Ten Western (California, Colorado, Arizona) family members wanted to be together for an August wedding in Boston. This home provided the right number of bedrooms (5), usable family space (good kitchen, adequate living room, and dining room that would accommodate all), and a very convenient location--a short walk to the "T," to many restaurants, and to one truly great ice creamery (Toscannini's). The house was clean, and the neighborhood was safe and fairly quiet, considering it is on an important street. Because the weather was hot, we all used our room air-conditioners, which made rooms comfortable AND dimmed any street noise. Garage, which would accommodate a small SUV, is another plus in this hard-to-park neighborhood. The house made possible a wonderful family reunion. We feel lucky to have found and been able to rent it.
Geezer alert: Five of our number are senior citizens. The oldest couple had the first-floor bedroom, attached conveniently to a half-bath. One full bath is next to the kitchen on the first floor. The second full bathroom is on the second floor--with the four other bedrooms. The younger occupants of the second-floor bedrooms were willing to traipse downstairs to use the bath on the first floor. The stairs are quite steep, the handrail stops short of the bottom step, and there are also some odd floor shifts in the second-floor hallway, potentially dangerous to the less sure-footed. The arrangement of rooms on the second floor is "charmingly weird," in the words of the youngest family member--a stairway that seems to go nowhere, an outside window looking into the house. In the rather eerie basement are a good washer and dryer.
Reed, the property manager, was very cooperative in our dealings with him.