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We stayed in Peter's beautiful house while attending a Conference in Cambridge. The house was perfect for our needs (6 scientists): it is great for 6 individuals or several couples. For those who are used to cycle: there are boston hubway bikes on the corner of the street. They enabled us to visit the entire city without having to suffer in the public transport or spend a lot on taxis: it is about 25 minutes to the center of Boston, to MIT, Harvard, the beach,...
Peter was great to work with and did a great job making us feel comfortable. The house is a beautiful old house.
The neighborhood is very nice and we felt very comfortable walking around. Great access to the T line, groceries and restaurants - all within an easy walk.
Only two downsides to note: no central A/C (the nights cool off well, but you may want to consider the weather in the summer) and off street parking requires going down a very narrow driveway to the back of the house (was possible but scary in our minivan).
Thanks Peter! We would like to stay again sometime.
Peter's house was absolutely wonderful! Eight of my colleagues and I needed a reasonably priced accommodation option in Boston for a conference we attended at the Hynes Convention Center. Peter's house is minutes from the subway station, making it an easy commute to anywhere downtown Boston. The house itself was beautiful and easily accommodated all 9 of us. Upon arrival to the house, it was very well kept and clean, with towels and linens laid out for our stay. I would definitely stay here again if I return to Boston, and would highly recommend Peter to any other travelers!
The house was great. Lot's of room for my party of 7. We stayed for 5 nights in April and have no complaints. The house was clean, all of the amenities you can think of, the kitchen was nice and big, full use of the house. Real beds where comfortable. The neighbourhood was quiet, felt safe while walking around. The house is a five minute walk to Stony Brook T station - very convenient.
Peter and his house have met my expectations. Thank You Peter.
I would stay at this location again if the opportunity is there.
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour à Boston. Nous avons beaucoup aimé le quartier Jamaica Plains tout plein de ces belles maisons en bois. Situation très pratique, a 10 minutes du métro pour aller directement en plein centre ville.
Maison sympa !
Catherine et Siggi
We had a good stay in the house of Mr Lepeska. We rented it for 6 nights with 2 adults and 2 (adult) childeren. We had lots of space and could have easily accomodated 2 more but this is what we wanted. The location close to the T (5 minutes walk to the orange line ) is also very good.
The house itself is a very nice place beautiful wood and a charming stair case, the kitchen and bath rooms were very nice. We really felt at home ! The only issue was that we rented it in a very hot week and that implied that at night the house was very warm and there were no facilities on the first floor in the master bed room. Also downstairs a bigger fan would have helped. Peter had told us this beforehand so we were warned.
Our overall conclusion is very positve on our stay and we recommend it..
This is a beautiful home; Peter is really nice, so I hate what I am doing, but I need to be honest.
We stayed for a week in July, arriving excited about being able to stay together.
I am the neat freak in the family, so I felt uncomfortable when my sister said, "I had to sweep the downstairs. I just can't stand walking on the grit!" and when my dad said, "The dishwasher has slime in it. I wonder if there is something wrong with the water"
I was taken aback when the kids feet turned BLACK from walking on the floor, when my dad complained about all the ants in the kitchen and when I moved a basket and there was a snowstorm of dog hair all over the room.
There are only airconditioners in the third floor, so when it got hot, we ended up needing to rent portable units for the first and second floors at major expense!
My mom had a hard time finding clean pots and pans, and the futons had better mattresses than the beds. (!)
With all these incidents, I kept thinking,"Well, we'll be ok. It's only a week, and Peter is really nice. I don't want to be hard on him."
The last straw was when we came down to breakfast one morning and found the food packages chewed through and strewn with mouse droppings. There were also mice in the third floor bathroom.
So, the place is lovely. It needs air conditioning, a housekeeper, an exterminator and pest control, and new mattresses but other than that, it was great. But Peter is really nice.
This place is huge, and has some creative touches - definately feels like a home away from home.
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We stayed in August (3 kids and 2 adults) and had a great time. The house is very spacious and homely. It is located not far from the subway station, a nice park and about a twenty min walk to the Jamaica Plain shops on Center St (although there are smaller shops closer by). A great place to spend a week in Boston and experience a proper neighbourhood rather than being stuck downtown.
Peter was great to have as guest. They were ten guests and looked nicely after the house just as we had a good dialogue about possibilities for using kayak and see the sorroundings
I could not expect more from my guests. I would love too host them again.
Peter and his brother rented my place together with 3 others, they left my place like they had left in a hurry and was not observant to the to the house roles, like take out the garbage and take of the bed sheets. But overall they where good guests.
Sorry Lina. We thought we read the house rules but must have missed those. Thanks for the feedback we'll make sure we do a better job in the future.
I hosted peters family and they where perfect! It was a real pleasure, they are all very polite and nice and the flat was in perfect conditions when they ,eft, highly recomended!
Ona (Peter's daughter) was a great guest. You're always welcome ^_^
Peter was a great guest. We had great communication leading up to his stay. Thanks, Peter. Hope to have you again soon!
It was a pleasure to have Peter and his family as our guests. They left the apartment nice and tidy. I can recommend Peter as your guest.
My daugher and I and two friends and their two children (6 of us in all) stayed at Peter's house last summer when we were visiting from France. Based on a reference from a mutual friend, never having even met us, he entrusted his home to us for three weeks. We had a wonderful time. I know the neighborhood well, and it's a wonderful location, close to train and bus access.
From the little I have seen, I find Peter to be an exceptional person with exceptional qualities that are rarer and rarer in our day and age.
If you are looking for a place to stay in a quiet neighborhood in a beautiful home with lovely front and back porches, you've found it!
I've known Peter for more than 20 years and am the god-father of his daughters. He has many virtues, but what is most important for someone thinking of renting from him is that he is an old-school honorable gentleman who is obsessed with honesty and fairness. He's the kind of person you would trust with a treasure chest of uncounted gold coins. He's also amazingly neat and tidy for a computer programmer and as conscientious as you would expect from someone who hails from the American Midwest.
His home is one of the coziest places on earth. It reminds me of George Bailey's house from "It's a Wonderful Life" (after Mary's renovations, of course). It's huge, well-laid out, with lots of nooks to cuddle up with a book. The fireplace is wonderful on a cold winter night, as is the large back porch for big summer dinners. The backyard has an area for kids to play and a basketball hoop, and the kitchen with its giant island perfect for chatting, cutting vegetables, and drinking a pre-dinner glass of white wine. The neighborhood is about a 20 minute cab drive to downtown Boston, the T subway is a 5 minute walk away, and there are lots of really cool parks (one designed by Olmstead) within walking distance. There is also a new Whole Foods nearby for shopping.
I've stayed at scores of houses and slept on countless futons the world over, but Pete's place is the most warm and homey of them all.