About this listing
Accommodations are a private room and private use of a bathroom in a Victorian house. The home features 10+ceilings,original tin ceilings and fireplaces. It is centrally located to Central, Harvard and Inman Squares and is an easy walk to the MBTA.
A well-appointed private one bedroom with a working fireplace in a Victorian home. Full sized four poster bed with closet, desk and bureau, small couch for your personal use. All the rooms are located off a central hall. Hancock on the Corner is centrally located between Harvard and Central Squares in a residential neighborhood. There is a full bath for guests' private use but please note it is not attached to the bedroom.
Harvard and Central Squares and MBTA Red Line station stops are both approximately 12-15 minutes walks from 384 Broadway. MIT is not far away. MGH and Boston are very accessible via the Red Line on the subway. There is wireless internet for your use. It is on occasion slow and my internet provider only assures me that I have the fastest service available. Off-street parking is available upon arrangement and for an additional charge payable directly to me. Please make sure that you alert me to your interest in off-street parking prior to your arrival. Much of Cambridge is restricted to resident parking. Sundays is the only day when non-residents can street park in the area in which I live and not be ticketed.
Fresh bed linens and towels are supplied as is a hair dryer (top drawer of the bureau) and an iron and iron board available for those who would like to use it. Arrangements to use my laundry facilities can also be made by letting me know that you would like to use them. It is a private laundry. In warmer months there is a window air conditioner that cools the room as well as a fan.
Relaxed and friendly, an easy-going environment perfect for sightseeing, conference folks and all around visiting. Easy walking distance to all sorts of restaurants and eateries from upscale to on-the- run. Breakfast is supplied.
Please note that I do not consider my place easily child-friendly. General rule is that I accept guests that are undergraduates and older. It is only through special request and mutual consent that ones younger might be even considered. Know even if everyone is sleeping in the same room- or even the same bed- there is an additional charge for every person more than one person. (Thanks for your understanding!)
Guests are welcome to come and go as they please. Breakfast supplies are available; coffee, tea, yogurt, cereal, milk, bread, jams & jellies.The coffee maker and hot water kettle are in the kitchen and guests are encouraged to help themselves in the morning. In good weather (or in times a smoke is needed, including winter time) there is a covered front porch. In winter months, and at an additional charge, arrangements can be made to use the bedroom's fireplace. No use of the fireplace without my supervision. (If the temperature is less than 45 degrees (F) the fire place will not draw.)
People are welcome to use the living room/dining room for breakfast. The washer and dryer also can be made available with some advance notice.
Interaction with Guests
My schedule is not set. Whenever possible I try to arrange to be here but sometimes that is not possible. I am available to guests by telephone or text and if I am not here I'm always happy to come by if assistance is needed. If people come without smartphones or tablets and/or computers it would be much appreciated to have a heads up if they will need travel planning assistance. If you have particular interests or would like additional information about eating places or other activities, let me know. I'll be happy to put some information together for you. When you arrive, in the room, you will find of map of Cambridge, and Boston. There is also additional information about the area at the left shelf of the desk.
My neighborhood a mix of single family homes, condominiums and apartments. The streets are tree lined and many of the properties have some sort of greenery in the front. What is really great about my neighborhood is that it is centrally located between three "hot spots." Those areas are Central Square, Harvard Square and Inman Square. Central Square is known for it music venues, restaurants, and a variety of eclectic shops along Massachusetts Avenue and on the side streets. In addition to a Whole Foods in easy walking distance we now have an H Mart in Central Square with the Harvest Food Co-op is across the street. Whole Foods is the closest grocery at 115 Prospect Street. Inman Square offers a variety of restaurants in addition to Christina's Homemade Ice Cream and several well-known sandwich shops there are a variety of restaurants and a well-known coffee places, 1369 Cambridge Street with shops at Central and Inman Squares and Dwelltime is about a block and a half away on Broadway, between Lee and Inman streets. Restaurants variety from more expensive to less. There are two take out or eat-in places, one for Indian food and the other Mexican. At the north end of Harvard Yard there are food trucks which appear daily. Inman Oasis has private and a community hot tubs and offers massage services.
