Airy and elegant, fabulous location
The spacious and beautiful apartment is on the second floor of an elegant 1890's two-family home with high ceilings and big windows. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The neighborhood offers something interesting for everyone to do and you won’t need a car, but one parking space is included, and more may be negotiable.
Airy and elegant, fabulous location
The spacious and beautiful apartment is on the second floor of an elegant 1890's two-family home with high ceilings and big windows. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as an open kitchen/dining/living area. The neighborhood offers something interesting for everyone to do and you won’t need a car, but one parking space is included, and more may be negotiable.
We’re a mere one and a half blocks from the Davis Square T stop (Red Line Subway) and a half-block from Massachusetts Ave, so you can be in Arlington, Boston, Cambridge or Medford by public transit in minutes. Harvard and Tufts and Lesley are just a fifteen minute walk away. You can be at MIT in about twenty minutes. There’s also easy access to Route 2 and the Bike Path. Davis Square, our own neighborhood, is one of Boston's "hot spots". It's full of life. There are numerous coffee and ice cream shops, and restaurants of every kind. Theater, music, movies, lovely shops -from groceries to clothing, a fitness club, bowling, pool halls and a play ground are all within a few blocks.
You'll find a large open kitchen, dining room, and living room. The private master suite includes a bathroom with an extra-long soaking tub, a high-end Sealy king-size bed with a padded head-board, and a small desk. The suite's walk-in closet has a window, and it's so big that people often use it as a nursery. (We can provide a porta-crib). The beautiful and sunny main study is equipped with a desk and comfortable chair, as well as a day bed for reading or sleeping. The light-filled front bedroom is furnished with twin beds. These beds can be clamped together to form a king, and there's room for us to add a fold-away bed as well, so if two of your grpup are a young child and a baby, we can accommodate up to seven people. (Please email me before you book for more than five people so that we can be sure we'll be able to make you all comfortable here.)
There's also a second bathroom (shower/sink/toilet) and a full laundry. The balcony is a perfect place for up to five people to sit for morning coffee or a peaceful evening glass of wine.
(If this apartment isn't large enough please ask us about the annex -- available for an additional fee. It includes two-and-a-half additional rooms and a bathroom. One is set up with a queen-size bed. The second room, called the nook, has a full bed. The third room is a tiny chamber that can hold a porta-crib. All the bedrooms have access to a bathroom without passing through another bedroom.)
The apartment is served by central air conditioning with the exception of the study, which has a portable air conditioner, and the master dressing room.
The walls are a celebration of fine art, and if you love something you can buy it and take it home with you. There's a selection of mixed media works, photographs, etchings, lithographs, and fine watercolors. We rotate work from our collection, and it's all worth your attention.
We are happy to welcome children here, however we are not "child-proof", so you'll need to supervise them for their safety. We can provide amenities such as a porta-crib, high chair, dishes, stroller, toys and books. We aren't set up for the happy running, jumping and dancing of rambunctious play, but you'll find some great playgrounds just a few blocks away. To help you find them, there's a map in the apartment. We do charge for infants and children, no matter what age.
If you are intending to host a party here please discuss this with us before you book. We may -- or may not -- be able to accommodate your plans.
The well-equipped kitchen is suitable for light cooking. It is served by two under-counter refrigerator/freezers – plenty of space for regular grocery shopping, but not suitable for bulk shopping. There's a great grocery store right on the corner.
A cat lives in the other part of the house, but is not allowed in the apartment.
Driveway parking for one car is included. Additional parking can often be purchased. Please tell us what you need at least three weeks in advance.
We'll be happy to arrange for advance-purchase of a pre-paid phone if you don't have a working cell phone.
As noted above, the apartment is on the second floor. A few of the stairs are "pie" shaped. The rise is 7 3/4" per step.
Worth repeating: If you are planning to throw a party you'll need to discuss your plans with us first. We'll try to accommodate, however we do reserve the right to say no. Also, we do charge an additional cleaning fee.
Please note that, due to linen/laundry/pressing/set-up costs, there is a two night minimum on extra guest fees.
Somerville's current policy is that AirBnB's may operate as long as no neighbor complains. This means that we have to be very careful about street behavior, noise, size of group and smoking. We comply with a standard Vacation Rental Agreement. By reserving with us you are confirming that you accept this agreement. Please read it under HOUSE RULES. By reserving with us you are confirming that you accept this agreement.
