Mexican Folk Art Haven in Boston

Apartment - Private room · Ardale St, Boston, MA 02131, United States

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 host, Phil
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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.

The Space

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. There are two friendly dogs that live in the apartment below me, but you won't come into contact with them.

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 I offer discounted rates for stays of one week or longer.

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 (email hidden) 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.

Guest Access

Guests have access to the kitchen and all cooking utensils, refrigerator, etc. I have a gas stove, toaster oven, microwave, convection oven and a pressure cooker! You can also use the living room which includes a 32-inch HDTV with Apple TV connection. I have a clothes washer and dryer in the basement. The bathroom, adjacent to your room, is shared. Nothing is off limits except my bedroom on the opposite side of the apartment.

Interaction with Guests

ABOUT ME: I'm a laid-back, friendly, single guy. I work from home. I build and run web sites. I also import Mexican folk art, which I sell online at "Viva Oaxaca Folk Art." You will see lots of folk art in the apartment. I don’t smoke, don’t have overnight guests. I keep regular hours, am friendly, considerate and quiet.

I interact as much or as little as the guests are comfortable with. I am a big traveler myself, and I love hearing stories of where guests have been or where they are heading to next. I am living in the apartment during your stay, and I work from home, so I'm there most of the time.

The Neighborhood

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 15-minute drive to the Longwood Medical Center area. I have easy, restriction-free, on-street parking here, and a back yard with a vegetable garden. 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.

Getting around

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 much less frequent 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.

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

A frequent guest has left his bicycle here for others to use. We are in a scenic part of Boston with a couple big parks and a pond 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 was pretty captivated with Tunisia, too.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $385 /week
Monthly Price: $1200 /month
Check Out: 2:00 PM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Phil was a wonderful host and was very accommodating. The guest room is cozy and the bed was very comfortable. Phil had coffee and bagels waiting for me in the morning and he even gave me a snack for the road. The neighborhood felt very safe and has a bar/restaurant, taco joint and convenience store within walking distance. Parking was no problem. I would recommend this listing and this host. Thanks Phil!

    May 2014
  • Very quiet neighborhood and Phil opens up his apartment home to make your stay pleasant and stress free. If you stay here there is free street parking and the apartment is less than half a block from the bus stop. The room and the shared bathroom are clean.

    I've stayed here before and returning for a short stay felt very much like visiting family.

    May 2014
  • Phil was quick to respond and to reach out before the trip to make sure my stay was a pleasant one. The location was great - quick to the bus stop (but not walkable to the T). Bus service is frequent, so it was fine for me.

    Phil was super flexible about when I checked in and went out of his way to make me feel welcome. It's clear why he has repeat customers. Breakfast makings available and free reign in the kitchen. Good coffee (french press style) was available (although I ended up running out every morning before taking advantage of it.)

    Their is a 7-11 less than a block away as well as a restaurant or two that I noticed. Parking was easy. Super quite and safe neighborhood (I caught the wrong bus one night and had to walk about a mile around midnight).

    Thanks Phil for a great first AirBnB experience!

    April 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    October 2013
  • Phil is an excellent host, he went above and beyond by taking me to the train station my 1st morning there to make sure I could find it (it is however only a short walk from the house....very convenient for getting into downtown). He was also a wealth of information about things I might like to do but would not have discovered on my own. The room is clean and comfortable. I felt very safe both in his home and in the neighborhood. Thanks Phil!!!

    October 2013
  • Staying at Phil's was an excellent way to start off my airbnb journey. Given that I am a noob at airbnb there was a mild hesitation but I am glad I took a leap of faith and stayed at Phil's. Phil is an excellent host and a person. He was very helpful, accommodating and fun to talk with. I had a key to myself and he was fine with me walking in anytime. He gave me access to his washer/dryer in the basement which was very useful. He also suggested a bunch of good places to see around Boston.

    About the house:
    Safe friendly neighborhood.
    Old quaint house with lots of character.
    Tons of interesting art pieces (like Phil mentioned in his ad)
    The room is spacious for one/two people with ample of storage.
    The bathroom is clean and in good condition.
    Plenty streetside parking available outside.
    The house is very close to Arnold Arboretum so it is a great place to be in if you like to explore!

    Overall I would definitely recommend staying at Phil's if you are around the area.

    October 2013
  • I could not be happier with my first Airbnb experience. Having Phil as a host, to be fair, most likely had something to do with it. The room and environment was exactly as advertised with my space being clean, private and functional. I had full access to Phil's kitchen, bathroom and laundry amenities as needed. Phil himself was pleasantly conversant yet professionally distant to help maintain his and my work schedules. I was able to leave early in the morning and come back late per the duties of a medical student without incident. I highly recommend Phil's Airbnb listing to anyone wishing to study or needing temporary housing in the Boston area. If I ever needed to return to Boston in similar circumstances, I would surely see if Phil was available. He is a great asset to the Airbnb community. Thanks for a wonderful experience!

    September 2013
  • Phil was great, helpful and very kind during my staying in Boston. He gave to me all the necessary information to move around the city and helped me also finding another apartment while I was living there.
    The place was big enough, confortable and located near public transportaion. I would recommend this place to everyone !! I really enjoyed staying with him.

    August 2013
  • This was my second stay at Phil's place while working in the Jamaica Plain area. This stay was as comfortable, clean, and welcoming as my first visit. We had time to talk about some of the Mexican artwork he sells.

    Phil's a host who is attentive to his guests and made my stay very easy to unwind after long hours working. If you like being in a large city and having a quiet spot to relax, this is the place for you.

    March 2013
  • I was in Boston on a business trip that was scheduled with only a few days notice. Staying at Phil's place was perfect for my needs and a terrific introduction to the Airbnb experience. The room was clean with a comfortable firm mattress, work desk, and windows facing east for enjoying morning sunshine.

    I was welcome to use the kitchen and did for breakfasts but found the local eatery around the corner was super convienient for dinners.

    Phil had some terrific travel stories that he shared on my last evening in Boston. I would recommend staying here and would definitely stay again.

    February 2013
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Import Mexican Folk Art, Build Web Sites
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.
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