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Rare! in-City Boston Home, Just Steps to Bus/Subway. Walk to Parks/Restaurants

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, WI-FI, parking, quiet but near city energy/transport

Just steps from great restaurants and the city's excellent public transportation system, this is the perfect spot to gather your family for a graduation, your colleagues headed to a conference or simply as a base to visit all that Boston and New England have to offer. We're in a lively neighborhood full of shops and restaurants, close to hospitals, universities, museums, historic sites and green spaces.

The Green Street stop on the Orange Line of Boston's subway system (we call it the 'T') is less than a block down the street. And bus line #39, a 6-minute walk up the street, will take you quickly to the Longwood Medical area, the Museum of Fine Arts, Copley Square, the Boston Public Garden and Faneuil Hall.

We’ve decorated and equipped our gracious new Boston home for our own use, so we are confident that guests will enjoy it as much as we do. It’s an 1890’s single-family (not an apartment or condo) light and airy, recently renovated with an open floor plan, freshly painted and warmly furnished with family antiques.

You’ll feel perfectly comfortable and at home as you head out from this quiet oasis to explore one of the world’s most interesting cities!


The house is perfectly located in Jamaica Plain, a Boston neighborhood animated by an eclectic mix of artists, medical professionals, students and young families, and known for its many excellent restaurants.

There is off-street parking next to the house, but you will not really need a car, since restaurants and shops are so close, the Orange Line of the subway system (known as “the T”) is just a block away, and there’s a #39 bus stop an easy six-minute walk up the street.

Travel by public transportation to the Boston Marathon finish line, Copley Square with Trinity Church and the Public Library, and all the city’s many universities, hospitals, museums and historic sites could not be easier. Even Logan International Airport is accessible via subway, with just one change.

The house

There are three carpeted bedrooms upstairs: one queen, one double, and one with twin beds. On the ground floor there is a new, full-sized sofa bed in the family room. Total capacity: 8 guests.

Two full bathrooms serve the bedrooms on the second floor, one for the master suite (with large shower), and another with a bathtub and shower for guests staying in the two other rooms.

There is a half-bath (“powder room”) on the ground floor, near the TV/music room.

The main floor is “open plan,” with oak flooring throughout. The modern kitchen is equipped with granite counters, gas stove, dishwasher, large refrigerator with ice-maker and filtered water tap, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, blender and various other small appliances. In a closet you’ll find a stacked, front-loading washer and dryer.

The kitchen opens onto a comfortable dining area and spacious living room, both bathed in sunlight under 10-foot ceilings.

The neighborhood

All Jamaica Plain’s charming shops, cafés, pubs and diverse restaurants are within easy walking distance of the house; nearby too there are bakeries, a brewery, a library, running and bike paths, parks, playgrounds and Harvard University’s Arboretum, a 280-acre natural preserve and botanical research center in the heart of the city.

There is even a 68-acre (31 ha.) lake where you can rent a boat when the weather is good. Please consult for more information on sailing, rowing and kayaking.

We’ll be happy to offer suggestions and recommendations, especially about our favorite restaurants, as soon as we know your particular interests.


The “Orange Line” of the subway (known locally as the “T”) and city bus line #39 both pass nearby (about a 6-minute walk from the house) and will take you swiftly and economically to all Boston’s historic and cultural attractions.

Or you can rent a city bicycle either on Center Street or at the “T” station and ride all the way to Back Bay along the Southwest Corridor biking path and jogging park.

The amenities

The house has forced hot air heat, central air conditioning, high-speed Wi-Fi, flat screen smart TV, Blu-ray network-enabled DVD player, an iPhone dock, a printer, ironing board and iron, hair dryers, an upright piano and every utensil you could possible need in the kitchen.

Of course, all linens are provided.

Please let us know if we’ve failed to think of something!

The furnishings

We have furnished the house not with standard-issue pieces you’ll find in rentals and hotels all over the world, but with souvenirs from our travels and antique furniture inherited from our family. There are, for example, the carpet I brought back from Tunisia in 1972, a pair of upholstered “barrel chairs” given to my parents 50 years ago, a marble-topped bureau that belonged my great-grandparents, Walter and Fannie Poynter in Lewes, Delaware in the 1890’s, and a chest of drawers that was delivered to my great-great grandparents, Isaac and Sarah Davis, in Elizabeth, New Jersey probably about 1860.

