The SpaceOne bedroom, one bathroom apartment just a few steps from the Orange Line. Free parking might be found on the street. This unit is on the first floor.
BEDROOM: One QUEEN BED with a brand new mattress, along with all the other necessary furnishings. The bed in the pictures is the old full bed, I have not had the chance to take new pictures since upgrading the bed. The newer mattress is from Tuft and Needle, I think it's a very comfortable mattress (they're not paying me to say that ;) ) There is a 32" TV in the bedroom, it does not have cable service, but there is an HD antenna that gets some of the major channels. There's also an HDMI cable, feel free to use your own computer with the TV.
KITCHEN: Gas stove, refrigerator, toaster, and microwave, Keurig coffee maker with coffee, and enough dishes and utensils (no dishwasher). There is also seating for two at the counter. My favorite things about the kitchen are the granite countertops, stainless steel stove, and the large sink! The backdoor in the kitchen just leads to a fire escape. Most important detail about the kitchen: There is a wine bottle opener! Another thing you don't need to pack.
NO CENTRAL HEATING OR AC: This apartment currently does NOT have central heating, space heating details are farther down in the listing, you must read and agree to them. There is only one AC, it's in the bedroom window during the summer months (it's not in the photos).
BATHROOM: Has a sink, mirror, toilet, and shower stall. I provide enough towels as well. The bathroom is small, but it is usable. It works for a few days while you're visiting.
SIZE: Keep in mind that this is a very dense low-rise neighborhood. If you're accustomed to lots of sprawling space, this listing could feel small to you. That said, most apartments in the city are just as small.
BUILDING: Built in 1914 (not uncommon for Boston), this building is made out of Roxbury Puddingstone. Roxbury Puddingstone is the State Rock of Massachusetts. Several historic churches in Boston are made out of Puddingstone, but this building is one of only a few residential buildings in the world made out of this rock.
WIFI: There is wifi, I've never had any serious problems with it. That said, I cannot guarantee the fidelity of the internet connection. Comcast is the ISP, I take no responsibility for any unlikely internet connection problems that could occur that are out of my control.
ACCESS: See the "Guest Access" section of this listing. Guest AccessThere is a locked room in the apartment, the owner of the building uses it for her storage closet. I do not have access to it.
There is another locked door that just goes to the steps to the basement, there isn't anything down there, just the water heater.
The back door in the kitchen is just a fire escape, it cannot be used as a deck or patio. Interaction with GuestsI will try to meet you when you check-in. If I can't I will leave the keys in a lockbox and send you the details. I live in the same building, my unit's entrance is around back, so if you need anything, just let me know.
I will respect your privacy and stay out of your way, but I'm also happy to give advice to travelers as well.
Please keep all communications with me on the Airbnb message system. The NeighborhoodMISSION HILL: The best part about Mission Hill ("The Hill") is its proximity to all the best places in Boston. Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts are a within a twenty minute walk. The Hill has an authentic old Boston feel without a long commute. Public Transportation is great in Mission Hill. My listing's address has a 100/100 transitscore and a 90+ walkscore.
LOCAL BUSINESSES: I'm much more likely to accept a guest that expresses an interest in spending some time in the neighborhood. A few of the best local spots are Penguin Pizza, The Squealing Pig, Fuentes Market, and Mike's Donuts (not to be confused with Mike's Pastry in North End).
COST: Boston is the 3rd most expensive city per square foot in the US. Your money will not go very far here compared to the rest of the North America. There are more people looking for places to stay in Boston than there are available accommodations, so unfortunately that means people get priced out. Mission Hill can be a great value neighborhood, it is less expensive than many other neighborhoods, yet the city center and other sites are still very easily accessible. The most expensive times to visit Boston are Marathon weekend and May thru October.
UNIVERSITIES: There are a plethora of schools in Boston and the surrounding towns. Mission Hill is known for its large student and medical professional populations, as Northeastern University, Harvard Medical School, the Fenway Colleges, and the Longwood medical institutions are adjacent to Mission Hill.
NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS: The apartment building is neighbored by a Dunkin Donuts on one side, and a bodega on the other side, which has some basic items. Both of these can be very useful for your visit to Boston!
ERRANDS: Brigham Circle is about a 5-10 minute walk away, there you will find a Stop and Shop grocery store, a few banks, and a Walgreens pharmacy.
