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Charming Condo, Quiet Neighborhood, Easy Access To Bos & Cambridge Via T Or Car

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

1 Br Home -- Great For Getting To Boston-area Events And Coming Home To Style.

This is for travelers interested in weekend, weekday, week-long rentals (and longer) of a room in my Belmont home (near the Cambridge and Watertown lines). I am offering this, Airbnb-style, such that I live at the house and you will be sharing it with me.

It's fantastic for short-term stays to see events like The Boston Marathon, The Head of the Charles, First Night (New Year's Eve), and Boston's July 4th celebration... Or for parents visiting students or attending graduations at one of Cambridge and Boston's many colleges and universities... (We're 10 minutes to Harvard by car).

We're a 4-minute walk from the MBTA bus line which runs to Harvard Square in Cambridge (a 10-minute ride), and a 30-minute bus/subway ride into Boston. Or park your car in the driveway and you can drive into Cambridge and downtown Boston within 10-15 minutes.

The condo is a tastefully decorated (lots of African art!) first floor of 2-family home built in the 1920's. It has hardwood floors, a beamed living room ceiling, fireplace, and renovated kitchen. It's on a quiet, tree-lined street that is steps from a local park with newly-renovated tennis courts, and a 10-minute walk from the Fresh Pond Reservoir (great walking!) and community golf course. There's also plenty of restaurants, a supermarket and shopping nearby.

Provided are a king size bed in a private room with TV, access to the bathroom, kitchen (with 55-inch flat screen TV), living room, dining room, den with fireplace, workout room, and back porch with barbecue and nice yard.

Single guests, or couples who do not require or want to share a king size bed, are welcome to stay in another in another bedroom, which has two single beds, one of which is a trundle which pulls out from under the other. See the options in the photos with just one bed versus two. This room is the same size as the room with the king bed. It has a bureau to put clothes in, a desk to work at or just to use to put your suitcase on, and a comfortable chair to sit in.

The room with the king bed has a table to put a suitcase on and less storage than the room with the single(s). The room with the king bed does have a chair, though it is wooden and more of a decorative piece than one you would lounge in. It also has a TV, where the room with the single beds does not, but you are welcome to use the 55-inch TV in the living room at any time.

For parties requiring more than one bedroom, I can rent out both rooms for double the price of this listing.

You are welcome to use my workout room, which has a multi-weight machine, free weights, bench, arm curling station , stationary bicycle, stair master, TV and stereo.

You will find my home very clean and well-kept up. Feel free to be messy in your room, but know that the rest of the house won't be a burden to you as far as any mess goes.

Lastly, I have two cats. While I keep the house well-vacuumed, this may not be the space for you if you're allergic.

More Details

Mont Fennel
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 15, 2017

About Mont Fennel

I am a former TV news reporter who now produces videos for companies, universities and not-for-profits. I enjoy hosting people in my home, of which I take great pride. I'm also a Boston-area native, and so can advise guests on where to go and how to get there.

Mont Fennel purchased this condo in 1992

Why Mont Fennel chose Belmont

Belmont is a beautiful town with great schools, well-kept homes and a vibrant center. And yet it is steps from Boston -- I can hop in my car and be in downtown in 12 minutes.


Belmont Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Charming Condo, Quiet Neighborhood, Easy Access To Bos & Cambridge Via T Or Car
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews

Comfortable quiet home

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay with Mont in Belmont. He was a great host providing us with sights to see as well as engaging conversations.

The home is very nice with beautiful woodwork and great art. The king size bed was quite comfortable and much appreciated after long days of walking in Boston. A short walk to the bus made our travel easy as well.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mont is the perfect host!!

  • 5 of 5

My son and I stayed at Mont's flat during Head of Charles regatta weekend. Only 5 minutes to river! Extremely quiet and safe neighborhood. House is beautiful and Mont makes you feel right at home. Pictures are exactly as the property looks. You can use kitchen and den if you choose. We walked 3 blocks to excellent neighborhood restaurants for dinners (inexpensive for Boston). Park in driveway.

