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Chic studio garden apartment in cool Jamaica Plain pondside section of Boston!

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

The most beautiful spring ever! And it's graduation, biking and baseball season

Chic and sophisticated garden apartment in a lovely home in the center of JP, as Jamaica Plain is called. Our green space is very green this year - the Emerald Necklace surrounds JP - and this part of Boston has open studios, farmer's markets, lots of great music, numbers of breweries and cafes, the best museums and schools nearby, the city Zoo, and terrific public transportation either by bus or train. We are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful land and great neighbors. On a quiet residential dead-end street just one block from Jamaica Pond, which we can see, and a mile's walk through town to Harvard's Arnold Arboretum. This pretty apartment has a bed-sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen and bath, a separate dining room, large entrance hall, and separate entry. It is fully furnished and suitable for one person or a couple. No seniors with disabilities, no children, no pets. There are stairs to it and within it. Immaculate and fun! Boston proper, as it's called, is easily reached using the 39 bus line a block away, and or via two nearby subway stops [Green Street less than 3/4 mile; Stony Brook about a mile]. 10 minutes from some of the best schools, hospitals and museums in the world, as well as downtown Boston and sailing on the lovely Charles River. The Bruins, the Patriots, the Red Sox and, of course, the ocean and even the Zoo very close by. Colleges and universities like BU, BC, Northeastern, Harvard, and many others abound so, if you are a student or have college-aged children , it is a great spot for interviewing, visiting and celebrating. Bike, walk or jog the Emerald Necklace, sail, kayak or row in Jamaica Pond, hike in the many nearby natural areas, and enjoy the rich history and active art and music scene this part of Boston enjoys. We are rated the best area in Boston in which to live! On-street free parking. Owners reside on the premises and have a garden to which you have access unless they are in residence. Please note that there is no smoking of any sort and there is a limit of two people [one queen-sized bed].

Property Manager
Alexandra Rollins, Gordon Upton
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Alexandra Rollins, Gordon Upton

Travellers and art lovers, we grew up in the country and love the city! We garden lots and volunteer at historic properties in town.

Alexandra Rollins, Gordon Upton purchased this apartment in 1998

Why Alexandra Rollins, Gordon Upton chose Jamaica Plain

Trained as an architect, my husband wanted a bungalow! Our last house was an 1806 beauty on the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island - my choice - so it was his turn and it's perfect!

What makes this apartment unique

We love feeling as though the city is very far away - even though by car it is 5 or 10 minutes. Known for its diversity, this area is extraordinary for its parks and amenities, its restaurants and coffee shops, a brewery, the rich history and richer cultural assets, and quick public transportation to downtown Boston and a short drive with good public parking [and expensive parking garages]. We have a lovely, big garden, as do all of our neighbors. Accessing highways is quick and simple; there is tons of shopping, of course; and an amazingly rich music, art, theater and dance scene. Beaches on the bays or the ocean are quite close and we often go to Maine, New Hampshire, the Cape and Rhode Island just to hang out, do chores, and see friends and family.


Jamaica Plain Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • There will be an administration fee based on the cost of your reservation. Domestic: 3% International: 5%
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The best one in the house! Terrific shower, plush stacks of towels, hairdryer, ironing board, starch and iron, fans, drying rack, hotel toiletries, mirrors, whatever you would have at home and more.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • One queen sized bed full of pillows. The headboard is made from antique doors. It's 'the nest.' Armoire with shoe rack and nice hangers, chest of drawers with shelf paper, baskets for clothing, huge pillows to sit on. Nice sitting area to enjoy talking or reading and a glass of wine or cup of tea. Great lighting. Cool art. Comfortable, happy and clean. The coral wall to wall carpeting feels so great in bare feet and the tile floor is a call to France and Italy!
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Chic studio garden apartment in cool Jamaica Plain pondside section of Boston!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 27 reviews

