About This Listing
Your own floor & entrance, 1 1/2 private baths. Washer/dryer in unit.
3 level, 2200 sq ft. new & modern townhouse in Boston's Adam's Village neighborhood, on Red Line subway by Ashmont Station.
3rd guest bedroom available for addl $50/night.
Your own floor, own entrance, own private bathroom. Washer/dryer in unit. Red Line Ashmont subway station.
3 level, new & modern townhouse in Boston's Adam's Village neighborhood, on Red Line subway.
Central air (and heat) that works really well, even in the worst Boston heat.
There are 2 bedrooms available on their own floor (see below if you need space for more than 4 people or you need a 3rd bedroom), along with your own 2 bathrooms. The bedrooms can be accessed through the main townhouse entrance and they also have their own private entrance from the backyard.
The 2200 square foot (200 square meters) townhouse is on 3 floors. The 2 bedrooms available are on lower level which you can get to through the main entrance or from the backyard. You have your own private half bath half flight up. There are an additional 2 full baths on the top level. One of these is in my master bedroom, and the other is for your use.
So...in summary...you get 2 adjacent bedrooms on the 1st level, exclusive use of half bath (between Level 1 & 2), and complete use of full bathroom on Level 3.
Given that the townhouse has 2200 square feet (205 sq meters), and is on 3 levels, it is quite comfortable and spacious for guests, as well as offering a great deal of privacy with multiple rooms and your own bathrooms. And you have your own entrance should you choose not to use the main house entrance. Your bedrooms are on Level 1; mine are on Level 3. On Level 2 (the main floor) is the open kitchen/living room/dining room. Guests have reasonable access to the kitchen and occasional use of the living room. The bedrooms are quite large and have queen beds, dressers, desks, shelves, end tables, and hi def TVs with cable (including on-demand), Netflix and WiFi.
I am on the 3rd level, with my bedroom, my spare rooms, and 1 additional spare bedroom.
3rd bedroom available. The spare bedroom on the 3rd floor has a full size bed and a twin, and although I normally don't rent it as it is on the same top floor as my bedroom, let me know if you need either a 3rd bedroom or have more than 4 guests. (should the needs of your party require a 3rd bedroom) and I'll try to accommodate you.
Being on the Red Line subway makes most of Boston & Cambridge very easy to get to...(Shawmut and Ashmont stations are the stations near me, both equidistant). The Red Line has frequent service, and downtown Boston is 15 to 25 minutes depending on where. Cambridge is another 5 to 8 minutes.
South Station (rail & bus station), 16 minutes by Red Line.
Downtown Crossing Station (main stop for downtown) 18 min.
Mass General (Charles St./MGH Station): 23 minutes
MIT (Kendall Sq./MIT Station) 25 minutes
Harvard Square Station, 31 minutes
For those needing to travel to the Longwood Medical Area, you can take the Red Line (near me, either Ashmont or Shawmut Stations) 12 minutes to the JFK/UMass Station, where there is a free and frequent shuttle bus to the Longwood Medical Area (about 20 minutes, depending on your stop in the huge Longwood area). Realistically, if you are commuting to Longwood, you should allow 45 minutes door-to-door by public transit. Longwood isn't far, but public transit there isn't super fast; driving is about 25 minutes in traffic.
Getting from the airport is super convenient and FREE by public transit. There is a "Silver Line" electric high-capacity bus that stops curbside at each terminal and goes directly to South Station in Boston where you have a free transfer below ground to the aforementioned Red Line.
In addition to reliable public transit, there is off street parking for those who are driving.
The townhouse has central air conditioning, outdoor deck and a small yard, washer/dryer and dishwasher, all of which are available to you.
The basic food supplies are included (coffee, milk, cereal, etc.) and you are welcome to purchase food and use the fridge, as well as order food delivery. A large supermarket in within walking distance and there is a smaller convenience store across the street. The kitchen is available primarily for breakfast and light use for snacking, microwaving. No major cooking, please.
Price is $125 for 1, on your own floor w/private bath; $25 for extra person (you can share the bedroom or each have your own bedroom, as there are 2 bedrooms on your floor). You also have your own half bath and full bath. (I have my own bath, so there are 2 1/2 baths total, you get 1 1/2 for yourself).
If you are booking just 1 room (whether a single traveler or 2 in the same room) I do not rent the other room. You will have the lower level to yourselves. I never book multiple parties at the same time even if there is an available room.
2 fully furnished bedrooms; backyard and deck space, both bathrooms (1 full bath, 1 half bath; both of these are for exclusive use of guests; I have my own bathroom in my master bedroom, so no one is sharing your 1 1/2 baths).
Interaction with Guests
I'm always available to help, I know Boston well. Some guests have daily interactions, others I hardly see at all. Depends on our schedules and your preference.
Nice houses, close to Ashmont & Shawmut T, safe. Traditionally very Irish, and working class, it is still, to a great extent, heavily Irish, atlhough as has happened in almost all neighborhoods in Boston, become gentrified, as people struggle to find affordable housing in Boston's pricey real estate market. Restaurants, retail, health clubs are sprouting up all over the neighborhood. Boston Sports Club just opened a new location down the street in Adams Village.
The very reliable and frequently running Red Line Subway is just under a 10 minute walk (Ashmont Station). In addition there is a bus directly in front of my house which goes to Fields Corner (also on the Red Line, which is a convenient alternative if you don't want to walk to Ashmont or if the weather is bad). Personally, I just always walk to Ashmont, and I'm on the platform in under 15 minutes from the minute I leave my front door.
