We call this the black and white room. Two new twin beds with comfortable mattress pads and comforters. Complete privacy as room is on a separate upper floor of house with its own half-bath and mini-fridge. Washer and dryer is easily available on this floor as well. A/C can be ready to use if you like.
Furnishings consist of desk, six draw chest, two lamps, two chairs and mirror. Large (nearly) walk-in closet plus abundant storage in dormer enclosure.
Enjoy use of front and back porches. Experience fantastic views of sunsets from the back porch enjoying the icicle lights and view of back garden and wooded area.
Location is walking distance from public transportation, restaurants and shops. Harvard Square is a 15-minute bus ride away and Davis Square is a 20-minute walk. Boston is reached through either Porter Square or Alwife T Stations via Mass Ave bus ride
We provide WiFi, use of kitchen and back porch and garden. Enjoy your morning coffee outside watching the squirrels and birds and smelling the flowers. Coffee and light breakfast are provided. One parking space is available in the driveway.
Front and Back outer doors must be secured to prevent our Husky, Chloe, from running off. Also, consideration is key for use of the shared bathrooms.
Dennis is a great host, easy to talk to, who helped me move my bags up three flights of stairs and took care of my cats while I traveled elsewhere. The room was clean, well furnished, and I enjoyed how it looked out to the sunrise every morning. Lastly, having access to a washer/dryer right across the hall was great.
The best part about our stay was the host- Dennis. He was very friendly and accomodating. We wanted to leave our bags a day in advance before we checked in and he graciously accepted our request.
He was very receptive to feedback and quickly provided us anything we needed from screwdriver to matchstick. He let us join the two twin beds because we were travelling with our baby.
House is very close to bus stops so traveling to Cambridge was easy. Also there is a mexican restaurant 10 steps away and grocery store at 5 minutes walk. A beautiful lake called spy pond is just 5 minutes walk for nature lovers. So life at this home was easy.
I am very scared of dogs but Dennis helped me learn how to interact with his dog, which was really nice of him. The best part about our stay was Dennis.He is a wonderful host.
There were only two issues with our room-
1. The floor was very squeaky and any movement or walk would make squeaky noises.
2. While the whole house has insulation,only this room is not well insulated. So it was very cold.
For the above two reasons, i thought we paid more.
Dennis is a great host, and the room is as advertised. I stayed here for two weeks while doing research at Harvard, and it was an affordable and convenient (right along the 77 bus route) place to crash at night. The neighborhood is quiet; the room is private. The fridge and microwave in the room were great additions, helping me keep my costs down (and consumption of microwave pizzas up). The internet was super fast! A big plus for me. The toilet and sink upstairs was very handy, and I never had a problem accessing the downstairs shower. Though basic, if you are looking for a quiet, safe place to sleep at night, a friendly host, and easy bus access to Cambridge and/or Boston, then I'd recommend it.
Dennis was very welcoming (we are two people and two dogs) - as soon as we arrived he was showing us around the place and inviting us to the dog park, but without being pushy or invasive. He is a very warm and friendly man with a light heart and a good sense of humour. We always felt comfortable using the house - kitchen, porch patio, you name it. He graciously helped us rearrange the beds in the room to make a double rather than two twins, and the room has it's own mini fridge, which was great. The bed was comfortable.
The room was adequate, and the private 1/2 bath was nice, though a somewhat interesting setup - essentially a toilet and a sink in a carpeted attic along with mattress storage and laundry machine that the whole household used.
The other airbnb guests were very friendly, although one of them was afraid of our (friendly) dogs, so we were not able to use the space as freely as we would have liked. Dennis was very reasonable about the whole situation though, and there was no discomfort. It would be worth asking about the other guests if you are planning to bring your dogs.
Tandem parking was new to us and a little awkward, but never downright inconvenient.
The neighbourhood is great - out of the hustle and bustle, and walking distance from a movie theatre, a croissant bakery, and Whole Foods.
Dennis was a great host, made me feel welcome and at home. The house was well kept and was private enough for someone like me who mostly keeps to themselves. The neighborhood was quiet but close enough to public transit that getting back to the city wasn't a problem. I had many great conversations with Dennis and the dog was an absolute sweetie. I would absolutely stay with Dennis again.
Dennis was a great host and was very accommodating when my reservation needs changed unexpectedly. Very friendly and wants all guests to feel at home. A great place to stay if you need to bring your pet with you like I did.
I stayed here for a month when I was doing a medical school rotation in Boston and was pleased with the experience. The room was nicely furnished and, even with a heat wave early in my stay, stayed cool enough with the A/C. The only thing is that if you have a lot of electronics, it might not be ideal, as outlet space is limited. That said, I could plug in my computer, phone charger, and electric kettle without a problem. The room is very quiet, even with people hanging out in the living room downstairs--this was a major plus for me as I had a fair amount of studying. The half bath is in the unfinished part of the attic, which may take some people some getting used to, but the attic is well-kept and clean (washer and dryer are up there). The kitchen has everything you need. The parking situation is a little tight, but Dennis is very on top of making sure you can get out when you need to--I had to leave around seven every morning and never had a problem getting my car out. Also, the fact that it's pet-friendly was a major plus because I could bring my cat. Only downside is that it is rather expensive, but the price does seem in keeping with sublets in the greater Boston area.
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Dennis is physically active, semi-retired teacher, participating in current event forums, philosophy clubs and mythological study groups. Interests in tennis, yoga and meditation. Originally from the Chicago area, have lived on the east coast as well, lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years.
Enjoy music from Leonard Cohen to Jack White, now listening to Black Keys, Tom Petty and Sachal Studios Orchestra - Take Five. Have seen 93 of AFI Top 100 movies. Favorite Authors in Science Fiction: Charles Stross, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. LeGuin. Currently investigating healthy mediterranean cuisine.
Shirley is retired Human Resources Manager having served for more than twenty years in such well-known firms like TWA, USF and KTSF as well as stints in the Silicon Valley world with Hyperion, Slipnet and Everex. Other interests include travel to Europe to make documentary films on Celtic mythology, facilitating the Game of Transformation and researching the teachings of the Sophists and the Druids with the idea of creating workshops and writing a book.
Shirley is originally from England and remembers her mother starting the family tradition of opening her home to others. A member of W5, an intentional women’s’ hosting group, Shirley is an experienced B and B hostess who is ready to chat about current events or create a special English breakfast experience for her guests.
Her current passion is a new project she has created with her partner¬¬––Metis Game. The project is a game-based learning experience to enhance awareness skills and teach participants how to apply what they learn in the world.
For relaxation she enjoys watching British thriller series like MI5, going to La Costanera, her favorite restaurant on the coast in Montara, and creating candlelight dinners for friends.
Participating in international guest exchange programs in the last year, we've hosted folks from Australia, Switzerland, France and the UK.