About this listing
Come stay with a friendly, middle-aged guy in the safe and quiet Roslindale neighborhood of Boston. You will have you own clean, furnished room (with cable TV, Wi-Fi, and a desk to work at) in an apartment that is filled with Mexican folk art.
Your room features a very comfortable bed with a size "full" mattress. This room is adjacent to the shared bathroom, which is right next to the kitchen.
This is a well-maintained two-family house built in the 1920s. My apartment is on the second floor. This is a pet and smoke-free apartment.
PRICE: Price includes ALL utilities (heat, electricity, Wi-Fi, cable TV, air conditioner), parking in street, and use of back yard. NO SMOKING indoors or outside. This is a room for one person, only. Note that the bed is a size "Full" mattress, not a Queen or a King.
The price listed is for one person. The supplement for a second person is $20 a night. I offer discounted rates for stays of one week or longer.
Guests get free coffee and a slice or two of my homemade banana or zucchini bread in the morning. It's not a full breakfast, but it will get your day started on the right track.
YOUR ROOM: Measures 12.5 by 11.5 feet. It has 2 windows, side-by side on one wall, looking out onto the back yard. Walls are painted, light green color, with white trim. Room has a closet. The room is fully furnished with an 8 x 10 wool rug, and a nice bureau, a new, wood-frame, full-size bed, cable TV, and a desk and chair, window air conditioner. Apartment has a Wi-Fi connection for your laptop.
THE APARTMENT: The apartment is very well maintained, with freshly-painted walls, newly-refinished hardwood floors, and some original, natural wood detailing. It is on the second floor of a two-family home, and gets lots of nice sunshine. The apartment has an eat-in kitchen, a gas stove, big refrigerator. The kitchen floor is tile. The bathroom is shared. It has a big bathtub and a good shower. Outside, there is a small front porch overlooking the quiet street, and a large yard in the back. A clothes washer & dryer are in basement. You can wash clothes at no charge.
I am living in the apartment during your stay, and I work from home, so I'm there most of the time.
Guests are welcome to use the kitchen and all cooking utensils, refrigerator, etc. I have a gas stove, toaster oven, microwave, convection oven and a pressure cooker! I have a backyard garden, so if you are here during August and September, be prepared for tomatoes and cucumbers!
In addition to your personal room, you can also use the living room which includes a 32-inch HDTV with an Apple TV connection. The bathroom, adjacent to your room, is shared. The only room that is off limits is my bedroom on the opposite side of the apartment.
I have a clothes washer and dryer in the basement for your use.
Interaction with Guests
ABOUT ME: I'm a laid-back, friendly, unmarried guy. I work from home, spending a lot of time on the computer. I have an website that sells handmade things from Mexico. It is called "Viva Oaxaca Folk Art." You will see lots of folk art in the apartment. I also run websites for other small companies.
I don’t smoke, don’t have overnight guests. I keep regular hours, am friendly, considerate and quiet.
I am one of the original Boston AIRBNB hosts, having signed-up with them in 2008. I am a big traveler myself, and I love hearing stories of where guests have been or where they are heading to next.
The LOCATION: Roslindale is a safe and diverse Boston neighborhood located between Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. This apartment is on Ardale Street, a quiet side street off Centre Street. This is about one-half mile from Faulkner Hospital, walking distance to the renowned Arnold Arboretum park (look for it on (website hidden)), and about 20-minute drive to the Longwood Medical Center area. I have easy, restriction-free, on-street parking here, and a back yard. Just one block from the house, there is a 7-11 convenience store, a dry-cleaner, a Mexican restaurant, a pizza parlor, a popular sports bar and grill (similar to an Irish Pub), and another restaurant for breakfast and lunch.
The house is located 1/2 mile from Roslindale Square where you will find more restaurants, 4 bakeries, the public library and the post office. There is a superb farmers market here every Saturday. The fast-train to downtown Boston stops there, too.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: From the house, quick public transportation to Forest Hills station (Orange Line and Commuter Rail) is via two nearby MBTA bus lines. The #38 bus stops one-half block away, and takes you past the Faulkner, then to Jamaica Plain and Forest Hills. The #51 bus stops one block away, and goes a more direct route to Forest Hills. (The bus also goes to Cleveland Circle in Brookline.) Between the two bus lines, there is a bus that stops here every 15 minutes or so on weekdays; but no service on Sunday. ALSO, the apartment is just 1/2 mile walk to the Roslindale Village MBTA commuter rail stop, Needham Line. The train takes you to Ruggles Station at Northeastern Univ., to Back Bay station and to South Station in downtown Boston, in about 15 minutes time. There are more city busses, running 7 days a week, from this MBTA rail station. You can also pick up ZIP Cars there.
