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!
Please keep reasonably quiet!
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.
This studio is in a cool area of Boston called Mission Hill. It's surrounded by bars and places to eat. There's a light rail a 2 min walk away which takes you downtown and connects to other lines really easily. The apartment was clean and Sean was super helpful and clear. We had a great stay.
Staying here was great! It's clean and comfy. It had all I needed for my stay as well. Sean was easy to contact and he was very helpful! The place is one half of a block from the trains and busses and a block from convenience stores and restaurants. I would definitely ask to stay at Sean's again!
The space was great and at a great price. I was only in Boston for one night, and admittedly didn't spend a lot of time in the studio as I was meeting friends for dinner, and then up early in the morning to head home, but the location and price were just right for my needs and I look forward to renting it again.
Sean was attentive and always gave a timely response to my messages. The lock box instructions were easy to follow, and while I was concerned about parking, I easily found a spot just around the corner.
The place studio is nice and cozy but a little smaller than it appears. Sean made sure I know where the keys were kept and everything was in place when I reached.
The place is on the green line, took me 30 min from the south station via T.
Although we did not meet Sean he was always responsive to my txts and left clear instructions about access to the apartment.
The apartment is very central and has very good access to trains and buses. There are plenty of good cafes and eating places very close and a good supermarket is just down the road. The apartment is reasonably quiet at night but there is some noise from the nearby main road. This apartment is typical of student digs.
The apt is as described.
We stayed at Sean's on St Patrick's Day and it was exactly as described and pictured. He communicated well and made it very easy to check into his place. The bed was definitely bigger in the picture and quite comfortable. The apartment was incredibly quiet. Unfortunately even on the second floor, the T was very loud by about 5:30 in the morning. If you are sensitive to that sort of thing, you should bring earplugs. My significant other did and it was a little easier for him to sleep. We parked in a parking garage about a block down at the eye institute and it cost us $25 for the 24 hour stay. This place was a great little place to crash while staying in Boston. Thanks, Sean!
Sean was not at the location when I arrived despite having been called three times to alert him to the time of my arrival. The key was not in the lockbox. I waited in the cold rain for him to come with the key to let me in. Upon entering the studio the previous tenant's used sheets and towels were in a pile on the bed. Sean left me in the apartment while he went to the laundry in the basement to wash everything. It was a good hour from the time I initially arrived outside until I was able to occupy the space. It is, as I expected for the price, a spartan space, but it needs a thorough cleaning. Sticky table, dusty lamp, dirty soap dish. Sean warns of a leaky faucet in the bathroom, but it is more like a cascade of hot water pouring from the faucet. Sean is a very nice man, however, and will rectify these problems for the next occupants, I hope.
Cynthia is right, I am going to replace the faucet soon. The previous guests were extremely inconsiderate in not FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS (that i know they read) and putting the key back in the lockbox, which is one of the terms of being a guest. Inconsiderate guests are thankfully RARE, so it's rarely anything to worry about. Lockbox entry and flexible checkin/cleaning times are the ONLY way i can continue to offer an apartment at this price. This is exactly how I handle the laundry every time, no apologies for it. Sometimes before the arrival sometimes after. I have already explained in the listing information that 12PM is a FLEXIBLE arrival time. Getting the key does not mean the sheets have been changed yet. Like I said all of this is explained in the listing.
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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!