ARCHITECTURAL, ACCESSIBLE, CHARMING HOUSE, LOVELY BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD

Jane Bowers

Speaks english, some spanish & french
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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Jane Bowers

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ARCHITECTURAL, ACCESSIBLE, CHARMING HOUSE, LOVELY BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD

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3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 with roll-in shower), sleeps 7

Roomy, comfortable 3- to 4- bedroom house in lively, green Jamaica Plain. Fully accessible 1st floor has well-equipped gourmet kitchen, dining room, light-filled living room, book room, large bedroom, TV/4th bedroom and bathroom with roll-in shower. The 2nd floor has two sizable bedrooms, washer/dryer, and bathroom with whirlpool tub. The transformed house, recently renovated by renowned architect Bill Boehm, was featured in the Boston Globe Magazine. Located in the Pondside area, it’s just a block from Jamaica Pond, which has walking paths, seasonal boats and fishing—part of the Olmsted Emerald Necklace. JP has excellent locally owned restaurants, and is less than 4 miles from the State House downtown.

Parking available, transit nearby. Easy access to museums, shopping, concerts, universities. Bring the whole family! Enjoy a reunion, visit local colleges, gather friends for special events. Or get friends together for feasting, talking, shopping. It’s beautiful and fun.

Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Jane Bowers (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Jane Bowers

I've spent pretty much all my long adult life in Boston, active in local affairs and working with community based nonprofit organizations. As a lover of this city, I am proud and pleased to help others enjoy its many charms.

Why Jane Bowers chose Boston

This house, renovated quite completely in 2004, is a wonderful base for me in the lovely Jamaica Plain neighborhood, and is fully accessible for wheelchair users. It is my own residence and I rent the house out when I travel, especially to visit my sons & grandson.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights
Pay with confidence
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.9
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Architectural, Accessible, Charming House, Lovely Boston Neighborhood
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
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Architectural, Accessible, Charming House, Lovely Boston Neighborhood
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p335544
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Boston Greater Boston
5

Truly, a Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5
We traveled to Boston during Christmas with three generations -- grandparents, parents, and two children. What a perfect launching pad for seeing the entire city! The #39 bus leaves from a stop just two blocks away, taking us straight to the green line on the "T," and from there of course the entire city is simple to visit. If you prefer a car (though in Boston, you've got to really LOVE your car), the Jamaicaway is just down the block, so you can quickly get anywhere you need to go.

The home itself is just charming. Although the bedroom with an "interior window" might cause problems for truly light sleepers who are staying with loud talkers -- you know who you are -- for us it was just another fun architectural touch in a well-thought-out gem of a house. The living room, office, and den offer plenty of space to spread out but also wonderful gathering space to bring the family together. Furnishings are sophisticated and comfortable. We made full Christmas dinner for six in the well-appointed kitchen with ease. In short, we felt completely at home.

I would also like to add that while we were staying at this home, the water heater unfortunately broke down, but the owner immediately found a plumber (on Christmas Eve, no less) who fixed the problem. These things happen... but the owner was gracious and accessible, which is really what one hopes for in a host.
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that my guests enjoyed their stay at my house, and I am grateful to them for this lovely review. Like them, I find the location of my house a source of delight. (Though they are quite correct that you have to love your car to depend on it in Boston, both because of scarce and expensive parking and because Bostonians are "creative" drivers.)

Facing together the Christmas Eve plumbing challenge, I feel like my guests and I formed a team. The hot water heater is not very old and it was a surprise to the guests, to me, and even to the plumber when it broke. But what excellent accommodating plumbers! They came quickly, despite the holiday, repaired the problem promptly, and billed fairly. I aim to have usable resources available for myself and for any renters and those plumbers are now on the resource list.
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Boston Greater Boston
5

Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5
We could not have been more pleased with the house and the location. We came from California and Virginia for our son's graduation from Boston University and the house was everything it was written up to be and more. The house is clean and spacious. We were able to have three generations in the house, each with their own space. The back yard is so nice, we decided to have a few of our son's friends' families over for an afternoon barbeque. There was a really nice cafe on Center street a block away we could walk when we did not want to cook and a beautiful lake in the other direction for afternoon walks. It was only a quick drive to the Mall and the Duck Tour! So fun! Jane is the best as well. She sent us hand written notes and emails ensuring we were comfortable with everything before and after our stay.
  • Submitted: May 31, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, I am so pleased that my guests had a good time! And I think they've hit on something important when they note that the house worked very well for a three-generation gathering. It is spacious enough for people to be on their own and, in good weather, the outside makes it a special treat for kids. It has been a pleasure for me to know that my home (the house is my own residence) can give pleasure to others when I travel to visit my extended family.