Cabs service in Boston is not very reliable and not easy to find in many locations except for the airport, train stations, and some subway stations. I highly Uber for anyone who would otherwise think of using a taxi. Poor taxi service in Boston has caused me to miss flights on 2 separate occasions.
Other Things to Note
The townhouse is new, nice, spacious, far off the street so is very quiet for the city, mostly faces south & west so have lots of natural light.
I do have Internet access and cable, although Fox News is not available on any of the sets. Those who watch Fox News regularly may wish to consider alternative accommodations (although I think you should be able to get their programs via Internet streaming).
There is a Boston GoCard that provides discounts on dozens of the top tourist locations & activities...it is really quite extensive. Not necessarily cheap, but if you use a lot of them, it can be both a big money saver as well as a great tool for planning your stay in Boston. I was very surprised at the number of things included; not just museums but some of the costlier attractions, such as ferries on Cape Code, etc., etc., Check it out at: (website hidden)_d_Bos-p1.html?pass=Bos_Prod_Go or (website hidden) "Go Boston Card."
Nothing out of the ordinary...the basic (email hidden)ing reasonably neat and tidy, cleaning up in the kitchen after using (there is a dishwasher); absolutely NO SMOKING in apartment or deck.
Kitchen is available for breakfast and light use at other times. Please no cooking or preparing of dinner. Snacking is fine, as is storing items in the refrigerator.
I'm insensitive to noise, so there is no need to tip-toe. Plus we are 2 floors apart, you likely won't be hearing me either.
I do request that guest be tidy and clean, i.e. dishes not left overnight, etc. I do have a housekeeper a couple of times a month to handle the big stuff.
Guests can have breakfast at the dining room table, at the kitchen counter bar, or on the sofa facing the television.
Bill is an excellent host, his home is exactly as described, all you needed he provided. Great communication!. His home is close to public transport and downtown, He even provided a healthy breakfast daily and dropped me off at the airport on the way out of town. He was extremely accommodating and would recommend anyone to stay at Bill's place.
Bill was an excellent host, very serviceminded and gave us good advice about what to see in Boston. The house was nice, clean and modern and we had a fantastic stay. We will stay at Bills if we come to Boston one more time.
Staying at Bill's place was very memorable. Bill is a very knowledgeable and generous host. He provided guidance on transportation around Boston and things to do. He even went out of his way to take us to the Kennedy Library - something that should not be missed. He stocked the refrigerator with healthy breakfast items which was appreciated. The space was better than described and very neat. It is close to the T and safe for walking. There are good and affordable restaurants nearby. I would definitely recommend a stay with Bill for a real Boston neighborhood experience.
Everything worked out good and was as described. Bill was very welcoming, stayed in touch and provided a lot of information. There was a good place to park our car. Not sure if bathroom location was in description, full bath was located two floors up from bedrooms, but was not a problem for us. Overall very good experience.
I did have another guest who also had a minor concern that the 2nd bath (the full bath) was 1 1/2 flights above the main level and 2 flights up from the guest rooms. I will make it more explicit in my description and will be sure to reiterate this with other people booking. It was a good suggestion, especially for any potential guest who may have limited mobility.
The ad current states "The 2200 square foot (200 square meters) townhouse is on 3 floors. The 2 bedrooms available are on lower level which you can get to through the main entrance or from the backyard. You have your own private half bath half flight up. There are an additional 2 full baths on the top level. One of these is in my master bedroom, and the other is for your use."
In retrospect, it makes clear sense to me and I know the layout, but I can easily see that it isn't made completely clear.
My sister and I stayed with Bill for 5 nights and found the apartment very comfortable, quiet, and well-appointed. The location near the Ashmont Red Line station was fine for those who don't mind a short walk (we were also lucky enough to have good weather). Best of all were Bill's very careful and precise instructions and helpful notes; he made sure we had everything we needed and more, and was far more knowledgeable about traveling around Boston on a budget than most hotel concierges!
Bill was a great host. The rooms were clean, snacks and muffins were provided for breakfast, and he even gave us a ride to the T station when he was headed out at the same time. The house is conveniently located to a T station and Adams Village if you're looking to get some dinner. I would definitely stay here again.
Bill was the perfect host! He went over an above to make sure that our stay was pleasant and comfortable. The accommodations were just as described, and were perfect for us--my husband and I stayed 4 nights, and our adult daughter joined us for 2 of the nights. Bill helped us find food, transportation (and even dropped us off at the T one day when he was on his way out about the same time we were leaving!) and was pleasant and helpful throughout our stay. The T is about a 12 minute walk away, and it's easy to get wherever you need to go. We ate at a great Italian place right by the T, and there were plenty of other restaurants nearby. Great place & great host--thanks!
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About the Host, Bill
I'm Bill, a working professional (public high school teacher) currently living by myself in a 3 floor, 3 bath, 4 bedroom apartment. Having traveled much of the world for business & pleasure, I've been at the extremes, sleeping on rocks when I got kicked off a French train in the middle of nowhere, to 1st class airtravel & 5 star hotels during the heyday of the Internet boom. Now I'm teaching public high school, so you can safely assume my travel style is very middle-of-the-road these days.
As a host I can be an active, involved host, or just the provider and clean, safe, nice, and convenient accommodations for those visiting Boston. I work long hours during the school year and travel freely over the summer.