The SpaceThe first floor apartment is all yours. It has a fully equipped modern kitchen, colorful full bath, comfy living room, plants and handmade rugs. There is a foosball table, games shelf, and a bin of big-sized Legos. We use our backyard frequently during the warm months; you are welcome to share this space with us and use the grill. In addition to the patio, your apartment has a private back porch. Guest AccessA lock box containing the keys is mounted next to the front door. The combination will be set to the last 4 digits of your phone number (the one you use for your Airbnb account). Please let us know when you would like to check in so that we can be sure to have the place cleaned and ready for you!
PARKING: By city ordinance, on street parking is prohibited between 2-6 a.m. We can offer you one space in our driveway, but you MUST be willing to coordinate with us on who parks furthest in, as we leave very early in the morning for work. Interaction with GuestsWe live upstairs and can offer you suggestions for things to do, if you like. In the past we have enjoyed chatting with our guests and hearing about their day trips, but mostly we'll stay out of your hair :) Please let us know if you need anything! The NeighborhoodMelrose was recently named the most desirable town in the northeast! (Search "What is it like to live in Melrose") We have awesome restaurants - almost all are a 10 minute walk from our house. We especially like Stearns & Hill Bistro, Turner's Seafood, Mexico Lindo, and La Q'Chara. There is a cute sushi place, several coffee shops, bagels, bakeries, gourmet wine & beer, a hardware store, pharmacy, and grocery. From June-Oct a farmer's market takes place at a nearby park. The Middlesex Fells Reservation is wonderful for hiking and biking. We also have a free municipal swimming pool (open June-July), small skateboard park, and tennis courts a short walk away, and a convenience store at the end of our block. Milk is cheaper there than the grocery store :) Getting AroundWe are two blocks from the commuter rail, which goes to North Station in Boston. The Oak Grove (orange line) subway is 1.5 miles away. The #132 bus at the end of our street will take you there, or you can bike or walk (about 1/2 hour). If you plan on using public transportation a lot during your stay, we recommend buying a Link Pass - $19, unlimited local bus and subway, including the Inner Harbor ferry, good for one week. You can buy a Link Pass at the kiosks in any subway station. Other Things to NoteThe main bedroom has a queen-sized pillow top mattress. The second bedroom has a full-sized futon bed and a twin-sized folding bed (more than a cot, less than a permanent bed). We have a dog (a friendly beagle-mix), but she does not spend time in the Airbnb apartment.