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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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Carolyn Fuller
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

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 work in the IT department.

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
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • 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
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
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
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Another awesome stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay with Bill and Carolyn and like the first it made our holiday extra special. Clean, comfortable, it fact we refer to it as our home in Boston. We will be back for sure. Thank you Bill and Corolyn for the beers in the garden when we landed early and Thanks for being such great friends.

Graham and Helen

North East England

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to your next visit!
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A perfect place located between MIT and Harvard

  • 5 of 5

The place is extremely well managed and the owner is very responsive. It is very convenient to go to shops nearby, including a nice grocery store. Definitely highly recommeded.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, well appointed

  • 4 of 5

Exactly as shown in the pictures, kitchen had everything one needed to feel at home (even had some spices etc). Communicating with the owners before/during the trip was easy. The only two downfalls were the noise transfer from the unit above (it is an older building which gives charm but you can hear every footstep from upstairs) and the parking. There is a visitor parking pass but there are only 5 spaces on the street so we ended up paying to park at a nearby lot most of the time. Overall it is a great unit and the location cannot be beat!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect place to stay for visiting MIT. The apartment was very clean and well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

The proximity to the MIT campus could not have been more convenient. It's a very easy walk to the Central T stop, which we rode to/from the airport easily. We stayed here for my daughter's graduation and easily walked back and forth to campus many times. Great restaurants and the U haul rental for moving my daughter were all walkable. We never needed a car or even an Uber. The owner was attentive to all of our needs and even took the time to send a congratulatory text to us on graduation day. Our whole experience was really great!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy 1 bedroom in Cambridge

  • 5 of 5

This is an excellent, comfortable, clean 1-bedroom in Cambridge within easy walking distance to Harvard. There is super fast wi-fi and a full kitchen. The owner arranged for us to use their neighborhood parking sticker so we could have free parking for our car. The unit is within easy walking distance to the T and Massachusetts Avenue yet on a quiet side street. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best VRBO stay so far

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the apartment for 11 days while our son was finishing up the Berklee Five-Week program and I could not have been more pleased. The apartment was cozy without feeling cramped, and it had everything we needed, including for cooking. The lack of a TV was not an issue, since we used the fast wifi for streaming services. The shower took a little bit of figuring out on the first day but as long as the water is on full blast it heats up right away. And the air conditioner was fantastic on some of Boston's most muggy and miserable days. The bed was super comfortable, and there was ample space for storing clothes.

As other people have noted, the owners of the property are friendly and hospitable; the apartment had fresh flowers and chocolate bars when we arrived, and being able to use the house's laundry facilities meant that we could stay as long as we did just using carry-on luggage. The apartment is incredibly centrally located, just a block off Mass Ave, so the Number 1 Bus and the T are within easy reach. We also loved H-Mart, the nearby Asian grocery store that is a two-minute walk away, and were in there at least once a day.

The one thing I would recommend to people contemplating a stay here is: bring some foam earplugs. The place can be a little bit loud on the weekend depending on what is going on in the surrounding area. There is a parking lot that abuts the property in the back and one night some teenagers were having a rap battle with amplified music! But once I put in earplugs I couldn't hear a thing.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely having you stay with us and we hope you are able to come back soon.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University
MIT Museum
Parish Cafe
"This is in Boston but is easy to get to via the subway and we even walk there on nice days. ..."
Flour Bakery & Cafe
"Fabulous bakery just a few blocks away."
Craigie on Main
"Very pricey but our absolute favorite restaurant and it is just around the corner. "
Central Square Theater
"Home of The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater."
Brookline Lunch
Neptune Oyster
"Our favorite seafood restaurant. Very small, popular and does not take reservations so plan ..."
Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers
"These are the best hamburgers you will ever have!"
Middle East Cafe
Toscanini's Ice Cream
"The finest homemade ice cream to be had anywhere! And it is just around the corner on Main St!"
Cuchi Cuchi
"We have not actually eaten here but we've heard it is wonderful and I LOVE the mermaid!"
Cafe Luna
"The finest brunch menu in the Boston area right around the corner from the apartment!"
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
0.2 Miles
Craigie on Main
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 one time cleaning fee of $70 if staying less than 3 months. Otherwise, monthly cleaning service is provided free of charge. All of December 2017 is $2,750

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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