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Charming Harvard Square Studio

Bedrooms Studio
Space 300 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Condo, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)


A comfortable, restful little retreat, a few steps from Harvard Square, Harvard Law School, Lesley University, and the Longy School of Music. This soothing studio apartment (300 sq ft) is on the top (4th) floor of a prestigious elevator building on a quiet, tree-lined street. The windows look out to trees and, in the distance, ivy-covered brick buildings and the rooftops of Cambridge.

The apartment is comfortably furnished in clean, simple modern style. The kitchen is equipped with a full-sized refrigerator and gas stove and everything you need to prepare meals. There is a glass shower and a large window in the tiled bathroom. For sleeping, there is a space-saving 'Murphy bed' with a sofa in front. When folded up, the studio feels like a cozy sitting room. The queen-sized bed glides down on top of the sofa to create an exceptionally comfortable bedroom.

The building---the residence of Vladimir Nabokov shortly after the publication of Lolita---has a charming entrance and lobby and a lovely private garden in back, perfect for reading in the sun or shade.

Some of Cambridge’s best restaurants and shops are only a few steps away. The subway is an eight-minute walk, and takes you to downtown Boston in 10 minutes. The Charles River, Harvard’s many museums, the American Rep Theater, and several movie theaters are all within easy walking distance. There are washers and dryers off the lobby.

There is a radio and an iPod docking station in the apartment, but no television. There are parking meters on nearby Mass Ave and garages in Harvard Square, but on-street parking in this neighborhood is a challenge for non-residents.

All in all, an excellent alternative to a hotel room for short-term visitors or scholars.

I only accept cash and checks.

Keywords: Condominium

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About The Owner

I am a novelist and professor (Brandeis University) and live in nearby Porter Square. When I'm in town, I'm happy to help you with any problems you might run into.

The Owner purchased this condo in 2007

Why The Owner chose Cambridge

I originally bought the condo as a writing studio. It has a nice feeling of quiet and privacy while still in the middle of everything. I've tried to keep the decor simple, clean, and comfortable. The bed is excellent and, when in the cabinet, creates a sitting room. The studio is an outstanding deal for this pricey area.

What makes this condo unique

The location is truly exceptional, especially for anyone who is studying or doing research at Harvard, Harvard Law (it's more or less across the street), Lesley University, or the Longy School of Music. All are steps away.


Neighborhood Nine Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The studio is ONE ROOM with Murphy bed.
  • Murphy bed
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing


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Charming Harvard Square Studio
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews

An amazing, well equipped and conveniently located nest

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this studio. It felt like a home away from home and the owner, Steve, couldn't have been any more accommodating. If you're looking for a quiet, comfortable, warm and inviting place to stay for a few days (I spent two weeks) in Cambridge, near Harvard, I highly recommend this property. All the conveniences you need and in a quaint neighborhood. Exceptional value, too.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Carol. It was a pleasure having you stay.
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Convenient, quiet, safe and pleasant

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the Harvard Square studio. It was within a few blocks of the "T" so I was able to get to a conference I attended in the Back Bay area without any trouble in about 30 minutes. We used the T exclusively to get to all the tourist spots in Boston as well. The surrounding neighborhood was quiet with several places to visit, including Harvard and Cambridge Square. There were many restaurants and shops nearby. It was a lovely area for a walk- and the studio was comfortable and functional. The elevator was out but not a big deal for us. We really enjoyed ourselves and felt like genuine residents of Cambridge by the end of the week. Thanks Stephen for a great experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to stay when visiting Harvard

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was clean and had everything needed to make my one week stay pleasant and comfortable. Stephen was responsive and easy to communicate with. I loved the furniture and even though the elevator was out of commission, the 4 flights of stairs were no real obstacle (and good exercise)! No TV, but who needs that anyway with Netflix on the laptop anyway and the wifi worked perfectly. I was in town for an executive education course at the law school which was a 2 minute walk away. The other participants couldn't believe how close I was and how little I paid compared to a week's worth of rooms at the nearby hotels. Thanks Stephen for your hospitality and should I be returning for more courses, I hope your apartment will be available!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home base for our Boston adventure!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely spot! We were close to the Harvard Square "T" stop, and were able to explore Boston during the day, then return to this peaceful, comfortable apartment at night. We had everything we needed- the kitchen was well appointed, the bed comfy, and the bathroom had a lovely shower with plenty of hot water. Stephen was great to deal with. Everything just as described. Thank-you, Stephen!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot, easy access to Harvard.

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is simple, clean and affordable and in a great place to walk to Harvard Square and the surrounding area. The only thing missing is a TV - for March Madness games!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Well done

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Neighborhood Nine Condo Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

To keep rates low, I only accept cash or check. I usually ask for a 150$ deposit to confirm reservations and more for longer stays or heavily requested periods. The balance is due at time of check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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