The Arbor Side in Jamaica Plains - the finer points.........
We recently stayed at the Arbor Side in JP during a trip to the NE.
Every trip has it's ups and downs and the devil's in the details.
This apartment was very nicely furnished; I believe the owner is a designer and it shows.
When traveling with our son, we like to find rentals with 2 bedrooms or a sitting room just to give everyone a little breathing room during long trips and this rental certainly has that with separate bedrooms and a spacious living room. The cost for this in Boston would be astronomical.
There were a few negatives for us though. This location was a good 25-30 minutes to Copley Square and an hour to Harvard via car, bus or train (we did it all). It is a short walk to either the bus stop and a few blocks to the train station although I would not want to walk from the train stop at night.
I would not recommend this apartment for large people. The master bed is a double and my husband and I filled it; we are 5'8"/5'9" and 135 and 160 lbs.
The bathroom is very narrow at approximately 4' wide including the tub width. FYI - soap/shampoo was not provided; I did not see a hair dryer.
It was nice to have access to a washer/dryer but it is in the basement and the stairway is tight and steep - only for the sure footed and short in stature.
We did enjoy the local bakery only a few blocks away and the restaurant on the corner, James Gate.
The neighborhood itself was a bit sketchy with a commercial/residential mix. I would say this house was one of the nicest on the block.
This is definitely urban living and many of the other homes were not well maintained.
Pros: Lots of well decorated room for the price; good bakery, small grocery, restaurant and public transportation in walking distance.
Cons: Distance into the city; neighborhood a little sketchy and out of my comfort zone; tight spaces in bathroom and bedroom but doable for medium size persons.
Owner's Response: First, I would like to thank this reviewer for mentioning the finer points of both the apartment, The Arbor Side, and the neighborhood where it is located. The Arbor Side is a first floor apartment configured from an 1890s Victorian, single-family home. Yes, the bathroom is narrow, but well appointed and quite functional. It apparently was "taken" from the inside end of the original dining room (now den) when running water was first made available to the neighborhood. Also, it has been my experience that guests prefer their own personal items such as soap, shampoo, and hair dryers. The stairs to the basement are also narrow, but sturdy and stable. The bed is a carved, antique "rope" bed likely from the West Indies. It was originally designed to hold a straw mattress. It has been converted to hold a full-size box spring and mattress. And as an interior designer, what I often say about full-size beds is that they are perfect for two people who really like each other. Also, if a larger bed is needed, there is a comfortable Queen-size mattress on the sofa bed in the den.
The reviewer acknowledges that her stay in such an urban neighborhood is outside of her comfort zone. As you'll read in other reviews, many guests have enjoyed the diversity the immediate neighborhood and all of Jamaica Plain offers. I am proud to call the people in my neighborhood good friends, caring neighbors, and hardworking citizens. As for the distances to other neighborhoods of Boston, they are common for an old New England city and considered reasonable by most of the people who traverse them for work or pleasure.
Helpful votes: 3/4
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