Convenient, Relaxing, and Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Nest for our one-year anniversary trip to Boston. We so enjoyed the convenient location to the Green St. station, the ice cream at JP Licks, nightly walks down to Jamaica Pond to read or walk along the trail, and the kind hospitality of Alexandra and Gordon. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found that it was close to places like Whole Foods and Wegmans, but also had a small town feel with cute boutiques and cafes lining Centre St. If you're looking for a great experience just outside the bustle of Boston, this is the place to stay! We also enjoyed the free on-street parking since most places in Boston require you to pay for overnight parking. But we didn't have to use it much throughout the week since we rode the T into Boston and walked everywhere else. I highly recommend staying here :)

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Heather! I now know your wonderful writing skill makes you our best friend in marketing. No wonder your lovely husband and you are in web design and marketing! Thank you so much. We loved having you as our guests and look forward to your second anniversary trip! Our best wishes, A & G
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Just bring your toothbrush... everything else has already been supplied!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in this perfect little "nest". Loved the wonderful décor.. made me feel at home immediately! Alexandra and Gordon were perfect hosts and have made their rental just a wonderful little haven from the insanity of life. The garden in the backyard is just gorgeous and so relaxing! I never wanted to leave it. The apartment was absolutely spotless and so convenient to the city. Although the weather was sweltering while we were in Boston July 19-22, we were very comfortable in the coolness of the apartment. The neighborhood is just wonderful! Next visit we hope to have time enough to explore. We just loved the drive along the Emerald Necklace and looking at all of those amazing houses. Parking looked like it was going to be a big challenge, but it turned out that we were able to find a spot within a short walk to the rental every time :-) We, too were unable to get the wifi to work, but it wasn't really an issue for us since we both can get the internet on our phones. Would love to stay here again on our next visit! Thanks again, Alexandra and Gordon!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely basement apartment in great neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Alexandra and Gordon's apartment! It was very clean, attractive, cool (it was hot when we were there), well-equiped and a great location. The only reason that I'm not giving it 5 stars is that the wifi wasn't great. It didn't work in the bedroom, but could logon in the kitchen, bathroom and dining area. Also, each time logging on took awhile. I realize that this is a minor issue and that it's probably beyond Alexandra and Gordon's ability to do anything about it. They were very pleasant and helpful hosts. We would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely spot on a quiet street

  • 5 of 5

Friendly and welcoming owners who have thought of many ways to make our stay comfortable and fun. We'd definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara and Dick were wonderful guests and are most welcome back anytime.
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 4 days over the Boston Marathon weekend. It was easy to jump on the subway to get into the main city and we loved the community of Jamaican Plain. There are great food stores, coffee shops and restaurants nearby and the Pond is a 5 minute walk to do a morning stretch, stroll or run. The apartment had everything that we needed and a lovely backyard to relax. The owners are terrific; very helpful and welcoming. We would definitely stay here again.

Sharee & Gerry Vancouver, Canada

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely apartment - wonderfully walkable location - well appointed

  • 4 of 5

We would definitely stay here again and would recommend to friends and family visiting Jamaica Plain.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Retta and Jack were very pleasant guests. We hope that they will stay again on their next trip to Boston. They are most welcome.
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Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Pops Symphony Hall
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Jamaica Pond
Jamaica Plain
Ten Tables
Bella Luna
Car: not necessary

Jamaica Plain is a self contained town within the city of Boston. It is surrounded by the amazing and lovely Emerald Necklace, a linked series of parks that includes ponds, an arboretum, a zoo, a golf course, many tennis courts, and other amenities. JP is well-loved by those who live here and visitors for its richness: diversity, food, accessibility, architecture, green space, biking, dogs, music. It's the chic place to live in the region.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Linens $50
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 6.25%

Check out is by 11:00 am. Check in begins after 4:00 pm. Special arrangements easily made by asking. No pets, smoking or candles. On-street parking. A $50 fee will be charged for cleaning weekly or more often, if you wish. Fresh linens and towels whenever you wish. The closest ocean beaches are a 15-minute drive. Bikes can be rented locally.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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