About this listing
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.
We had a short but sweet stay at Bill’s lovely house in Somerville. Bill is a kind and gentle man, who went the extra mile to make sure that our stay was pleasant. The house, which Bill is restoring himself, is a gorgeous Victorian on a quiet side street near Union Square. The T doesn’t stop in that neighborhood, but it will in the not too distant future. That will make travel into the city a lot easier for folks living/visiting in the Prospect Hill neighborhood. Right now the #87 or 88 bus can get you to the T at Lechmere Station. Unfortunately the bus we were waiting for never turned up, so Bill drove us to the T himself; which was much appreciated. We would definitely go back, and would strongly recommend Bill’s house for your stay in the Boston area.
Bill was a great host. The room and bathroom were both large and clean. The house looked great overall. Breakfast was provided each morning, and was tasty. Our first day, Bill did show us around the neighborhood of Somerville to make recommendations for restaurants, some of which we followed. Afterward, because we were in a hurry to get to a particular museum before it closed, he even gave us a ride into town and dropped us off with instructions on the best ways to use the Public transit it to get back.
An amazing host for an amazing house ! We just have seen Bill for few minute (because we only stayed one night) but he was so kind, generous, attentive and funny that we'd loved to stay longer. The room was very clean, elegant and confortable and the breakfast delicious ! Thank you so much Bill. Au plaisir de vous revoir !
It was a nice experience to stay in Bills House. You will be the only guest and the room ist nice and quiet. There ist a wonderful big living room and we enjoyed sitting there as well as at the front porch. Bill was very friendly and approachable while leaving space to just be there. Also his housemates were nice people and interesting to talk to. So, thank you, we will come back when we come to Boston again. Dami and Siggi.
This was our first Airbnb experience and it was awesome! Bill gave us so much good advice in advance of our trip, welcomed us warmly, helped us get settled in and drove us around the area sharing information about best restaurants. We enjoyed great conversation with Bill also with Tori. When Carolyn sprained her ankle in a fall, Tori made a trip to get a Ace bandage. One of the best parts of our stay was getting to know the beautiful "Painted Lady" Victorian home that Bill is bringing back to it's glory days. Bill is a craftsman with an eye for detail, and it shows in the stunning dining room and in the front porch details. Thanks Bill for your hospitality and for sharing your painted lady with us. Jack & Carolyn
Bill was an excellent host and we enjoyed our stay. The house is beautiful. Thank you, Bill, especially for helping us carry our luggage upstairs, for tips about the area and public transportation, and for the customized breakfast treats!
Bill ist sehr freundlich und kümmert sich gut um seine Gäste (hat uns im Auto die Nachbarschaft gezeigt). Auch mit der Metro hatten wir dank Bill keine Probleme.
About the Host, Bill
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.
Yo hablo español como un niño retrasado. Pero si usted tiene la paciencia de un santo conmigo, nos podemos comunicar.