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Cambridge Urban Oasis Apartment betw M.I.T. & Harvard

Bedrooms 1
Space 425 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 90 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2+child)

Newly renovated upscale one bedroom private apartment on first floor in an owner occupied Central Square Cambridge 2 family house - vibrant urban neighborhood steps away from the T, cafes, shops, live theater and music, and Zagat-rated restaurants. Walk 10 minutes to MIT or 20 minutes to Harvard or take the T and be in Harvard Square in 2 minutes. Bring your significant other and enjoy cooking in a fully stocked kitchen or dining out.

Rated by walkscore as a Walker's & Biker's Paradise with Excellent Transit, it is a perfect location for the car-free traveller!

Designed by a LEED-certified architect with an eye for natural light and an award-winning lighting designer, it gets its electricity through a 100% Green Renewable Energy program. PaperStone countertops, custom-built cabinets, wood floors throughout, a Liebherr fridge, and a gorgeous granite vanity are just some of the touches that welcome you home.

Fully equipped kitchen, queen-sized bed, washer/dryer & free high caliber Wifi. Cot available upon request.

Another Boston area designer landscaped a magical green garden in spring 2013, completing the creation of what visitors have called 'a little piece of heaven' in the middle of the city.

Parking options include metered parking, local garages, or, with a deposit, a 3-day temporary guest parking permit for on-street resident parking. Truly, a car is really unnecessary.

The owners, Bill and Carolyn, paid a lot of attention to detail as they created a modern oasis in the middle of bustling Central Square, Cambridge. The apartment is located on the first floor of their newly renovated home.

Just a block away from top-rated restaurants, including Craigie on Main, Salts, Chi Chi's and Central Kitchen. Also, a block away is the Central Square Theater, home to The Underground Railway Theater and The Nora Theatre Company. The Middle East is renowned for their live music entertainment.

4 grocery stores within a couple of blocks. And, of course, there are the two world-class universities - MIT and Harvard - both within walking distance or one short subway stop away.

Check out our reviews. 90% of our tenants have given us a review and many of them capture what we love most about the apartment, our tenants and Cambridge.

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More Details

Carolyn Fuller
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Carolyn Fuller

My name is Carolyn and my husband, Bill, and I will be here to greet you and give you the keys to the apartment when you arrive. Starting in 2010, we spent 3 years working with an architect, lighting designer, contractor and landscape designer to re-envision our home and to create an apartment on our first floor. Our home, our apartment and the garden have turned out to be delightful retreats in the middle of a bustling city environment. One of the many joys of this location is that we can walk to M.I.T. where we both worked in the IT department for many years before retiring in 2018.

Carolyn Fuller purchased this apartment in 1984

Why Carolyn Fuller chose Area IV

Bill has lived in this home since he was a student at MIT. Several years later, I joined him and together we purchased it in 1984, the year our son was born. We love Central Square for its rich weave of diversity and culture, restaurants and nightlife, education and the creative and whimsical local merchants!

What makes this apartment unique

Walkable, bikable or public transit to everything! Vibrant city activity all around and yet, in the garden you are within a little magic garden oasis.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Carolyn & Bill,

We had wonderful three weeks here. This is a nice and neat house with a lot of convenient stores around. We definitely would like to come back again in the future. Thank you for everything you have done for us.
Jan 2015
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Area IV Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 425 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please note that there is no T.V. in the apartment but there is an iPad2 and wifi.
  • Central Square is experiencing a surge of new apartment construction. Potential noise weekdays 7:00 - 3:00 & some Saturdays 9:00 - 3:00.
  • No smoking in the apartment but smoking is allowed in the garden.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Custom built vanity with waterfall faucet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1), A cot, suitable for a child, is available upon request.
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
Garden has been described by multiple guests as 'a little piece of heaven in the middle of Cambridge.'


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Cambridge Urban Oasis Apartment betw M.I.T. & Harvard
average rating of 4.88 based on 59 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd stay at Carolyn and Bills apartment. We plan our vacation dates as to when the apartment is available, Why look elsewhere, it has everything you need and its in the perfect location.

Great garden for a morning coffee, kitchen has everything you need, enough space, comfortable, A/C for the recently hot weather and to top it all, Carolyn + Bill who are lovely people who are so helpful and friendly.

When we are back in Boston we will stay here again because for us its simply perfect!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Houston Texas

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was home for a month for my grandson and I. It definitely felt like our own place. We enjoyed our time there. The location is very close to shopping, restaurants and the T. The owner is available if needed and one of the truly kindest people I have ever met. Thanks for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kay, It was a delight hosting yours and your grandson's visit to the Boston area. We hope you come back soon!
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Bowling Green, KY

Perfect Stay for a Quick Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a great stay! Carolyn and Bill were such great host! They gave us great suggestions of things to visit and see and plenty of restaurants suggestions. It is a perfect place to stay for a getaway! Thanks for the hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Buenos Aires

Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this location was very nice, cozy apartment, very well equipped, with all necessary for a very nice stay.

Additionally, the owners are really nice people, very kind people...

Thanks for all!!!

Adriana and Claudio

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Terrific place in the heart of Cambridge

  • 5 of 5

Convenient to the T, MIT, Harvard and all that lovely area has to offer. Friendly, helpful hosts. Comfortable furnishings, and even a charming garden in which to enjoy a quiet cup of tea. Truly great experience all-around.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hope to be back Spring 2019!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was exactly what I needed and I really enjoyed my 3 month stay. Just yesterday I discovered the interesting information in the guest folder about the history of Central Square - very interesting! I may contact you in autumn this year to see whether the apartment might be available in spring 2019 again, if everything works out as I hope it will!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Nearest Airport
5.1 Miles
Logan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Middle East
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Fresh Pond Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Red Line Stop Central Square
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Little Donkey
Nearest Ski
50.5 Miles
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
Nearest Beach
10.1 Miles
Tenean Beach Boston
Car: not necessary

Vibrant urban neighborhood steps away from transit system, cafes, shops, 5 star restaurants, live theater and music. A 10 min walk to MIT and a 20 min walk to Harvard or one subway stop to each.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70

There is a 90 day minimum for stays during the academic terms (Sep - Dec) and (Jan - May). There is a one time cleaning fee of $70 if staying less than 3 months. Otherwise, monthly cleaning service is provided free of charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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