bed and Breakfast" places view the "breakfast" part as unimportant, Bill views it as just another way to show guests a good time, and leaves out lovingly arranged and selected foods. They're simple, and hearty, but very nicely done.
Bill was very nice and accommodating. Although I was only there for a short time and was weary from my trip, Bill was understanding and offered to help me navigate town. Thank you!
Bill was a great host. He was super helpful and welcoming - even meeting me at Central Square and picking me up so I didn't have to navigate my way out there the first time, and on the way he gave me a tour of all the local offerings. I had a great time hanging out with him and friends and listening to a live band at a local venue. I had plenty of privacy and felt free to come and go, but he was very accessible and left me breakfast and plenty of towels, toiletries, etc... I would highly recommend staying at Bill's place!
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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