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.
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.
Small studio about the size of a bedroom with a bathroom. Reminded me of living in a college dorm. The price was the main selling point and the area around the studio was good. Plenty of places to eat nearby and close to a number of colleges as well as the train line. The building is quite old and the walls are thin. Might not be good for light sleepers as there is a bit of noise and the studio is near the subway.
Sean was nice and very easy to get a hold of for questions. The lockbox was easy to use. I arrived a bit early but was able to get in. Sean was by the place around 3 to clean up.
To sum it up, it's a good cheap place to sleep for a night or two on a budget. You'd have a hard time finding a place at this price in Boston.
Very accommodating. A friend and I needed a place to stay when we visited Boston for PAX East and Sean was flexible enough in his schedule that even with all the activity during the day we were able to get into the apartment without much trouble at all.
I hate to leave a negative review, but after many Airbnb experiences, this one left a bit to be desired. The entrance key was not left behind for me; the previous guests hadn’t left it as they should have, but the host hadn’t ensured it was there, which wasn't the best way to welcome a guest if anything goes wrong. In the end, I waited an hour and a half outside the building, to the point that neighbors offered to let me in and asked if I was ok. I would have gone for a coffee or lunch to avoid loitering, but Sean told me he was coming shortly. I had very little time to spend in Boston, and though Sean responded fairly quickly, he didn’t come for an hour. While Sean seemed like a nice, laid-back guy who tried to accommodate me and did apologize (a little), he seemed somewhat oblivious to the fact that this was kind of a big bummer and really threw my plans off. When I realized there was no key, I asked Sean to call me so we could sort it all that way quickly, but he only texted and sent Airbnb messages, which wasn’t easy to handle in the cold on my phone , and I guess that made me feel like he was avoiding a conversation, which would have been reassuring. Upon entering the apartment late in the afternoon with him once he arrived (3pm, check in was about 1pm), I can’t lie; the place was pretty dirty, had an odor, and at that point I was a bit exasperated. To Sean’s credit, after I returned in the evening and he had changed the sheets and cleaned, it was better. (Sorry! As someone else mentioned, I think the place needs a deep clean and a bit of maintenance to be truly ready for guests--I understand the apartment is old and I don't care about that a bit, but that doesn't mean it can't be cleaned and maintained in a caring way, and I would feel a bit bad renting a place in this shape. It looks rougher than the pictures.) On the plus side: the apartment was the perfect temperature, it's conveniently located by the green line, the kitchenette is useful, wifi was fine, and Sean was really nice to bring a bike over for me that I felt badly I couldn't use in the end due to limited time and more snow. I get that things happen, and this is one way to do an Airbnb rental (minimal maintenance and a full guest list based on a good city location), but I would have appreciated a little more, “Sorry once again about the big hiccup getting in, I really apologize for that and will look into a better system so it doesn’t happen again!,” instead of him inquiring whether I’d returned the key (of course I did after my experience! :) )-- that would have gone a long way.
In the end I think it everything was alright like Brittany says. It's been an awful winter with stuck locks, sticky keys, neverending salt everywhere. Basically this underscores why people need to READ (not brittany's fault --the previous guests) directions and DO what I say. I don't know how to offer a better located apartment in Boston for this kind of money. I think an hour is very reasonable "lockout" response time (i'm not charging after all..), also about half of that delay was getting the bike to Brittany (yes, moving a bike _by_ bike) that she said she wanted but didn't end up riding...sigh.
Really though, the fact that I came and fixed everything WAS the "ensuring" the key was there. I can't be in more than one part of town at the same time...\-:>
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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!