The SpaceSpacious, contemporary home in quiet Boston suburb, nestled within the trees on an unpaved private road ... a rare find.
Loft resides on the 3rd floor: A sunny, multi-functional space with plenty of room to stretch out. Queen-sized bed, dresser, down-filled sofas and a large walk-in closet. (For the Type A within, you'll also find 2 built-in work stations with wall-to-wall desktop space.)
Large private bathroom at foot of stairs for your exclusive use (see photo). Guest AccessGuests are welcome to enjoy use of common areas and amenities, 24/7:
• Kitchen (light use)*
• Family Room w/cable TV
• Outdoor deck
• Off-street parking
* Light-use: Storage/prep of snacks and beverages (use of refrigerator, microwave, and small appliances - toaster oven, blender, coffee maker). Please ASK before using kitchen. Interaction with GuestsHOST (c'est moi) will greet you at check-in, show you around, and then *poof* she'll disappear. That's how it rolls here folk(URL HIDDEN)
I'm available as needed throughout your stay (in person or by phone) but I'm not one to hover. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to be helpful during your stay; I shouldn't be the last to know. (Don't you hate when that happens?)
GUESTS are encouraged to come and go as they please. Late night or early morning hours are FINE. Much like roommates sharing a house, common courtesies apply in both directions.
FYI: I work out of my home office part-time, located on the 2nd floor -- separate from the loft and common areas.
What's it Like HERE? Well . . . let's see. The house has a casual, relaxed atmosphere ... there's a lot of purple all over the place ... yet it's peaceful and quiet. No wild parties ... no cooking aromas wafting up from the kitchen ... no loud music ... no cats meowing ... no screaming children. Get the picture?
Should you happen to bump into me in the hallway or the kitchen (making my morning coffee or grabbing a sample from your private stash) please say "hi", be friendly, and carry on with whatever it is/was you were about to do; mi casa su casa. Go ahead ... open the kitchen drawers and cupboards ... look around. How else will find anything? Don't let ME stop you. (I know it feels funny to be going through someone else's stuff, but RELAX ... really ... we've all done it.) As long as you confine your exploration to the kitchen cupboards.
Remember: You're my GUEST. And I want you to be happy. The NeighborhoodNewton (a suburb of Boston) is a quiet, peaceful neighborhood ... safest in all of Boston. Recently voted as the #1 "Place to Live in the US" (September 2014 USA Today).
To quote Airbnb: "Posing as a town in village clothing, Newton's friendly atmosphere attracts many to Boston's commuting suburbs. Newton may be a residential town, but it defies the stereotypes of suburban living. You don't need a car to access Newton's independent restaurants, bakeries, and bookshops. Instead, the neighborhood's village-inspired atmosphere seems to warrant a slower-paced lifestyle that rewards relaxing on rocking chairs and cheering for the local little league team. Leaving this pastoral enclave is as simple as its charm—Downtown is a quick ride away on Boston's commuter rail." blah ... blah ... blah ...
WAKE UP (I'm back): Take an evening evening stroll down the amber-lit streets, where you'll find a mix of New England architecture and charming Victorian homes. The neighborhood is so quiet (except for the crickets) you can literally hear a pin drop outdoors.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION is walking distance (~ 10 to 15 minutes) from the house. Nearest stop: "Woodland", on the Riverside "D" Greenline. Look online for "Boston MBTA" where you'll find a great map with lots of colors. (Pay close attention to the GREEN.) A sample is shown on my listing (along with my photos) and I'll also have one for you to look at when you get here.
By CAR, you're only 15 minutes to/from downtown Boston, Cambridge or Harvard Square. (Using public transportation, plan on 20 - 30 minutes each way.)
Have a look at my Airbnb "Guidebook" containing the locations of some hot spots around town, indicated by the "black flags". (Go figure.) Yes, it's a little difficult to find on the website, but go for it. You can do this. Getting AroundYou'd be hard-pressed to find a more centrally located and convenient place to stay in the Boston area.
Getting here FROM Boston's LOGAN AIRPORT:
• RENT A CAR at the airport (equipped with GPS) and "follow the yellow brick road". Put on your ruby slippers first, of course. If you're still driving after 45 minutes, you're lost. So call me. (I'll help guide you.)
• Airport Shuttle: The EASIEST way -- is to take a SHUTTLE from the Airport (Knight's Limo/Van service, for example) to the Newton Marriott. A shuttle leaves Logan every 15-20 minutes. You can find it online and reserve in advance if you'd like. The fare* is $37 for one, $46 for two. Keep readin(URL HIDDEN)
*Here's the dance: Take the shuttle to the "Newton Marriott" hotel -- (approx a 20-minute ride) which brings you within 5 minutes from the house. (Don't check in there, silly, you're staying with me.) From the hotel, grab a cab (or call Uber) which will get you here in the blink of an eye. Seriously - within 5 minutes. If you try to book the shuttle (online) directly to the house (vs. to the hotel) their quoted fare goes up to $127 for one. (I know. It's crazy.)
• Public Transportation: This is the least expensive way to get here, but I don't recommend it.** (see notes below) For directions, look online for Boston's MBTA transport system. There's a link on the website called "Getting to Logan", where you'll find directions, both ways.
The "Woodland" T stop is the closest Public Transportation to the house. From the Woodland stop, it's a 10-12 minute walk.
**Public Transit is GREAT for getting around once you're here. (But I don't recommend it to/from the airport, unless you have zero luggage and don't mind transferring > once.) It's an adventure.
• BY Cab/Uber: From the airport it's approx a $60 fare (not including tip). Approx a 20-30 minute ride, depending on traffic. UBER is a bit less expensive, but the politics can be interesting. (Check online to see which way the wind is blowin(URL HIDDEN)
• BY Car: Have GPS, will travel. (Call me if you need help.(URL HIDDEN) ************************************
Major travel routes are within minutes from the house:
Commonwealth Avenue (Comm Ave)
Routes 9, 128/Interstate 95
• Public Transportation: See notes above. (I've also included a diagram of the MBTA Subway along with photos of my place. Have a look for a general sense of it. To learn more, check out their complete website online.)
BTW: If you'll have a car while you're here (AND plan to use public transportation) parking at the Woodland T stop is only $6 a DAY. Other guests have told me it's a nice convenience to DRIVE from the house to the T and leave your car there for the day. Especially if you'll be out until dark and would rather not walk back to the house at that hour. (Just an option to think about.) Parking at my house is free, of course.
You can get to most popular places from here using public transportation: Downtown Boston, Harvard Square, Kenmore Square, Fenway Park, Longwood Medical Area, Aquarium and waterfront area, North End. Other Things to Note• Newton Centre is a fun place nearby: Somewhere to spend an hour or two if you need some gourmet coffee, retail therapy, or just people watching . . . you'll be there within 15 minutes, by car or train.
• Nearby Colleges: Lasell, BC (Boston College), Brandeis University, Babson College, Bentley College, Wellesley College . . . Some as close as 2 minutes, others, 15 minutes by car.
• Restaurants: Within minutes from the house, you'll find choices for just about any type of food you can think of. I'm happy to offer suggestions.
(There's a fabulous little diner, minutes away, called the "Knotty Pine" that's open for BREAKFAST and LUNCH only. I highly recommend it, if you like the diner experience -- It's your classic greasy spoon, serving eggs, pancakes, etc.) Have a look at the online Guidebook for its location.
*Food delivery* Delivery service is available from many of the local restaurants. Take-out or Dine-In menus are kept in your "Welcome" folder in the loft.