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Charming Harvard Square Studio

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 300 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Condo, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

PLEASE NOTE: THE ELEVATOR IN THE BUILDING IS UNDER REPAIR AND MOST LIKELY WILL NOT BE WORKING UNTIL FALL 2017. THE STUDIO IS ON THE 4TH FLOOR.

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

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 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.

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Car: not necessary

Amenities

Neighborhood Nine Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • 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
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The studio is ONE ROOM with Murphy bed.
  • Murphy bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing

Reviews

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average rating of 4.888889 based on 27 reviews
5

The perfect Boston getaway

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable spot close to Harvard

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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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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Taxes and fees are additional

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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