The Dining Room just waiting for a Dinner Party!The Guest Room. Queen Four-Poster Bed, Electric Fireplace. Large Dresser with Mirror
1BR - 5 min walk from Red MBTA!

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1 bedroom

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The space

This is a great, historic, single-family house in the Shawmut/Fields Corner area of Boston. It was built in 1885 and has hardwood floor throughout. There are 4 bedrooms in the house, on three floors. The first floor is all communal space. There is a full kitchen, formal dining room, living room, half-bath (with Laundry), and access to the backyard from the kitchen. The Second floor has an office/music library/TV room, Full bathroom, 2 Guest Rooms, and a private room where a wonderful couple of opera singers live. The third floor is the master suite, and will be off limits. The Backyard has a patio with a firepit, table, gas grill, outdoor chairs and a hammock to entertain, (or just bundle up, drink scotch and eat smores around the fire!)

The house is on a quiet, one way street, and is protected by the security system, Vivint. The house has only electronic access (NO KEYS!) and is fully automated. (And also is protected by a "ferocious" beagle - Pictures available.)

Guests will have access to anything on the first floor, backyard, and media room - Included but not limited to:

-WIFI
-Piano in Living Room
-SONOS Music System
-NESPRESSO Machine/Pods (Included)
-SODASTREAM
-Full Kitchen
-Laundry in House
-Movies
-Music Scores/Books
-Grill
-Firepit
-Dining Room (we love dinner parties!)


We are 2 couples that live like a family, and like to be together to cook dinner, or play games. 3/4 of us are professional musicians in the Boston scene, and we all LOVE this house and area. Our interaction with you would be up to you! We'd be happy to leave you completely alone to use the house as your own, be available for questions/informstion, be tour guides (Josh loves this stuff), or anything inbetween.

Between the four of us, we have lived in Cambridge, Somerville, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and nothing has compared to the convenience, luxury, and beauty of where we are currently. For those that are not familiar with Boston, when they hear the word "Dorchester" they are immediately scared of it, for fear of decades old crime. While yes, there are parts of Dorchester that are less than pristine, Dorchester is Boston's largest neighborhood, and has absolutely nothing to do with the area of Dorchester that we live in.

The neighborhood that we live in is all single-family homes, owned by a multi-ethnic population from Islanders, europeans, and midwesterners. We are all very considerate of everyone's privacy, but also a very tight community. While you are here, you will probably be talked to by the neighbors, and wished a wonderful evening, or asked about how you like our beautiful corner of the city. You'll be on a first name basis with many of them (Heather, Bob and Rosemary, Lee, Kent, and other wonderful people!)

Enjoy a walk to Melville Park and see the oldest neighborhood in Boston, with its gaslights, and stunning victorian houses. Or a quick 15 minute walk to trendy Ashmont Square. Go eat dinner at Tavolo or Ashmont Grille (Who makes a GREAT Manhattan!) Or even shorter walk, go have a pint at the Blarney Stone (And the best selling Lamb Pita Pocket, right next to the Fields Corner T station.) We are happy to show you the great pubs in the area too, just ask and give us a reason :)

But the best part of the neighborhood is the proximity to the MBTA. We are equidistant to the Shawmut and Fields Corner stations on the Ashmont line of the Red Line. The train comes every 12 minutes, and from the red line, you can get anywhere in the Boston area with only one transfer.

Below are door to door timeframes:

South Station (Buses/Commuter) - 8/10 Min
Downtown Crossing (Orange Line) 10/11 Min
Park Street (Green Line) - 12/14 min
Harvard Square - 28/30 min
Davis Square - 38-40 min

MIT - 16/18 Min
NEC (Via Orange line) - 40 Min
BOCO (Via Green line) - 30 Min

Red Line MBTA is a 5-10 minute walk, there are many bus routes nearby, and are very conveniently located near I-93. There is parking available on and off the street (considering weather) In short, getting around is VERY easy and convenient!

We do have a puppy who is about as personable as any one that has ever existed, and a cat that is just as antisocial. It's likely that you will never see the cat, but if you have cat allergies, try as we might to keep the hair in line, it might be an issue.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Private room

Amenities
Free parking on premise
Internet
Kitchen

Prices
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Security Deposit £76
Weekly Discount: 24%
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House Rules

We expect that you would treat the house as if it were your own. We would ask that you be respectful of noise after 10p. We expect that if you cook, you may use any of our kitchen utensils and appliances, but they should be cleaned/dishes washed/etc. before leaving the house. When you leave, please strip the bed of sheets and pillowcases, towels, etc, and either leave them on the floor, or if you are feeling helpful, bring them to the laundry room and put them into the washing machine with the provided detergent.

