A comfortable, restful little retreat, a few steps from Harvard Square, Harvard Law School, Lesley University, and the Longy School of Music. This soothing studio apartment (300 sq ft) is on the top (4th) floor of a prestigious elevator building on a quiet, tree-lined street. The windows look out to trees and, in the distance, ivy-covered brick buildings and the rooftops of Cambridge.
The apartment is comfortably furnished in clean, simple modern style. The kitchen is equipped with a full-sized refrigerator and gas stove and everything you need to prepare meals. There is a glass shower and a large window in the tiled bathroom. For sleeping, there is a space-saving 'Murphy bed' with a sofa in front. When folded up, the studio feels like a cozy sitting room. The queen-sized bed glides down on top of the sofa to create an exceptionally comfortable bedroom.
The building---the residence of Vladimir Nabokov shortly after the publication of Lolita---has a charming entrance and lobby and a lovely private garden in back, perfect for reading in the sun or shade.
Some of Cambridge’s best restaurants and shops are only a few steps away. The subway is a five-minute walk, and takes you to downtown Boston in 10 minutes. The Charles River, Harvard’s many museums, The American Rep Theater, and several movie theaters are all within easy walking distance. There are washers and dryers off the lobby.
There is a radio and an iPod docking station in the apartment, but no television. There are parking meters on nearby Mass Ave and garages in Harvard Square, but on-street parking in this neighborhood is a challenge for non-residents.
All in all, an excellent alternative to a hotel room for short-term visitors or scholars.
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Our first visit to Cambridge was immeasurably enhanced by choosing to stay in this charming studio apartment. Ideally located just minutes from Harvard Square and public transportation, the studio is within walking distance to great restaurants and shops.
Located on the 4th floor of an immaculately maintained elevator building on a quiet, upscale street, the studio comes with an assortment of well chosen books, a few excellent art pieces and enough cooking supplies to get us started for cozy meals "at home." We slept like babies on the divinely comfortable murphy bed with its plush pillows and recessed reading lights.
This studio is a gem, as is Steve, the owner, who was generous and on target with his suggestions. We would absolutely stay here again!
Lovely studio on quiet,leafy street near Harvard Law School. Impeccably clean, stylish with a mid-century IKEA vibe. 10 minute walk from T stop. Great restaurants and cool shops nearby. EO lavender toiletries in bath. Ecletic library, nice art, helpful notes on neighborhood from charming host. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.
We really enjoyed staying here to visit with our son at Harvard. It is conveniently located, with several shops and restaurants nearby -- and many many more around Harvard Square, only about a ten-minute walk. The studio is not big, but it is clean, as well as simply and tastefully furnished, which made us feel comfortable and at home -- much more relaxing and personal than a hotel! The building is lovely, and the other residents we met were friendly and helpful. We especially appreciated the wide selection of excellent books available on the shelves. We were able to prepare meals, which was often nice before and after being out all day. The pull out bed is quite comfortable, and no hassle to make and stow away. The special treat was meeting the owner, Steve, who went out of his way to be hospitable and help us in every way possible. He gave us a warm welcome and lots of useful advice. We highly recommend this as a great place for a single person or a couple visiting Harvard or MIT.
This charming studio apartment was as billed – clean, quiet, comfortable, conveniently located and with a truly hospitable host.
Our only concern prior to arrival was whether the bed would be comfortable. It met and exceeded our expectations - we awoke well rested and ready to explore the city… or deal with natural disasters.
When Hurricane Sandy arrived as we were getting ready to depart, our host, Stephen, graciously extended our stay. We stocked up on provisions at the neighborhood shops and hunkered down with selections from the apartment’s well-stocked bookshelf. We were able to produce satisfying meals in the kitchen and were cozy, safe and comfortable while the storm raged outside. Stephen checked in with us periodically, offering assistance and suggestions as well as shelter.
We would most definitely stay here again and highly recommend the property!
I stayed at this studio for a week in January while I attended an MFA residency at Lesley. The location could not have been better. The studio is just outside of Harvard Square (and an easy 10 min. walk from the T), close to Lesley, and right in the midst of excellent restaurants and shops. The building is set on a quiet street and even though there are other apartments nearby I never felt that it was too noisy or busy. In fact, it was a great place to work and write. Clean, well appointed, and comfortable, the studio a great alternative to a hotel room. The owner is thoughtful and attentive, making the experience of traveling, settling into a program, being away from home, etc. much less stressful than it could have been. Highly recommended!
Stephen was such a great host to my wife and I. He greeted us as we pulled up in our taxi and helped us bring our bags up to the unit. He was very kind and gave us some great tips for restaurants and bars.
The unit is great. Not the largest place, but for a single, or couple, it is perfect. We needed the place for a week as we had to wait before we were able to move into our apartment in Somerville and this apartment served us well.
Thank you Stephen!!