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Jane Bowers

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, some spanish & french

Architectural, Accessible, Charming House, Lovely Boston Neighborhood

24 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Overview

Boston House Rental Photos and Description

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 accessible back deck has a Weber Grill, table for six or more and a tilting shade umbrella. The garden is roomy, with lawn, oak tree and herbs.

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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Jane Bowers (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, some spanish & french

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.

Reviews

5
based on 24 traveler reviews

Architectural, Accessible, Charming House, Lovely Boston Neighborhood
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews
5

Homey, Quiet and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Lovely area, beautiful park down the street, Whole Foods and great Cuban food in walking distance. Stony Brook subway station was a comfortable walk and the bus stop to Fenway was very close. The house itself was comfortable and spacious, with a big, beautiful back yard.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed staying in my house and enjoying at least one of the amazing restaurants that are close by.
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Great Accessible Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Jane's wonderful home. It was completely wheel chair accessible for our daughter and very comfortable for the entire family. We enjoyed having friends over for dinner since we rarely can visit their homes. The location was perfect. We took public transportation everywhere! We'll have to go back so that we can enjoy Jamaica Plain, the trails around the lake and her beatiful back yard. Thank You!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! What a pleasure it was for me to rent to your family! I am always glad when the accessibility features of my house work for guests. When I'm a traveler, I look for accessible alternatives, which are not always easy to find. In addition, our communication was a true pleasure for me! I hope you do come back soon.
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Exactly what we had hoped for!

  • 5 of 5

The house was spotless, lovingly cared for and in a great location for getting around Jamaica Plain and into the city. It has a wonderful layout, plenty of space with a nice flow. There is a great deck with a gas grill off of the kitchen and a nice backyard. We had a rental car and really appreciated the convenience of being able to park in the driveway. The location is very convenient and we did not have to rely on the car much of the time. The Pond is one block away and is a great place to walk. We were able to walk to some of JP's great eateries and shops as well. Groceries, gas and a pharmacy are all within a couple of blocks. The owner was very accommodating and responsive. It was a great find!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A real "home from home" and so convenient for local amenities.

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned to the UK from our holiday in Boston and the house 'made' our holiday. It was such a great base for exploring as we had private parking but also the bus stop if we wanted to go into the city. Also possible to walk into town via the green spaces (emerald necklace ) which was fantastic. We drove down to Marth's Vineyard, over to Concorde and to Rockport.

Jamaica Plain was lovely, great restaurants and shops. We loved the house and Jane made us feel so welcome with her info pack and lovely e -mails. It is her home and it feels so welcoming and homely. We tended to lunch out and stayed in for evening meals as the kitchen was so well equipped it was easy to cook. We dined out locally a couple of nights as there are some great places to eat within walking distance. I can't recommend this house highly enough.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
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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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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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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Rates & Availability

Boston House Rental Rates

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6 night minimum stay
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$3,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

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

Boston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
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:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Whirlpool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services

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