No pets are permitted.
We can not rent to smokers.
Please remember that the AirBnB "pins" do not show you exact listing locations. We are a three minute walk to Davis Square and the subway in one direction, and also a three minute walk to the grocery store and bus on Mass Ave in the other direction.
Our location offers very easy access to Harvard, Tufts, Cambridge, Arlington and Boston. There are children's playgrounds within a short walk, and a public beach within a short drive. Davis Square, right at the next corner, is a destination in itself.
Here's a portion of an article from the Boston Globe about Davis Square:
Somerville crossroads lives up to its hip image
“We’ve come from a foreign land called suburbia,” a mother joked to her two highly energized toddlers as they darted about on the busy sidewalks of Davis Square. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, urban bohemians and families alike swarmed into this hipster beehive to purge their cabin fever.
Sandwiched between Tufts University and North Cambridge, the once-thriving commercial hub of West Somerville went into decline during the Depression and began a slow but steady rebirth in the 1980s when bike lanes were established and the Red Line arrived. Now it’s a trendsetter rather than a follower — just as Harvard Square used to be, according to the baby boomers who have defected to Davis. What makes the square so appealing is that it seems to have evolved naturally, retaining modest little shops that make life easier, while adding others that give life pizzazz. In Davis Square you can buy a pound of hamburger or wormwood bitters for your cocktail party, get your shoes repaired or get a tattoo, buy a sewing machine or the latest graphic novel.
And you can stock up on vintage clothes. At Buffalo Exchange, one of several vintage and resale stores in the square, shoppers were intently examining every item on the racks. “People get very excited when they start shopping,” said Lisa DeFreitas, the store manager. “Sometimes they come in twice a day.”
The area restaurants range from Italian to Korean, Indian to Tibetan, Mexican to Japanese. There are good old American burgers, too, not to mention barbecue. The square’s quintessential barbecue joint, Redbones, spoke hipster from the early days, offering bicycle valet parking since 1996.
Redbones remains a touchstone for barbecue fans from all around Boston. Increasingly, other Davis Square eateries and watering holes have become destinations as well. The 1970s birthplace of premium ice cream, Steve’s (razed to make room for a bakery), is now home to Pizzeria Posto, where wood-fired pizza with the imprimatur of Verace Pizza Napoletana meets more than two dozen wines by the glass.
Foundry on Elm tapped celebrity restaurant designer Peter Niemitz (Clio, Aquitaine, etc.) to create its snazzy space with a 43-foot Italian marble bar. A locally inspired brasserie menu and 32 beers on tap add panache to the mix. (Roast chicken and steak frites always go well with beer.) Its downstairs sibling, Saloon, is a little harder to find. To locate the stairwell from the street, look for the faux gaslight by the door. Inspired by pre-Prohibition drinking establishments, Saloon was recently named by Thrillist as one of America’s best whiskey bars, thanks to its speakeasy vibe and 150-plus whiskeys, many of them rarities.
At the same address as Saloon and Foundry on Elm, Davis Square Theatre fills the former space of Cantabrigian Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway Theater. That’s literally a tough act to follow, but the theater has risen to the challenge with a performance calendar that ranges from new plays and improv comedy to Tribal Fusion belly dance, EP releases, and alt rock. The monthly revue “Old School Game Show” has become such a hit that the theater sells out, said manager Gabriel Kuttner. The interactive send-up of the bizarre pageantry of 1970s game shows may be leaving the Sunday ghetto. “We’re thinking of moving it to a Friday or Saturday night,” Kuttner said.
Of course, that can’t hold a candle to the Somerville Theatre, which is marking its centenary. The landmark theater opened in 1914 to present stage shows, vaudeville, opera, and the then-newfangled motion pictures. The original main theater still features 900 seats, though there are also four other movie theaters for cozier viewing and narrower interests (such as the Subterranean Cinema series). But movies are just part of the fun. The theater remains an active performance venue for live theater and concerts, including many produced by World Music. Upcoming performances range from Afro-pop to Celtic music to old-time fiddle and banjo.
It wouldn’t be Davis Square without refreshments. Somerville Theatre serves wine and beer to movie and event patrons. It also slathers the popcorn with real butter.
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Somerville, Massachusetts, États-Unis