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. 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. Please understand that this bath is not attached to the room.
Harvard and Central Squares and MBTA Red Line station stops are both 10-15 minutes walks. 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 residential parking. Only Sundays are non-residents not ticketed in the area in which I live.
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. Any use of the fireplace must be handled by me. (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. More often then not, I am here. There are occasions when I am not. I try always to be available to guests by telephone or text and am happy to come by if assistance is needed. If guests do need assistance I am more than happy to help. 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.
My neighborhood in mid-Cambridge is primarily residential, 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 abut 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. 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-know coffee place at 1369 Cambridge Street and Dwelltime that is about one and a half blocks aways on Broadway. 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.
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 a 10 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. We also have buses. 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 Hub way 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. Our area does have Uber ride if you have been using that service.
No smoking, no pets or unscheduled overnight visitors. Breakfast supplies are provided and served in the dining area- you are welcome to help yourself.
Great location close to Harvard Square and Elizabeth was very friendly and helpful.
Upon arrival Elizabeth was quick to give me a thorough tour of the home and make sure that ever question and request was answered. I couldn't have asked for a more welcoming host.
Great location, and comfortable room. Er was a good host. I hope to stay there again sometime.
Elizabeth provided helpful information ahead of and during my visit. The room and bathroom were both very clean and comfortable. The street and neighborhood are very charming, and both Central Square and Harvard Square are within reasonable walking distance. The common areas are very cluttered, which wasn't a problem for me since I only spent my sleeping hours there.
Elizabeth was a very kind and helpful host. I booked the room for my grandfather to stay in, and she was was very helpful in providing clear instructions as to how to get to the house, how to get in after hours, etc. The bedroom was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was also clean and despite the small inconvenience of the shower head not producing enough water pressure (which Elizabeth fixed the same day that my grandfather mentioned it to her!), it was a lovely stay overall. Elizabeth was a responsive host who was flexible when it came to our traveling schedule. Quite a great experience overall!
The next best thing about Hancock at the Corner has to be Elizabeth and her willingness to be helpful. She is extremely nice and accommodating. And the reason I say she is "the next best thing" is because of the proverbial triad: location, location, location. Elizabeth's place is superbly situated for anyone wishing to explore Cambridge and Boston, particularly if walking or riding the T.
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 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.