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Unique find - a single family home with off street parking in Boston's hippest neighborhood! Your room with private bath is very serene and it's a short stroll to restaurants and public transportation. It's also an easy trip from the airport.

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Overlooking the garden and historic barn, the guestroom is very quiet.

Overlooking the garden and historic barn, the guestroom is very quiet.

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The Space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $50 / night after 2 guests
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Moderate


The Space

Stay in a wonderful Victorian farmhouse that offers rare tranquility right in Boston. The house may look quaint on the outside but the interior is completely remodeled in a contemporary style. It is set on a fenced 1/4 acre property in the midst of a beautiful garden on a very quiet two block street. The house has off street parking that can fit up to 5 cars as well as all the amenities you would expect of a great home. The first floor has a living room and an open floor plan kitchen/dining area. Your room is on the second floor overlooking the garden and barn. Your private bath is right across the hall. A second bedroom is available if you need it. You are only a 5 minute walk to the neighborhood center with great restaurants, coffee shops and the like. The nearby bus line and subway can take you directly to major museums and historic downtown in 15 minutes. The place is so quiet that you can hear crickets in the summer. It's sublime!

Guest Access

You're welcome to use the kitchen, dining room and outdoor spaces. My bedroom and living space is on a separate floor from yours.

Interaction with Guests

I work at home during the day but am often out for various reasons. I usually have engagements outside of the house on evenings and weekends. My dogs Lulu and Moses are part of the household and will greet you with enthusiasm. If you are interested in learning more about the city and would like me to take you to the local pub, I'm happy to if I'm available.

The Neighborhood

People want to live and visit Jamaica Plain because it has a hip vibe, is close to downtown, and has the most parks in the entire metropolitan area. My house sits at the foot of Sumner Hill which is filled with Victorian Mansions. It's fun to stroll around and imagine upper class life in the late 1800's. You can get a sense of what upper class life was like in the late 19th century. There is also a house dating from the 1700's on the main drag - Center Street. That's where the action is and it's only a 5 minute walk from my house. There, you find an organic grocery, great restaurants, and cool coffee shops. The Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park total over 500 acres of open space and are less than a 10 minute walk. They are part of the Emerald Necklace Greenway which was designed by Olmstead - who also designed Central Park. The wonderful lake, Jamaica Pond, is also nearby. Most of my guests love to take a walk or run in the Arboretum.
When you arrive, I'll give you a comprehensive list of neighborhood restaurants that will suit almost any taste.

Getting Around

Jamaica Plain is one of the most accessible neighborhoods to the historic sites and shopping areas. The subway, called the T, is a 7 minute walk from my house. I'm on the Orange Line, which will take you to the Back Bay shopping areas (10 minute ride) as well as to the "Freedom Trail" in 15 minutes. In fact, the Orange Line exit is in the Old State House where the Boston Massacre took place- a seminal event the War of Independence. The #39 bus to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum, Symphony Hall and the medical area is just a block away.
Upon your arrival, I'll provide written detailed directions on how to get around town.

Other Things to Note

Here's a short list of things to do and places to eat in Jamaica Plain. I'll also describe how to access other parts of town.

Center Street: It’s the commercial center of the neighborhood. It has several good restaurants, which I’ll list below. Turn right out of my driveway and left at the end of the block (Carolina). Walk to the light and turn right. The center of town is a 5 minute walk.
Arnold Arboretum: Part of Olmstead’s “Emerald Necklace,” it is managed by Harvard. It’s a wonderful place to walk. Go straight at the light by the Harvest and walk a couple of blocks. At the end of the street, you can see the Arboretum across the (website hidden) Pond: Walk to town and turn left up Burroughs by Bukhara Indian restaurant. The Pond is at the end of Burroughs. You’ll need to go right to the light at Pond Street to cross the Jamaicaway. You can come back on Pond Street. Jamaica Pond was the sole water source for Boston for many (website hidden) Restaurants: They are listed as you walk down Center Street.
Fiore’s Bakery: by the Harvest.
VeeVee: On the same side of the street as Fiore’s. Pass by the Monument and it will be on your (website hidden) Seafood: Sushi, etc. – on the right side of Center Street near VeeVee.
Costello’s: On left, for burgers, etc.
Ghazal: Good Indian Food, Noodle Barn: Self-explanatory
Wonderspice: Thai/Cambodian
Center Street Café: Excellent, but expensive, haute Italian
Purple Cactus: For burritos, etc.
City Feed: Good breakfast sandwiches
Canto Six: Best croissants in Boston! Go to Carolina and turn right. Go to Amory Street and turn left. Walk to the Green Street T and turn right on Green. There’s a new café there. Go one block and you’ll see the bakery.
A further walk down Center Street (past the Post Office)
Grass Fed: organic burgers and good fries
Ten Tables: You’ll need a reservation unless you (email hidden)
Oriental de Cuba: Cuban sandwiches about 5 minutes from Ten Tables on the right side of the street
Sorella’s: Great breakfast place on the same side of the street as Oriental and about 5 minutes from there.
James’ Gate: turn left out of my driveway and walk to the end of Lee Street. Turn right and walk to the end of that street (McBride). The pub will be on your left. It’s authentic (owned by an Irishman) and has good food.
Doyle’s: Go to Carolina and turn right. Cross the T tracks and walk to the light. Doyle’s is across the street. It’s a famous Boston watering hole. The food is so -so but the ambience is pure Boston.
Sam Adam’s Brewery: Walk down Amory past the Green Street T. The Brewery complex is about a 10 minute walk. Follow the signs for the tour. You can get good pizza, etc. at Bella Luna which is in the Brewery complex as well.

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House Rules

You may come and go as you please. No smoking is allowed in the house.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Fire Extinguisher

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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