Basically, please treat the house as if it were your inlaw's house, and you were visiting for the holidays. Show the house respect, and keep the common areas clean, and it'll be a wonderful experience!


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Chloé User Profile
June 2016
Our stay in Joshua's room was nice and very convenient. We stayed only one night but we slept well (although the curtains are quite thin and let the sun come into the room in the morning). The house is very close to the city center with the Red line, so it was perfect for us. And Josh is really really nice person. For instance, we arrived quite late and had not eaten, and he drove us to a pub nearby before the kitchen closes, how adorable !!

James User Profile
November 2015
The host canceled this reservation 164 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Arwin User Profile
July 2015
In the one day I stayed in this house, I felt very at ease, had a lovely dinner with Joshua's housemates and also got to see a bit of Boston. The house itself is comfortable, clean and the interior decoration makes discovering the house like a small exploration of the interesting things to be discovered. The housemates were very friendly and helpful. Inviting me over for a chat and even to dinner. An added bonus is the beautiful sounds seeping through the house when one of the housemates practices parts of their opera performance. The fact that everyone in the house has a special relation to music can also be seen in the decorations. The piano shaped liquor cabinet and the paintings on the wall are just the tip of the iceberg. The personal sound system in the guest room with very clear instructions provided gives you the ability to create the mood of your own choice in your room. Very good sound quality! The 5 min walk from the red line makes it very easy to hop on the train and explore the city. In conclusion I had a great time in the short time that I stayed in this apartment, and don't hesitate to send a personal message to Joshua if you have any questions. He is very quick and complete in answering message. Thank you for the stay Joshua ! :D

Lorenz User Profile
July 2015
Perfect host, very kindly and helpful. The house is very close to Fields Corner and there is also enough space outside to park a car (for free). The room and the bed are big enough for two. The only thing that could be improved would be the cleanliness but I understand that this is not easy with a dog (which is really cute as a button). Thank you very much Hilary and Josh. Tolle Gastgeber, hilfsbereit und sehr nett. Das Haus liegt in der Nähe des Fields Corner Bahnhofs und ums Haus hat es genügend Parkplätze (gratis) für Autos. Das Zimmer und das Bett sind gross genug für zwei. Verbesserungspotential sehe ich einzig bei der Sauberkeit, was aber mit einen Hund (richtig knuddeliger Kerl) nicht ganz so einfach ist. Vielen Dank Hilary und Josh

Benjamin User Profile
July 2015
The Hosts were excellent. Quickly communicated via text to coordinate our arrival and offered ideas for enjoying the city. The Place was just as advertised - a welcome, homey sanctuary just outside the city. Would stay again!
Joshua User Profile
Response from Joshua:
You'd be welcome anytime! 1) Harley is indeed the most adorable beagle in the world, and I hope that you got some good snuggle time in! 2) So sorry about the noisy door/bed, we'll see what we can do to fix that for the next person who stays! 3) Very much appreciate the suggestion for the bathroom. There are 2 other full time residents in the house using that bathroom, and it is difficult to keep it spotless, but we will most certainly be more cognizant of it for the future! 4) It is a bit of a hike into the city, which is the reason for the price difference - but I have to say that there are very few places within the city limits that have a back yard, and as much space as we have- and for that, we are willing to put up with a 20 min T ride to downtown! Thanks so much again, and please do contact us again if you are ever in Boston in the future!! All the absolute best :) Josh & Hil
July 2015

Ana Maria User Profile
July 2015
Joshua and Hilary were excellent hosts, who help out with directions for Boston and even returning left property very quickly. The doggy is very cute and friendly. The house is located in a nice area (with a really good access to the downtown) however the area around the MBTA station enroute to the house can be a bit rough after 10 pm.

Matthew User Profile
July 2015
We were blown away by the hospitality shown to us by Josh, his wife Hilary and the other guys (and pets) living at the house. After a phone call from Josh and a message with detailed settling in instructions, we were invited for pizza and beer and spent the rest of the evening sitting around the fire in the backyard having a great chat, making s'mores (fire-roasted marshmallow and chocolate treats) and enjoying another couple of drinks. They were all really friendly, interesting people and Josh went out of his way to make us feel welcome and at home. It was a peaceful neighbourhood for the most part (some 4th of July fireworks around still, but I'm sure that was for this one weekend only :) and a very short walk to the T station. Our only regret was that we only stayed one night! Oh, and Harley is the cutest dog ever and even came upstairs to say hello when everyone arrived home :)

Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesJoined in July 2013
Joshua User Profile

Opera singer, Actor, Espresso Addict, Executive Director of Opera Brittenica.

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