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:
-Piano in Living Room
-SONOS Music System
-NESPRESSO Machine/Pods (Included)
-Laundry in House
-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.
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!