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Charming Harvard Square Studio

13 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Charming Harvard Square Studio
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews


  • 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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Wonderful way to stay in Boston!

  • 5 of 5

Our first visit to Boston led us looking for the perfect apartment to stay in. This studio was more than enough space for our weekend getaway. Very cozy and quiet but still in the heart of Cambridge! Less than a ten minute walk to the T and close to everything in walking distance. Steve was very easy to work with and made sure we had everything we needed. He was very hospitable and made sure we were comfortable. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Pied-a-terre!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous stay!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Leesa. So happy you had a nice stay. Do come back.
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Great place for visiting Harvard or MIT

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

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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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