About this listing
Come stay with me in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood. It is a very safe and suburban part of the city, where most of the houses were built in the 1920s - 40s, and they all have driveways and backyards. Within a block of the apt. are a convenience store, pizza parlor, sports bar and grill, dry cleaner, breakfast and lunch diner, gas station and small gym. About a half-mile away is Roslindale Square, with banks, restaurants, post office, etc.
I am an importer of Mexican Folk Art,and I run an online store out of the apartment. You will see some wonderful examples of handmade wood and pottery figures on display here. 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. Note that the bed is a size "Full" mattress, not a Queen or a King. This is ideal for one guest.
The price listed is for one person. I offer discounted rates for stays of one week or longer.
Guests get free coffee and a slice or two of my homemade banana bread in the morning. It's not a full breakfast, but it will get your day started on the right track. There is also a very good and popular breakfast shop one block away.
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 wood-frame, full-size bed, cable TV, and a desk and new chair. In summer, it has a 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, with big refrigerator, gas stove and tiled floor. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen and all cooking utensils. I have a gas stove, toaster oven, microwave, convection oven and a pressure cooker! The bathroom is shared. It has a big bathtub and a good shower. A clothes washer & dryer are in basement. You can wash clothes at no charge. Outside, there is a large yard in the back.
I am living in the apartment during your stay, and I work from home, so I'm there most of the time.
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.
You can have access to your room, the adjacent bathroom, the full kitchen and all my cooking appliances and utensils. You can relax in the living room, watch Netflix or HBO on my flat-screen TV. You can also spend as much time as you want in the peaceful back yard, where there is a summer garden and lawn chairs to sit in.
Interaction with guests
ABOUT ME: 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.
Here are clues to my personality: Favorite singers are Judy Collins, Ari Hest, Spanish vocalist 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.
I'm a laid-back, friendly, single guy. I work from home, spending a lot of time on the computer. My website where I sell handmade things from Mexico is called "Viva Oaxaca Folk Art." You will see lots of folk art in the apartment. I also run websites for other small companies. Since I work from home, I will be here to answer questions and provide directions and occasionally, a ride to the subway, if needed. I am very friendly and outgoing, but there are many days when I need to concentrate most of my time on getting my work done.
I don’t smoke, don’t have overnight guests. I keep regular hours, am friendly, considerate and quiet. I have a Masters Degree in Communication, and, being from Boston, I have a liberal slant on politics and cultural events.
Other things to note
There is no smoking allowed, inside the apartment or outside.
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, and you wake up me or the neighbors downstairs, we will be annoyed. (Just so you know . . . )
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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.