About This Listing
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, chair, chest, lamp, radio/speaker. Large (nearly) walk-in closet plus abundant storage in dormer enclosure.
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 Alewife 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 is available. 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. I made a mistake in my booking and Dennis provided with a place to sleep until the room was vacant.
I enjoyed the extra space to fit my bike trainer and train for 4-5 weeks preparing for a road bike race, which my team mate won due to my training intervals at Dennis's place. Thanks Dennis!
the parking place in Arlington is also a plus.
I enjoyed my conversation with Dennis about coffee, life, philosophy and Apple watch!
Great place, really friendly and helpful hosts. The room was exactly as described and perfect for us. Dennis was really helpful in helping us get to know the area and get around. Location is nice because there is parking but it is also close to buses, restaurants, etc. Great experience - if we head out that way again we may stay again!
I have stayed with Dennis for more than a month, and enjoyed my stay greatly. Dennis is an amazing and interesting person, and a very caring host. Accommodation is simple but very comfortable. The neighborhood is pleasant, and public transportation to Cambridge and Boston convenient.
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.
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About the Host, Dennis And Shirley
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.