HIGHLY recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfy king bed and elcoming host. Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

A repeat customer now for year #2. Save my room for next year, we are sure to be back. The convenience to Cambridge and the river were just perfect for us.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy house, comfortable room, very friendly owner

  • 5 of 5

I made last second plans to visit Boston for 6 nights, and it was recommended to me to find a place along the route of the 73 bus in Belmont since it would combine a beautiful neighborhood with easy access to everything I'd want to visit in Boston. Mont's place did not disappoint, with the nearest bus station being 5 minutes away, and a 45 minute bus + subway ride to anything and everything downtown.

His house exudes a warmth and coziness from the first moment you're in it. It's beautifully decorated, and the wood and color tones all around the house make you feel comfortable and at ease. Mont himself is an very friendly and helpful host, making sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed, and following up quickly with any issues. The house was in impeccable state cleanliness wise. Wi-fi access was good enough for me to enjoy some Netflix during downtime, so another plus there.

I stayed in the bedroom with the single bed, which also features a desk if you need a work area. The bed was comfortable, and didn't feel cramped at all. There's plenty of light coming in during the day, but you have privacy.

There's a shared bathroom which he makes a point of using as little as possible and leaving it for the guests to use, and I never had to wait. Shower's water pressure is a plus too.

Mont's 2 cats also live there: they're extremely friendly, and follow instructions well.

The neighborhood was very pretty and quiet, and felt safe. That and the very easy access to public transportation as well as the number of shops and eateries within walking distance made for a very nice choice.

Mont provided me with a 12-page document listing house rules as well as explaining where everything is and how to use any and all appliances around the house. You can brew your own coffee, cook, even wash and dry your clothes with everything provided, so that was nice. The length of the document might seem intimidating at first but I appreciated the robustness, it's supposed to cover everything you need even during times of the year when he's not at home, and has other useful tips such as where to rent a bike from since Boston really offers itself to people that like to ride with bike lanes and signs on how to get to parts of the city using them.

All in all, I was very happy with my stay, and I'd consider staying here again if I find myself in town. Mont is a pleasure to have as a host, and his house provided for me very well while I was there.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property was clean and comfortable within walking distance to bus to train station.

  • 4 of 5

This was the first time we have stayed at a HomeAway and didn't know how it would be. The room was comfortable and spacious with a television. The shared bathroom was clean and worked out fine. We had use of the kitchen where we had our breakfast and could have cooked if we chose. We could have watched TV one evening in the living room with the owner, but we were tired. The owner was friendly, nice and accommodating. We were in the area to visit relatives who live not far from there which made it convenient for us. We were also there to visit Boston and were able to use Uber, taxi, bus or my daughter for transportation to various sites. While the location might not be ideal for those just there to go to Boston, the price, I'm sure, is less than Boston. Harvard Square is only 10 minutes away on the bus. There are restaurants not far as well. The only downside was that the cat box was under the kitchen table.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm happy that my guests' first experience using HomeAway was a good one staying at my place! One note on my location, in relationship to Boston... For people who do not have a car, a trip into Boston via public transportation, catching a bus which is a 5-minute walk from my house, and then switching to the subway in Harvard Square (a 10-minute trip), is about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on where you want to land in the city. If you have a car, you can be in downtown in 12 minutes. Regarding my cats' litter box, I change it regularly so it does not smell.
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Older home, quiet street, off street parking & nice host.

  • 3 of 5

The property was as advertised & the host was friendly and helpful when we had questions. He mostly works from home so was there almost all of the time we were there, which was not an issue for us. Our bedroom was comfortable and we had access to other living areas although we spent little time there. The host provided a VERY detailed manual prior to arrival which helped us understand his expectations about staying there.

Two things to note: There is no AC so you need to either keep the windows and door open or request a fan. Also, in case you are not animal friendly, he has two cats that will visit your bedroom if you leave the door open.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Fresh Pond Public Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
MBTA via Belmont Center
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nashoba Valley
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
South Boston
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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