GETTING HERE FROM LOGAN AIRPORT: By public transportation: You take the free shuttle bus at the airport that brings you to the MBTA subway train "Blue Line" AIRPORT station. Take the train in the "Inbound" direction to the STATE Station stop. Change there to the "Orange Line" train going in the direction of Forest Hills station. At Forest Hills, the last stop on the Orange Line, a cab ride to the house will cost about $9. Or you can call me when you are on the way, and I can pick you up at Forest Hills. The station is about 1.5 miles (2 kilometers) from my house.
BY TAXI from the airport to the house will cost about $45. Tell the driver that you are going to the "Roslindale" neighborhood of Boston.
Other Things to Note
I am in a scenic part of Boston with a couple big parks nearby, and Jamaica Pond, where you can rent a sail boat or jog the paved perimeter path, within a mile away.
Here is a clue to my personality: Favorite singers are Judy Collins, Ari Hest, Miguel Bose and the British rock band, James.
My top favorite places to travel to are Oaxaca, Mexico and Budapest, Hungary. In years gone by, I have had repeated trips to Paris and to Tunisia, also.
These days I am mostly home, spending a lot of time in front of my iMac, writing copy, filling orders or coding for websites.
I encourage you to use my kitchen, cooking and laundry facilities. There is no additional charge to use the washer/dryer in the basement.
No smoking, inside or outside. Come home as late as you want. If you come home stumbling drunk, it's OK the first time. If you do it again, you'll get a lecture. (Just so you know . . . )
Phil was a great host, accommodating and friendly without being intrusive. He provides a beautiful apartment in a great neighborhood steps from the arboretum. Great trip.
Phil was an excellent host. The room and apartment were well appointed and very comfortable. I very much enjoyed chatting with Phil about his travels and day to day life and his expertise about Boston (as a native) was invaluable to my housing search. This was my first Airbnb experience and Phil has set the bar very high. He was also kind and flexible when my plans changed. I would definitely recommend staying with Phil for those headed to Boston, particularly by car, as his street offers ample parking and quick access to local arteries.
Room is very clean, space is adequate, host is very entertaining and welcoming, nice neighborhood, would definitely come back
I was at Phil's place for 2 weeks for a short work assignment. Staying here was convenient with ample street parking, full use of the kitchen, and a quiet room.
Phil is very personable and has much to share about Boston. We had some great conversations.
I'd certainly stay here again when work brings me back to Boston.
My wife & I stayed with Phil for 2 nights when we came over from the UK for the Boston Marathon. Phil was a delightful host, with the facilities and ambiance of his place being informal and relaxed; exactly what we required. There was good contact with Phil from before our arrival; he was a really convivial host & more than happy for us to use his kitchen (& eat his banana bread!). It’s a 10min bus ride from the end of Phil’s street to the Orange Line terminus, so you can be downtown in 30mins. On Sunday, when the bus didn’t run, Phil generously offered & gave us a ride to the ‘T’. Phil’s place is clean, private, quiet and just a wee bit quirky, with his pieces of Mexican folk art in which he trades peering at you from all directions! Some are a little bizarre - but in a nice way! There’s a sports bar, a Mexican restaurant and a Pizza/pasta takeout just round the corner and a 7-11 at the end of the street. Overall, we enjoyed our brief stay tremendously; just a shame there wasn’t more time to continue the good conversations. Thank you Phil – you and your place were just the kind of casual, hassle-free bolthole we needed for our short stay in Boston.
Phil is an amazing host. Always tried to make my stay more comfortable, and was very helpful. He has a very relaxed attitude, which I found to be very pleasant. The room was quite large, and had everything I could possibly need. The room had two windows with a view of his garden, and the decor was also nice. Phil let me use his kitchen, and it had everything I needed.
The house is in a very nice and safe neighborhood. Bus stops are very near (2 min walking).
I would definitely come back!
Phil was the absolute best!! After responding within minutes of my last-second request, he waited up late for my arrival (12:30a) and greeted me with a bowl of delicious, homemade minestrone soup. He was so kind and gracious throughout my stay. He even drove me to the T station, so I didn't have to walk. He was the absolute best and I would stay with him again in a second. I would give six stars if I could.
About the Host, Phil
I am a middle-aged, single male with a wide range of interests and creative outlets. I have traveled frequently, in much of the world, especially central Europe, including Hungary and Slovakia. In recent years I have had many trips to Mexico, where I buy folk art for my online business, called Viva Oaxaca Folk Art. I love meeting new people, especially travelers with stories to tell.
In addition to the above, I run web sites for small companies, including a physical therapy practice, a cancer treatment center and a colonial era historic house and museum.
In the 1980s, I was a publicist and concert producer, and have presented many concerts with Judy Collins, as well as with Ella Fitzgerald, Laura Nyro, Tom Rush, Barbara Cook and Karen Akers. Now I run a channel on YouTube called "beta.hifi.archive" that is a collection of 50 years of video clips from the career of Judy Collins.
So come to Boston, and stay with me. Enjoy some tomatoes and cucumbers from my garden, explore my world of Mexican folk art, and let's talk about our travel adventures.