Apartment now has permanent, hi-speed cable internet with easy WiFi access!
Small studio in Brigham Circle, short walk to Harvard Medical, Dental and Public Health schools, and one block further to MassArt, the Fenway and the Museum of Fine Arts. There is good pizza, good halal/indian food, multiple good pubs, a stop and shop, barbers/stylists, drug stores all within a block.
Just steps from Green line trolley stop (Fenwood Rd./ Green line E) to Downtown and everywhere in between! (less than 10 mins train ride to downtown.)
The apartment compactly sleeps 2. Groups of 2 of all ages have stayed at the apartment and have enjoyed their stay. A few times, 3 budget strapped students have stayed there and apparently gotten sleep-- that's a squeeze! *Update* The bed is a full as people said --and it has been for months but now once again has a frame and is now well above the floor (-; (July '14). If you have specific mattress preferences, I can give you an idea of whether it will work for you before booking--just ask.
tiled bath with real tub, hardwood floors, windows overlooking street, high ceiling in the room, and mini-kitchenette (half stovetop, fridge, toaster over, microwave, sink & cabinets).
Fresh towels and sheets upon your arrival.
At one time I used the space as studio for drawing, and architecture work, so one wall is decorated with architectural drawings and the like: easy on the eyes but also interesting to look at.
I don't these days use the apartment for work, except in a passing way while waiting for guests to arrive.. so the table is cleared off for guest use.
Also, we live a couple miles away (a 13 minute bike ride!), so days that are booked I won't need to stay there, but am most of the time within a couple of miles should you need me.
Now that I have an internet connection for you to share, it's not so necessary, but I can also direct you to where Wifi spots and cafes are located nearby, and elsewhere in Boston (The new in 2012 GreenTCafe around the block, JP Licks, the local ice cream chain foremost among them, a block inbound on Huntington below the Stop and Shop grocery).
Use of any cereal, milk, and coffee, tea are included, as well as the refrigerator, toaster oven and stovetop, etc. There is also an iron for your clothes and hangers in the closet.
The hallway of the building, the apartment, backyard and the laundry room in the next door basement.
Interaction with Guests
I am sometimes around for check in, but more frequently it's a self-check in type of experience. I really enjoy meeting guests in person when I can!
The "E" green line is RIGHT around the corner, providing quick access to Fenway, Symphony, Back Bay and Downtown. 66 bus to Harvard Yard/Sq. and 39 to Jamaica plain with no transfers!
Never any smoking of any kind in the apartment or building!
DO NOT buzz apartments trying to get in! Especially do not annoy Norman in apt. 104, he's a nice war vet, but likes peace and quiet.
DO NOT ask anyone how to find the lockbox or how to get into it or share the code.
DO NOT mention airbnb to anyone around the building.
Sheets, towels and other cleaning are done by me. I do these things at different times. Always before dinner time (or before you arrive it's a really late arrival). Probably before 3pm, during the school year at about 1pm usually. In the dead of winter, esp. if there is a lot of snow there may be delays. If you have really specific needs, you should speak up ahead of time.
Try to sort out recycling, take out recycling/ trash to the alley bins if you can. Do not leave trash laying around, especially outside.
Please communicate, communicate, communicate. Ask questions! That's the main rule. I am flexible and the apartment can be as well. Most likely, I'll be happy to accommodate your needs and make you happy in return!
Please keep quiet while in the apartment, don't slam doors, "indoor voices". It's a small building with a lot of occupants. Thank you.
the listing was accurate and the area was perfect right near public transport so it was easy to get around the city
It was a pleasant stay. Cute small studio, well equipped kitchen. Great location for my overnight trip. Internet was speedy which was great. Coffee/breakfast place around the corner was really good. Sean was really responsive and accommodating-I had a very pleasant experience.
While affordable, you will make concessions stay in this studio. The bathroom needs a deep cleaning. The sink needs repair (it drips and previous guests have Macgyver'd a sponge to dampen the noise). The beautiful looking drafting table wasn't there when I stayed. The host interrupted me in the middle of my stay and asked if I wanted clean sheets... I would have appreciated a message beforehand that he would not have an opportunity to clean the studio before my arrival, and to expect him.
Timing of sheets and cleaning is explained in the house rules and all of that. It's necessary to read all the instructions to know what to expect. The table is there, drafting board not. It turned out most people needed a table to eat/ use laptop/ work at and not to draft orthographic drawings like I once did there (-:
As advertised. Nice little place in a good area. Nothing to complain about!
The neighborhood surrounding this apartment is filled with restaurants, bars, cafe's etc. You won't have a hard time finding stuff to do, although I did find prices to be fairly expensive. Even in the extreme cold and snow, there were always people out, which I liked. Reminded me of college. The room itself was just as described and was good enough for me and my girlfriend to crash. Well worth the price and recommend for someone low maintenance just looking for a cheap place to stay.
Sean was very hospitable due to my unforeseeable circumstance after my flight was canceled. His studio is an excellent choice for a quick one night stay and his communication throughout the time was excellent.
Room was great. Sean was an extremely welcoming host...he even went downstairs and did the laundry and handed me nice, clean, toasty sheets...def will go through him again.
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I have been hosting people from all over the world through Airbnb for more than three years now and have really enjoyed the experience. Chatting with guests upon check in lets me not only tell them what a great city Boston is and how much it has to offer but to also listen to stories of where they live or have been to. That's what makes Airbnb such a great community builder in my mind - connecting people from all parts and walks of life.
Just like all of the travelers that I've hosted, I am a traveler myself - having been to a number of countries in Central Asia, Europe, and lived for a time in Micronesia. Each time I travel, I make sure to find a local connection to tell me about places off the beaten path that a tourist guide might miss, and if all else fails - I just enjoy seeing where my feet (or a local bus/train/subway) take me. So if you're looking for the best Ethiopian food in Boston or a little known museum (a whole room of the most realistic glass flowers hand blown in the 19th century), I can definitely point you in the right direction.
Speaking of directions, I bike a LOT around town and would be happy to provide a bike when you stay at either of my places. Boston may have a great (oldest in North America) subway system, but sometimes it's just nice to get on a bike and see where the next street takes you!
What keeps me not only travelling on Airbnb but also hosting are the notes that I frequently get, letting me know what a great time someone had or how much they enjoyed visiting a part of city I mentioned to them. These notes always put a smile on my face and leave me knowing that I have made someone's visit memorable!