On the way to Harvard Square walking down Broadway towards Cambridge Common there is the Broadway Market an independent grocery store that offers ready-made food and a wine and beer section along with a Starbucks. Harvard Square is in easy walking distance offers a variety of restaurants, small and larger stores including more nationally recognized brands such as Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, EMS (Eastern Mountain Sport) as well as the Harvard Coop.
My place is about a 12 minute walk to the Red Line in Central Square. From the Red Line getting into Boston is a snap and once there you easily can make connections to other lines. There are buses that also service the area although not all of them run on weekends. The MBTA, our mass transit authority, has a Website that gives information about their services and a trip planner tab. In Cambridge it is best to plan to call a taxi and arrange to be picked up unless you are at one of our hotels like the Charles Hotel in Central Square or some of the ones near the Kendall Square area. Walking is a way of life in Cambridge. We also have Hubway bikes which is a bike rental service where you can pick up a bike in one place and leave it at another Hub way location. It is also possible to rent bikes if you plan to be here for a longer stay. Best way to the airport is either by subway (the Red Line from Central Square to South Station, then change to the Silver Line going to the airport) or by taxi. Uber and Lyft does service our area. Brattle Street Taxi at (phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden). Unless you are near one of the hotels in the area you will need to arrange ahead of time to be picked up. Cambridge taxis, Uber and Lyft all do this.
Other Things to Note
My place is located in mid-Cambridge, a primarily residential neighborhood. The location is close to Central, Harvard and Inman Squares. All of these locations and Massachusetts Avenue between Central and Harvard Squares offer a variety of restaurants and eating places. Food trucks are found at Broadway just north Harvard Yard. Nearest grocery is a Whole Foods at 115 Prospect Street, just before Harvard Street if you are walking north from Central Station. (website hidden) maps has the distance to my place from Central Square as .6 mi., Harvard Square .8 mi., Inman Square .4 mi., and Kendall Square MBTA station as 1.1mi. There are 1609 meters in 1 mile.
No smoking, no pets or unscheduled overnight visitors. Breakfast supplies are provided and served in the dining area- you are welcome to help yourself.
Elizabeth waited for us until night and provided a lot of great restaurants for night snacks. She was really thoughtful and hospitable. The house was clean and neat. We had a wonderful time during the stay and even expected to come again in the future.
Elizabeth was a wonderful host. Very helpful and friendly. The location is perfect for those who need to stay near Harvard. It's also only a short T ride to the center. The room was perfect. Spacious and comfortable. I'd stay here again!
I was unfamiliar with Boston so Elizabeth was very helpful in orienting me to the subway, bus, and ride sharing (Uber). I was the only guest, and I had my own large bedroom and private bath.
I was living abroad when I made the reservation and had troubles with time zones and credit card. Elizabeth was very helpful in getting all of this resolved.
This place is quiet, clean and about a mile from MIT. Nice place to stay.
Perfect location near Harvard Square, nice setup with private room and bath across the hall, and Elizabeth was very accommodating and welcoming. Had a great stay.
Liz war eine sehr sympathische Gastgeberin. Das Zimmer war gross, sauber und ich hatte ein kleines Bad für mich alleine. Der Weg zur Station Central ist ca. 15 Min. weg.
Room was clean and spacious. Elizabeth was a good host and very thorough when I arrived showing me round the house and explaining facilities I had access to. The space has a lot of stuff so I can understand why some of the previous reviews referred to it as cluttered. However it is clean, the bed comfortable and the bathroom is well stocked if you forget toiletries.
I needed parking which Elizabeth was able to offer at $10 per night. House was very conveniently located for walking to Harvard Square which is around 20mins away. It's easy to take public transport to the house but beware there is a walk of perhaps 15mins from nearest subway to the house (which may be a struggle depending on amount of luggage you have).
About the Host, Er
I reallly enjoy being in mid-Cambridge. Cambridge offers all sorts of choices from a variety of music, all sorts of really good eating and places to hang out along with the museums or just a great walk along the Charles River. Boston is easy to access on the Red Line which means Charles Street, the North End, the Haymarket and Newbury Street are moments away. I enjoy all of it.