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Near scenic Fresh Pond, the Charles river, shops, and easy access to Harvard Sq.

Bedrooms Studio
Space 330 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Furnished studio apt - cozy sanctuary in beautiful, historic neighborhood.

Our studio apartment is sunny, cozy, self-contained, and privately accessible.

New kitchen stove, refrigerator, toaster oven, sink, and microwave. Stocked with cookware, silverware, and dishware.

Sleeps up to four people. There is a standard "Queenl" sized bed suitable for two people and a couch in the living room area that easily converts to an additional comfortable full sized bed.

We supply clean bedding, blankets, and towels.

Studio bathroom with comfortable shower.

The large studio room has sliding pocket doors allowing quick reconfiguration into two smaller rooms. This allows uses such as having a child sleeping in one room while parents remain awake in the other.

Built-in spacious closet.

Plentiful shelving for storage of books, nick-knacks, etc.

Dimmable adjustable track lighting.

Heating controlled by separately zoned studio thermostat.

Large (~230 sq ft) private deck suitable for pleasant candlelit outdoor eating in warm weather.

Window Air conditioner in summer.

Shared use of basement laundry room with washer and dryer.

Single car off-road driveway parking.

The House:

Easy access to Harvard Square and near MBTA bus stop.

High speed wired and wireless Internet access.

Large shared back yard (~66' x ~44') with tall trees.

Wisteria covered trellis over back deck with summer furniture.

Comfortable hammock in yard.

Basement laundry room with shared washer and dryer.

No smoking inside please!

More Details

Victor Oppenheimer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Victor Oppenheimer

I have owned the Cambridge property for around forty years. During that time I have taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, run a successful software company, studied and taught yoga around the world and been the proud dad of my two sons.

I spend the winter months in Cambridge and the warm summers Maine Lake.

Why Victor Oppenheimer chose Cambridge

I chose this property for it's beauty, it historic location and its propinquity Fresh Pond with its peaceful natural beauty and the culturally rich offerings of Harvard Square.

What makes this apartment unique

I love the house's design. I am told that the design was originally created by its first occupant, an emissary from France to the USA. I also delight in its location and its expansive and private back yard and decks.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Really cute apartment, perfect for our stay
Nov 2014
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West Cambridge Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 330 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Hot shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , A sturdy single cot is available if needed.
  • The living room couch easily converts to a comfortable full sized bed. We also keep a full sized fold-up in the apartment for use by children and other guests.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
The house is close to MBTA buses that go back and forth to Harvard Square throughout the day. If you prefer to walk, it is 1.4 miles and approximately a twenty minutes walk from Harvard Square.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Near scenic Fresh Pond, the Charles river, shops, and easy access to Harvard Sq.
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 21 reviews

Loved the home, only small problem

  • 4 of 5

The home is very beautiful, perfect size for a couple. The bed is also very comfortable. However, I am a light sleeper and the window faces a busy road, so it was very LOUD. I was unable to sleep for two nights. The airconditioner was also a bit loud, but otherwise I was very happy with my stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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As expected!

  • 5 of 5

This quaint suite was perfectly located for getting to and from Harvard Square easily for commencement -- on the bus. The stop was a very easy walk, located just around the corner.

The owner was very accommodating. He was very responsive in pre-trip communications, answering messages on the same day. Upon arrival, he and his son were very welcoming and went out of their way to make sure we knew they were there to help make our stay as comfortable as possible.

I'd stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Very quaint and very clean

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Exacty as described and very clean!

  • 5 of 5

Victor was very accomodating and helpful. The apartment was clean, organized, warm and well stocked. Sheets, bedding and towels were clean and shower was stocked with fresh soap and shampoo. Although the house is a bit "natural" with some overgrown shrubs and grounds, the apartment was nothing but great with blackout shades on all windows and ample storage for clothes. I will definitely rent this place again.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not what we expected...

  • 1 of 5

We were incredibly disappointed with our stay. It ruined our trip and caused a lot of problems for us. First, there's no privacy, the apartment is just attached to the family home, the walls are paper thin, and there is a door leading straight into their house so you can hear everything - coming up and down the stairs, playing the piano, discussing their day... It was very uncomfortable and we felt as though we couldn't even have a conversation because every word would be overhead. Plus, my husband and I are on vacation, we would like a little privacy!

In addition, they are doing renovations on the main house which required the use of power tools all day! We couldn't even hear ourselves across the room and it interrupted the movies we tried watching; we were TRYING to relax! Then, we ended up not having power in the bathroom or living room for the majority of the week due to the construction work! The property manager was well aware of the fact that my husband walks with a cane and was in the shower when the power went out. He almost fell trying to maneuver his way through the pitch black room. This is a HUGE problem as he could have seriously hurt himself.

The yard and path leading to the stairs of our unit was completely unsafe! It was obstructed by a hose which was also covered in leaves. I tripped on it and tried to move it but it goes across the entire yard! Plus, the stairs were also covered in wet, slippery, leaves which made it even more difficult and dangerous for my husband. The apartment itself was incredibly dusty, I didn't even want to put my things down. The knives in the kitchen were rusty so I wouldn't even use them on my food.

We left a day early. We literally could not stay there anymore because we had NO power to take showers or get ready or anything!!!!! The owner kept knocking on our door checking on the power which is even more disruptive. This was the least relaxing vacation we've ever had. When we approached him about it in person, he said the power would be taken care of but it wasn't. Also, the Wi-Fi is so slow that I had to end up using a lot of data on my phone! I planned on having Wi-Fi and was one of the reasons I chose this property.

I am so upset, this place RUINED our trip! I will not be staying there again. I don't think he should be allowed to rent out a place that is under construction without disclosing that! I feel the property was completely misrepresented and I did not get what I paid for.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8.9 Miles
Logan International Airport
Nearest Golf
0.6 Miles
Fresh Pond Golf Course
Nearest Train
6.5 Miles
Boston South Station
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
Route 2
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Full Moon Restaurant
Nearest Beach
9.3 Miles
Castle Island Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

West Cambridge Apartment Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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