About the property
- Condo300 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay30 nights
Condo, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)
Due to new City of Cambridge regulations, this property is available for one-month minimum rentals only.
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.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 11, 2018
About Steve McCauley
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.
Steve McCauley purchased this Condo in 2007
Why Steve McCauley chose West 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.
Great Location. Comfortable apartment.
Perfect for the holidays. Quiet neighborhood close to Harvard square. Bed was extremely comfortable. Apartment was toasty warm. Steve and Sebastian are excellent hosts.
The perfect Boston getaway
Stephen's studio was the perfect place for my stay in Cambridge. Very clean. Well stocked kitchen. Great suggestions and recommendations from him for the neighborhood. Super comfy bed. I had a wonderful time and this will be my first choice to stay any time I'm back in Boston.
Comfortable spot close to Harvard
I had a very enjoyable month in Steve's apartment. Although it is pretty small, it has pretty much everything needed, and the pull-down bed was comfortable. My only difficulty was with cooking as the kitchen is very small and doesn't leave much room for preparation, while the gas hobs all seemed to be the same size and strength. However, I was able to work around that easily enough. Aircon unit is a little noisy but was essential and welcome for most of a very hot and humid month. Steve was very helpful with allowing me to leave things in the apartment on the last day, prior to my night flight. The place is within easy walking distance of Harvard and the surrounding area and there are lots of cafes, restaurants and a good supermarket within reach. Overall, a very happy few weeks.
So glad it worked out for you, David. I've been thinking about putting in a smaller stove so there will be more cooking prep room. I'll investigate further. Thanks for letting me know about the a/c. I'll check it out.
An amazing, well equipped and conveniently located nest
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.
Thanks, Carol. It was a pleasure having you stay.
Perfect place to stay when visiting Harvard
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!
Convenient, quiet, safe and pleasant
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!
Additional information about rental rates
I prefer to be paid with cash or checks.