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. 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.
Elizabeth was very welcoming and helpful. It was a pretty neighbourhood with good access to subway, buses and short walking distance to a variety of dining places and shops. Short bus ride to MIT or walk to Harvard. I stayed three nights and had time to relax and had 3 good nights sleep.
Elizabeth was a very gracious and welcoming host. Because I was attending a conference, I didn't have an opportunity to interact with her beyond the initial evening, but I was very pleased with my reception. The room is cozy and quiet, with a comfortable bed that allowed me to sleep well and wake refreshed. The bathroom was spotless. I had access to the living room and the kitchen, which I used only once for a snack, but it was fine. The location is wonderful -- easy walking to Central Square and Harvard Square in an attractive neighborhood. I definitely would stay at Hancock on the Corner again during a visit to Cambridge, and I recommend it gladly.
Elizabeth was very helpful and friendly. She offered good suggestions and even showed us a magazine article on a performance we were attending in Boston. It's also a terrific location - only a ten-minute walk from the Central Square stop on the Red Line. We enjoyed our stay.
I had a very pleasant time staying at this residence. Elizabeth was exceptionally friendly and very helpful with directions, restaurant suggestions, and information about the area. The house is conveniently located close to the subway, and I walked to Harvard each of the mornings during my stay. I would definitely recommend this as a home base for a trip to the Cambridge/Boston area.
Great location close to Harvard Square and Elizabeth was very friendly and helpful.
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 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.