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Top of the South End Brownstone

Top of the South End Brownstone

5 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
5 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath

The space


The top two floors of a classic South End brownstone, this apartment is loaded with character. Ideal for a couple, or a small family, two couples or a small group of friends. In the winter keep warm by the fire, in the summer sun tan on the roof deck with a view of the entire city.

The master bedroom has a queen bed with a patio just outside of bay windows. The smaller second bedroom has a bunkbed for two children or (not extremely tall!) adults. The third sleeping space is an unusual bedroom: it is the top floor, which is not separated by a door, but is up a set of stairs and is quite spacious, though with a low ceiling (please see photos). It has a very comfortable double bed, with a sky light through which one has access to a truly fantastic roof deck, garden, deck table, chairs and - most importantly - the best view of Boston you can get.

Right on Shawmut avenue, the most beautiful street in Boston - in our humble opinion - surrounded by great restaurants, boutiques and shops. The South End is full of narrow streets, little jewels of parks and all the amenities of overly charming foodie culture. Right next door is Copa, a fabulous Italian tapas restaurant; across the street is Franklin Cafe, a classic bistro/cafe/bar, good for elevated bar food and a late nite boozy crowd; Formaggio, a wine and cheese shop with pretty much anything delicious your heart desires; a dog bakery (yes, a dog bakery); a yoga studio; a designer jewelry shop; and a women's clothing store. Half a block away are two cafes, and two parks. Within one more block are dozens of other restaurants on Tremont and Washington, the heart of the South End, the Boston Center for the Arts etc etc... You can have a fantastic weekend without even walking more than several blocks.

The apartment has tons of exposed brick, two outdoor spaces (patio off master bedroom and roof deck), microwave, wifi, working fireplace, kid-friendly, fully equipped kitchen, cable tv, books, art, stereo hookups for your iPod/iPhone. It is lively but quiet at the same time. Plenty of people walking around, though the restaurants clear up their patios by 11pm, so you still get a quiet restful night. Being on the top floor, we are also blessedly insulated from noise. There are 2 AC window units in the apartment, one in the second bedroom and one in the living room, and we have plenty of fans and open windows on the top floor provide a pleasant breeze on summer evenings. There is a coin-operated washer/dryer in the basement.

WARNING: this is a walk up. We're on the 4th and 5th floor, you must be able bodied.

10 min walk to Orange line Backbay Stop. 1min walk to Silver line bus stop.

Parking is mostly residential, though there is also a decent amount of visitor parking spots.

10min walk to Newbury, Boylston shopping etc. Also a short walk to the Commons, Downtown Crossing. Very central location.


Indoor Fireplace
Wireless Internet
Cable TV
Laptop friendly workspace

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Common spaces

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

49 Reviews

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Michelle User Profile
July 2017
Great location, lovely neighbourhood, perfect with young kids, the play room and kids bedroom kept them entertained non stop whilst in the apartment. Roof terrace is great. Loved Formaggio, Wholy Grain and Coppa for fantastic food within walking distance and Sarah's place is a gr…

Tom User Profile
August 2014
A quick weekend visit to boston was made possible by the availability of this lovely flat. Great location, lots of space, and very child friendly, which is exactly what we needed.

David User Profile
July 2012
Unlike other places we stayed, this is very much a lived-in apartment and should be respected as such. It's perfect for families with children of all ages and the views are fantastic. Two balconies, one with hammock, are very pleasant for breakfast or evening drinks. The location…

Amanda User Profile
January 2018
This house is accurate to pictures and truly a great stay! We enjoyed the accommodations, great location and beautiful view! It made for a great weekend for me and friends!

Marine User Profile
October 2017
Such a great place! Especially with kids ! Beautiful neighbourhood with restaurants and bakeries. We had everything we needed for a long weekend, including coffee and fresh towels ;)

Brooke User Profile
August 2017
I'll start with the good. The apartment is in a great location with plenty of shops and restaurants in walking distance. The deck and rooftop patio are really nice and there's a beautiful view. Now for the not-so-good. I've stayed in a lot of airbnbs and I have never given a neg…
Sarah User Profile
Response from Sarah:
Well, there's a first time for everything. We have never received a negative review, but perhaps our place isn't for everyone. If you are a guest thinking about staying in our place, please take the time to read some of the other reviews which are all strongly positive. I'll respond to some of the comments: - The guest did not ask about parking. We always tell people parking is difficult. Parking is very difficult everywhere in Boston. We tell guests to avoid driving in Boston. - We state clearly there are 3 flights of stairs and it is not appropriate for elderly. - There did seem to be an odor coming from the first floor unit, though we don't know what that was, and it was out of our control. - Some of the rooms have been updated since the photos were taken, but they have been IMPROVED from our point of view. This renter may disagree and that's ok, and their suggestion to update some of these photos is well taken. There is a brand new kitchen. There is different furniture in the living room. And yes, there is a bunkbed in the kids room which can now sleep two. We're sorry this renter didn't like it, we love it, as do our kids! - The upstairs room is described as a loft space. The photos of it are ABSOLUTELY accurate. Yes, it can be hot during summer days. We provide a large fan. - We're very surprised about the description of dishes and towels, and definitely apologize if this was the case. However, it's a ridiculous statement to say that ALL of the dishes in the cabinet were dirty. We can assure you that we wash all linens and dishes before a guest arrives by a professional cleaning service. We do not use scented detergents, so the linens should smell of nothing at all. If the cleaning service mixed up dirty from clean towels we sincerely apologize, that should never happen. We're very sorry that this guest was disappointed and will address some of her suggestions. However, some of the things she dislikes most of our other guests have felt differently about. So please reach out to us if you have any questions. -Sarah
August 2017

Eleonore User Profile
July 2017
We had a wonderful stay at Sarah's place. Her apartment is full of charm, perfect for families, lots of toys, two terraces! we were two couples with little kids and our stay was just perfect! i would go again if i wanted to come back to boston. You can go from the apartment to ev…

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