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Clean, spacious private bedroom in a fully furnished 3 bedroom/ 1 bathroom apartment between Harvard and Davis Sq. This bedroom is located on it's own floor, up a flight of stairs. I live on the city borderlands where Cambridge and Somerville meet, and am an easy, 7 minute walk to Porter Square T station (a Cambridge T stop) on the redline, 9min walk to Davis (From Porter 1 stop -- a 2 min ride -- to Davis or Harvard, 2 stops to Central, 3 stops to MIT, 5 to the Boson Commons) or a 3min walk to buses (87, 88, 96). Boston streets and city lines are confusing, so if you need to reach a specific location for your stay, I'd be happy to let you know the distance to get there before booking. If you are coming with a car, please let me know! I will need to arrange for you to have a parking pass. Please see details below. Free Wifi and use of shared space which includes fully equipped kitchen, living room, bathroom with essentials (towels, linens, soap), and a washer and dryer (in the apartment). Peaceful and quiet sanctuary - ideal for studying, relaxing, meditating. I will have another listing for the other rooms and the whole apartment when my mom and/or I will be traveling. This room has a comfortable full bed, dresser, and a desk.
The apartment is located on a quiet, tree-lined side street, yet very close to all the activity of convenient Porter Sq, hip Davis Sq, Harvard Sq, Lesley University, and Tufts. 7-9 min walk to Porter Sq and Davis Sq restaurants (including my favorite Thai spot), shops, cafes, yoga studios, music/improv/comedy venues, movie theaters, the Minuteman Rail Trail where you can bike, rollerblade, jog, or walk, and public transport (the Redline and bus routes) to get you anywhere you need or want to go around Somerville/Cambridge/Boston.
As it is a private residence, there are no locks on bedroom doors. Rest assured your bedroom will be private. This room is up a flight of stairs on its own floor. Bathroom, living room, and kitchen are shared spaces on the first floor. Airbnb, for me, is a great way to meet folks from around the world and to share my local knowledge with visitors.
Walking and public transportation are most definitely the best way to get around the area. I highly advise against bringing/renting a car because it's unpleasant to drive in Boston and parking is extremely challenging and local cities are strict about giving out parking tickets.
If you are driving from a nearby city or town and need to bring a car I can provide a free parking pass for 2 days (3 days if one includes a Sunday or holiday). If you need to park, please include this request in your inquiry, as other guests may request it as well and am only allowed one pass from the city. If you need to park longer, there are a few options. I can purchase a temporary permit for you from the city for $25 for up to 7 days, or $35 for up to 30 days. Alternatively, there are two relatively inexpensive parking garages nearby -- one at the Green St Parking Garage in Central Sq and one at the Alewife T stop ($7/day; $8 overnight).
Please begin your inquiry by telling me if this is your first experience on airbnb or if you've used it before, what time you're planning to check-in / out, and your favorite color so I know that you've read this description and we're on the same page!
A handy reference to ensure smooth check-in and check-out: https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/41
If the check-in / check-out times pose a challenge for your travel circumstances, let me know, and I'll do my best to accommodate.
If you have any questions about accessibility, please do not hesitate to ask. And if there's anything I can do to make your stay more relaxed & comfortable, please let me know. I look forward to welcoming you! Interaction with GuestsI am very glad to share my home with guests. I am always happy to provide local tips and share great conversation! I do have several jobs and -- like most people who live in this city -- am quite swamped with work! At the same time, it is very important to me to be attentive to guests' needs. My level of interaction largely depends upon the guest and my work schedule. I've shared meals & laughs and have also had guests come and go with just a friendly chat or two. I try to be sensitive to each individual guest's style. Other Things to NoteShould I choose Jacey's place or a hotel?
Jacey's place provides:
- a friendly, local host who is happy to share tips and conversation with visitors
- a host who will do their best to make you happy and comfortable during your stay and address any concerns
- a home
- a full kitchen you're welcome to use
- a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere
- a clean room with all essentials (towels, linens, A/C, heat) covered
- use of washer/dryer
- living room w/ cable TV, printer/copier/fax/scanner
- short (7min) walk to Porter & Davis Sq
- 7min walk to Red Line T, 24hr grocery store & CVS
- living in a residential, quiet neighborhood; close to the bike path
- sometimes healthy baked goods :)
You might be happier in a hotel if you need:
- 24/7 concierge service / travel agent
- a private bathroom
- a lock on the bedroom door
- a daily professional cleaning service
- a place where the host does not live
- an impersonal environment that is NOT like staying with a friend or at a private home
*If you value a homey, friendly environment with down to earth people then my place would be a good fit!
Q: Is the bathroom shared?
A: Yes. It is a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment. Schedule conflicts are rarely an issue as schedules are often offset. If you have any concerns, I'm happy to coordinate with you.
Q: Is my room private?
Q: Is there a lock on my door?
A: No. As this is a private residence, not a hotel, there are no locks on individual doors. You're room is private and no one but you will enter during your stay. I've been hosting since 2012 and never had an issue with this.
Q: Can I park there?
A: I highly advise against bringing/renting a car because it's unpleasant to drive in Boston, parking is extremely challenging, local cities are strict about giving out parking tickets, and public transport is very accessible here. If you are driving from a nearby city or town and need to bring a car I can provide a free parking pass for 3 days (4 days if one includes a Sunday). If you need to park longer, there are a few options. I can purchase a temporary permit for you from the city for $25 for up to 7 days, or $35 for up to 30 days. Alternatively, there are two relatively inexpensive parking garages nearby -- one at the Green St Parking Garage in Central Sq and one at the Alewife T stop ($7/day; $8 overnight).
Q: How far are you from Harvard Square?
A: 10min by public transit; 13min by bike; 28min walking.
Q: Can I use the kitchen?
A: Yes, you may use the kitchen freely. Please respect the space, take care of equipment and leave everything as you found it.
Q: Can I use the washer dryer?
A: Yes, you may use it.
Q: Can I bring an extra person?
A: I have an extra person charge of $20/night to account for additional utilities and shared space. For long-term guests, I make arrangements on a case by case basis.
Q: Do you have a bike I could use?
A: I have a mountain bike I let guests use, as long as they are careful and make sure to lock it up. I'm 5'3" and have had guests 5'8" use it. It would probably be too small for anyone taller than that.
Q: How do I get to your place from the airport?
A: Public transportation is free and easy from the airport to my place. I provide a clear set of directions near your arrival date. If you have lots of luggage and don't want to take public transport, you can take an Uber. If you don't have an account, I will give you my referral code and you'll get the first ride free!
Q: When can I expect to receive the directions and instructions from you?
A: I provide all details a few days prior to arrival. If you need this information sooner, just ask!
Q: What are check-in & check-out times?
A: Check is 3PM or later and check out is 12PM or earlier. This is to ensure time to clear between guests who check in & out on the same day. If this poses difficult for your travel plans, let me know and we'll try to make it work.
Bonus Hidden Question: If you were a kind of cheese, what cheese would you be?
Q: Can I leave my luggage there before check in or after check out?
A: Yes, you are welcome to leave bags in the living room.