Thank you!
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4

Great house

  • 4 of 5
The listing description of this house was accurate -- we just did not expect it to be so close to the main road so you could hear traffic. But, on that main road there were several good restaurants plus a fabulous ice cream parlor within walking distance. The T station was also approximately 1/2 a mile away. The house was very clean, very well-maintained and extremely spacious, more so than anticipated. The house was perfect for our needs, including its own driveway for one car and easy street parking for our other vehicle. The owner was extremely helpful in promptly returning two items we inadvertently left behind in the house on our departure. We would recommend this house to others.
  • Submitted: May 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am pleased that my guests enjoyed the house and the neighborhood. It's true that the nearby restaurants are amazing and close. The ice cream store is a major highlight of Jamaica Plain: JP Licks. It opens early in the morning and is busy til its late evening closing. I try to hold myself to just two hot fudge sundaes each year, because they are so good (and so caloric).

My house is very close to Center Street, screened by a row of tall arborvitae. And the street traffic can be heard in summer. It's important for people to be aware of that. Here are the ways I try to minimize that issue: One bedroom and the tv room are on the farther side of the house and so screened from noise, one that is on the street side has a room air conditioner that can muffle the noise, and the downstairs bedroom has a portable air conditioner too. But nothing's perfect.
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5

Only good things to report!

  • 5 of 5
We can't begin to express how wonderful it was to stay in Jane's lovely Boston home. Our group of 7 (4 adults, 2 teens and 1 child) were very comfortably housed for a long weekend in this lovely home. It was an easy bus ride (literally right across the street) to the subway station and a quick ride via subway into the historic/downtown districts of the city. Within walking distance were many nice restaurants which we enjoyed trying out. We also were able to walk to a Whole Foods market to get food to have in the house. I initially was very nervous as to whether we would be staying in an area of Boston which was unsafe, but I was happy that the neighborhoood was just fine and I felt very safe staying there and walking to the nearby restaurants/shops. We were so busy running around we didn't particularly get to spend much time inside the house, but it was very homey, the beds were comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. Also, since there was a washer/dryer we got to fly home with clean clothes in our bags. I highly recommend staying here.
  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy my guests enjoyed staying in my house. And I'm glad they mentioned the washer and dryer. They are behind a door in the master bedroom and I think I sometimes forget to draw people's attention to them. When I travel, I love having access to a washer and dryer, and also to high speed internet. Thank you!
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I can't tell you how satisfied we were …

I can't tell you how satisfied we were …
  • 5 of 5
We spent four days in Boston in October 2012, around Columbus Day weekend, for our son’s wedding, and we were really fortunate to find this rental. Considering what hotel rates were in the city at this time of the year, no other accommodation solution could have beat that option.

From the outside, 10 Lochstead Avenue looks deceivingly small, and my son, who drove past it before we arrived, even expressed doubt about the house accommodating our party. But we stepped into a house which was so big and so comfortable that we could not be more pleased. I personally fell in love with it.

Everything, right from the start, far exceeded our expectations. Everything in the advertisement was true and accurate. Everything was perfect. I rented before, and I have had my share of unpleasant experiences, but this is the first time I can say unequivocally that I was completely satisfied, and for a group of up to seven persons, there is simply no better option.

What made the whole thing even more enjoyable was dealing with Jane, the owner of the house. She got everything covered, kept the line of communication open, always adding that personal touch, and anticipated any potential problem, while making you feel it was not just for the money. Jane happened to have a connection with my wife as a CNR alumna.

Here is part of the thank you note I felt compelled to write to Jane, who went out of her way to make this rental a pleasant and memorable experience.

“Dear Jane,

… I can't tell you how satisfied we were by our stay in your house at 10 Lochstead Av., Jamaica Plain. Several times a day, I would catch myself saying loudly "I love this house!".
Thank you for making the whole process run so smoothly that I would forget sometime that it was a business transaction. I really appreciate the personal touch you add to it.

…Your books and your music collection made the stay even more enjoyable, and having "Kind of blue" and "Sketches of Spain" by Miles Davis played on your NAD receiver through your small Boston Acoustics speakers would have made me forgive any imperfection that may have existed at 10 Lochstead, which I didn't notice.