Come with an open mind and a glass-half-full attitude. Be respectful! This is a great neighborhood. I've lived in Mission Hill for several years, and have seen the area gentrify a lot. Airbnb has a great neighborhood profile for Mission Hill, feel free to check it out! Getting AroundMBTA "The T" INFORMATION
ORANGE LINE: This apartment is about a one minute walk from the Orange Line. Downtown Crossing can be reached in 10-15 minutes. Back Bay Station is three stops inbound. This is the best option for quick and easy travel to the city center.
GREEN LINE: The E Branch of the Green Line is a 5-10 minute walk away. This segment of the Green Line is a street level train.
SIXTY SIX: The 66 bus to Harvard Square stops just across the street from the Orange Line station. This bus is the best option if you'd like to visit Harvard Square, Coolidge Corner, Brookline, or Allston. I think it's the most scenic bus route in Boston. Don't be afraid to take the bus!
(READ THIS THOROUGHLY IF YOU'RE DRIVING HERE):
Parking is a finite resource in Boston. I do not want guests that are only interested in staying here just because of the parking. Please be aware that non-residents who park on my street make it harder for my neighbors to find a spot near their home. Leave your car at home, you don't need it here.
I DO NOT recommend bringing a car to Boston, but parking is free on the street. I can not guarantee a parking space, but finding a spot is usually not a problem. I've never had a guest that was unable to a find spot. You can park on either side of the street as long as you aren't blocking something. That said, I take no responsibility for any unlikely parking problems that could arise. You park at your own risk.
April-November, the city does street cleaning on alternating sides of the street on Wednesday mornings (8am-12pm). Only one side of the street is cleaned each Wednesday, and the other side is cleaned the next Wednesday. All you have to do is move your car to the side that isn't being cleaned before 8am on Wednesday. There is no street cleaning December-March. No parking is allowed on the street if the city declares a "Snow Emergency", this only happens if there is a severe snowstorm.
Be smart and don't leave valuables in the car.
If you will be driving in, or if you will need parking, please let me know in your message. Also, be aware that hotels in Boston usually charge extra for parking. Other Things to Note1. As mentioned above, there is a locked room in the apartment, the owner uses it for her storage closet. There's another locked door that just goes to the stairs to the unoccupied utility area in the basement.
2. I will take your trash out every 2-3 days (if your stay is longer than 3+ days). I must do this in order to keep the space clean and unwelcoming for pests. I will try to do it when you're not inside.
3. I live in an accessory unit in the same building, It's around back. I have my own entrance through the back of the building.
4. The gap between the fridge and the sink/counter is somewhat narrow. Average-size people have no problem at all walking through this area. However a very large person might not fit through this gap so easily. Someone who needs two airplane seats is probably too big to comfortably walk between the fridge and the counter.
5. This place is a good fit for medical professionals visiting Longwood Medical Center. Or a tourism traveler looking for a convenient and low-key/low-frills place to stay in Boston. This is not a good place for someone looking to have a rowdy weekend. But by all means, enjoy Boston to the fullest while you're here. I can tell you with much certainty that most apartments in Boston are fairly low-frills, so if you need frivolous luxuries while you're visiting Boston, this place may not be for you.
6. Please read this entire listing. When you message me, please include "I am fine with staying in Mission Hill" in your message so I know that you have read the listing. Expectations are important for a successful trip, and I think it's essential that guests have a good understanding of the place and the neighborhood. There are a few other things that I want you to include in a message, so make sure you read all of this listing very carefully. Also, if you spot any typos in this listing, please let me know so I can fix it!
7. If you are staying in the colder seasons (after October), please be aware that the heating system is fan-forced electric wall heaters. The electric heaters can warm up the place very fast, but for safety reasons it cannot be left on unattended or at night. I will provide an electric heated mattress pad for nighttime comfort. This isn't a great place for someone who needs to stay in a space that's always heated. You will note that "Heating" is not selected on the amenity list, as this listing should only be heated when it's occupied and being used.
8. Put your best foot forward when using Airbnb! Have a complete profile and tell me a little about what's bringing you to Boston. If your reservation is for two people, please include the first name and age (or an age range, i.e. "mid 30's") of BOTH guests in your first message as well. Airbnb provides hosts with limited information about guests, and I get more requests than I can handle, so I'm much more likely to accept a guest who tells me a little about themselves and their trip. There's nothing worse than a lackluster message!
9. Check-in time is 3pm or anytime later. I can only be flexible with an earlier check-in if the guest before your reservation is departing early. Check-out time is 11am, the turnover process begins promptly at 11:01am to ensure the place is ready for the next guests. Sometimes I can hold bags after Check-out if needed, but I can't guarantee I'll be around to do so.
10. I highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. I cannot give refunds due to delayed flights, visa problems, illnesses, or anything else like that.