We hope you’ll enjoy the warm ambience the furnishings create, the fact that each piece has a rich history … and that you will care for them as we do.

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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, mandarin
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Suitable fr families and mature adults...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

    2 twin beds...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 double

    fold-out double sofa bed in family room...moreless

  • all three bedrooms have ample closet space, a chest of drawers and a full-length mirror...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    master bathroom adjoins master bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    accessible from hallway, for 2 guest bedrooms...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    'powder room' with sink and toilet is near the kitchen...moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Whale Watching


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people



  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you'll need!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices and some staples....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Ice maker and cold water tap...moreless

  • Stove:

    Natural gas, four burners and oven...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio


from 50 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Commencement Season
May 1 - Jun 15, 2017
3 night min stay
Boston Marathon
Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $175
  • Taxes Not included


The rate for Boston Marathon week and Commencement Season is a flat $600/night for up to 8 guests, maximum. There is no additional per guest fee as there is at normal times of the year. Cleaning fee is $175. The $500 required to hold the reservation is a damage deposit reimbursable if guest respects house rules and leaves the house as found, but non-refundable in case of cancellation.

Rent and fees are due in full 2 months before the first day of tenancy. In case of cancellation rent will be refunded only if Owner is able to find another tenant for the period reserved.

Guests agree to leave the house and all furnishings in the condition in which they found them.

Guests specifically agree to respect antique furniture, never leaving cups or glasses on surfaces where they will leave a water ring.

Guests agree that pets are NOT allowed.

This is a NO-SMOKING home. Tenant agrees not to smoke -- nor to allow guests to smoke -- in or near the house. If Tenants leave any evidence of smoking, Landlord will retain the full deposit.

Additional Rules, Regulations

Tenant agrees to abide by the additional rules included in the “House Rules and Tips” document sent separately and made part of the lease guests must sign.

Tenant agrees that the security deposit will be withheld if Tenant fails to respect any house rules or policies.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: We moved to France when Woody retired in 2011 so that our twin daughters could learn French and gain an international perspective. The Boston house is our base when we are in the US to see our extended family in New England and California. We chose Jamaica Plain because Woody's sister and brother-in-law raised their children there; over the years we too have come to love its energy, green spaces, restaurants and convenient location.

Why the Owner Chose Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA, USA:
Boston has something for everyone. History, monuments, music and museums. But also professional sports, public gardens and a lively restaurant scene. Boston is home to cutting edge hospitals, a world renowned symphony and 60 colleges and universities, including MIT and Harvard.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Great space, great light, great location. Wonderful restaurants and all necessities are in easy walking distance. No need for a car, but off-street parking if you bring one (or two).

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, mandarin
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

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  • house from sidewalk

    house from sidewalk

  • porch table and chairs

    porch table and chairs

  • small couch, stairs in background

    small couch, stairs in background

  • dining area, kitchen in background

    dining area, kitchen in background

  • Entrance with great-great grandfather's chest of drawers

    Entrance with great-great grandfather's chest of drawers

  • master bedroom, queen bed with antique linen press

    master bedroom, queen bed with antique linen press

  • walk-in shower for master bedroom

    walk-in shower for master bedroom

  • twin bedroom

    twin bedroom

  • tub/shower for guest bedrooms

    tub/shower for guest bedrooms

  • flat screen TV in family room

    flat screen TV in family room

  • kitchen, microwave, fridge with ice maker and filtered water tap

    kitchen, microwave, fridge with ice maker and filtered water tap

  • piano with antique ship model in family room

    piano with antique ship model in family room

  • front door

    front door

  • antique French armoire next to front window

    antique French armoire next to front window

  • dining area from stairs, living room to left, kitchen to right

    dining area from stairs, living room to left, kitchen to right

  • 'barrel chairs' in living room

    'barrel chairs' in living room

  • dining table with antique secretary in background

    dining table with antique secretary in background

  • queen bed and chest of drawers in master bedroom

    queen bed and chest of drawers in master bedroom

  • double bedroom

    double bedroom

  • antique dressing table in twin bedroom

    antique dressing table in twin bedroom

  • double sofa-bed in family/TV room

    double sofa-bed in family/TV room

  • kitchen range, counters, cabinets

    kitchen range, counters, cabinets

  • printer, desk, piano in family room

    printer, desk, piano in family room

  • downstairs 'powder room' has toilet too

    downstairs 'powder room' has toilet too

VRBO #619920

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, May 29, 2017

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