The four day requirement, the rationale for which you have already explained to me, would be the only thing I wish could be changed, but I definitely would rent again from you when I have a chance….

Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to live in your house.”

df, New York
  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My heat is warmed, reading this lovely review. I learn yet again that being a host is a joyful business. I have really come to see that providing vacation rental in my house is deeply a "win-win" for renters and for me. I'm so pleased that people say their experience of Boston is enhanced by staying at my house; I'm so pleased that their rentals enable me to spend more time visiting my far-away family. With gratitude!
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Lochstead Visit 7-29-12 - 8-5-12

  • 5 of 5
Coming from Michigan for our first time to Boston, I must say we were so lucky to fine this rental. First of all the owner Jane is nothing short of wonderful giving us all the information needed to have a great vacation and place to stay. My wife and I , 2 kids (9 and 2) and my parents made this trip and this house was more than comfortable for all 6 of us. The house is beautifully planned and well stocked with everything needed for an extended stay. The location in Jamaica Plain is PERFECT..... not too close to boston chaos and not too far for a quick trip anywhere....you can walk to the Stoney Brook T Station (orange line) from the house or take the bus which literally stops in front of the house.... There are close grocery stores and markets for anything needed and parking in the house driveway which seems to be at a premium in JP. At night you can come back and relax on the beautiful deck with a fenced in backyard for the kids to play in..... We used the washer / dryer a few times which allows you to pack less on your trip. We attended a Red Sox game, Boston Duck Tour, Aquarium, Freedom Trail, Sam Adams Brewery Tour, Childrens Museum, Fanuiel Hall, Cheers, drove to Plymouth and saw the Rock as well as swam in the Atlantic. This house is the perfect location to do everything in and around Boston...... I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great vacation and a great location vs. a stuffy hotel and $$ in downtown boston.....This was just like vacationing out of your own house..... You will need nothing but your clothes...Jane has the house fully stocked with everything you need along with useful information about the surrounding area. Before you come , study the Mass Transit maps etc and when you get here it will be simple to find your way around...... on bus and train....I would rent this place again without hesitation when we come back to Boston !
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a joy it is for me to read that my guests took such great advantage of their time in Boston. It is wonderful to be able to reach destinations like Fenway Park, the Children's Museum and the Freedom Trail so easily by public transportation, as well as the sites that are an easy drive. Plymouth is less than an hour, and so is Newport, coastal Maine, the lovely drives west for foliage viewing -- I hope my guests consider a return visit!
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
8.4 Miles
Logan
Nearest Ferry
5.1 Miles
Boston Harbor
Nearest Train
2.8 Miles
Back Bay Station
Nearest Beach
5.3 Miles
Carson Beach
Car: not necessary

Beautiful location for history & today: Freedom Trail & Paul Revere House; Red Sox & Celtics; Harvard, MIT, BU, BC & dozens of other colleges and universities. Fall leaf-peeping, Winter lights, Spring blossoms, Summer outdoors. Go to theater, symphony, art galleries, world music. Great museums of art, science, history. Jamaica Plain, city neighborhood with a small town feel, is known for private & public gardens like Arnold Arboretum, for a shopping street with all conveniences and few chains. And such great food! Award winning restaurants like Ten Tables feature locally grown produce; bakeries like Blue Frog make you drool.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Boston House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer/Early Fall
Jul 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
6 night minimum stay
$445
From
$470
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,000
 
 
Fall Peak/Winter Holidays
Nov 1 2014 - Jan 15 2015
6 night minimum stay
$420
From
$445
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,900
 
 
Spring, Marathon, graduations
Apr 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
6 night minimum stay
$550
$3,625
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Please contact owner for rental rates.
Refundable $500 Security Deposit Required.
Security deposit plus 50% required to hold reservation; balance due 21 days prior to arrival.
Full refund 28 days prior to arrival. 50% refund 14 days prior to arrival.
Deposit (less damages) Returned Within 7 Business Days of Departure.
US Holidays that fall on weekdays are subject to weekend rates.
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Amenities

Amenities

Boston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Lake
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 on second floor share deluxe bathroom with whirlpool tub and glass-enclosed shower. Bedroom 3 on first floor is near book room and kitchen and fully accessible bathroom. Bedroom 4 may be a lounge/TV room or may be a private bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Wood Deck
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Whirlpool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • autumn foliage
  • pond
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • antiquing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
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