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Charming Harvard Square Studio

Bedrooms Studio
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Neighborhood Nine Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

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 an eight-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.

I only accept cash and checks.

Keywords: Condominium

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016
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About The Owner

I am a novelist and professor (Brandeis University) and live in nearby Porter Square. When I'm in town, I'm happy to help you with any problems you might run into.

The Owner purchased this condo in 2007

Why The Owner chose Cambridge

I've tried to keep things simple, clean, and comfortable in the studio. It is an excellent deal for the area.

What makes this condo unique

The location is truly outstanding, especially for anyone who is studying or doing research at Harvard, Harvard Law (it's more or less across the street), Lesley University, or the Longy School of Music. All are steps away.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Charming Harvard Square Studio
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Clean, tasteful studio, close to Harvard Square

  • 4 of 5

Would rent this place again, though heat in the old building was on the entire time we were there. Made it rather hot at night.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Tim--Glad you had a good stay, and thanks for leaving it so clean and tidy. Sorry about the heat. Individual units in the building do not have thermostats, and with the crazy up and down temps we've been having this fall (high 60's Thursday, snow on Sunday) it's been hard for the manager to get it right.
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Excellent studio

  • 5 of 5

The description is right on. The studio is cozy, well designed, quiet. Good reading light.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a Cambridge dream come true

  • 5 of 5

I spent a month in this lovely space and enjoyed every minute of it. The studio is surprisingly spacious and beautifully appointed. The handsome mid-century modern furniture, the sophisticated art works, and the wonderful collection of books set the tone, and the kitchen and bathroom were very functional. The location is astonishingly good if you have business at Harvard, or just want to try the Cambridge experience. It's a charming building on a nice street in an ideal position, in reach of all that the area has to offer. The serenity of this apartment is notable, and I really enjoyed the treetop, roofline views and morning sun. Staying there made me feel as if I--briefly--actually lived in Cambridge, rather than just being a visitor. I certainly hope to be able to stay there again next time I am in town.

Steve was a great host, helpful, communicative, easy-going, and a pleasure to know. There were absolutely no problems while I was there, but I am confident that if anything did arise, he'd take care of it right away. This apartment is a perfect example of what's good about VRBO--you are very fortunate indeed if you get to stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Go-To place in Cambridge

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect for our needs! We were there 17 days and it was very comfortable.

About a .6 mile walk to Harvard Yard, about 12 min. Harvard Square just beyond. An Uber ride was just over $6. There was also a bus stop about 3 min away on Concord that would drop you off right at the T Station in Harvard Square. Pass for subway & bus was $21/week and it was a convenient way to get around Boston if you are good with using public transportation.

In the neighborhood of the studio, there was a Starbucks, a bakery, pub, restaurants, and a convenience store, all within about a 10 min walk.

The neighborhood had lots of pretty brick condos and/or apt buildings. Felt very safe at any hour. Also very quiet.

Studio was nicely appointed and very clean. A separate kitchen, small but functional. Bathroom with small shower. Minor problem was thr stopper in sink which would close on own and cause slow drainage.

In main living area there was a murphy bed, which served as a sofa when up. We kept it down the whole time. There was a table with seating for 3. There was a radio for music, but no television. Can't say I missed it, but I would still put on wish list. Also a decent closet and shelves filed with books.

You enter the building's lobby with a key which added to security. Great that there was an elevator. Also convenient that there a laundry on first floor with two washers and dryers. (Had to finish by 11pm)

The owner, Steve, was nice and helpful. I liked his printed list of tips and local recommendations. I also liked that he didn't charge a cleaning fee. He does ask that you leave it in same condition that you found it, other than sheets and towels.

Over all, this will be our go-to place when in Cambridge.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad it worked out for you, Marie. I look forward to your return! Harvard event periods tend to book quickly, so keep me posted. To clarify for others who've asked: The distance to Harvard Sq subway stop is .6 miles. It usually takes me 8 minutes or less to walk there, although Google Maps pegs it as an 11-minute walk. In any case, it is a very short walk.
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  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 11 nights and it was great. Steve warned us that it was small but when you are sight seeing most of the day the size does not matter. Kitchen worked well and the murphy bed was absolutely no problem. The kitchen had everything that we needed to cook with and we cooked and prepared 90% of our meals here.

Cambridge is a bit of a pain to park a car but for the 3 days that we rented a car we were able to find a non permit area west of Porter Square. Porter Square was our main food shopping place. There were a couple of good places to eat nearby that Steve recommended and they were good.

The unit is about 10 minutes from the Harvard metro station and we hopped in and out of Boston on our Charlie card with no problem. I would definitely recommend it for a single person or a couple.

Steve met us when we finally arrived from the airport to show us around and recommend some eating areas etc. He also was very responsive when the fire alarm when off and we needed to know a few details about follow up from that. For us it really worked.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic studio and stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a lovely stay in October. The studio is ideally located half way between Harvard and Porter Squares, and is equipped with everything one would need for a short stay (plus a nice collection of books). Steve is a delightful host, with helpful hints about the neighborhood and the apartment. We plan on staying here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Neighborhood Nine Condo Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

To keep rates low, I only accept cash or check. I usually ask for a 150$ deposit to confirm reservations and more for longer stays or heavily requested periods. The balance is due at time of check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Neighborhood Nine Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
  • 4 stories
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Murphy bed
  • Books
  • Stereo ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing

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