Unique antique cottage is located in a quiet, safe neighborhood, yet just 2 blocks from Central Square Redline (subway). It is conveniently located between MIT and Harvard (1 subway stop) and just a 2 block walk to many restaurants, clubs, markets and shops on Massachusetts Avenue. A quick 10 minute walk will take you to the river and spectacular views of the Boston Skyline. Cottage was built in 1815 and has a very cozy feel with low ceilings and plenty of light from southerly windows. Stairs leading up to bedroom are quite steep, typical of that time period but not ideal for those with limited mobility. It is fully furnished and has a living room, eat in kitchen, pantry with washer/dryer, full bathroom, bedroom and study area. Cottage is not fancy or luxurious but has new furnishings and can make for a very comfortable visit. It is tucked back from the street in a perennial filled, fenced yard shared with the house in front. On-street Parking is available with a visitors pass (provided) and is good for 3 consecutive days. For longer stays, parking is available at the public garage 1/2 block away for $13 night. Reduced monthly rates available.
Guests have access to the yard which has an outdoor table and chairs, rocking bench and a grill. They also have access to a locked shed on the property where they can store luggage if they need to check out due to another guests arrival but are not leaving town until later that day.
Interaction with Guests
I live in Vermont, so sadly I don't have much interaction with the guests. I do have neighbors that are available to help out if anything is needed or not functioning as expected.
The best thing about the neighborhood is that many people have been living there for 20+ years and everybody knows everybody. Because it is a multigenerational neighborhood, someone is always around keeping an eye out. This keeps the neighborhood safe and friendly. The second best thing is the proximity to everything. The subway and center of Central Square is only 2 blocks away, yet the neighborhood remains surprisingly quiet.
The subway and buses are only a 2 block walk away. The subway is the Redline which is a central line and the best running of all the subway lines. There are also buses that will take you to parts of the city and surrounding towns where the subway does not travel. If you care to walk, Boston is only 15-20 mins with a beautiful walk across the Mass ave bridge and Charles River. MIT is about a 10 min walk and Harvard is about 15 mins. Driving is a challenge in Boston because the city is old and the streets go every which way. I still get lost!
No smoking inside.
Gail's cottage in Central Square was exactly as she described, located just about a block from everything good about Central Square - even during the heavy snows, we were able to enjoy easy access to the T and Central Square restaurants. Gail's place had everything we needed to cook meals, and a washer and dryer for laundry needs - if the streets hadn't been snowed in, we would have been able to find easy parking as well. As it was, we used the Green Street garage, which was about half a block from the Cottage.
Gail was more than accommodating to our travel needs, because of weather we shifted our travel dates a couple of times, and because there was no conflict with booking, she was flexible and gracious.
We really enjoyed our retreat into the woods, right in the middle of the city - highly recommend! (maybe try going when there isn't 3 feet of snow, though!).
The cottage is small, but cozy. Very clean with a comfy bed. The location is awesome; you can't beat 2 blocks from central square. Gail was very communicative and has a good system in place to grant access. I ran into an issue with the heater and she was very responsive. She's not kidding that it's not a good fit for anyone with mobility issues b/c the stair to the bedroom are very steep. Still, I'd give it an easy A+
The cottage was quite charming as described. Great location in Central Square. The house was equip with a nice heating system, fans, and additional heaters because you never know what the weather in Boston will be like in late October.
Très bon séjour chez Gail ! Le cottage répondait parfaitement à nos attentes : la campagne à 3 mn du métro, dans une petite maison accueillante. Remise et dépôt des clés très simple. Nous nous sommes sentis très vite comme chez nous et avons profité de Cambridge et de Boston au mieux, à pied, en métro et en Hubway (stations toutes proches). Un première expérience Airbnb très réussie.
Great location in the heart of Cambridge. Easy access to the T into Boston, Harvard and MIT. Cozy cottage for our family of four. Perfect to have breakfast then hit the sites. Even had Whole Foods take out one night at the cottage. I recommend Gail's place to anyone!
This cottage is in the perfect location! Close to the T and many shops & restaurants in Cambridge. Because the cottage is behind a house, entering at night can be a little dark & scary, but there is a motion sensor light that kicks on when you get closer. It was also well stocked with soaps, kitchen supplies & paper goods. Gail is quick to reply & very helpful in answering any & all questions. Thanks for great stay!
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I am a nutritionist living in Vermont with my family, 2 kids and 1 husband :)
I used to live in Cambridge but traded city life for the country. I still love going back for visits and staying in the cottage. I also love the water, love to travel and love little dogs!